I wasn’t planning on writing a post today (I’ve been trying to reserve my weekends for family time), but I couldn’t resist sharing this with you guys. I guess it just touched a nerve.
Every once in a while someone will ask me if I am embarrassed to go to the store with a whole stack of coupons. I’ve had other people wonder if I’m not ashamed to write so much about saving money and how little I pay for things. Those of you who watch my videos probably already know the answer:
No, I am not embarrassed. Not even a little bit.
I am proud to be a coupon user and deal seeker, and anyone who would think poorly of me for it is not someone I want to be associated with anyway.
My lovely friend Jen over at Balancing Beauty & Bedlam wrote an amazing post yesterday in response to an article in her local paper entitled “No Goodwill for Goodwill,” defending the resistance to the proposed Goodwill store in her neighborhood, not wanting the “type of people that kind of store would attract.”
As Jen so eloquently pointed out, SHE is the type of person who shops at Goodwill. Jen wrote:
“This is the face of thrifting, of stewardship, of living green, of savings where I can, so that I can spend and give generously on other areas that I choose. Those areas will not be the same for everyone, but for our family, they work.”
(Go read her post. It’s awesome)
I am certainly not saying that unless you only shop at Goodwill or use coupons, you are shallow and materialistic. I have personally never been a big Goodwill shopper. I am more of an 80% off with free shipping at Amazon.com kinda girl. (Anything that lets me avoid physically going to the store is always my top choice!) Likewise, there are many people that don’t use coupons because they don’t have the time or energy or patience to deal with it; instead they cut their grocery bill in other ways.
And that is okay.
The point is that whichever way you choose to save money, whether you forgo sending Christmas cards or pack your child’s lunchbox rather than pay for hot lunch, wear last year’s clothing, or don’t buy the latest and greatest cell phone, television, or video game, be PROUD–not ashamed–of the decision your are making! Own it and know you are doing something to make a positive difference for your family.
It is OKAY not to have everything. There is no need to compete or try to keep up. I like nice things as much as the next girl but I also know that I don’t need it all. So stand tall–there is no shame in saving money!
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