Coupon-ing…Overrated?

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… 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Coupon-ing…Overrated?

  1. Van says:

    I use coupons but I am NOT one of those Crazy coupon ladies. I use a website that breaks everything down and posts deals. You can even print a list. the site is savingmyfamilymoney.com. It’s great because she posts deals for everything. I just liked her on Facebook and when I see a deal I like I check it out. Most of them are fairly easy and don’t take much time. You can get crazy with it but I don’t. LOL

  2. Monroe on a Budget says:

    Don’t get derailed by one shopping trip. Not everything will be a good deal every week. Do your comparison after one month, and review it again after two months. Some coupon experts say it can take three months to settle in because some sales or coupons come up only once a quarter. Then if you decide it’s not for you OK.

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