I FINALLY got around to watching the popular episode of Wife Swap where one of the wives is a crazy coupon lady (and her husband is a crazy coupon man). Now, when I say crazy, I don’t mean awesome (I consider the term ‘crazy coupon lady’ rather offensive, actually).
The McIntyre family loves to save money by using coupons. Husband and wife (Denise and George) are OBSESSED with clipping coupons and buying products for next to nothing. Now that is normally a-ok in my books, but they have purchased things that they admitted to having no need for just because they had a coupon for it. I’m sorry, but that is just plain STUPID. Just because you have a coupon doesn’t mean you should use it! Ugh.
Their basement is filled with TONS of items they purchased using coupons and alot of it goes to waste because they never use it up before it expires. I know I have said this before, but if you cannot use something before the expiry date – GET RID OF IT. Either donate it, or better yet – don’t buy it in the first place. You are not saving money if the items you buy end up in the garbage.
You know, I am all for saving money. I strongly believe that everyone should use coupons to some extent. What I don’t believe is that you should spend every waking moment of every single day slaving over coupons. If you’re not careful, they really can take over your life. I have had to limit my time to search, clip, organize and shop with coupons because I found that it was honestly consuming all of me and it was just draining.
The McIntyre twin boys hardly have a social life at all because their mom refuses to go anywhere because if you go somewhere it is going to cost money. Um… HELLO! There are plenty of places that don’t cost money. The library, the park, even some museums are free!
Even if something does cost money, is it not worth it to splurge a little every now and again? I bet those boys are going to grow up and resent their parents for keeping them cooped up all the time, when they need to be out and enjoying life – OUTSIDE OF THE HOME!
Remember, if you use coupons, don’t let them take over your life.
How do I manage my coupon time?
Well, all week I receive coupons in the mail and in stores. I stash them all, uncut, in a plastic container on my desk. On Wednesdays, I clip all of my coupons, list the ones I have to trade and then file them away in my coupon binder.
On Thursdays, I check the weekly flyers and make my menu plan and shopping list, and then pull out all of the coupons I plan to use.
On Fridays, I do my grocery shopping. I always try to go first thing in the morning when the stores are less crowded.
Since I do maintain my partner site ThinkCoupons.ca, and I post lots of deals on here, I am lucky enough to see all of the new coupons when they become available. However, if I did not do this as my job, I would dedicate one evening for ordering/printing online coupons as well.