I recently had the pleasure of seeing my sister who lives a great distance away.  As we were discussing my current addiction to coupons, she said her family eats healthfully and therefore would not benefit from the use of coupons.  Much of the food they eat is organic.  Ah, but even people who eat organic will eventually need toilet paper.  There’s a coupon for that.

So today for her birthday (I’ll get her a real gift too), I have a two part rebuttal.  Hence, I have deemed myself the birthday coupon fairy (whose end result resembles the tooth fairy but without the traditional tutu).

Rebuttal part 1:

Think of all the things you buy that are not food.  Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, baby wipes, feminine products, deodorant, tissues, makeup, beauty tools, and toothpaste are all things that regularly have coupons.  These are all “grocery” kinds of things that are not food.  Most of these things can be free with coupons.  I refuse to “buy” soap these days.  I only get soap if the store is willing to pay me to take it.  I get stores to pay me to take it so often that I have more than enough for my family, extended family and the rescue mission.  You can still reduce the bill if you buy healthier versions of these products.  For example, someone reported recently that alice.com had an exceptionally good deal on Tom’s toothpaste and another person used amazon.com to get on seventh generation diapers for less than $6 a pack.

Rebuttal part 2:

Many things that are considered organic or health foods have coupons.  Very few are listed on mass coupons sites (but I did get a coupon for Barbara’s cereal on a mass coupon site and Kashi almost always has a good coupon out), but there are a lot of coupons available if you sign up for the mailing list.  This website has an extensive list of links to coupons for organic products.  Organic Valley, Stoneyfield, War Eagle Mill, Recharge, Santa Cruz, and Laura’s have coupons that I print regularly.  Create an email account to collect this stuff (one that will pop-up to tell you that there’s something in your inbox) and sign up for all of these coupon lists.

Everybody can use coupons to reduce the cost of something.  It’s not time consuming when done correctly.  I recently heard a lady rebut someone who said, “I don’t have time for this” with “you haven’t been broke enough yet.”