I'm sure by now you have heard of these die-hard coupon people that are able to clip and collect coupons and show up in a grocery store with a fistful of magical coupons that drastically drops their grocery bill. $200 of goods for $75. $50 worth of food for $2.50.
Crazy amazing price difference.
I've tried doing this, probably didn't try that hard or for that long but I'm just really not very good at it.
We don't HAVE to use coupons but why wouldn't you if you know that it is supposedly really easy and can save you money. And who doesn't want to save some money?
I try and keep up with all the nifty thrifty websites that let you know all the incredible HOT deals that are going on. I print some coupons off the internet if they seem like a good deal. And once in awhile I will buy the Sunday paper only to grab the coupons out of it. But I still don't feel like I have a good grip on this coupon thing. Here is why:
1. It seems like you have to be into hoarding (hoarding coupons and hoarding extra pantry items) for this system to work really well for you. I'm not a hoarder. At all. I hate having lots and lots of STUFF around. Clutter makes me crazy.
2. A lot of the coupons you see are for baby products and processed foods that I don't want to eat or buy.
3. I'm a peaceful person and the idea of going to the store and having a cashier argue with me about whether or not my coupon is legit makes me want to crawl under my shopping cart and roll out the door. It doesn't seem worth it to me. The cost of my peace of mind vs the cost of an extra .50 cents or $1 on an item.
As negative as this all sounds (I'm not trying to be, just frustrated) I really do want to get better at cutting back our grocery bills and finding a way to get the coupon system to work for me.
Anyone have any tips?