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  • Couponing is just a small piece of the big picture

    The show Extreme Couponing seems to have raised awareness about how much money you can save with coupons – though I suspect many people now have unrealistic expectations of how much they can save or how much time it’s going to take.

    I also suspect that many people will fixate on couponing instead of focusing on their overall financial picture. And that’s too bad, because no matter how much money you save with coupons, your financial situation will never change unless you spend less than you make.

    Couponing can help you do this, by saving you money on things you already buy. That can help you find money to put toward savings, or debt, or in my case, help you keep your spending level as needs increase with growing children.

    But couponing alone is not going to transform your financial situation. It’s just a small piece of the big picture.

    Comments

    1. Anonymous says:

      Extreme Couponing Does More Damage to Legitimate Coupon Users.

      There has been comments shared by others on nasty comments from Supermarket employees about couponers. In some cases, there has been increase hostility from certain supermarket and their employees and management. There was one person saying a supermarket call police on customer for excessive couponing.

    2. 20 and Engaged says:

      I feel the same way. Sure, you're saving money, but you're still spending it. You have to live frugally in other areas too.

    3. Chief Family Officer says:

      @20 & Engaged – Great point about still spending money. That's exactly right!

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