Damn those extreme couponers and crazy bargain hunter!
There isn’t a week that goes by and when this scenario happens:
On Farmer’s Market Hummus
Person: You got that at the Farmer’s Market?
Me: Yeah I got that at the Farmer’s Market. It was 3 for 12 dollars.
Person: You got jipped. It’s usually 3 for 10 dollars.
Me: Umm…no. I’ve been to all the Farmer’s Markets in the neighborhood and it’s always been 3 for 12. Maybe 5 years ago it was 3 for 10.
(Besides, me and my friends split between the 3 hummus)
To me, why freak out over 2 dollars?
Or… the scenario where everyone gets all excited about getting that 25 dollar gift card if you spend a 100 dollars or more at El Torito’s (or whatever the deal was). In the end we end up spending more so really, was that 25 dollar gift card worth it?
I tried my share of extreme coupon-ing for a day but then I found out it wasn’t for me when I was grocery shopping. I didn’t save as much as I thought I would with the coupons and I’m found myself stuck with food I normally don’t eat and will go bad anyways.
In general I save money without the coupons because I come in shopping with a plan and a good idea what’s in the pantry. There would be SOME things I would get a coupon for but…then I get to the aisle to get that national brand of marinara sauce with my get two for 1, and then I realized generic brand is good enough for me. Though with the generic brand of marinara sauce, I get only 1 jar — it’s cheaper than buying ONE jar of the national brand AND it’s BIGGER. I buy two jars of generic brand marinara sauce and I’m only paying one dollar more than the coupon price for the national brand. But yet according to my calculations, I am still paying less because I base my choices on the lowest cost per ounce.
Yes I know it’s nerdy but that’s what my final choice boils down too.
It felt so good to get this out. I am a frugal person myself or maybe I’m just getting smarter with my money. But I never try to coupon and haggle every single item I see.
Another advice to extreme coupon-ers, barganistas, hagglers is if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. Simple as that. Maybe if you’re buying 70 boxes of cereal for 5 dollars, 100 cans of tomato sauce, and pretty much the whole store and giving it to charity–that’s great. Otherwise you’re just hoarding a bunch of food.