Week 12 Total Spent $10.42
I received the following email from a reader the other day.
“Hi Lori! I’m new to couponing, and saw your $10 Per Week Stockpiling Challenge today. I have come across television shows and other blogs who are able to score hundreds of dollars worth for just $10. I was wondering why your purchases seem a little bit on the small side by comparison” – Anne
Well. The first time I read this I was a little miffed, I must admit. I mean, calling my haul “on the small side” is considered fightin’ words in this neck of the blogosphere. But after I gave it some thought, I realized it was a pretty good question.
Week 11 Total Spent $9.91
#1: I Am Not Extreme
First off, you should know that I am not a hoarder and I do not have excessive amounts of time on my hands to stand in lines, clip coupons, and back up the checkout lines. I am a regular mom trying to save money with a few minutes per week and a few coupons.
Week 10 Total Spent $10.49
#2: My Purchases Are Targeted
When I started this challenge, I made a list of stockpiling goals including our most frequently used non-perishable and personal care items. Then I estimated how many we would need for one year. These are the things I spend my $10 on. Since my purchases are targeted, they are more useful to my family.
Week 9 Total Spent $22.09 (including leftover cash from previous weeks)
#3: I Don’t Want To Buy Junk
Yes, there are other couponers getting huge hauls for their Hamiltons. In fact the other day I walked in on my tween daughter watching “that show” and saw a woman buying $1000 worth of single size cookies and sugary beverages for under ten bucks. Looking at the retail value of what she got was pretty impressive. But then I started thinking about where she must’ve gotten her coupons. She was using high value $1/1 coupons on popular brand name snacks. Where do you find 400 coupons for $1 off any size cookies? I’m guessing she must’ve paid for them.
Taking that into account, her $10 purchase probably cost at least $300 (since rare/high value coupons are costly). That’s still a 70% savings, but who has $300 to spend on cookies? And how fast does she have to eat them before they expire? And even if she did eat them all, wouldn’t she just loathe the sight of them by the time she got down to the last box? And does she have good health insurance because I am sincerely worried about her insulin levels…
Week 8 Total Spent $9.24
#4: It’s Not a Competition
Those of us taking part in the stockpile challenge are intentional about what we want our money to be used for. Yes, our hauls are smaller than crazy cookie lady. And even smaller than those who buy 10 bottles of Toe Knuckle Enhancing Cream (or whatever) at the drug store just because it’s free. Can I be straight with you? I. Don’t. Care. My goal is to use coupons to cut our costs. That’s an entirely different category from hoarding. My toe knuckles are just fine, and I don’t want to risk any sort of cookie coma.
What do you think? Are you into huge hauls worth hundreds or smaller more useful coupon purchases?