As the name of my blog points out, I am the envelope keeper in our family. I’m the one who spends the money. As a stay at home mommy who doesn’t contribute to the budget financially, I put tremendous pressure on myself to handle the money I am entrusted with well. I work hard to stretch every dollar and to treat each one with honor.
I like coupons. I love to look through newspaper ads and collect those colorful slips of paper. My husband calls me the “coupon queen” which is very generous, because I am nothing like those couponers on TV. The ones who spend $0.31 on six buggies of groceries and head home with 97 bottles of mustard, 31 tubes of toothpaste and nothing they can actually eat for dinner.
As much as I like them, I’ve recently reworked my relationship with coupons for two reasons. First, I was starting to feel like a coupon failure. I will never be the girl at Harris Teeter with the three ring binder full of coupons I collected when I stole all the Sunday papers in the neighborhood and climbed into eight dumpsters. Secondly, I was starting to buy things just so I could use a coupon. I was spending more money on things I wouldn’t normally buy or I was buying name brand instead of store brand just because I had a coupon. I was getting carried away with the game of it and it wasn’t really benefiting our budget.
Yes, I still use coupons but I gave up on stressing about it.