This time last year I was all gung-ho about saving money with coupons! I had begun a money-saving blog and was getting ready to teach a big group of ladies at church what I had learned on the subject (which lead to a couple more "coupon seminars"). My coupon binder was full of coupons and I was saving, saving, saving!
These days, however, while I'm still acquiring coupons, most of them are never used, and the savings have gone down, down, down . . . waaaaay down!
I'm not sure what's happening! I have some guesses, though.
Whatever the reason behind it, coupons in general are not nearly as valuable as they once were, and some stores are tightening the rules on how they can be used.
Couple the coupon catastrophe with rising grocery prices, and it can become quite discouraging!
Yesterday, after much planning for my grocery shopping trip, I ended up taking exactly 2 coupons with me, neither of which did I end up using. The products they were for were not on sale as I thought, and their regular prices were extremely high. I was able to get the Aldi brand for much less, even had I used the coupons!
Couponing, done the most effective way, takes time, and lately I feel like I've been often wasting that time in the end! Who wants to waste time? Who has time to waste?
Yet, I haven't felt totally convinced to give it up. I feel like if I give up now I'll miss something that might happen after this slump. After all, I did pay only 25 cents each for a couple of tubes of toothpaste a couple weeks ago and got a couple of other great deals. That does count for something.
I'm just trying to decide how much it counts!
I may just scale back for the time being, and stop buying the Sunday papers for coupons. I can still print coupons off the internet. That won't give me as much of a variety, but will help me feel *less* like I'm wasting time and money. Even this I haven't decided for sure.
Any of you other couponers want to share your thoughts on this?