A few years ago, I became aware of the world of couponing. Like many frugal shoppers, I was fascinated by the concept of stacking a store sale, manufacturer’s coupon, store coupon, and possible additional percent coupon, all together to get a generous discount on products for which I had been mostly paying full price. Clipping coupons, scouring couponing blogs, and planning shopping trips soon became my Sunday morning hobby.
After about a year of saving and stockpiling, however, I realized that I really didn’t need to be so obsessed and do this all the time. Most of what I stockpiled usually ended up in the break room at work or became donations. My small family (no kids) doesn’t consume that much – plus, someone or other is frequently on some sort of dietary restriction.
That said, my experience with couponing did teach me the valuable skill of being a savvy shopper. I still subscribe to couponing blogs and take a look at the Sunday paper ads and coupons for a good deal. I still feel good about not having to pay full price at the register. But I am savvier about which deals fit my lifestyle and make sense to pursue.
“A penny saved is a penny earned.” We all have different goals for which we want to fill up that piggy bank – but being frugal doesn’t have to mean lack of fun and enjoyment.
As I plan my shopping trip for the week and head out and about, I want to share with you the deals that I find – maybe it’ll take a printed coupon or two – but I promise, no heavy scissors lifting.
And having fun doesn’t always mean having to be a consumer – so I’ll also look forward to sharing with you some of my tips, tricks, and musings along the way.
I hope you’ll enjoy this blog for a few minutes each day and take away a thing or two. And as always, I would love to hear from you!