Yes, I'll admit it. I'm a crazy couponer. You know the type - you see them in line at the grocery store with a handful of coupons, buying several of the same item. And it takes FOREVER for them to check out so you go to another cashier.
I go overboard and drive people insane with coupons - especially my husband! If it's on sale and I have a coupon for it AND IT'S FREE (or close to it) - I buy it. That's his favorite line "Why do we have 20 cans of chili? Let me guess - it was free!"
A good example of my compulsiveness...last year, Cottonelle toilet tissue was $0.99 a 4pk, with a $0.50 coupon that our local grocery, Fry's Food & Drug, doubled, making it free. I bought extra coupons (yes, you can do that) at www.thecouponclippers.com for $0.08 each. Those plus what I printed from www.coupons.com - I ended up with about a hundred packages of TP for close to free! My pantry and cabinets are stuffed with all sorts of things. My daughter jokingly comes "shopping" at our house, knowing Mom has lots on hand.
I get asked all the time is it worth the effort. Do the math. If I spend on average $100 a week on groceries and can save 10% or $10 a week - that works out to $520 a year or just over 5 free weeks of groceries! And by buying only items on sale (exclusing perishables that you purchase each week), you get more bang for your shopping buck.
We also have a large freezer and stock up on meat, margarine and butter and other items like cheese when they are on sale. I'd rather buy 30 pounds of chicken breast at $1.69lb than buy it one package at a time for $3.99lb.
So the next time you show a house with a large pantry - keep us fanatics in mind! I know lots of couponers that can fill that space in no time.