Sunday, September 14, 2008

Economics 101

In the attempt to stick it to the man economize in the grocery section of the budget, I have sent Shawn out for the Sunday paper. I have never been a coupon person. I find that searching the local flyers and ads for five cents off a loaf of cracked cranberry bread to be a trifle tedious. I do not pounce gleefully upon the little coupon holders cleverly placed in the aisles of my grocery store. I would rather pay a little bit more money at one place than flit about town seeking all the best can't-pass-up sales, all the while my gas tank can literally practically be heard with its slurping and burping.
But as I was standing in Wal-fart this weekend I decided something must be done. I have been purchasing the same bottle of Cascade for years. And suddenly it has gone up in price. Not the easy to digest twenty-five cents, either. No, it has gone up exactly $1.25. I thought about looking around for the camera. I mean, this has to be a joke, right? Where are the hidden cameras? No? There are no hidden cameras? Then you won't mind turning a blind eye while I slip this bottle into my pants, right? I mean, no body notices the unsightly bulges of a really big woman, so I should be able to walk out of here without being stopped.
So excuse me while I go sit for the next two hours staring at a pile of coupons I have to cut out and organize, write a shopping list based on meals I can cook for my family which include massive amounts of Betty Crocker instant potatoes (I have a coupon!), and put sticky notes around the house in various places to remind me not to forget my coupons and list when I actually go to the store.
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4 comments:

Smiling Shelly said...

yes, and when you clip them and take them in with you...you also still have to remember to give them to the cashier when you check out :) Otherwise, they don't really know to take off for them..ya know?? ;)

My Goodness said...

I am NOT good at 'couponing' either...in fact, I pretty much hate clipping coupons. Most of them are for stuff I don't use. I go through a whole booklet and cut out just a few things I might actually buy...seems like a waste. I do like it when I do save something, but it's a job.

Jenny (Ox on the Roof) did a post recently with her tricks...she might inspire me...a little.

Kelli said...

I have gone into the store with the purpose of getting my free(!) salad dressing with a coupon that came in Kraft Food and Family magazine. Picked up a few other things while I was there. Got out of the store and said (while slapping myself in the forehead) Oh, I forgot to use my coupon!!! That is the typical coupon experience here. We have learned that Great Value (yeah, we shop at Wal-Mart) brand is just about as good on pretty much everything.

Jenny said...

Don't clip 'em all! Just use Coupon Mom and clip the ones you need. I promise it is SOOOO much faster and easier. This week I saved 41%, which basically amounted to $58. I spent about $110 for this week's groceries and they are mostly name-brand stuff...also not nasty, unhealthy stuff which I refuse to buy even with a coupon. (There's a post on my blog if you are interested.)

But yes, you have to remember to give them to the cashier. LOL!