As I was getting ready to take my shower tonight, I realized that the can of shaving cream I had in the shower was empty. Rather than just shave with soap (ow!), or skip shaving altogether, I was able to go to my stockpile and just grab another can. I have about 2 more cans in there and Lance has about 4!
That’s why I do couponing. It’s a great feeling knowing that I haven’t paid money for shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, and deodorant for over 6 months! That doesn’t make me cheap; that makes me a good steward of our money. Just like time invested into a job will reap money…time invested into couponing will save money. I spend about 2-3 hours twice a week cutting coupons, compiling them, and going to different stores, but it sure is worth it!
I like to save enough things in our stockpile to last about 3 months. Usually in about 6 weeks-3 months the cycle will start over and you can get the items for free again. When I find myself with extras, I like to give it away to family, friends, and shelters.
I absolutely do not believe in hoarding. I think it’s silly to take everything off the shelf just because I can get it for free. I like to leave some for the other saavy shoppers. I went to the Nashville flea market this past summer when my mom came to visit. I saw this one lady’s booth that was FULL of piles and piles of things that I had seen on sale for cheap-to-free in the weeks preceding. She was selling all of it for about 3/4 of the retail price. I think that is wrong.
My goal is not to make a profit off of retail stores. My goal is to utilize their sales in order to make our money stretch farther. Plus, it’s nice not to run out of shaving cream 😉