Preston and I watched the Extreme Couponing show on A&E about a month ago. Like so many others who saw the show, I thought I can do this and save a tone of money along the way.
A month later reality has set in. Couponing is hard work and takes a lot of effort. To save the big bucks you have to couple the coupon you get in the newspaper with a manufacturer coupon. The trick is finding the two coupons at the same time or running across a store that is having an awesome sale on an item you have a coupon for. This is exhausting just talking about it!
My grand scheme was to get a ton of items for almost free and then donate them to food banks, homeless shelters and send them to our troops. Unfortunately I honestly can't see myself spending the amount of time needed to research the deals of the week, finding the matching coupons and then shopping for the items. Preston and I are going to have to find another way to give back.
I think I have finally come to terms with not being an extreme couponer. I realized it's not my passion or priority. I'm okay giving up this short lived hobby.
But I do want to know- is anyone else having success with couponing?