Over the last few days, I’ve been reading How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing by Kathy Spenser. This book is packed, packed I tell you, with valuable information on how to score tons of coupons, combine them with store sales, and get a bunch of stuff for free. It’s funny, compact, and very easy to read. I highly recommend it.
As I was tearing thru the pages of How to Shop for Free, there were moments when I felt that maybe I too could be someone who routinely receives 97% off my checkout bill. Why not? I mean, I have a job and everything. But I distinctly remember seeing an Extreme Couponing episode where a working woman was able to replicate the savings of a housewife.
I was inspired.
Well, I was inspired until Farnoosh Torabi penned a rather discouraging blow titled Extreme Coupons: TV Show Draws Extreme Backlash. In the article, Farnoosh talks about recent changes made by retailers to thwart off the obscene savings by would-be extreme couponing copycats.
For instance, according to Rite Aid’s new coupon policy, they now only accept a maximum of “4 identical coupons for the same number of qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers within the store manager’s sole discretion.” I can only redeem 4 coupons for the same item? At the manager’s sole discretion? Eek!
At least now I know what to expect. Thanks for killing my dreams, Farnoosh. I’ll just go back to paying full retail price for all my shopping needs.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who feels this way. Phil Lempert of Supermarketguru.com says that “shoppers no longer feel good about saving $10, or 10-to-20 percent. They’re becoming depressed that they are not able to buy $1,000 or more groceries for 25 cents.”
But why does it have to be that way? *Stomps foot, folds arms*
Just because I’m not a kept woman, surrounded by coupon doubling supermarkets, I have to pay top dollar to subsidize the grocery bill of some bitch who is? Enough of that. I’m putting my foot down and becoming one of those bitches – kind of.
I never intended on ridding a shelf of 72 bottles of mustard. I don’t have room to put all that crap anyway. If I can save an extra $200 – $300 a month from clipping coupons, I’ll take it.
We often take the all or nothing attitude with other areas of our lives.
“I can’t save up the $3 million I need for retirement, so I’ll, uh, spend every dime I make and spend my golden years in squalor.”
Is slightly uncomfortable not superior to so broke and miserable you’d rather be dead?
There’s so much to explore between “all” and “nothing.”
Whatever it is you’ve been struggling with, whether it’s financially related or not, ask yourself, “Can I do something?”
What are your thoughts? Any instances where you’ve successfully implemented an all or something approach?