Extreme Couponing: Causing Highs or Lows?!
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Check out the following email I received from an anonymous reader…
I have decided today to officially give up on coupons. I started using coupons 7 years ago when my husband and I got married. He was in the military, and every little bit helps. Since this coupon craze, and TV shows, I can’t go to a store with out seeing at least 5-10 carts of people with their huge coupon binders and the shelves wiped. I spend all this time, and money on ink, and newspaper, to end up dumping them (expired) in the trash or giving them away on Craigslist. I can’t afford to drive store to store (hence saving money). I have stood next to people, with my coupon in hand waiting my turn and they wipe out the shelf with whats left. Its come to the point where people are being selfish, rude, and “who has the bigger stock pile”. This use to make me happy, now I am just disappointed and dread going to the store. Thank you Collin for your site, and inspiring people to save money. My sanity is no longer worth it, and my children would agree.”
This email saddens me so much. 🙁 Couponing should be a fun way to help you save money. And this email, well, makes me want to hug each of you who are struggling with making this coupon thing work. I don’t want any of you to give up and quit. Couponing has changed my life in so many positive ways and I know (if it hasn’t already) it can do the same for all of you.
Here are a few tips if you are currently struggling…
* If you are feeling overwhelmed, it’s OK to take a break from using coupons entirely and come back to them at a later date. Miss a few deals… they always come back around. You can also check Amazon while you are taking some time off. They have tons of great grocery deals AND you can snag them in your pajamas! Love that! 🙂
* Find a coupon buddy. It’s nice to have a person you can brag to and also someone who will listen to your rants and frustrations. You can also take turns with friends and family getting deals and clipping coupons.
* Be pro-active when the shelves are cleared. Get rain checks and inquire about ordering sale items in advance. That way, when a situation like the above arises, you will have a plan in place. And know, there will be times when you just can’t get the deal… but have the mindset that an even better deal is just around the corner.
* Keep your eyes peeled. Sometimes the best deals are unadvertised sales or in-store promotions that nobody knows about. Also, clearance finds can make for amazing bargains when paired with coupons! Scoring deals like this always motivates me to continue this frugal journey of mine.
* Last but definitely not least – be positive. The glass is never half empty!
What are some of your tips? How do you stay motivated and positive?!