Recently, I received an email from a regular reader about frugal living with coupons and she had several great points and a different perspective so I wanted to share them. This reader felt that I was against coupon usage and wanted to point out the benefits and savings involved with using coupons.
Coupons may be a good way to save money if they are for the items you and your family need and want. If coupons save you money, you should definitely use them.
The beauty of being frugal, allows us to live richly in ways that we choose. While I mean that metaphorically, I also mean that literally. How I chose to live frugally may be different from how someone else does and that’s okay. I certainly do not want readers to think I look down on coupon use if it saves your family money.
The goal of this website is to encourage living well on less and to save money, resources, and time. If your version of frugal living involves coupons and you enjoy it, by all means, clip away.
From the email I received:
I realize that to many, couponing seems like a huge time waster, with little to show for in the end. But to some, it is a fun hobby, and for others, a way to provide for their families. I subscribe to another blog, Frugal Living NW, and while she espouses many of the same money saving philosophies as you, she also has a coupon component in her blog. I am not suggesting you do this. It just seems as though you are looking down on couponers, and there is no need to do that while touting how you choose to save money. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. By the way, I have found Winco’s prices are not great on toiletries. If people do nothing more than coupon for these items, they will save a lot of money, and by sticking to a select few items, a lot of time as well.
This is a completely different perspective from mine. It has been my experience, that for my weekly grocery shopping, the majority of the items I buy (bulk bin items that include: beans, pasta, baking ingredients, and fruits/vegetables) what I’m buying is already less expensive than the equivalent item that has a coupon, even after the discount has been applied. If there were coupons for these items, I would definitely use them and I’d be thrilled!
For toiletry purchases, I completely agree that WinCo doesn’t have the lowest or most competitive prices. For those purchases, I either head to Costco, Target or Walmart, whichever one is close to where I’m headed. At those establishments, I generally try to stick with generic or store brand versions. When I venture to these stores, I stock up so that I’m only going once every month or two, rather than every week.
If couponing is your hobby or sport, and you enjoy it, please check out Frugal Living NW. Angela has many great ideas, tips, and coupons.
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