Coupon Addiction: A Good Thing!
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Coupon Addiction: A Good Thing!

Posted on Sunday, September 4th, 2011 at 6:12 am
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When I think of addictions the first things that come to mind are smoking, drugs, spending beyond your budget, etc.  These all sound like terrible things that have damaged the lives of countless people but what about the healthy addictions?  People who just have to get in their morning run,  the woman who is totally addicted to fresh veggies (me) and the teenager who did a community service project through his school and now he can’t get enough.  These addictions can be part of a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.  That is how I view my addiction to couponing.

Of course, just like anything else, there always comes a point where you can go overboard.  Almost every woman in the world is addicted to chocolate but you don’t see us eating 12lbs of chocolate a day.  Yes, some coupon addicts can go overboard.  I find that the biggest problem with extreme couponers is that they will purchase items that they will never use just because it is a bargain.  I also find that couponers will sometimes buy WAY too much of a product just because it is a great deal.  In this instance they are not even saving money.   That product will most likely go bad on their shelves and that is like throwing away money.

I do not hoard thousands of dollars worth of product in my home and hide cans of soup in my husbands sock drawer but I find saving money to be absolutely fulfilling.  I do my best to get great deals on things my family will absolutely use in the next few months.  If I happen to find a free deal on something we will not use I get it anyway and donate it to the local homeless shelter.  Saving money this way allows me to give back as well as save money for my family. It is an addiction that I am very proud of.

While you are out there being the rock star of savings, make sure to think of the good you can do with your money saving talents.  Weather it is in your home or in your community make your addiction, A Good Thing!








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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.