One of the reasons I sew ~ besides simply enjoying the craft of it ~ is because I can usually make things less expensively than purchasing a similar finished item. I'm all about saving a buck...within reason.
I came across this article below that I really thought was smart, especially in light of the madness of "extreme couponing" that we are seeing lately. These are 5 great things to consider, and I really can identify with items 4 & 5. While I still coupon and enjoy doing so, I only shop one store (my time and fuel are worth something to me) and I no longer purchase the multitude of processed crapola that is offered so frequently on coupons. At one point a few years ago, I joked with a friend that I thought couponing was making me fat! I mean, come on, those M&M's and Pop-Tarts were nearly free! How could I NOT purchase them?!! Now, I make more of an effort to focus my grocery budget on fresh foods. For example, I like to participate in the Bountiful Baskets produce co-op and do more shopping at our local health food market.
Enjoy the read from Credit Karma's guest blogger from Money Crashers below!