6 Reasons You Should Not Subscribe to This Blog

#1:  I am Not an Extreme Couponer
“That show” contacted me to see if I would be interested in learning more about appearing on it. I said no, because I am not extreme, and I was certain that once they learned more about me they would agree. I’m not interested in buying 40 jars of mustard…maybe 3, but not 40. I am not a hoarder. I am a mom who saves big at the grocery store on things we actually use. I have a stockpile, but it does not require an addition to my house to store it.

#2: I Don’t Post Every Single Freebie I Find
If you have time to fill out forms and get a small envelope of shampoo or a single dryer sheet, then you’ll want to find a blog that shares every single freebie. The only way you’ll see it here is if it is a full size product or comes with a high value coupon. Besides, I can show you how to get full size items for free at the grocery store without all the hoop-jumping.

#3: I Don’t Post Every Single Coupon Available
Instead, I do coupon round-ups that list all the best printables you can get. The only time I’ll write a post about one single coupon is when it gets you a hot deal at the store. I figure moms are busy and they should get all the info they need in one quick read.

#4: I Don’t Share Every Sale I Find
There is a difference between a sale and a deal. Let me illustrate:
Recently a daily deal site had a $25 voucher to an online toy store available for $10. The store had a limited selection and high shipping fees (starting at $10.95). The toys they did carry were obscenely expensive compared to prices on Amazon and elsewhere. So essentially, the deal was $20.95 (including shipping) for $25 worth of overpriced toys. Ummm…no thanks. I don’t post sales just because they’re sales. I post them when they save you money.

#5: I’m Not Perfect
In fact, much of what I’ve learned in my 39 years on this earth has come the hard way. Couponing for me came out of necessity two years ago when the economy hit us hard and I was forced find every possible way to save money and change our lifestyle. I hope this is not the case for you, but if it is you should know that you’re not alone. I have been there and come out the other side of it by implementing the things I share on this blog. If you’re looking for someone who has all the answers and has never fallen flat on her face then trust me, you should move on.

#6: The Mission of This Blog is Bigger Than Couponing
It exists to help moms manage their household and enjoy their life. For me, a lot of that involves strategically saving money so we can have a more secure future. But I also share recipes, decorating ideas, kids crafts and lots more. In a nutshell, I want to get you all the money saving tips I can in an easy to read format so you can move on to other more important things.

So there you have it. If you’re looking for a blog that gives you every single freebie, coupon and sale that comes around, then you’re in the wrong place.  Be sure you do NOT subscribe.  Wanna spend 20 hours per week clipping and organizing coupons?  That’s not my thing.  I personally save 50% or more on groceries, clothing and decorating for my family and show you how to do it with a 1-2 hour weekly investment. No hype. No fluff. No unnecessary reading.

If you’re looking for Martha (or anything resembling perfection for that matter), then your computer has failed you. You should hit the little red “x” button at the top of your screen immediately ;)

Comments

  1. I like your site! besides the deals and coupons i enjoy the bloggs you post every Monday! They give me such great ideas!! Thanks for your sincerity! :)

  2. bravo… wonderful post. When i first got started couponing and deal hunting I subscribed to tons of blogs and have since slowly narrowed them down. I especially agree with #4 as I have found most sites just copy and paste from another site and do not even utilize the deals they post. Most of my digest coming from other blogs were beginning to look exactly the same with the exception of maybe a word or sentenced rephrased. I love your site please keep up the good work.

  3. You are my #1 blog for all of my interests! Thank you so much for all you do!!!

  4. These are all the reasons I have been following you for 2 years now! Thank you :)

  5. I love your blog…you are a must-read for me…my top 6 Reasons You SHOULD subscribe to this blog:

    1) Coupon Match-ups: ’nuff said
    2) Frugal and Simple Decorating Ideas
    3) Fun and doable craft ideas for the kiddos
    4) Frequent updates: if I keep my eyes peeled, I’ll never miss a great deal!
    5) The best of other blogs: love the links to the best posts of other bloggers…I don’t need to try to keep up with a bazillion blogs, just yours!!!
    6) Doesn’t make me feel overwhelmed and like a total savings slacker if I don’t take advantage of every.single.deal. available/dumpster dive/spend every waking moment collecting and organizing coupons….

    Thanks for all you do!!!!!

  6. Your blog is my best source for retail deals, period. I love the content; keep up the good work!

  7. I actually wish you would go on the show – to show people what “real” couponers are and how to AVOID going to those extremes!

  8. I love this blog entry and I especially love your #1. I completely agree with you about “that show” and that is the reason why I visit your site once or twice a day! I may not be a mom yet, but as a newlywed it certainly helps to save money and to have a little stockpile to get us through the times when money is tight. I appreciate your site and its variety!

  9. Love it! So very well said. I like this site for all those reasons, lol. I am all for helping the needy and donating to our local food bank, but I do not believe that any one person needs 150 bottles of body wash to keep at their own house, as I saw on that show once. I also do not believe in getting something the wrong way. There are honest ways to get good deals without doing something that can get you in trouble down the road. So, in closing, Kudos to you, Lori. Us ‘regular’ moms in this world appreciate your hard work and advice more than you know!!

