Confession Time: I’m Not an extreme couponer

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So, it’s that time “confession time”. I am NOT an extreme couponer. I wish I was, I subscribed to a newspaper to try and become one, but I simply can’t get into the swing of using coupons regularly on my shopping trips. I do consistently review the newflyers, purchase sale items, get rebates when I can, and use coupons when it makes sense. However, stocking up on ketchup or mustard just hasn’t made a lot of sense.

Last week I saved $15 using coupons, but I didn’t go to extremes to save that money.

If you are considering extreme couponing, decide if you have the space to stockpile goods, and if the time you would spend couponing would be worth the savings. If you have to spend 40 hours to save save $200, it may not be the best use of your time. A part-time job would bank you more money in the same amount of time and would bring in more income.

I have watched that show “Extreme Couponing” and some of these moms spend 40+ hours working on their extreme couponing hobby. While it might seem like a good idea, it seems like I would make a lot more money working full-time for a corporation or even doing freelance work. Extreme couponing may work for some, but I just could not make it work for my lifestyle and they way my brain works. I guess I am just happy to stick to a budget and have a couple of side hustles.

If you are on a limited budget, I always recommend looking at all of your expenses first. If you don’t know where the money is going, you don’t know what your biggest problem is. Maybe you spend very little at the grocery store, and really need to focus on reducing your monthly spending on a phone bill.

There are savings to be had on most bills, but extreme couponing may not be the best way to bring in savings depending on your situation.

 

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