I must admit that after watching the first show, I signed up for some coupon websites and vowed to start “couponing.” But after a couple of weeks, I realized that I a) didn’t have the time to put into organizing all of the coupons, b) didn’t want to go to multiple stores to do my weekly shopping, and c) had no room for stockpiling (the couponing experts save money by hoarding their purchases when they are on sale so they can wait until the next opportune time to purchase that item).
Still, I consider myself a bargain hunter and love nothing more than the rush of getting a good deal. In fact, in the past, when I got a good deal on an item of clothing and received a compliment on it, I used to proudly boast, “$10 on sale!” I’ve since learned that sometimes it’s better to keep mum on the subject. Even so, just knowing that I’ve gotten a deal just makes me enjoy my purchase more (I’m thinking about you, like-new Shermag glider and ottoman that I purchased from Craigslist for 60% below the Amazon price).
But I came across an interesting perspective on the issue over at a great blog, Corporette. You can read the post I’m talking about here. The guest poster, Sue, of Dollars to Donuts criticized women for doing lots of little things to save money like shopping sales and clipping coupons while ignoring the big opportunities for saving. She explained that the big savings lie in the boring stuff like flex spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, and 529 plans.
Now I will sheepishly admit that these are the very topics that make my eyes glaze over (much to the chagrin of my financially-savvy brother). But hearing it this way motivated me. Even if I busted my hump driving to three different stores and created a coupon binder and managed to save 50% on my groceries, I could save three times that if I did the boring stuff.
Do you do the boring stuff? How did you motivate yourself? Sound off in the comments section.