After watching the new TLC show Extreme Couponing I was left feeling a little heavy hearted about some of the things I saw being portrayed on the show.
If you feel anxious while couponing in any way I would say you might want to readjust why you are doing it in the first place. I admit to enjoying the feeling of walking out of a store knowing that I was able to get all kinds of things for my family with very little money. I love that there are times when I can pick up a few extra things to share with someone else.
When I first started to use coupons I admit to easily getting sucked into the stockpiling idea. I love knowing that I don’t have to use our finances on things like toothpaste and deodorant. I would start to gather as much as I could, and before I knew it I was getting much more than we needed just to have it sit in my closet.
Then one day I realized that I had gotten addicted to the feeling I got when the cashier was left dumbfounded by how I was able to walk out of the store with bags and bags of stuff. I like the validation I got from others who wanted to know how I was living off a $200 monthly grocery budget. And I loved knowing I was taking away some of the financial burden off of my husband.
Just like any other addiction, it began to fill every corner of my life until there was no room for what really mattered.
I am not implying that it is wrong to want to save money. I think it is ridiculous to pay full price for anything. But when saving a few dollars becomes the thing that gives me the warm fuzzies, I know I have a problem and need to refocus on where my provision is coming from as well as understand that HE didn’t give me a stockpile so I can store up treasures here on earth but rather so I could share with my neighbors!
I think it is a very human thing to want to store up things to keep us safe. But then we are looking to ourselves for our provision which really comes from the Lord.