My Return to Couponing & How to Start

 

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Over the past month, I’ve gone back to clipping coupons. Not “let’s buy free contact solution even though no one wears contacts” couponing. Not “buried under a mountain of Sunday papers” couponing. I’m not even primarily couponing for things I need. I’m couponing for our food pantry. Continue reading “My Return to Couponing & How to Start”

My Return to Couponing & How to Start

Why Couponing Math Doesn’t Always Add Up

Why Couponing Doesn't Always Add UpCouponers love to brag. In fact, there are entire databases and websites set up to allow couponers to share their triumphs. Rightfully so, because couponing can help people score major deals. I’m not talking about 50% savings. Couponing brags usually include drastically discounted items, freebies, and moneymakers. Still, I’ve been in the couponing world long enough now to know that sometimes the math just doesn’t add up. Continue reading “Why Couponing Math Doesn’t Always Add Up”

Why Couponing Math Doesn’t Always Add Up

The High Price of Free

High Price of Free (1)We’ve all heard the cliche that some things are too good to be true. In the case of “free”, sometimes there’s a much higher cost than anyone expects. In our consumer culture, the notion of free shows up in a lot of ways. Sample day at Sam’s Club (the horror!). Mail-in rebates. Buy one, get one free. Free gifts with purchase. Free trial subscriptions. Vouchers for free lotions from Bath & Body Works, underwear from Victoria’s Secret, haircuts from a new Great Clips. But sometimes we get–or give up–more than we bargain for with these screaming good deals. Continue reading “The High Price of Free”

The High Price of Free

Coupons, I Just Can’t Seem to Quit You

CouponsNot one week after posting about my frivolous wasteful stupid couponing shenanigans, I couldn’t resist their siren song. A great grocery store sale combined with four high-value manufacturer’s coupons netted me four boxes of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies for $2.00. If you buy lots of cereal because it’s back-to-school time and you have kids your husband is a big kid, you know that’s a screamin’ deal. But is couponing really worth it? Continue reading “Coupons, I Just Can’t Seem to Quit You”

Coupons, I Just Can’t Seem to Quit You

How Ditching Diet Coke Saved Me Over $300 This Year and Other Frugal Habits I Already Have

Ditching Diet Coke Saved Me Over $300 This (1)I know my fitness post was on the wasteful side of things, but when I’m not hesitating to kick my gym membership to the curb, I actually can be quite frugal at times. Not Extreme Cheapskates frugal, but frugal nonetheless.* I certainly have a long way to go in terms of optimizing my spending and saving habits, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? Read on for some saving habits that I have already mastered:

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How Ditching Diet Coke Saved Me Over $300 This Year and Other Frugal Habits I Already Have

Extreme(ly Stupid) Couponing

I was hooked.

Time is More Valuable Than Money. (2)Sure, it cost some money up front. Sure, it got some strange looks from passersby. Sure, it even consumed my evenings and weekends. But I was saving money. I was stockpiling all sorts of necessities. I was guaranteed to never pay more than 50 cents for a tube of toothpaste ever again.* I was couponing. Not the fill-up-five-carts, clear-the-shelves kind of couponing, but I was couponing nonetheless.

And I got really good at it. I knew where to score cheap Sunday papers (thanks, Dollar Tree!). I knew which friends and family I could hit up for more Sunday coupon inserts. I knew which cashiers at Target wouldn’t roll their eyes at me when I used a MQ (clipped, printed, or peelie), TQ, and Cartwheel.** I knew how to score freebies on tons of items that we used regularly.

Then everything came to a screeching halt. Continue reading “Extreme(ly Stupid) Couponing”

Extreme(ly Stupid) Couponing