I have a friend who doesn't love using coupons. She doesn't get an adrenaline rush when she walks in the store :), figuring out how to print a coupon on Facebook makes her eyes just about fall out, and clipping through months of coupons just isn't for her.
Now, I've couponed diligently for quite some time (at least the last eight years), and most of the time I still get a little rush each time I walk in the grocery store (I know, weird.) I've watched the deals go from so-stinkin'-amazing-that-you-can-hardly-stand-it to not-so-amazing-but-still-pretty-worth-my-time. (Thank you TLC . . .ahem.) Buy I've come to a place where I recognize that couponing is not only a way to save money, but also something I just enjoy doing.
However, it's not for everyone, and there are still ways to save money even without using coupons. (Gasp!) Shopping your store's sales ad faithfully, purchasing produce & meats seasonally, using Amazon to purchase groceries, and knowing your top prices on pantry staples can work for people who are either too busy or just plain ole' not wired to use coupons.
BUT, if you need to use coupons to stretch your family's budget and more easily make ends meet, then I encourage you to
suck it up get over it and start clipping. (Eek!) If you've been in a rut, and just don't want to do it any longer (but need to use coupons for your family. . . ) there's no way to make it work except to jump in and do it. And, if you're discouraged by the lack of rock bottom prices due to increased coupon usage, remember that while your savings may not be what they once were, there are still some pretty amazing deals to be had.
If you just can't stand to clip another coupon (and are blessed with some extra expendible cash. . . ) consider making lifestyle changes to pinch a few extra pennies at your home, and still watch for deals on items your family needs when you have the time to do it. Be conscientious about getting the best prices even without using coupons, and you'll likely pinch an extra penny or two.
Do you feel that coupons are something you're up for right now? Are you worn out and just can't stand the idea of clipping another coupon? If you need to clip those coupons: Just. Do.It. (Even though you don't want to – sometimes we don't get to choose if we like it or not!) But, if your budget can survive it, consider finding alternative ways to save.
I'd love to hear how you're feeling about using coupons right now (especially how long you've been at it . . . everyone tends to get in a rut once in awhile and maybe you'll encourage someone else!)
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