Last year I was a couponer. I got the Sunday paper, cut things out, watched the sales, I even had a binder complete with Velcroed on calculator. It was intense. I thought I would be saving us tons of money, but the truth was it didn't. Not for us anyway. I was spending more and yes, buying more - but it wasn't stuff we really needed. Plus we were eating tons of processed foods and just a lot of junk that I knew we shouldn't be eating but since it was such a "good deal" I let it slide. Looking back it was NOT a "good deal" at all in terms of taking care of my family.
So I no longer worry about coupons. Yes, I still have an envelope of them in my purse in case I see a really good deal on something we already use. Sometimes I leave coupons in the store for other people to use. But for my family, we get a better value without coupons.
Note: The bad for us hot dogs and tater tots we ate last night came from my freezer and couponing days.