I quit clipping coupons, and I threw away my homemade organization system.
Too much clutter. Too much time.
The savings were great when I was vigilant, as I was for about a year. It is still hard to buy things like razor cartridges, snack foods, etc. without coupons because I know how cheap they can get. But I started measuring the cost of those "cheap" items by more than currency around the time I started planning for this school year. The time and attention it took to get those deals was costly for me, especially when I was faced with the time-consuming and higher-priority homeschool.
I was relieved to finally make a conscious decision to stop trying to get back into it, but I still had a guilty feeling sometimes, especially when I went shopping and when I read blogs of good wives who seem to do it all.
Ironically enough, the encouragement that I needed to finally let go came from Money Saving Mom, a coupon queen! Her article, Lower Your Grocery Bills Without Clipping Coupons, was great. I shop at Aldi's. I use a menu plan. I'm okay. I need reminders like this to help keep perfectionism (which, for me, equals guilt) from rearing its ugly head.
Maybe I will be able to clip coupons again someday. In the meantime, I'll just keep on doing my best with what I've got to work with at this moment. I will also assign that nifty Sterilite container (the old coupon box) a more meaningful purpose.
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