Thank you for reading Budgets Arrghh Sexy! I agree with your points! My wife and I have started taking the same approach bulk oatmeal, anyone? Picky Pincher March 24, at 8: Thank you so much!
Reply 3 Lindy March 24, at 9: Of course, adding the quinoa makes it not as cheap. But I figure the health benefits are worth it! She is amazing when it comes to finding deals. Reply 5 Eileen March 24, at 1: This really makes a difference. Money March 25, at 1: Also, shopping with my kids and working the scenarios was just too stressful. It made me short-tempered.
Even with something as good as coupons, there are risks that you certainly saw firsthand. Good luck on maintaining a balance. We tend to try to got he route of only spend money on things that we need to use at the time and tie up our money in stockpiles, even if it was at a good price. But to offset the prices involved in this method we get the generic store brands instead of the pricey name brands. But in college we did use to scour the adds every week and do all our grocery shopping with price matching at Walmart and that did save us a ton even though it require a few extra hours per week.
Reply 11 Amy March 24, at 8: Reply 12 Paul Burckhardt March 24, at 8: We used to get multiple copies of the paper for this purpose. Yeah its great to get 10 bottles of dawn for 64 cents but when you calculate the amount of time spent, depending on the value you place on your own time it is an extreme money loser.
It took so much time and planning that I honestly would rather just pay full price. I used to be the same way. The rush after the hunt and find.
I got tired of it because it does take a lot of time. I still have fun finding freebies, though. Love the sugar scrub idea! Reply 14 Jax March 24, at 8: I will say, though, that I sold a lot of what I bought for a profit online, but again, that took even more time.
The only thing I miss about extreme couponing is all the free toothpaste. She loves a deal and counts this in her charitable giving. Once her business ratcheted up, she cut back some, but her stores are still around whenever a shelter calls. Your friend is an angel! But I can make more by using that 15 hours a week to freelance write or work on my blog and earn a lot more than if I would have couponed.
Reply 19 COD March 24, at 9: When is the last time you saw a buy one get one free for apples, or chicken? Instead we simply tailor our menu for the week to whatever is on sale. We also buy things like meat in spurts and freeze it. Reply 21 lauren March 24, at 9: I never spent more than a couple hours per week getting my lists together. I still coupon, but not extreme. CVS, however, is worth it. I save so much money there on laundry detergent, toothpaste, shampoo— things we USE every day.
And it takes only minutes to look over the deals on some extreme couponing sites. I struggle deciding whether to even get a newspaper anymore…is it worth it? Reply 23 Joe March 24, at 9: That is a bit extreme. You can get a part time job or start your own small business with that kind of time commitment.
How much time do you spend on DIY? A couple hours on Sunday and then a couple more hours throughout the week. Reply 25 Kris March 24, at About 10 years ago, I decided to only clip coupons for items we would actually, in normal life, use.
I grew tired of it. And it was costing me money buying big quantities. March 24, at Reply 29 Rose March 24, at Not to mention a son who likes to fish and brings me fish and crab, and since he started keeping chickens — free eggs. Now that I am retired I do grow a small herb and veggie garden — ever had orange-mint tea fresh from the garden or butter sauteed carrots with home grown fresh spearmint?
Divine — and so much more fun to spend your time on, than chasing coupons for a product you can in essence do without. Of course, I still use coupons and take advantage of all the bogo deals that abound in our area. I figured out what the time span is between the next bogo deal for each of our favorite products and I stock up with enough product, plus two weeks. Always pay attention — I think you owe it to yourself or rather your financial health, to not only find but keep looking for opportunities to save even more.
Join some of the buying clubs if like me, you have the space or share the club card with friends and family, so you only have to buy one card. Or — better yet, do a mystery shop and get membership for free. Miss all the traveling too! Bronners deal was a job well done! I like the DIY also, but mostly for minimalist reasons, not financial.
Kind of like how the couponists love to see where they save money, I love to see how many items I can multi-purpose. I also like to mix yogurt and spices as a facial mask.