I used to be the coupon queen! I held almost weekly workshops (now available free online), driving all over the area and sometimes farther to teach. In fact, that’s how this website was started…because people wanted somewhere to go after they left my workshops.
But…and here’s a big but (I like big buts and I cannot lie) – I had one child. A small child. And we stayed home all the time. Soooooooo, let’s just say I had a lot more free time than I have now.
My life got busy. I decided to start making more foods from scratch. I had more children. I moved. I got busier with homeschool and writing…and I found that trying to use coupons was STRESSING ME OUT.
Ain’t nobody got time for that – stress, it’s a killer.
But, I’m frugal! I’m supposed to use coupons! That’s what frugal people do, don’t ya know?!
Well…not me. I quit. I don’t use very many food coupons.
I just do not have the time. There are healthy coupons to be had…especially if you look around online. And I know lots of people use coupons for toiletries and such, but now that I’ve embraced The KonMari Method, I don’t buy a ton of stuff in bulk any more – so if we are close to running out, I just go buy a tube of toothpaste, instead of 8.
This has been SO freeing to me.
Now, instead of spending hours hunting down coupons, traveling from store to store for the best deals, and staying on top of all the deal sites…I just buy what I need.
- I take advantage of loss leaders at the store.
- I buy in bulk.
- We hunt and use venison.
- I shop at Aldi when I can get there.
- I buy marked down meats and freeze them.
- I have two deep freezers to store items that I find for good deals.
- I buy in season.
- We eat Poorganic.
I know a lot of other people have options that we don’t have here – like Costco, Azure Standard, and Zaycon Foods. But, I’m able to make do with the savings that I can here in the country.
So I’m having money by buying less…by buying more…by storing in season foods for later.
Does that mean I NEVER use coupons? Of course not – sometimes my mom finds coupons and gives them to me. Thanks, Mom! Sometimes I find them randomly online. Sometimes they are mailed to me. And I NEVER miss my monthly Chick-Fil-A coupon. 😉
Am I saying that YOU shouldn’t use coupons? Heavens no. If you want to use coupons, I think that’s fine and dandy! I’ve just found, it’s not worth it to me right now. And I wanted to make sure that other mamas knew it was okay for them too. It’s okay to be frugal without coupons. It’s okay to not use them. It’s okay to use them.
You just have to decide what works for you. Time is money…and I’m not spending time on coupons. Now, I gotta go make a giganto batch of Cinnamon PB Granola.