I’ve coupon’d (in a serious way) off and on over the last 20 years. Before Internet match-ups, I found it all very confusing and didn’t really keep it up longer than a month or two at a time. It just took way too much time. Once I discovered match-ups and places to buy coupons I need in bulk, I’d get serious for a few months and then would start slacking again. I made a resolution for 2012, that I would give serious coupon’ing one more try.
Buying groceries with coupons isn’t easy for a family like mine. We avoid most processed foods and we’re gluten-free, plus we eat organic as often as possible. So unless it’s for Chex or gluten-free products, most grocery coupons are lost on us. I did score 30 .25 cents off Eggland’s Best Organic eggs…Fry’s ups those to $1, so that’s a great grocery deal for me! But that’s a rare occurrence. Shopping sales on store-brands usually works out better for me than using a coupon on a national brand.
But I digress. I decided that since I couldn’t benefit all that much from grocery coupons that I should focus on toiletries, household items, hygiene products, etc. My one weakness/extravagance, even in times of tight budgeting is smelly stuff. And by that I mean plug-in air fresheners and scented candles. I usually stick to Glade and Airwick these days, although I used to splurge on Yankee Candles and similar. There are usually coupons and sales for either Glade or Airwick products. All the time. That explains why I now have enough plug-in refills to last till I’m 40, and that’s AFTER returning $30 worth last week! Again, a digression…
Okay, so I began stockpiling the things I *could* get with coupons. I’m now at the point where I have enough black beans to last us an eternity, and I can pretty much say the same about deodorant, body wash, shampoo, feminine products, toothpaste, k-cups (and I could go on and on).
You’re probably thinking….why is that a problem?