As many of you know I love to look for a bargain. I shop the clearance racks at stores, and use coupons on top of sales whenever I can. Some of my best deals on clothes was at the now defunct Filenes. I once got a $40 dress for $1.79 – Actually I got two of them and gave one to my friend since it was such a good deal! Another time I got a $100+ dress for about $20. On certain items or at certain stores, I find it hard to pay full price when I know I can find a coupon or wait for a sale. My husband and I eat out a lot – more often that not it it is with a coupon, or going to an “Early Bird” special.
There is a new show on TLC called “Extreme Couponing”. I have my thoughts on it, but then this lady on her blog pretty much said it all!
Here are a few of my “problems” with these people:
1. If you are spending 40+ hours a WEEK on “couponing” is it really worth it? Even with all that you save, what does the savings work out to per hour?
2. Some people say they are BUYING coupons – that doesn’t seem like you are then SAVING money.
3. Dumpster diving? I don’t think so! Asking your neighbors for their coupons is one thing, but digging through trash is another!
4. On one episode, a woman had a closest full of her daughters favorite SODA. No kid needs that much soda – EVER!
5. If it is taking over your house, then you have to much of a stockpile!!
6. I understand some people really do go through a jar of peanut butter in a week – that is great, then as mentioned on the other blog, buy enough to make it through the next sale – but when you have enough of an item “to last 15 years, then I think it is a bit to much.
7. One lady had a stockpile of diapers – but she didn’t even have any KIDS! That just seems like a waste of space and time! Just because something is “free” doesn’t mean you have to take it!
8. Clearing a shelf of an item is just downright RUDE!
I made a little “pantry” section for us in the basement and did stock up on some items because of sales and coupons – well, because of our life this past year, I never got to use some of them, and now they are expired! Sorry world to be so wasteful – but I will put it on my compost pile at least and give back to the earth!