Day sixteen

I’m feeling much better today.  I’m over the hump of mid-month.  Last night I went out and used a coupon at a restaurant.  The server was very nice and explained what we could use the coupon for.  It saved us $10.  It was easy and I didn’t feel cheap – just thrifty!  I also made a delicious soup today for lunch with some of the organic vegetables I had delivered last Friday.  Yum!

Yesterday I said I needed a plan to get through the next two and a half weeks.  Here are a few things I’ve decided to do:

  1. As a comment to my last post, my friend Annie suggested I make a list of all the things that I want but can’t buy, and revisit the list at the end of the month to see if I really want/need those things or if they were just things I wanted to buy because they were there.  I think this is a fabulous suggestion and I have started this list.  Thanks Annie.
  2. I also plan to look through my coupons and figure out which ones I want to use, which ones I’ll keep just in case, and which ones I’ll never use and should give away.  I’m a bit overwhelmed with the amount of coupons I have now and I think it’s better if I organize and plan them into a more manageable system.
  3. I’m going to take one day a week to go through the online coupon sites, look at the flyers, and plan my week of coupon use.  Now that I know where to look for coupon information, I need to better manage my couponing time so it doesn’t overwhelm me and take over my life.
  4. I will continue to bring snacks with me, so I’m not tempted to buy food while I’m out (which will save me money as well!)
  5. My last plan of attack is to try to avoid situations where I feel tempted to buy things on a whim (at least while I’m feeling frustrated).

If you have any other suggestions of ways I can get through this month, please comment and let me know.

6 thoughts on “Day sixteen

  1. glad to hear you’re doing much better today than you were yesterday – was concerned, but also understand how challenging your coupon adventures must be! frustrating moment reminder: this too in time shall pass.
    anyways, love that you’ve introduced the “sharing research on couponing” segments. it’s a whole other world isn’t it? have a question though about stockpiling, as i was also raised by a stock-piler. here it is: you can save money by buying an abundance of items on sale & storing them in your pantry, freezer, etc., but if you forget that you have these items & buy more, or if you eventually throw these items out because they’ve gone bad, are you really saving? i’m always skeptical when i hear someone exclaim, “look what i’ve saved!” when in reality he/she has purchased a bunch of items he/she doesn’t necessarily need … so where are the savings here?

    • I’m very skeptical as well about stockpiling. However, I think there are ways to do it so it works. You have to be super organized and know exactly how much of everything you have and when it will go bad. You need to rotate everything so you use the oldest stuff first. It’s also much easier to stockpile things that won’t go bad (ie. my mom’s toilet paper). Unfortunately, most people aren’t nearly this organized and they do end up wasting product and, in turn, not saving money!

  2. I finally caught up on your entries.

    It has been an interesting read for me as I never use coupons (I do buy on sale but can’t be bothered with coupons). I say never but it’s not true – I did use my first coupon in years last week at the grocery store ($5 rebate on any $40 purchase). Perhaps your experiment has been an influence… 😉 Good to hear you’re feeling better. I would never survive a “coupon month”.

    • I’m glad to hear I could be an influence. 🙂 I’ve realized that coupons can be great if you use them on things that are already on sale. If you can find a coupon for a product you were going to buy anyways, you can save a little bit extra. And yes, coupon month is much harder than I thought it would be!

  3. Point five of your plan for the next few weeks reminds me of advice given to people over-coming addictions – avoid situations where you might be tempted. This raises an interesting point. Although money can give us freedom, it can also end up controlling us. I personally have felt both trapped & frustrated when I hadn’t the money to spend (“why can’t I just buy this small thing like everyone else?”), and compelled to spend on short-lived pleasures on a whim when my budget wasn’t tight (“I want it, so why shouldn’t I have it?”).
    I think your strategy is good! It sounds like it’ll introduce a little control into the rest of your month, which can help you cope when you feel you are being controlled by your extreme couponing lifestyle. Keep it up, you’re doing great!

    • I totally agree with you. I do feel trapped and frustrated and wanting to buy things for short-term pleasure. I’m really noticing all my bad shopping habits and this month is forcing me to try and come to terms with them.

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