Well, I did quit. Not on purpose, and I don't even think I realized that I was quitting, but someday, somehow, I just stopped. I missed out on a deal for whatever reason and suddenly didn't care. My pantry is stocked with pasta for probably the next 3 years. I have enough lotion to keep me smooth and moisturized until way after my next birthday. Yes, I hate that sometimes I get into the shower and realize, once wet, that we are totally out of shampoo--that never happened when I couponed. BUT--I don't hate that I have more room in my cabinets. Since we are trying to eat more "Mediterranean", I have been focusing on purchasing more fresh and healthy foods--none of which go on sale or have coupons. Plus, the whole drama of getting the coupon inserts, cutting them, going to the store, etc, was exhausting. Maybe I don't want to go to the drug store EVERY Sunday--but when I couponed, I was a slave to the deal. If you didn't got on the right day, you weren't guaranteed to get everything you needed the next day, so you were out of luck. I did leave the drug store with $11 that they gave ME plus a whole buggie full of stuff once (just once), but would I rather have been doing something else? Yes. I hated feeling like I was doing something wrong by spending the day at the lake with my family instead of shopping for discounted shampoo. That's just now how I want to live my life, you know?
Now, I'm not knocking couponing AT ALL. I can tell you right now that it works and it is a great way to keep your house stocked and your grocery bills down. I just lost the time, patience, and inclination to do all that just to save 20 cents. Maybe when I'm feeding more than 2 people it will make more of a difference? I will always be a bargain shopper and strive to be cost conscious, which is why I shop at Aldi instead of big name grocery stores, but I think sometimes it's ok to have to run into the the store and pay full price for whatever item you need right that minute. Maybe one day I can come up with a better system to make the process work better for me. Or maybe not. Who knows.
And while we I am confessing, did you know that I am Miss October for Alabama Women's Bloggers? I'm on their site today talking about my phobias today. Please stop by and check it out!
Happy Monday friends!