A little rant on coupons
I’ve watched Extreme Couponing a couple of times now, and had expected to feel like a Loser Coupon User because I only save $7-15 or so per shopping trip. However, I now feel like a well-balanced, sane coupon user.
I didn’t realize that the key to saving so much on your shopping trips was to:
- Spend 20-60+ hours a week organizing your coupons and planning your shopping trips.
- Spend all your remaining time thinking and dreaming about coupons.
- Buying DOZENS OF THINGS YOU DON’T NEED and then…
- Stockpiling those things you don’t need, to the point of even adding rooms to your house to hold all those thousands of tubes of toothpaste.
- SPENDING TONS OF MONEY to save money. With all the online coupon databases (all of which cost a subscription price), buying extra coupon inserts, building extra rooms on your house, and just the TIME spent… It just doesn’t seem like much of a savings.
I mean, sure… I can frequently buy things that I don’t want or need and pay ten cents for them by using a coupon, but… why?? Maybe I could do that then use those items to donate. But, if I’m not going to buy X item for my family because it’s so full of crap and poisonous additives, I’m not going to buy it for a different family, either, even if it only costs ten cents. And, really… does anyone NEED 36 bottles of Maalox, even if they cost pennies on the dollar? And thousands of diapers when you don’t have a baby???
Also… the vast majority of the extreme couponers who have been profiled are SINGLE. Hm. Wonder why??
Sounds more like hoarding to me than actual saving. Like, bordering on mental instability. Ack.
I’ll save my ten bucks, thankyouverymuch.
Although, I didn’t realize that the shoppers are considering discounts with shopper’s cards as part of the deal. With that thrown into my meager coupon savings, I typically save 40-60% on my grocery items… That’s pretty good, I think, even if it’s not 97% or whatever.
AND! One last thing: Where is the produce??? None of these shoppers ever buy fresh fruits and veggies. No coupons for celery, that’s why! Occasionally, you can get coupons for branded produce, like Cuties and Dulcinea melons, but in general, if you are living 100% on coupon-only food, you’re eating a lot of crap. And toothpaste.