I’ve had a few conversations recently with folks that don’t use coupons (or only use them occasionally). As always, the argument is that there are no coupons for things they would actually buy.
A year or so ago, I would’ve found my defenses rising. You don’t want to use coupons?! The horror! I would then recite a litany of reasons why you SHOULD care – care deeply – about using coupons. These days, I feel differently.
Quite frankly, I find that I lack the energy or interest in getting defensive about this topic anymore. Here’s why. There are lots of people who do want to learn how to use coupons and I’d rather focus my attention on helping them than converting someone who is content with whatever shopping system they’ve devised for themselves. I also dislike wasting my time trying to convince you to do something we both know you aren’t going to do.
Don’t use coupons? I’m not crying about it.
Of course there are other reasons you might not use coupons:
- You don’t have time to cut them.
- You don’t have money for a newspaper, or a printer to print them.
- You are happy with the way you shop already.
- You have a lot of money and don’t need to save.
- You are taking a break from couponing (for whatever reason).
- You don’t want to be known as the Crazy Coupon Lady.
I just want to set the record straight, whether you fall into one of the categories above (or another one). I do not judge you if you don’t use coupons. I am not going to debate you (unless you want) or twist your arm (again, unless you want) to use coupons. I do not wish to promote coupon snobbery here at The Coupon Project.
I also want to let you know you are welcome here – whether you clip coupons because it’s the only way you’ll put food on the table or whether you wouldn’t clip a coupon to save your life. There are lots of posts and topics I share here that have little to nothing to do with how to use coupons. I have many readers who have told me they don’t use coupons, but still find the content here relevant and useful. Hey, I’ll take that!
I also want to encourage my coupon buds out there who can relate to my post today. I know you’re already dreading Uncle David ridiculing you about your shampoo stockpile at the Christmas table this year or Aunt Susie’s disparaging remarks about your coupon binder. Or maybe Cousin Andy yapping about how he saw THE REAL Coupon Queen on TV (and it wasn’t you). I want to give you permission to just smile and not engage folks who either find your couponing ways silly or want to engage you in a debate about why you’re wasting your time. (Just smile sweetly, and say “Merry Christmas” and serve them up the delicious meal you prepared that you purchased for under $10. Using coupons, of course.)
I guess where I’m headed with this post is this: no matter what side of the coupon equation you fall, let’s exercise some respect. We all have choices, and I believe we all want to do what’s best for our individual families, whether that’s using coupons, or not.
PS. If you don’t use coupons and you get the Sunday paper, please give them to a couponer. They would be very, very grateful.