My husband takes my older boys to see each J. R. Tolkien movie as it is released, using price matching and coupons, of course. Tolkien’s new release, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, was a greatly anticipated box office hit.
In honour of this movie, I will share a light-hearted reflection on what Bilbo Baggins can teach us all about couponing.
What The Hobbit Can Teach Us About Couponing
Routines Can Be Good
Bilbo likes his predictable life. He likes tea time and smoking pipes at a certain hour. He clings to the routines that have served him well for many years.
When it comes to couponing, routines can also serve us well. Check our coupon matchup page Thursdays before grocery shopping. Pick a favourite store to do all price matching. And have a system for filing coupons to stay organized.
Change Begins with One First Step
Bilbo is reluctant to go on adventures as he protests “[adventures] make you late for dinner.” But he takes the first step to leave his hobbit hole and that changes the course of his journey. He is no longer the think-inside-the-box hobbit he once was.
Likewise, we can encourage ourselves to take a first step. We can try new money-saving strategies this year. Perhaps couponing for the first time. Or couponing more consistently. Or cashing in on mail-in rebates. Even a small step in a new direction can help us follow this hobbit’s footsteps.
Persevere When The Going Gets Tough
Spiders, dragons, orcs and Gollum – Bilbo faced them all. And in spite of wanting to give up, he persevered and [spoiler alert] won in the end.
Perhaps you are learning to coupon for a specific goal. To be able to stay home as a parent, to pay down significant debt, or to save towards something important. These can feel insurmountable, but our trusty hero Bilbo inspires all of us to persevere.
Learn from a Mentor
Gandalf becomes a mentor to Bilbo, pushing him beyond his comfort zone and offering words of wisdom along the way.
Similarly, mentors can help us learn about couponing. I have learned so much from Cassie (founder of MrsJanuary.com) and others about couponing. Reading posts regularly, popping onto the Facebook page every day has helped me grow as a couponer, and helped me afford to stay home with my children.
I’m quite certain J.R. Tolkien did not intend for Bilbo Baggins to be an ambassador for couponing, but we can learn a few lessons from Bilbo just the same.
Did I miss any profound lessons about couponing from The Hobbit?
By: Karen Gauvreau