Ugh....I was on a blog recently where the topic was "Extreme couponing". Alot of the thoughts I heard of couponers is that, the only way some of us get such great deal is by cutting bar codes up (lol....really!!! I have never heard of this), that we double coupon (hey, I say do it if you have the stores!) and other vicious things about how rude we are and that we are hoarders.
Hmm.....Here was part of my reply:
" I shop exclusively at Walmart. Walmart does not double coupons. My savings are completely done with coupon overages. I had to get very creative here in a small town that does not double (heck, I don't think even the state does...lol) and we are such a small town that we only have two stores in which to PM (price match) Walmart does price match, but it is much easier for me to just gather overage sales and work from that to build my grocery list.
There are alot of products bought that we will never use, and those do go to one of two places in our local community.
My goal within a year is to be able to do a ministry food outreach program for familys in need. I think it is do able, and is actually the reason I started with this all,....the hobby and love for it came second. We have been able to bless so many (not just our own family) through God's abundance towards us, and I really do believe that is what God would have us do.
The stock piling for a year is not hoarding (although some do and I understand that some may see a years worth as hoarding) Couponing is a seasonal thing. You have certain products that will only be a good deal during one, maybe two seasons of the year....thus, you stock up. That way you can take that certain item off your list for a year. This season think...."Picnic items" The items that will be on sale will be paper plates, hot dogs, napkins, potatoe chips, ect......so while it may seem like hoarding to some (and again, in some cases it really is), not all the time it is....sometimes it's just a woman being smart, on the limited funds she has, and being a good steward of what God has given her