The following is a reprint of a previous post. Enjoy!
I was given a copy of Amy Dacyczyn’s The Complete Tightwad Gazette when I was on maternity leave with my now ten-year-old son.
It changed my life.
This book saved my family countless thousands of dollars through the years.
One thing I disagreed with though, was the author’s stance on coupons. She wrote that:
“Most food coupons are for convenience foods. Often the foods are more processed. Even when these items can be purchased cheaply, it should be considered that your family is acquiring a taste for these more expensive and less healthful items.”
How could she say that?!
I loved using coupons! I snagged extra Sunday circulars at work, and hoarded the Safeway double coupons.
It was pretty normal for my grocery receipt to show a 40% savings most every trip.
But then our income went up, and I let the coupon use dwindle, until it became an occasional endeavor.
I’ve been reading that the current economic crisis had seen a sharp increase in coupon usage. And that sparked an old hobby. Perhaps I should ramp the coupon use back up again. After all, there were no internet coupons ten-years-ago. It might be a way to tighten our belt that much more.
So I pulled out the glossy coupon circulars from the Sunday paper this week and grabbed a nice, sharp pair of scissors. I turned page after page without finding a single coupon for an item I would normally buy.
Nothing. Nada. Zip.
But I figured it out. Ten years ago I bought a lot of prepackaged food. My goal for feeding my family was to spend as little money as possible. Always. These goals have changed. Yes, I want to spend as little as possible, but it’s more important to serve healthy, fresh, local food.
And frankly, there are no coupons for this type of shopping.
So I put my scissors away, and tossed the coupons into the recycling.
And I no longer need to feel like I’m missing out on potential money savings.
And I now agree with Amy Dacycyzn.
Agree? Disagree? Please share your coupon philosophy in the comments section below.
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