Friday, March 20, 2009

Why do you Coupon?

We get this question all the time and there are so many reasons why we do what we do. We want to hear from you. Leave a comment with your story about couponing and why you can't live without them. The admins. will vote on the best story and the winner will receive 3 sets of inserts from Sunday papers. You've got until Monday the 23rd at midnight.

15 comments:

Jilene said...

Well, let's see. I coupon because I get a "high" from NOT spending money and getting things for "cheap" or "free." It is my "drug of choice" if you will. I have been couponing for years, but it hasn't been until recently that I have been able to follow all these awesome blogs and really, REALLY get some great deals. I love going to the store and seeing how many things I can get for "free" or just paying tax, and even things for under $1. It's amusing and it's awesome to see other peoples reactions from getting such a great deal... especially those that don't use coupons. I also coupon because I hate to spend money and I'd rather have it in my bank account growing than spending it on anything. Even the necessary items. I think that items these days are completely overpriced. What I pay for them WITh coupons is what they should be charging WITHOUT coupons. :-) Yeah, I'm cheap. And the last reason I coupon is because I'm a competitive person and I like to see how many deals I can get to "beat the next person!" he he. Just kidding... :-)

richelle said...

I do it for lots of reasons, one, I'm addicted and I figure if I'm going to be addicted to something, why not have it be saving money. Two because it's my way of helping out the budget, I'm fortunate enough to be able to stay home and so anyway I can help, especially if I can have fun doing it, I'm willing to try and 3) I want my kids to learn to save and be frugal too, and if you want something it's ok to wait until it's on sale so you don't have to spend all your money on it. I loved it the other night when my son said he wanted to buy something and asked if I'd watch for a coupon so he could get it!! And 4) I just love it!

auntgrandma1 said...

with 4 adults living in one house and 3 laid off or ill if I did not coupon we would not eat as well as we do, wash our hair, or have TP. The walgreen's coupons and help from this and other sites help me keep my family running.

Marie said...

I'm going to have to repeat a lot of the answers that have already been given.

MONEY! is the number one reason why I coupon. It seems like the $75 grocery budget that I had 2 years ago doesn't buy nearly as much food today. Without coupons we would be eating spaghetti and soup every night versus having plenty of variety.

STORAGE! is another reason why I do it. I have never had a food storage beyond my essentials pantry. It just wasn't possible with our limited grocery budget (not to mention limited space) to stock up on things when we needed other things to actually eat NOW! But with coupons I find my dollar stretching so much further and now I have room to start spending and builing on my food storage!

THE CHALLENGE! is the final reason. I love to go through the ads every week and then match my coupons to the ads for the best deals! Then I love to see if I can find even better deals once I hit the store!

Laura said...

Of course saving money is important. I like to save on groceries so that my family can go on a fun family trip or somethings. And I have really enjoyed stocking up my food storage so that when I can't get to the store I still have what I need....couponing is the only way that I've found to really stock up! It is so satisfying to walk into my storage room and see some full shelves...I'm still working on filling up the rest! Thanks for your helpful blog site--it is helping me to accomplish these goals!!!

Britanie said...

I used to hate grocery shopping, I thought it was silly to spend so much money on items that were consumable. A year ago I was challenged to live a week on what I had to eat in my home, no grocery shopping, and there was no warning, no last minute run to the store to stock up. My family survived, we got creative with meals and we snacked less. We ran out of a few things, like flour. And I decided right then that it was time to improve on my food storage. Couponing has allowed me to that, it has given me the ability to be prepared, at a price I could afford. In January of this year I was laid off from my job. This would've been a much scarier prospect if we had not been prepared. Our grocery budget was already down to a very affordable level, we were able to live on what we had already accumulated and continue to grow our supply. I coupon shop for peace of mind.

Fernelius said...

It's better to surf the internet looking for ways to save more money than to spend the money. I once was addicted to ebay, but now I am in for the couponing and the free items. I adv. about $45.00 a week in savings that I normally just threw away when i would go shopping. We put that money in a jar and it goes in the family trip fun. i like that I am teaching my kids to be frugal and really weigh the options in buying things rather than buying just to do it

Bambi said...

At first I was trying to cut my grocery bill down, so I started using coupons. Then I found out I was spending more by buying things only because I had a coupon for it (spend a dollar to save a dime). Then thanks to a few good friends I learned how to use coupons correctly. Now I do it because I am addicted to finding the best deals or free stuff!

Kristin said...

