Clipping coupons is not for me.

Okay.  So in the very early days of my blog, I touted clipping coupons as a way to save money.  There are entire coupon clipping blogs and websites that do nothing but tell you how to save using coupons.  There are books and dvds about how to use coupons.  There was even a lady on the Today Show last month showing how she always pays less than $10 for $100s worth of groceries using coupons.

My comment?  Bah, humbug.  On the triple coupon days, I toted all my little coupon filled and category sorted envelopes down to the store and still spent $80 on the same amount of stuff.  The only difference from normal?  Now we have $80 of “name brand” and fru-fru stuff.  I have dish soap that smells like lavender.  I have deoderant that smells like perfume.  I have weird fruit gels that I’m afraid to try.  I have all this strange stuff because I had a coupon…

Now people tell me- only use a coupon for the things you buy.  Well, I rarely see coupons for things we use.  Maybe the problem is that we are too set in our ways or are not adventurous enough.  We like what we like and we don’t want to deviate.  I’ve been using the same face cream, toothpaste, shampoo, deoderant, dishwasher soap, handsoap, dish soap, and toilet paper for the past 10 years.  I’m 37.  My butt has been there and done that.  It prefers Scotts 2 ply toilet paper over all others.  Who am I to argue with my ass?

I think the last straw came when we were at Wal-Mart this past Saturday.  Having memorized my coupons by now, I felt a rush when my hubby needed shaving cream, shampoo, and deoderant.  Finally!  I pulled out the coupons that I had been sitting on for months just waiting for this day.  They were all expired by 2 weeks.  There went $2.50 in savings and my coupon box had to be rescued from the trash by my husband.

Ever the penny pincher, he has gently suggested that we get a subscription to the Sunday paper so that we always have current coupons.  He has also asked me if I want him to buy me that Today Show woman’s book on how to buy groceries for next to nothing.  I told him to go ahead as long as he doesn’t mind walking funny for a few weeks if you get my drift.

Nevertheless, I am going to give it another try.  We finally have a subscription and I have the current Sunday paper in hand ready to cut out the next batch of coupons.  I GUESS that if I see a coupon for something we use, I should just go out and buy it IMMEDIATELY rather than wait until we need it.  I’ll let you know how it goes in a couple months…

P.S. If anyone out there has ANY tips for me please send them my way.  I cannot believe that I can’t figure out how to maximize my savings using coupons.  Talk about the little things in life that make you feel small.

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