I've never liked the word "hoarding" when it comes to stocking my freezer and pantry with sale items. I buy many items on sale and
I am a prolific couponer, but I have never gone into a store with hundreds of coupons and walked out with carts loaded to the brim with free products. For many of us, that is an impossible feat as we don't live where there are stores that double coupon. So we have to hone our skills to get a good value. We can't rely on getting a lot of things for free.
My world of shopping starts with the sale flyers that I review to see if there are any good deals and I then look through my coupons to see where I can team up a good sale with a coupon. The only time I ever bought 50 like items was when store brand spaghetti sauce went on sale for 59 cents for a 28 oz can. With an expiration date out there for 2 years, I stocked up knowing that there was no way I would get that kind of deal again. I was right. That deal came and went and there hasn't been anything like it since.
Free is nice, but in my opinion 59 cents was a phenomenal deal. There are no TLC shows for the way I shop and yet isn't this way of shopping the way it usually is for most people? We may get the great coupon deal every now and then, but it is not the norm for the majority of us to have our coupons doubled.
I get tired of reading or watching t.v. shows showing people with great cart loads of stuff that they have paid next to nothing for. Why watch what I will never have? It just makes you feel like a failure because you can't get stuff for free all the time. So, I quit watching.
Just do your best with the resources that you have. It may not be as glamorous as walking out of a store with cart loads of free food, but it is rewarding when you know your prices and can stock up when a sale is a sale.