An Argument Against Coupons
Our family has been spending a lot of time figuring out how we can save money this summer as my husband's illness has kept him out of work and I've taken a leave from my job to care for him at home.
Many friends and family members have suggested that I clip coupons and/or learn to become an extreme coupon-er to save our family a lot of money at the grocery check out line. So, I joined the sites and spent time perusing the coupons offered by national brands. Here is what I've concluded.
I don't want what they are selling.
I see savings for a lot of processed junk. I don't want processed food. I don't want chemicals, high fructose corn syrup and genetically modified ingredients in the food I bring home to my family. What I want is savings on the basics, staples for the pantry so that I can affordable feed my family well by making the food we eat.
Now, coupon clipping queens, don't get your panties in a bunch, there is no judgement here from me about what you purchase or put on your table; I'm simply stating that most of the coupons available do not satisfy my families needs.
I will say this though, please think about why national brand food manufactures are offering coupons. What makes this a profitable venture for them? Do you really need six cases of toothpaste to save $2.00? What is in that toothpaste anyway? Do those coupons make you go to the store more often than you would have otherwise? At the end of the month, when you add up all your receipts..did you really save?
I'm finding that if I just stick with the basics, utilize the bulk food bins and work on being more plan-ful and organized with meals, that I'm saving a lot of money that way. Without Clipping Coupons.
And we're eating better. With whole ingredients.
It's a start to being frugal and feeling good about what I'm putting on the table for our family. I have a lot to learn and improve upon regarding the management of my household. It's a new challenge and set of skills I'm determined to learn.
So, thank you but no thank you to the national brands coupons.