One of the things that I struggle with is wondering what great "deals" I'm missing when I don't go out. And you know what I've realized? I'm making the best "deal" of all by sitting right here and keeping my wallet safely in my purse. I try to go through my coupons once a week to see if there really is something that it would be a shame to miss, but unless it's something outstanding that I'm out of anyway, I end up throwing the coupons away. I know, all you real coupon queens out there are gasping in horror right now, but I'm not trying to feed 20 people per meal - it's just me and the hubby and we have a pantry and freezer full of food, so in the end, we need nothing.
Need is such an interesting word, isn't it? Let's see what Mr. Webster says about it:
Main Entry: need
1 : to be needful or necessary
2 : to be in want
: to be in need of : require
OR as a NOUN
2 : a lack of something requisite, desirable, or useful
3 : a condition requiring supply or relief
4 : lack of the means of subsistence : poverty
So if we go solely on Mr. Webster's definition, I am not in need of anything. I'm not hungry or thirsty or require relief. I'm not lacking basic "essentials" (in quotes because when we lived in underdeveloped countries, what we considered essentials - toothpaste, toilet paper, shoes, band-aids, Advil - were not, in fact, essentials for the people around us). I am well cared for, well provided for, and the treadmill in my basement should be in use more often! :-)
Contentement is one of the best things that I have learned over the course of our (almost) 10 years of marriage, our global living, our time on support (as missionaries), and as a "manager" of our household accounts with certain financial goals in mind. It wasn't an easy thing to learn though, and there were many tears shed and even some anger. I'm not saying I never get a case of the "gimme-gotchas", but there are fewer of them. And here's something else, the more you have, the more you have to care for and clean. As Peter would certainly tell you, I don't like taking care of (i.e. cleaning, dusting, washing) the stuff we have now, so why would I want to bring in more?
Which takes me full circle to my original thought...what "deals" am I missing out on? Maybe one or two, but nothing I can't live without. Why do I feel compelled to check the Target circular online? Because Target is my favorite store and those little red clearance tags make my heart skip a beat. What would be in there that I possibly need at this time? Nothing at all. What it comes down to is that putting a Target Ad in my hands is the equivalent of handing a bottle of vodka to a recovering alcoholic - not a good idea.
One of my goals this year is to make a grocery list and then see what coupons I can find for the items I'm buying, rather than printing off coupons I don't use and wasting ink and paper - kind of cancels out any "savings" I get using the other coupons. I don't need more candles or holiday decor or sheets or kitchen towels or sweaters or...well, you name it. And if I don't need them, that means I don't need to go to the stores that sell those things. I'd like to get to the point where I could walk into those stores and walk out with nothing - and I'm getting better - but until that happens, I'm just stearing clear.
Bottom Line: Coupons are great and sales and grocery deals certainly help the budget. However, if you don't need anything, don't go to Target just to see what you might be able to find that you didn't know you
Feel free to leave me a comment and tell me how you save money or make the most of deals or even how you deal with a case of the "gimme-gotchas". Happy Friday and Happy Week-end! :-)