Just like so many other people, I was sucked into TLC’s Extreme Coupon-ing show. I’m not going to lie…it stressed me out. Just watching how an individual could take a trip to the store and turn it into a high drama situation is beyond me. I come from a family of bargain hunters but none to the point of spending 60 hours a week cutting coupons. Who has 60 hours a week to do anything other than have an actual job?
I think if there was actually a grocery store around me that had triple coupon days, or even double coupon days I would take advantage of it and maybe use coupons more…but where are these stores? Not in South Florida…I can tell you that.
I sat down the other day and dedicated an hour to planning meals for 2 weeks, came up with a grocery list and then went online looking for coupons for the items on my list. I wanted to see how this coupon-ing habit worked. Maybe I really was missing out on something.
My results? Well I stuck to the list, got everything I needed…used the coupons I found online. Yes, I saved money…but the hour of my work saved me a total of $5 dollars. Yep…that’s it.
The in store savings, that I get no matter what was over 4 times that much… I don’t want to sound ungrateful, I am happy to have saved the $5 dollars…but for an hour of coupon-ing…was it really worth it…no. Not for me. I’m sure someone gets a rush from saving big. If I could take that $5 dollars and triple coupon day it to $15 dollars…yes, now we are talking. But that just isn’t going to happen.
The final result: I love saving money…but I love the value of my time a little more… 🙂