Recently, we’ve seen some changes to coupon policies (like Rite Aid , Publix, and Kroger), and I believe these changes are a direct result of TLC’s Extreme Couponing show. I first voiced my thoughts about the show a few weeks ago, and I actually thought that would be a “one and only” kind of post, however, I’m going back to that discussion today because there are a few things that I want to remind my readers about.
I’ve gotten emails and messages from some of you because you’re worried. You don’t like what you see on TLC’s Extreme Couponing, and you really don’t like the new store policies. Here at Faithful Provisions, our mission is to encourage, equip, and empower you. That’s my goal today, so let’s look at three benefits that will act as a silver lining in this cloud of change:
The shelves will not be empty.
I don’t know about you, but more than ever, I have been arriving at different stores to snag a few deals, and the shelves are empty. Then I get a picture in my mind of some of the folks on TLC’s Extreme Couponing, clearing the shelves of items like mustard and dental floss, dumping it all into one shopping cart. The new coupon policies will allow more people to get what they need. I’m all for stocking up and planning ahead, but that has to be kept in balance as we remember that others need to stock up and plan ahead too.
You will be forced out of your comfort zone.
That’s a scary thought, isn’t it? Once you learn couponing, you tend to get into a groove with it. But there are so many ways to save money, without ever clipping a coupon! Check out my posts on Understanding Sales Cycles, How to Read a Sale Ad, How to Flash Freeze, and How to Meal Plan. You’ll save tons of money using these strategies. Plus, you will have my new book Saving Savvy as a resource come September!
God will reveal more of Himself in your life.
When changes such as these occur, it gives us a chance to ask ourselves some tough questions. If you get really stressed out over these new policies, or if you find yourself becoming fearful of a financial future without coupons, then maybe you are putting your trust in the coupons rather than putting your trust in the Lord. I am just saying this, because I know first-hand! God allows difficult situations to occur in our lives in order that we will call upon Him and seek Him with our whole hearts. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.” God wants to display His glory in your life. Then you will say, “See what the Lord did with our finances!” Instead of, “See what I did with our finances!”
Sprint versus Marathon
When I first started couponing, I was hardcore, out there shopping literally every day. But there was no way I could keep that up. Learning how to save money, live on a budget, and be generous towards others—that has to become a lifestyle. Like a marathon runner, you have to keep up a steady pace or you will never reach the finish line. You can’t start off sprinting and expect to keep that up and still have the stamina and focus you will need to clear the hurdles that come up down the road. TLC’s Extreme Couponing shows people at a sprint. I think it’s more important to show you a shopping bag of tools that will teach you how to keep a steady pace all the way through the race, so you can finish strong.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)