So you like to save money, huh? I knew I liked you. 😉
I’ve been a hard-core saver for about 10 years now, using a coupon or rebate on at least 95% of the items I purchase. That is all slowly, inexorably changing. Morphing into a whole different kind of savings world, one where coupons are making less and less of an impact on our day-to-day lives.
Need a moment? I’ll go grab the tissues. *sniff sniff*
The coupons are lacking and it just keeps getting worse. Remember the good ol days of $1.00 off ONE package of crackers?! Ugh, me too. 🙁 We’re still using coupons to lower our out-of-pocket expense for the items that we can’t get cheaper otherwise.
Remember when I asked you if the Coupon Bubble has Popped? YES! Yes, it has.
What am I doing about it? I am using less coupons. There. I said it.
I am buying more generic, and when on sale. I am making more household and cleaning items at home like our laundry detergent and dishwasher tabs. I’m shopping at Aldi a lot more often, and I’m still using my rebate apps like a mad woman whenever applicable.
If I’m not saving with coupons, I’m stocking up on great deals in general.
The thing is, don’t most people shop that way? You see peanut butter on sale for 99¢ and you eat a lot of peanut butter, you’re going to buy more than just one, right? I don’t see a huge fundamental difference in the shopping patterns of couponers vs non-couponers when it comes to a flat-out good deal.
More importantly perhaps, is the trend of healthier food options and household options. More and more consumers are turning to homemade and natural foods instead of the products for which we find most mainstream coupons. I can feel the trend in our home and I must say: I’m diggin’ it.
How is the changing dynamic of couponing affecting you and your family? Are you shopping less? Buying less? Are you also making more at home?
We will be sharing more and more of our household recipes as we perfect them, sharing inexpensive recipes in general, and passing on to you our tips for saving in entirety.
P.S. You may have noticed a new look to the main page at Deal Detecting Diva. You’re now able to access our money-saving and time-saving articles within just seconds by category! Let us know what you think! ♥
We are still tweaking some things, but if you notice something wonky please let us know!