If you missed yesterday’s post, please check it out HERE before reading today’s post!
After I’d been shopping sales and couponing for a few months, I decided to watch a few more episodes of “Extreme Couponing” to see if I could pick up on any more tips. Unexpectedly, the biggest thing I noticed was how attached everyone was to their stockpile.
Stockpiling is the idea that when you’re shopping based on sales, you stock up on items when they hit their lowest price. That way, you have enough of the product to last you till the next time it’s that cheap again.
In case you’re curious, here’s a pic of about half of our stockpile – this part is in the closet under our stairs, but we also have a few things in a pantry cupboard, in the laundry room, and in each bathroom under the sink.
But, watching the show again, and seeing people’s attachments to their stockpiles made me think that couponing can easily and unknowingly become an idol.
If Jesus is our Savior, then we need to be looking to Him alone for our source of joy and our security. If we’re looking to anything or anyone else to fulfill us, that thing or person becomes an idol – whether we’re aware of it or not! So, we need to be constantly examining our hearts to see who or what we’re trusting in.
So, whether couponing is something you’re interested in starting, or something you’re already seasoned at, I recommend regularly thinking about whether you’re finding your joy and security in the number of paper towels in your closet or whether you’re looking to the Lord as your source of provision – and this is definitely advice I also need to regularly practice and not just preach! 🙂
As I said yesterday, starting this process revealed all kinds of sin in my heart – I was looking to glorify myself through how well I could do, so my pride was hurt when I didn’t think I did very well. I was also discontent in our shrinking finances, and put out that my life style was changing, instead of being thankful to the Lord for His daily overflowing and abundant provision for us, and my husband’s wise desire to be better stewards of that provision.
So, ultimately, it isn’t the size of your stockpile that determines whether you’re hoarding, but your motivation for stockpiling and your attachment to it and heart attitude toward it. 🙂
Anyway, thanks for letting me have my moment on my soapbox! 😉 But, seriously, if couponing is something you’re interested in trying or something you do regularly, I really do hope you’ll be thinking about all that!
Meanwhile, if you’ve never couponed before, but you’re interested in trying it for yourself, check out my posts next week for more information, links to some great videos and articles, and extra hints and tips I’ve picked up along the way!