Ugh … money. We don’t have much of it. It’s such a downer.

I have no choice but to learn to coupon and I can’t even tell you how overwhelming it is. I watched the show Extreme Couponing to try to get myself excited about it, but I came away from it thinking that those bitches are a special brand of crazy. A brand I don’t care to become.

I hate, hate, HATE:

1. Math.

2. Things that require too much thought.

3. Standing behind someone in line who has coupons. 

I used to work at a grocery store, and I hated couponers. They would happily hold up the line over $0.35. Or they would stand in line at Customer Service forever waiting to get a rain check for an item we were out of. It just didn’t make sense to me. Time is money. It seemed like they were wasting a lot of their time. And mine.

I guess I shouldn’t have ridiculed couponers for all these years, since I am grudgingly going to become one. It’s out of necessity, not because I have a sick need for a “stockpile,” let’s be clear about that.

Now I have a stack of unclipped coupons sitting on my kitchen table … and they are mocking me. I am mocking myself. I might as well go ahead and use all the money I save on my next shopping trip to buy a pair of mom jeans and a purple hair scrunchy.


My new goal: to make couponing cool not entirely dorky.

3 thoughts on “Couponing.

  1. Don't watch that show! It will make you crazy. I like to coupon but I also like to buy things that are on sale :). I have several couponing websites and thoughts on just saving money in general at the grocery store. E-mail me at if you are interested. I'd love to help you keep from going crazy 😉


  2. Don't take what you see on Extreme Couponing too seriously. I read an article the other day about a store featured on the show that doubled coupons for the couponer for the show…but not as an every day practice! They made an exception for the show. I don't know anyone who regularly saves tons of money at the grocery store. I've been known to hit some good sales when clothes shopping (saving more than I spent, woot woot!) but I don't make the effort to hit 3 different stores with coupons just to save 15 cents either. Good luck! I coupon when I can, or remember…it can save you money but I think you really have to dedicate yourself to it. At least that's my take on it. I'll be interested to see how it goes for you!


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