by, 09-01-2009 at 09:30 AM (1946 Views)
Yesterday I was so proud of the amout of groceries and toiletries I got for just under $40. I thought it was my best shopping trip yet...that is until last night.
Last night I was re-reading my Tightwad Gazette book...I read all 3 at least once a year. Anyway, I was reading an article in it on coupons when two things hit me (I'm sure most of you know this already, but I thought wow why didnt I see that before).
One was that although you have a coupon for a convience item, it doesnt pay to use it if it is something that you can make for less at home. Homemade is also healthier and not full of preservatives. You may also fall into the trap of getting your taste buds use to the taste and get hooked on the product. I was surprised to see how many coupons I had for convience foods I would not normally purchase. Even if I had a coupon to get the item for free....which I did...if it is something I don't normally use, why buy it? Well, one of my freebies yesterday was a lunchable for my dd. Which brings me to the second aha, I got the lunchable for free and thought it would be a nice treat for dd. Thank goodness she understands it is a treat and wont badger me for more. Anyway, my second thought was what type of environmental impact does the product have. Well, we all know we can make the contents of the lunchable for less, healthier, and of course skip all the fancy packaging...so I got to thinking about jello cups. I usually only buy them when I can get it for free, I never thought about the environmental impact. (Normally I do may jello at home...for the record)
Well, to sum it all up. I spent the rest of the night cleaning out my coupons. I feel kind of silly just realizing these things now, but better late than never. Thanks for listening my friend.