I have been doing coupons FOREVEEEER!!! My friends make fun of me and called me the "Thrifty Queen" or "Coupon Queen". They think it's crazy to shop around just to "save a few bucks". Well, now it's becoming more and more popular because it makes "CENTS"!!! I have always thought that no matter how much money you have you owe it to yourself to be a smart consumer. Why pay more than you have to or waste money that you could use for something else. Sure it's only a dollar or less coupons being used, but after years of using them and combining them with store savings, it's a big, big savings. I love them and will always use them. My children are also learning to be wise money spenders as I take them along to see what it saves. My 13 YO son was shocked when our savings @ Albertsons was $56.00 after coupons and PSavings. I love those life lessons. He was amazed!! Saving money takes time but so does everything else that is worth while. The more you do it the easier it gets. This website helps all of us to save $ and time!!! Thanks!

Glaston Totes said...

I used to clip coupons when we lived in Houston, but stopped when we moved to Boise Idaho because no place doubled or tripled coupons. Now we live in Redding California and have the same problem - no one here is coupon friendly so no one clips coupons. After our first trip back to houston in almost 10 years, I came home with coupon inserts from their sunday paper. My first trip was to Winco (I always try to support a Boise company:)) and the lady had to call for manager approval because of all of the coupons. I was about to give up again when I saw the Idaho Statesman (can you tell that I'm homesick for Boise) piece about coupons. It really inspired me and I have come to realize that the coupons don't have to be doubled to get free or cheap stuff. We just went to Safeway tonight and we purchased $87.71 worth of stuff for $15.73. My husband and children were really impressed. I have not worked since moving from Boise - I stay at home and homeschool my 7th grade twins - and this is a way for me to help our family during these tight times. Thank you very much for showing me the light.

Cynthia

Beth said...

If anyone really knew how much money my husband brings home each month for our family of seven they wouldn't believe us. Over the years we have learned to stretch every penny to make sure I am able to stay at home and do the most important job in the world-Mom! I love my children deeply and without couponing and living frugally we wouldn't be able to survive on one income. It has become a lifestyle for us. We pay the Lord first, then the bills, and what is left...well, we get creative! My children are happy, they don't feel deprived. Maybe we don't see the latest movies, have big brand clothes or live in a big nice home but we have so much fun as a family doing things that don't cost money! Being frugal has given us perspective. It isn't about the stuff and things, it's about making a life with what you have and not wishing for more. It's about gratitude for your meals and clothes and home no matter how humble. It's about knowing what is really important and feeling content with what you have. Love, gratitude and family. What better reasons are there?

Megan Morton said...

I have always been a frugal shopper (looking for good deals) but I rarely used coupons. It wasnt until our first born (she is now 4 months old) blessed our family that I began using coupons.

Before she was born, I planned on continuing to work, thinking that it would be a prority of mine to be a "career woman." Once little McKenzie was born, my thoughts were very different. I am doing all that I can, so I can eventually stay home with her. It is very painful to go to work, but I know that my time will come.

Plus, couponing has become a fun game and activity. Of course I have missed a few of the good deals due to having such a young one at home.

I am trying to talk my husband into a quick trip over to Idaho for one of the next KCL Classes. Hopefully someday!

Brooke said...

I like to coupon because it saves our family money. I'm trying to stock up on stuff before our first child gets here - so I have a stockpile and don't have to go to the store but also to save money. I also enjoy the thrill of coming home and showing my husband the receipt and explaining how I got all the food/stuff for so cheap!

The Beus Family said...

I always have enjoyed a good deal, and a little bit of shopping therapy. I used to scour the sale clothes racks to get my fix now I can use my skills to get the things we actually need and it is fun for me. I save he most in toiletries I can't believe what I used to pay for that stuff. I also enjoy the challenge of matching coupons to adds and finding the best deals. I am new at couponing and I love it.

Karen said...

I'm a recent addition to the couponing-crowd. I've started using coupons in an attempt to remain a stay at home mom. I've been fortunate enough to be home with my two boys for almost two years now, but our family's finances have gotten tighter recently thanks to the national economy as well as some other unforseen personal circumstances. In a lot of ways, the most logical answer to our troubles would be for me to return to work, but I really don't want to! The time I spend with my boys is so special and I love it dearly. So, I started to brainstorm how to trim a few more dollars off of our monthly bills (and keep me at home) and couponing is one of the ideas I came up with. I'm learning lots and enjoying it so far! And I also enjoy the challenge of spending as little as possible - it's such a thrill!