I tried. I really did. I had a binder … I made labels … I cut and I cut and I cut …
Then the day came around that I, along with my forced companion – I made my ten year old go with me – went grocery shopping to the “inexpensive” store with an envelope of coupons in hand. And it went something like this …
“Which salsa do we have a coupon for? Pace? Ortega?”
“No. It’s the Tostitos brand,” answers the ten year old. “But you need to buy three to save the $0.45.”
“But we don’t need three! And they don’t have the Tostitos brand!”
My daughter shrugs. I shrug. We head to the dairy section.
“Get Yoplait, mom. The eight pack.”
I look. She looks. We find six packs. “But the coupon is for the eight pack.” I say to anyone that might be listening.
“I like Dannon better anyway, mom.”
So we get the Dannon.
And, two hours and two hundred and thirty seven dollars later, I vow to shop only at the grocery closest to my house and to give all the Sunday coupons to the neighbors. Sorry, but I just don’t have it in me and for the time being, I would rather spend the extra $$ than spend the extra hours cutting, collecting and driving store to store in search of the brand of salsa that I happen to have a coupon for.
Alas, Piggly Wiggly can thank me for keeping them in business. Oh, and I’m still out of milk!!!
OK … so tell the truth. Are you a coupon queen or do you struggle and get frustrated like me? What’s your secret? Because I am telling you, I really don’t think I can do it.