Frugal living is usually equated with coupon clipping. People often ask about my ‘extreme couponing techniques.’ Truth is: I don’t have any. I’m not a coupon user because I don’t think spending money to save money is sustainable.
Since September is National Coupon Month, here are…
4 Reasons to Shop Without Coupons
This is what I like to call ‘thoughtful spending’ – because while we do have to buy items, let’s think about our purchases and how they impact our health, the environment, and our wallets.
I find that largely, coupons aren’t worth using. If an item is available in the bulk section (Need tips for shopping in the bulk bin food section?) or as a generic store version, it’s usually less expensive than the coupon discounted price on name brands. Example: At the dentist recently, they offered me a ‘big’ coupon ($2 off) on fluoride rinse. I declined because I know the store brand is half the cost of the name brand – without a coupon.
There’s real value in using a coupon on an item that you or your family truly uses. Stocking up and buying more than is actually needed is wasteful – plus see #4 below. Yes, I’m all for a deal – on items you need and use.