I am a member of CA: Coupon Anonymous. For a while (actually for about two years), I was a an avid person who was obsessed with grocery coupons. I would spend several dollars every Sunday to stop by my local grocery store to purchase the Sunday paper filled with ‘over $300 worth of coupons.’ I followed coupon websites, blogs, and message boards on where to get the best use of your coupons. I would spend time pouring over sales papers and visiting several stores a week to purchase whatever item they were selling that week so I could get the best deals.
In the long run, using coupons was saving money, filling my pantry with items, and feeling I was feeding my family with a smaller amount of money. When I looked at my pantry, we were not using some things. I would purchase them so cheap, I thought I couldn’t pass it up. Who could not live without green tea purchased for a nickel though not one person drinks it in our home. I know. We could have given it away but to who? It’s hard to find someone who drinks hot tea. I live in the south. Green tea is a mistake. Hot green ice tea is a down right sin.
I got busy. I got busier. My coupon game began to wither. I began to stress because I would see deals and sales I couldn’t not fulfill. It became a time vs. savings money challenge and time won out and it won out on purpose. Notice I said, “on purpose.” I was losing valuable time every week stressing out to the get a high off the next deal.
I have learned that time really is money. My time is valuable. It is expensive. I will die one day. Matter of fact, you will die one day. Getting the time, minutes, hours, and days we spend doing things of little to no value will come of regret later. I had to get back my time so I ended the purchase of newspapers, I stopped visiting coupon sites and message boards, and I began a pursuit of purchasing items of value – financially and nutritiously. Our fruit purchase began to increase dramatically. I was happier. But I also discovered something else. . .
You can save 100 percent on many items if you do one thing – don’t purchase them. It doesn’t seem as hard as it sounds but me, it is harder than all of the coupon gathering and spending combined. At the same time, it is pretty liberating to say no to something. It gives you back the power over your spending, your desires, and your finances. Think about it. When is the last time you saved 100 percent on any given item?
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? – Jesus Matthew 6:25
“A simple face that is hard to learn is that the time to save money is when you have some.” – Joe Moore