It’s been an exciting summer for me. As you probably noticed I’ve been doing posts on couponing. Not only is it a passion of mine, my next novel is about a coupon addict and a murder.
I bet you’re wondering how those two go together. I had a blast using my skills in couponing to make my book not only suspenseful, but I added a little nugget here and there about how to coupon.
The couponing world can be a bear.
You wouldn’t believe the things I’ve seen that people do when they first learn to coupon. From using expired coupons to clearing shelves (that’s a big no no in the coupon world), I’ve seen it all. I’ve gotten dirty looks as if I’m stealing from the sick and lame. There are some couponers I’ve passed in the store that even hunched over their coupon binders and gave me an evil eye when I passed them. There’s even been a time or two when people have walked past me and called me crazy.
But most of all, I get stopped with questions about how much money I actually save. And, lots of people want to know if I’m like those ladies on the television show.
Coupon Rage is as real as Road Rage.
I’ve experienced a bit of coupon rage myself. Now don’t worry that I’m going sabotage some mean-spirited, shelf-clearing couponer. I’ve learned to control those inner thoughts against my rival couponers, I tell you. It helps to remember that most newbies who don’t like to follow the rules of etiquette quit after four months. I’ve seen it time and time again. But, the Lord has called me to forgiveness many a time over this coupon thing. I’ve come to remember that I’m a light for his glory and must show it at all times.
Couponing’s tough. It’s time-consuming. It makes my brain hurt at times. It’s worth it.
Lesson to learn: Don’t be a shelf-clearer, respect others, keep God in the forefront of all you do and say in the coupon world.