Tuesday morning at our MOPS group, two women came to speak about couponing. A mother/daughter team with a website and a plan... it sounds so good. I listened attentively and tried to mentally follow their tips and suggestions. But I gotta admit; I'm having a hard time picturing myself doing this. I want to, I really want to. I like saving money! I guess what I have a hard time wrapping my brain around is the idea of buying things that are brand name. I buy the "off brand" at discounted stores. I almost always have (and think that my malady may be part genetic!). There are a few items that I have discovered will not work in generic form, but these are few and far between. When I glance through the coupon ads I tend to do just that, glance. You see after years of cutting and slicing and trimming the budget I've found that I don't use MOST of the items they offer coupons for. I like to use vinegar for most of my cleaning purposes... it's cheap and more effective. I use such a small amount of shampoo that one bottle can last me up to two years. I make my own laundry soap that is inexpensive and I prefer over any store bought equal (plus it's better for my washing machine). I just like doing things the old fashioned way and these coupons are mostly offers on *new* products and ideas, they do me no good!
So when I mentioned to my husband that the speaker had been about couponing... he affirmed me and my wandering thoughts. It feels good to know that I'm doing what I can to not only save our budget but also to cut down on waste in our home. If that means that I never have to clip a coupon, well then, I guess I'm okay with that!