A few weeks ago a friend from High School started a Couponista group on Facebook. We dish deals and coupons and how to save money while still feeding good stuff to our families.
For the record, the week we are moving, I am NOT feeding my family well. In an effort to purge our pantry, freezer and fridge so I can start fresh at our new house AND not have to do dishes while packing and moving…we are eating pizza. And Hot Pockets. And things I *don’t* have to prepare. This isn’t the every day for us. When I went shopping yesterday I was kind of blown away by the selection of Hot Pockets. When did this happen?
That is besides the point.
Do I have a point?
Coupons! Deals! Coupons+Deals!
So this whole Extreme Couponingthing…I’m not entirely on board. I use coupons religiously. I even stack a manufacturers coupon with a store coupon- totally legit! Why do I feel like I’m breaking the law? (And this is for Target- why do your store coupons rarely ring up? The cashier shouldn’t have to override the coupon when the item matches the picture! Just an observation.) When a cashier goes hunting through my bags to see if I did in fact purchase items, I want to just crawl into my purse. Extreme couponers make every day couponers like me get treated like some sort of con artists.
Seriously. When I walk out with a cart load of groceries and my reciept says I saved $34 but I spent $190…I’m not getting away with ANYTHING!
But, $1.00 off is $1.00 off. So I’m going to continue to clip my coupons. I’m going to continue to use my Ebates. I’m going to use that Swagbucks search when I think about it…all in the name of saving money, getting a refund…because THAT is how I can contribute to my families bottom line.
Without building a stockpile of toothpaste and lunchmeat big enough to feed an army!
I’m trying to figure out what I want on my Coupons+Deals page up there at the top. Right now it’s got a lot of links to coupon generator sites, deal shopping sites etc. What should I keep? What should I lose? What would you click or not click? I’m not so sure I want them on my main page so I have a few of my favorites on the sidebar that I’ll probably rotate out over time…it’s a work in progress!
Tell me what you think, I’m listening!
In the meantime, I have Red Plum!