Wednesday, February 2, 2011

To Coupon or Not to Coupon

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?

1 comment:

  1. I had a friend who was super into it for about a year. But finally she gave up. She said it wasn't worth all the time she put into finding the coupons, keeping them organized, and finding the right sales. Plus she was running out of room in her freezer and pantry buying things just because she could get them for 5 cents or something crazy like that.

    Too much work for me! I'll stick to keeping coupons I find for my regular stuff and trying to just buy stuff when it's on sale. I'm not cut out for couponing.