I know I should be blogging about the next day in our St. Louis vacation, but I have to make a confession. First, let me start by saying I have never been a person with an addictive personality. I have never smoked, don’t drink much, I have never tried an illegal drug, and taking prescription pain killers make me sick so I can’t get addicted to those either. I have been going along “fat, dumb, and happy” (which is no way to go through life), until my 51st year.
Approximately two months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the joys of couponing. I have always been one to save money. My mother always taught me to look for the sales. I rarely buy something that isn’t on sale. However, I had never embraced coupons. I would cut out one or two from the Sunday paper, but never did much more. My friend told me about “stacking” and “blinkies” and “tear pads” and so much more! The very first week that she helped me with my coupon clipping, I saved over $100 on my grocery bill. I was hooked.
Don’t get me wrong…I’m not one of those “Extreme Couponers” you see on TV. Those people are the exception, not the rule. I don’t hoard, or over stock my pantry. If I find a really good deal (like the 15 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butters I just got for .15 each), I will donate it to charity and family members. I only purchase what we will use before the item expires and we can store easily in our home. I sound like I am justifying my addiction doesn’t it? That can’t be a good sign.
I just can’t help getting excited about how much I can save at the store! For example, I recently purchased 22 bottles of Ocean Spray juice (donated most of it), 6 cans of Progresso soup, 35 Hallmark greeting cards, 6 bags of Milk Bone dog treats, miscellaneous fruit and veggies, and my total bill was 14.00! Most weeks I only save about 80.00 of our grocery bill. But when the week comes that I can do so well, I feel so excited. It gives me such a feeling of accomplishment. Then I start looking for my next “fix”. I can’t wait for the Sunday paper, I look on-line each evening at coupons.com to see if there are any new coupons, I love Wednesday when the Publix flyer arrives so I can see what sales I can match with a coupon to save the most money possible. I have a sickness.
Is there a CA (Coupon Anonymous)? Should I even join? Saving money is a good thing. Right? I just need to stop obsessing about saving money. When your sister answers her phone “how much did you save this time?” You know you are calling her too frequently to tell her about your couponing. But I got 35 greeting cards for free! Actually it came out to a 7.00 credit that I used to help pay for other groceries. Sigh.
Well, I have done the first step and admitted that I am addicted to couponing. Do I want to do anything about it? No way…that Sunday paper is only two days away, I can’t stop now!