Friday, June 24, 2011

Confessions of a Closet Couponer

 Everyone's heard about the TLC show "Extreme Couponing", and while I'm no where near that stage, I think I may have a problem.

I had to add storage to my kitchen today. Everything you see on that shelf was tucked in every nook and cranny I could find in the kitchen. And sadly, that's just the pasta and cereal. And I still have pasta and cereal in the cabinets. That may look like enough cereal to last a couple of years, but with 6 of us eating cereal almost daily, it's really only a couple of months worth.

 Am I crazy? OCD? Maybe. But I prefer to call it "Smart Couponing". Check out my receipt from today:

 I spent $44.51. Between store sales and coupons, I saved $38.89. That's nearly 47%. Unlike the people on Extreme Couponing, we didn't get 846 bottles of ketchup and 490 boxes of laxatives. We bought chicken, beef, pork, coffeemate, juice, fresh fruit, and cereal and pasta. These are all items we'll need for the upcoming week or two. Well, except maybe the cereal and pasta, but they were good deals! And I didn't use more than 2 of the same coupons.

Is there anything wrong with creating stockpiles of thousands of items? To each his own. Just remember to leave some on the shelves for the rest of us! 

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Cranberry Morning said...

Saving 47% on items you're going to use anyway is just plain smart!

Be sure to enter my Soap'n'Such Giveaway if you haven't already. :-)

Lana said...

If you are spending the time and energy on products that you use, I think couponing is a good thing. It's the buying of things one would never use otherwise that starts to trap you!

Love the new look on your page! Very vibrant and eye-catching!

Anna said...

I have been using a lot of coupons too! But I am not buying 846 bottles of ketchup or 490 boxes of laxatives! Doesn't it feel great to know you saved money on things that you use daily?

ann said...

I really like your header. Looks real sharp.

BigD said...

That is great!
I stock up what I can, when I can--especially if it's on sale with a coupon!
I do draw the line sometimes, compared to my mom.
One time, I noticed she had SIX 1.5 liter-sized bottles of Listerine. For just her and my dad!!!
NOBODY'S breath is THAT bad!
"But it was cheap!" she said.
I trust they aren't drinking it.