Couponing without all the junk? Is it possible?

Couponing without Junk FoodMany years ago when my husband and I were first married I did quite a bit of couponing.  I got some great deals!  Slowly over the years, though, I’ve moved into cooking more from scratch and now I’m even grinding wheat to bake bread.  My grocery shopping trip this weekend was a big shocker for me and my husband suggested I look at couponing again.

But here’s the thing – couponing is not enjoyable to me.  And when something is not enjoyable, I am not going to spend several hours on my Sunday looking for deals.  I then am not going to go to the store and do 15 transactions to get razors and toothpaste and what have you for free.

Oh, I’ve done it.  Hated every minute of it, too.  I have a sister who does a ton of couponing but she ENJOYS it, that’s her “me” time, and so I get that.  Not so for me.

Not to mention – 85% of the foods available with coupons are junk foods.  I’m sorry but even the most incredible fantastic deal on poptarts, lunchables and hot pockets are worthless to me.  I wouldn’t take them if they were free (OK I bet my hubby wouldn’t mind the hot pockets… but man, the SODIUM!).

However, with a discussion with some of my friends at one of my favorite forums, Homesteading Today, I’ve decided I need to buck up and just do it.  I will accept that I can’t get the greatest deals.  I don’t get newspaper delivery, so I will content myself with printable coupons and Sunday coupon inserts if I happen to go into town to take MY “me” time (which is always best spent at a diner having coffee with myself and a good book).

So, I’m setting up a new category for it, and I’ll make my first post a little later – the TRUE economics of couponing.  Dun dun DUNNNNNNNN!!!  You guys can follow along with me if you are interested in doing the same.  I wish there was a website out there that highlighted coupon deals for those of us who don’t buy hamburger helper.  BUT there isn’t, so I will post what I can and maybe it will help some people.

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3 Comments

  1. I have a love/hate affair with coupons too. I think I get the biggest benefit out of coupons for personal care items and not on the food. I usually buy one or two good deals each week on personal care stuff with coupons and that’s it. If you’re buying milk, meat, and produce, there’s not much you can do with coupons. And yet I still keep cutting coupons out, only to throw a lot of them away a month or so later when they expire. 🙂

    1. Hey I did that too! The expiring thing, I mean. I’ll make another bigger post about it tomorrow but I really think I am going to purposefully limit myself in the coupons. I still haven’t even decided what I’m going to do 🙂

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