Sunday, February 15, 2009

Coupon Craziness

Last week I decided I was going to start using coupons. I was so proud because I managed to: 1) Buy a Sunday paper. 2) Review the coupon section. 3) Clip the appropriate coupons that I might use. 4) Save the coupons. 5) Keep the stash of coupons in my purse. 6) Bring the purse with the coupons to the grocery store. 7) Notice in the store which coupons were applicable to what I was buying. 8) Hand the coupons to the clerk. I was getting ready to proceed to step 9 (brag to Husband about all the money we saved), when I looked over my receipt in the car on the way home. That’s when I realized that the clerk put the coupons near the cash register, but she forgot to scan them. I immediately vented to Husband: “The coupons! She forgot to scan the coupons!” Husband then asked, “How much would you have saved?” I did some quick math in my head. “$1.40,” I answered. “You really want $1.40? I’ll reach into my pocket right now and give it to you.” I explained that it’s just not the same as the thrill of saving the money with coupons. I actually considered going to the customer service desk on my next trip to the store, but I decided that I just didn’t want to be that cheap or crazy. (“Um, hi. I left $1.40 worth of coupons here. Did someone turn them in?”) This week I decided that I’m going to take a break from coupons.

10 comments:

Lindsey said...

I agree! I think some of the thrill comes in saving the money!

The Mrs. said...

Its the thrill of the hunt for us. They dont get that. I love me some coupons which is one reason I love me the commisary, they practically push the coupons on you. Well actually sometimes they do!

Kel said...

awe...kind of takes the air out of the sails when you realize its only $1.40 when it seemed like such a big deal at the time! Maybe next time ;)
~K

Rebecca said...

How annoying! I agree, it's all about the thrill of saving money. Not the amount itself.

Joanne said...

I agree, it wasn't worth going back for. But hey, a few dollars here, a few dollars there, next thing you know you've got enough for a pizza out!

Annie said...

At least you remembered to put them in your purse...sigh...Idiot Girl clips coupons and leaves them on desk at home...

Playful Professional said...

I've done this more than a normal person ever should...except for I get to the store, pick up all of the items I have coupons for, and forget the coupons at home. Then I buy all of the items I never would've bought for full price. Oops.

Megan said...

hahahaha! Ooohhh you sound like me.

$1.40 is such a big deal! Esp. with how many times you actually go to the grocery store in a month!!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

I learned keeping coupon from my mom-in-law, and yes, it is really a good way of saving.
And the good thing is, they are also the same brand that I am using. So, no compromising needed. :)

Ann M. said...

I've done stuff like this, too! DOH!