A lot of my friends have become coupon-ers. They post these photos on facebook of their amazing loot, and what they paid. I have seen so many pictures with, say, 30 items and they have paid $2.99. It’s crazy & intriguing. Crazy intriguing. Because I have SO much spare time (ha ha) between house building, running a company and being a mom to 2, I thought why not add another time consuming activity to my plate. Can you sense that I was doomed to fail from the start? Oddly enough, I didn’t sense that going in.
My sister Krystal was also very interested in perfecting this craft. Together we picked people’s brains. Cut coupons. Joined facebook pages that post about coupons & signed up for mailing lists (BIG MISTAKE).
We planned our first excursion. We each had 2 carts. We stopped at the front of the store & found even more coupons. We were especially excited about the “manufacturer coupons” as, to our rookie knowledge, they could be paired with OTHER coupons, THUS further milking the system! We were a hot mess. Carts packed high with soup, diapers and things we would normally never eat. We were succeeding. We had dollar signs in our eyes as we savily scanned the shelves.
I rounded the corner and bumped my cart into a wall. It loosened the change I had in my hoodie pocket onto the floor. Thus the emotional struggle began. DO I, at 9 months pregnant (overdue actually), go to ALL that work to bend down and pick up all of the nickles, pennies and dimes…. or do I walk away and leave them for a lucky 5 year old to find? Friends, I couldn’t do it. I mean, I couldn’t physically do it & I knew it. I knew I was beat. The money had won. There was no way, that I, ready to pop could spend 5 minutes on my hands and knees with my big pregnant butt in the air picking up my loose change mess. My pride just wouldn’t let me.I just left it. I approximate that it was about $3-$4 in change. No loss I consoled myself, I am saving so much money today that THAT little money on the floor was chump change.
I pushed my 2 massive carts up to the till. I ignored the eye rolls of everyone around me. Because I was on a shopping high. I COULDNT wait to see how much i’d saved. As she scanned each item, my pulse quickened. This is like gambling for housewives. Such a rush. Then it happened. She handed me my receipt which had on it how much id saved. I couldn’t wait to show my sister & both of us scream and jump.
I had saved, $6.50.
You read that right. All of that prep, hand work, ignoring eye rolls, signing up for coupons online…..all for $6.50.
Once you deducted the pile of coins i’d spilt, I had just saved around $2. MAYBE $3.
Clearly, I am not meant to be a coupon-er. The wind was taken out of my sails so quickly. I got even more clammy as thoughts rushed through my mind in superspeed fashion “what had I done wrong?”, “Did I not combine the coupons right?”, “were they expired?”…….
The mind boggles at how I messed up couponing.But, I now have endless cans of powder formula (I breastfeed) and tons of coupons for formula (again, I breastfeed). I have endless rolls of toilet paper, toothpaste and diapers (that actually, I’m pretty sure I ended up paying full price for).
The lessen learned? Just because other people are good at it, doesn’t mean that I have to be good at it to. Im sticking to what I do best. Paying full price.
Sticking to what I am good at, here is a sneak peek at what I am working on in the office today!