Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mediocre Couponing

I have freely spent as much of our money as I comfortably can. My online shopping addiction has been replaced with a new hobby. Couponing. AND...this hobby not only allows me to spend money, but save it too!

As soon as I started telling people about my new endeavour, I kept getting asked "Have you seen the show Extreme Couponing?" To which my reply was, "No." What I learned about couponing I learned through reading the forums on a site called Smart Canucks. I did, however, end up watching a few episodes of Extreme Couponing to find out about what was all the hype. I learned more about what couponing is not from watching.

The tips I have found most useful are: get coupons, wait for a sale and buy in bulk (if you use the item regularly and can get multiple coupons). There is more to "couponing" than coupons. If you don't have coupons for an item, waiting for a sale and buying in bulk can save you tons too! This has been a main strategy for me because as a n00b my coupon stock is being built. On the other hand, Extreme Couponing taught me that couponing is NOT about buying things you don't need because it is free or a great deal. I have since come up with three categories of couponers.

Extreme couponers - glorified hoarders who have a beat-the-system mentality and addiction
Serious couponers* - as skilled as the extreme couponer and enjoys the "rush" of saving money, but follows unwritten rules of couponing by showing consideration for others (e.g. taking only what you need)
Mediocre couponers* - people like me who like to remain slightly under the radar, have a lot to learn, but are loving the experience and the savings
*both parties enjoy random acts of kindness (e.g. like printing off an extra coupon and sharing it with someone in the store or donating good deals to charities)

Below are some pictures of the deals I have caught over the past few weeks! Most of these ones don't even involve coupons!

My coupon accordion folder organized according to category and expiry date. The teacher in me had to add some stickers for decoration. Nerd and proud of it.
My considerably-smaller-than-an-Extreme-Couponer's-stockpile. Too bad you can't stockpile produce!  I promise my fridge looks much healthier! Although, there are cans of veggies and whole wheat pasta in the back. I didn't pay more than a $1 for anything other than the Nestea.
Proud of these deals. 24 pack of Pure Life $1.99 each and 12 pack of pop $2.99 each.
Best deal to date? Large tub of Philly on sale for $2.49, regular $6.49, plus $1 off coupon making it $1.49.

Bible Reflections:
1 Timothy 6:9-11

New Living Translation (NLT)
 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. 11 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

-I am trying to remember that I am only a steward of what God has given me. This way of thinking makes it easier for me to rely on Him to meet my needs and to bless others.

1 comment:

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