  10. Love this!

  11. It sounds like I started couponing about the same time as you; I decided to be a stay at home mom when my 1st daughter was born. I started in Illinois and have since moved to Oregon. I use your sight for my daily overview of what is out there and for the coupon match-ups. I don’t have a coupon blog, nor do I have time for one with 2 kids 2 and under. But I have taught couponing to many others and taught classes. I have one I am teaching in November. I always pass out your sight info because it is one of the best. May be silly but one my favorite things that you do is put the Wags and Rite Aid (and CVS when I was in IL) match-ups page by page so I can follow along. EVERY other sight clumps it all together. THANK YOU! It makes it great for those who are learning the systems and easy for me to teach it! You have helped me save so much money and helped me to help others pass it along! Sure there are others out there, and I do use another sight for my local grocery stores. But you are what I call my “national” sight! Thank you so much!

  12. You are my go to site each week for Rite Aid match-ups. I started couponing about 4 months ago and am amazed at the money I am saving. I have tons of things we need/use. I have a minimal stockpile. One that is nice enough to sustain us if we couldn’t afford groceries for 2 weeks…….but nothing “extreme”. I wish Iknew about this site back when my son was a little younger. We are just on the brink of potty training…….and save SO much money on diapers. I cringe when I think of how much money I’d spent not knowing how to work a deal at Rite Aid or CVS. Thanks for everything you do!!!!

  13. I enjoy reading your blog because I know it won’t be filled with a bunch of garbage. I have followed it for a long time now and really appreciate your hard work :) I really enjoy your mall coupons…so handy!!

  14. Those are reason TO read your blog! I love it!

  15. I love your blog been following you for about a year now!!

  16. Love this post. Keep up the good work!

  17. nicely put and thank you for all that u do

  18. I love your site! My name is Lori and I am a TEXAN who now lives in New England! We are exactly opposite. I miss those great Texas grocery deals… it’s expensive up here! There’s great snow though! :)

  19. I like your point of view. Who wants to buy multiple items in order to get everything for free. I just want to be able to buy items at a reduced price. At times all I want is two of one item and I’m not able to because of people buying too much at one time. I’m happy if I can pay $1.00 for a good product.

  20. lori – this was awesome!!! i love reading your blog. i feel like we are similar – a mom who loves her kids, her faith, being crafty, and saving money where she can. you rock!! thank you for sharing everything you do – i really appreiciate all the diy’s too! :)

  21. I love your site! It is about so many different parts of life…not just couponing! I love the recipes and all the crafts!!!!! Keep them coming!! Thanks for all your hard work!!

  22. Love this site! Thank you for all your hard work!!!

  23. cathi carpenter says:

    and for all the reasons “not to”…those are exactly the reasons that I do! :) Keep up the good work… I’m not “extreme” either…. I call it, “extreme for ME”…because really…. If you need to buy SIXTY bottle of Maloxx…you have BIGGER ISSUES than couponing!!! hahaha!!

  24. This is my FAVORITE site! Thank you!

  25. I like that you keep it simple. I just started and was getting TOO stressed that I didn’t have that $1 off coupon of this or that only to realize that I could careless about the product. You are bookmarked as a favorite for a reason. Thank you for all you do.

  26. OKay, can I just HUG you for that? I think I fell in love with you all over again. lol ;-) As a fellow couponer and deal catcher, I’ve been doing this a long…long time. And I agree, this whole hoarder mentality is stupid. Now people are stealing papers, and cheating stores…..clearing shelves and wasting product for the satisfaction of the deal itself, or to make $. Moderation people…..Moderation.
    I just wanted to say THANK YOU….for standing up for whats right, I’m sure it could have been a great business venture for you…but I’m proud of you for not being KRAZY.. quite…literally.
    So there…KUDOS to you….and a great big hug!!!
    PS: I’m proud to follow your blog ;-)

  27. I just love you!

  28. Lori,
    Thanks for what you do and how you do it!

  29. Love this post! I like to coupon and get a great deal. It doesn’t mean I want 130 bottles of detergent! I’m busy and don’t have time to cut out 50 newspapers worth of coupons. I like that you give us what we need, quickly and easily.

    Keep it up!!

  30. I LOVE reading your blog each day. Your post is spot on – it is NEVER a waste of my time! Thanks for all you teach each and every day.

  31. I just found your site through a link up to your guest blogger about the play doh. I liked what I saw and came to your about me, absolutely LOVE what you wrote, reading your reasons not to follow your blog is what made me want to follow it! I can’t wait to dig around and read some more! I’m your newest follower 8)

  32. I hear you loud and clear. I have been couponing now for about 2 months. I have been making myself crazy trying to figure out how its done. I have gone to the class, I go to the websites, I have subscribed to every coupon site I can find and I am just now starting to put it all together. I want to buy wisely and give back. I do not want $30,000 to $75,0000 woth of groceries sitting in my basement, garage, extra, room or wherever I can put them, nor do I want four freezers and refrigerators to hold everything. To me that is just unrealistic and insane. I feel if I can stock up enough on the products that I use until they go on sale again, then I am ahead of the game.
    Here’s the problem; There are many products that I use that do not normally have coupons. I am learning that you use you manufacturers rewards from walgreens to supplement your fruits, vegetables, and meats, but who gets enough coupons to do that? I have found that I am spending the same amount and getting an extra $50.00 in groceries. I like your site and I have been starting to look at it more and more. I have even started blogging about my experiences with couponing as well as other things.