too cheap?

@thatmom2 (126)
United States
January 10, 2007 11:17am CST
my husband accuses me of being too cheap. not only do i clip coupons, but i use other store circulars in a major store for the competitive pricing. Ill call up the 800 numbers on the back of products to let them know how i feel about there products, just to get the coupons from them. I have also been known to fill out a 10 minute surveys to save a few cents in stores like Burger King, or Toys R' Us. Is this too much? Am i being too frugal? Does anyone out there have other ideas on saving some cents.....?!?!?!?!
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@exchange (949)
• Australia
10 Jan 07
if it saves you money i think its good get your husband to give you the money thet you saved place it in a bank account opened espesialy for this money after some time tell him you are going on holiday with the money you saved then see what he says
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@thatmom2 (126)
• United States
10 Jan 07
hehe i like that idea. the part about giving me the money that is....thanks.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
first off just wanted to let you know that i am the same way everything you mention i have done the same things to respond to your question it is not too much and if you feel that way dont do it all the time loosen up what you should do about your husband is the money that you save put it up for something you all have been saying for years that you want to get that is what i do and also i dont know if you do this but the things that you always use or buy go on there websites what i got from this is that you can sign up and you get to know whats the new product or senct thats coming out with and they will mail you a free one ive done it with dove tide crest so many companies are willing to send you something free just for you to sample a new product well to let you know your not cheap your a woman who can handle her money dont forget to also enjoy that money good luck from one coupon clipper to another lol
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@thatmom2 (126)
• United States
10 Jan 07
i love it sis...im on it...here we go...www......... thank you very much...
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@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
11 Jan 07
thats funny so if your husband thought you were bad get a load of ya now lauging my but off you go for it you can never save too much enjoy
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@thatmom2 (126)
• United States
11 Jan 07
exactly, my theory too...lol
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
11 Jan 07
I don't think you are being too frugal. You are just being practical. with today's economic difficulties, who can afford not to seek ways to save money. One good idea is to recycle some things or sell some that you have absolutely no need for. You will be surprised to see how much you earn. Good work.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
11 Jan 07
No, you're not too cheap. As long as it doesn't hurt anyone, why not? Cheap is when you do things illegally just to get or save a few pennies, or when you do things that hurt other people or animals to save. What you're doing isn't cheap, it's frugal, and frugal is good, in my opinion.
• United States
11 Jan 07
I agree with Peavey's definition of cheap in this instance, and frugal is good -- all things in moderation :) -- I'm not the one in our family that does the coupon, survey thing -its my husband - I don't have the patience or the organization. If i do save a coupon to use I usaully wind up leaving it at home, or misplacing it so I don't bother any more unless its a significant savings - but you know what they say "A penny saved is a penny earned" I really like the idea that you have been given to keep all the savings you make redeeming your coupons for a year and see how much you have and if the time and energy is worth the savings! :)
@thatmom2 (126)
• United States
11 Jan 07
yeah...smiles..i really REALLY like that idea too...smile
• Philippines
11 Jan 07
there is absoltely nothing wrong with that. as long as you feel good at what you do. dont stop. and if anyone laughs at what you do. just don't mind them and tell them that a million won't be a million without a single cent.
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@thatmom2 (126)
• United States
13 Jan 07
ooh ok, thats my new mantra thanks..
@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
11 Jan 07
I do all of those things. I even belong to a mailing list of women who trade coupons and contest entries. I think it's worth it. I save a few pennies here and there and it adds up to real dollars. In the end that's cash I can put towards rennovating the house or going on a trip.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
If you have the time and don't mind doing it, why should it matter to him? It's not my thing but you go for it!
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• United States
11 Jan 07
As long as you aren't taking up your whole day doing this or rather taking time away from your family being frugal then what is the big deal. Especially if it is something you enjoy doing!
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Don't feel bad my husband is always picking on me too. I clip coupons, I do rebates and anything else to save. I do the riteaid single check rebate online so that it doesn't cost me a stamp. I also so walgreens single check however, I do have to mail this one. If you have a CVS store in your area you must look into that and their extra care bucks. I run to at least three different locations of each store. I do the rebates that are all free. I take the extra merchandise that I accumulate that is free and have a yard sale. When I added up my rebates I made about $900 last year. This is all tax free money. My kid tells me I can make a penny squeel. My husband boss wants me to do his shopping. It is work but I like doing the rebates to me this is fun. I have just started teaching my cousin how easy it is to save.
