Being Green and Extreme Couponing

Since moving to Oregon, I have been more conscious of my spending; thanks to the fact that I have no cash flowing in and I am not comfortable spending my boyfriend’s hard earned money which he uses to pay for the roof over my head and the food that we eat. So I thought, if I can’t help with in-flow, I’ll help with the outflow.

One night, ok it took more than one night, I decided to watch “Extreme Couponing” on Netflix. It was amazing!  For the life of me, I couldn’t imagine going to a grocery store and just buy crates worth of junk. I always felt like extreme couponers are hoarders. Some of the extreme couponers featured weren’t so bad. They worked with Food Banks and other charitable organizations, send stuff to deployed service members but really, it wasn’t so much being judgmental on my part, it’s more about me wishing I had my own stockpile. So I started..

This haul’s total retail value was around $120, spent about $60 and got $20 worth of gift cards. So in “couponing sense”, I only paid $40 for the loot. In extreme couponing sense, I spent too much. I want free stuff so I started obsessing over saving money but then the eco princess in me began questioning the system. Also, none of these items are green.

Hoarding is not very eco-friendly. Granted, hoarding eco-friendly stuff may (or may not, dont quote me!) help with my ecological footprint because it will lessen my trip to the store and I will be buying earth friendly, non-toxic stuff. Still, it’s not sitting well with me.

There’s guilt. Good old guilt. I’m torn between wanting to hoard my organic stuff and not wanting things to go to waste. I mean seriously, how many tubes of Tom’s of Maine toothpaste does one need in a lifetime? Yet, I find myself wanting a wall of Tom’s toothpaste. Oh the insanity…

What should one do?

Well, for one, I think I’ll keep away from hoarding perishable items. I’ve also decided that I will try my hardest to find and hoard eco-friendly stuff only. So when I do feature deals and hauls in here, I will keep it as eco-friendly as possible. I’m still aiming for free though.

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