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My friend Eileen heard a new term recently that describes many of us in the midst of the coupon craze, and I absolutely loved it. Rather than calling ourselves “extreme couponers”, why not think of ourselves as “strategic couponers”? (Or maybe even strategic shoppers?)
I'm not all that much an extreme couponer myself – just this morning I overspent on a pack of Pillsbury crescent rolls because we needed them for dinner tonight, and my coupons weren't with me when I ran in to Kroger at 6:17 AM after exercising. (Eek!) I figure though that by saving with coupons at least 80% of the time, a little over-spending at the grocery store every once in awhile really. is. okay. (But it's hard for me even to remember some days!)
I do however want to shop strategically (so that I don't overspend on Crescent rolls . . . ughhh!) How about you? Do you consider yourself a pretty reasonably minded strategic couponer, or have you gone full out into extreme couponing? I'd love to hear what couponing looks like in your home, as I know many of us are on different ends of the coupon spectrum. I'd also love to know how frequently you shop with coupons . . . 10% of the time? 50%? or every single time you shop?
Happy strategic coupon shopping!