If it seems that you are not getting ahead financially but you out in these streets doing couponing deals then you are a very observant person. Manufacturers are making their products smaller but keeping them at the same price and lowering the denominations of their coupons. What it means to people like you and me is that inflation is creeping up.
In the past, how manufacturers beat inflation was to outsource to another country. Tide is not made in the US, it’s made in China or India or where ever and that is how we have been able to enjoy a relatively stable every day existence, financially.
The way to get around the inflation creep is that you must scrutinize your purchases more closely and figure out if there is a cheaper alternative. Stop buying stuff just because it’s free after coupon unless you need it. The caveat being if you are able to roll a free item into a rebate. I generally stay away from freebies unless it’s something that we can eat or something that we will use in the near future.
However, it’s going to be free and a Money Maker, I will definitely go all in.
If you have a decent stockpile, you can afford to be more picky about the deals that you will do unless you sell your stockpile at garage sells, Offer Up, swap meets or to coworkers or whatever.
Remember that the whole reason that you do couponing is to save money.