I love them. I use them. I highly advocate their use by you, too.
…that is, their proper use.
In my opinion, with good reason.
Coupon fraud seems to be the new white-collar crime.
To be honest, I’m a reformed perpetrator.
No, I didn’t use $10 Crest White Strip Coupons on Tide, like a star of the TLC show, but using the $.50 off coupon for a similar item (say a pack of 2 Venus razors instead of 4 or more) – instead of the exact listed item – used to be a habit in my grocery shopping that I don’t condone or recommend. I was even worse at offering up expired coupons and walking out with savings that really didn’t belong to me.
My old – and wrong – thought process went something like this:
“If the cashier is dumb enough to take it, I’m going to use it.”
God knew, and I did, too, even though I didn’t want to admit it.
What I wanted to view as a speck in my eye, the Lord saw as a huge plank. I was a thief and in need of His forgiveness.
Several months ago, he dealt with me on my faulty reasoning. No, my sin did not have the same consequences as if I would have robbed an actual person, but it was wrong nonetheless.
Once I’d confessed my sin, I turned from my old ways. I stopped my fraudulent use of coupons and have actually saved our family more money in the past few months than ever before; this time all with the proper, careful use of good coupons and help from a local coupon class.
Yes, I sat through a 3 hour class to learn more about couponing.
While many may think my attendance at such a class is “extreme”, as in crazy, I think it was smart.
So, my advice for you this weekend:
Join the extreme couponing rage — just be ethical in your practices.
The cashiers may be naive, but God will not be mocked.