I have a love hate relationship with couponing. It’s a part of my being, my inner fiber now that I’m a pro, and I don’t ever plan on giving it up. By pro, I use the term in a very loose manner, I do not claim to know it all or even half as much as any other. I just know what works for me.
I started almost three years ago in hopes I’d start saving money. I have lots of kids, and they’re all teens now. A fair sized group of friends and family hang out at my house, too. It gets expensive to feed them all.
It started with the show on couponing. I’m sure you know which one I’m talking about so I don’t need to name it. I watched in wander and disbelief (note to self: still disbelief). They were doing the impossible and I had to try it.
And I did. I bought all the stuff:
- The infamous binder that sets you apart immediately from other shoppers
- The baseball card holders for the coupons
- File cabinets and folders
- The subscription to 14 Sunday papers
- A cutting board
- Fingertip moistener
- The all important Scissors that must be very sharp
I was ready. I didn’t have a clue what I was getting myself into at that point. It was hard. I lost money. I even yelled at a couple cashiers (shame, shame). But, then slowly I got the concept, figured out the best organization to make it all work.
I’d never put myself in the crazy couponing person category, although lots of people shake their head at me in the store. I ignore the looks and comments. I’m not doing it for onlookers. I do it to take care of my family.
It’s hard work, there’s no two ways about it.
Have you ever considered couponing?