|Extreme Couponers have their own at-home grocery stores. Pro?|
So, it seems to me that there are two main branches of frugality being promoted these days. And they are:
1) Extreme couponing - popularized by the scary TV show. This is frugality based in extreme organization, meal planning, coupon clipping/printing and Groupon/SwarmJam/LivingSocial deal purchasing
2) Minimalism - popularized by numerous minimalist blogs and Vincent Kartheiser from "Mad Men." This is frugality based on purchasing very little, doing a lot of crafts, and selling off possessions
Neither of these, in their purest forms, really appeals to me. When you take Extreme Couponing to its most, well, extreme, then you wind up like the people on that TV show who have shelves and shelves filled with toothpaste or canned soup or croutons, who amass $600 worth of coupons and get lots of free stuff. Extreme couponers are saving money while amassing vast quantities of stuff.
Pros of Extreme Couponing: good for stockpiling things, saves money if you are purchasing something that you would be buying anyway
Dangers of Extreme Couponing: coupons tend to be for instant food, as opposed to for healthy ingredients or organic things. If you save $600 but now have $600 worth of toothpaste, is that really saving money? Or is it just being a hoarder?
|The Uniform Project promotes a really cute version of minimalism.|
If you take minimalism to its most extreme, then you wind up living out of a backpack, sleeping on park benches and owning only 2 things - your backpack, and some sort of one-piece coverall. Minimalists save money by getting rid of lots of stuff.
Pros of minimalism: environmentally friendly, spiritually fulfilling
Dangers of extreme minimalism: May cause pretentiousness that can be off-putting to other people, though you are spiritually fulfilled others may avoid you for your body odour
Are these two things compatible? Can a minimalist be an extreme couponer at the same time? Or is it best to combine the best of both - a little coupon savings here, a little minimalism there?
What do you guys think?