I'm not a coupon fiend, I can't be, it's far too stressful for a working mum. There's also too much on sale that we don't need/like and not enough on sale that we do need/like. We also seem to have fewer coupon friendly stores north of the Mason Dixon line and most of the useful blogs aren't that way inclined. Not to mention that in Maine we are considered out in the boonies and so our selection at Target/Walmart/Rite Aid or other coupon friendly places is generally slim.
Though I retain my positive outlook and enjoy the bargain hunt, often this can leave me feeling quite despondent, yesterday while desperately hunting for applicable coupons I came across this posting http://amysfinerthings.com/the-best-way-to-save-money
What brilliant timing for Husby and I, the perfect reminder for this unusually tight week
I have long been a believer in saving money by not spending money (the tower of condensed milk in my cupboard mocks me as I type) but that very often doesn't come across well in the majority of coupon/saving blogs.
It's only worth $1 if you were going to buy it anyway.
One of my best money savers has actually been paying for a membership at Sam's Club. They don't take coupons there which is often irritating but neither do they take credit cards which is refreshing. Toby and Husby both like Cheese, I buy a big block every two weeks usually. The store brand cheese at my local grocery store is $7.50, Land of Lakes is $5.50 at Sam's Club. That's a saving of $52 a year so even after taking the $40 membership fee into account I have saved $12 on Cheese alone and all other savings are a bonus. The other saver here has been time and stress. I bought a giant jug of detergent in September and only needed a replacement last week. Not having to buy detergent every month has been wonderfully liberating. also not having to buy toilet paper, kitchen roll, dishwasher fluid. It's liberating to only have to worry about immediate consumables each week.
One of the commenters on the aforementioned post used a quotation I had never heard before but may use daily from now on, if only in my own mind when staring down Vera Bradley...
Elephants at two for a quarter are only a bargain if you have a quarter and need two elephants!