Well, I still use an occasional coupon like when we went to breakfast the other day and one on a shampoo I wanted to buy at Target but in total I have stopped the weekly coupon clipping and running around to grab deals or in the present tense "non-deals." At first I wondered if it was me. Was I missing the deals and where had they gone but then I realized that they HAD gone and to confirm this I read a great post by one of my favorite bloggers, Precious at Frugal Makes Cents. She explained perfectly, exactly what I was experiencing. Coupons were weak and sparse now. Instead of a $1 off they were .50 cents off. It hit me hard one day when I spent an hour and a half listing the deals and then clipping all the coupons and by the time I went to the stores for the deals I was after, I was only able to find a third of them and saved less than $4. That is not worth it. I was for the most part done at this point. Our Sunday paper was costing me $12 a month and I was lucky if I was saving half that these days.
Now, I still do some of the deals at CVS and my inlaws give me their inserts so I have some coupons for the occasional deal but unless things improve I will no longer be couponing in earnest. I have been shopping more at Sam's club and picking up store sales and I religiously make my run to George's for my produce, bulk purchases and day old bread. I miss it some though. The walking out the store with a couple bags of goodies and knowing I paid so little. Will the coupons come back? I am not sure. But looking ahead I will continue to search for ways to save and still watch my favorite sites for deals I think are worth it but sadly my love of clipping coupons is no longer there. Let me know if you have experienced this same realization and if not how are you still saving by clipping all those coupons.