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@thatmom2 (126)
• United States
13 Jan 07
oooh i love it.....see thats what im talking about right there.
@kidsrock (64)
• United States
11 Jan 07
Hey I do the same thing. Although I fell in love with Alberstons triple .75 coupon deals so now that they don't do that anymore I feel like I'm not getting as good of deals. I do the price comparision at Walmart too. I also sign the kids up for Burger King, Sonic, and Toys R Us birthday clubs you get free meals and coupons.
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@lelabrown (217)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I'm the girl that NO ONE wants to be in line behind at Wal Mart..LOL I clip coupons every week,do rebates every month,and love matching sales with double coupons to get name brand goodies,nearly free. I think it's great to save money when possible. Let your hubby know that alot of his food is purchased at less cost,because you love him and know he works hard for the money to buy it. Show hom a year-end write up of the savings,he'll see that alot of the years spending was paid for by coupon use :) Lela
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11 Jan 07
Well, if she's calling you cheap, tell him if he's willing to give you an increase your house budget so you won't cost cut
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• United States
16 Feb 07
We must be cut from the same cloth. I do most if not all the things you do!! I just asked my hubby if he thinks I'm too cheap and he said "No I think that's smart". I know he brags about how much I save to the guys he works with. Heck when you are raising a family of five on $47K and your rent alone is $1000 a month - you need to be frugal otherwise how do you afford the funner stuff??
• United States
16 Feb 07
I don't think saving money is a bad thing, nor do I think clipping coupons and everything is a bad idea. However, it seems like you are being a bit too frugal. I mean you are calling places to tell them what you think about their products just so you can get coupons to save even more. I think that's just a bit over the line. I think every once in awhile is fine, but too much of a good thing is definitely a bad thing.
• United States
11 Feb 07
If you start to wonder if you've changed from frugal to miserly, maybe that's too frugal. Otherwise, no. One place to look for tips is associatedcontent.com. You can search for articles about being frugal. There are some good ones.
@angel108 (570)
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
I feel that it is what your doing to save is definitely fine.There's nothing wrong with saving money or using coupons and the like to save. Additional tips will be to use everything in moderation.Live in simplicity.
@merkava (1225)
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
that's not being cheap. that's being practical. I used to do that back in my high school days. I'd clip up any coupon I could find just so that I can save up some up. Some people may think that using coupons won't save you that much money but believe it'll help a lot. I was a working student back then and using coupons help me save around $15 a week. That was a big savings for me.
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
I don't turn my back on freebies. They're all designed to get us-consumers hook. Why not get them apples when you can save more? I am cheapest according to my sister but that doesn't hurt my ego. There are far more important things to spend your money on. I'm not sure if all people are frugal. I get impulsive sometimes and didn't feel guilty over it.
@yogesh66 (1117)
• India
4 Feb 07
You're just being practical, and i think your husband ought to be happy and proud of having a wife who knows how to manage their finances, instead of spending too much on things.we don't have many stores here that accept coupons, but if there were I'd certainly be among those who'd get in line. we have many discount stores here, though, and that's where i often shop for things because i get to have the products at a much lesser price without having to compromise the quality. happy mylot day
@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I like to save money too and my daughter says I can make a penny queal. I clip coupons and keep the coupons I don't use regularly in a bag by date. This way if something goes on sale later I can go back and cut that coupon out to save. I also do all rebates on merchandise. I like Riteaid and walgreens and cvs because they run the best rebates. I buy things I don't need or I have tons of. I also do several online sites that pay me. I also call or email manufacturers to tell them if I like or dislike their product. I have gotten quite a bit of free food this way. Thanks to my rebates and saving here and there we are going to spend eight lovely days in Tennessee this July for a family vacation. My savings will pay for the 1,500.00 cabin and another 1,000.00 for activities. So spending time cutting corners works out great for my family.