I admit it. I went through a couponing phase a couple years ago when Dave Ramsay replaced Brad Pitt in all my sex dreams.
I bought a binder to organize my coupons. I bought several newspapers. I frequented all the major coupon websites. I subscribed to grocery store newsletters (I know! What?!). I printed coupons off the internet during my lunch break at work. I went to three and sometimes four grocery stores on shopping day.
So… How much money did I save? Was it worth it?
Absolutely NOT. It turned into more work than my actual full-time job. It was a nightmare, yet I continued to do it for a couple months because purchasing ten boxes of cereal I don’t usually eat for the price of two was strangely addictive.
I guess, in a way, I can understand the folks showcased TLC’s Extreme Couponing. Barely. But if you just watched an episode and are all hot and bothered about couponing, save yourself the hassle.
It isn’t worth it.
Not only is it not worth the hours and hours it takes to clip, print, mix, match and combine coupons – not to mention the five different grocery stores you have to go to in order to take ultimate advantage – but you end up purchasing a lot of crap you would never have bought in the first place.
On a normal grocery shopping trip I load up on produce, on a couponing trip I found myself compelled to buy boxes and boxes of cereal, Hamburger Helper and other prepackaged foods that aren’t exactly healthy.
What about you? What’s been your experience with coupons? Worth it or waste of time?
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