Saturday, November 7, 2009

A rant

In the interest of getting my grocery budget under control, I've been clipping coupons.

I honestly don't get how people make such a killing on this. I've read the coupon websites. I've read stories of how someone will go shopping and buy a cart full of groceries for $1.62. I've diligently clipped coupons for months now. I go to the store, clutching my list, coupons, pen, reading glasses, make my way through the aisles, dropping each of these things at least three times as I foray through the aisles.

On my last trip, I arrived at the checkout stand, cart loaded, sweating like a dock worker, and . . . HORRORS! . . . I couldn't find my coupons! I was beside myself. I ravaged through my purse to no avail. I dug through my groceries as the teenage clerk is pulling them out of my cart. After checking out, to the tune of $242.16, I begged him to watch my cart, I was goin' back in to find those coupons. I prayed to St. Anthony, patron saint of lost things, as I headed up and down the aisles, and sure enough there they were, neatly stacked and held together with my red bright red paperclip, right smack in the middle of the pasta aisle, where they had no doubt fallen through the metal rungs of my cart. I grabbed them off the floor and took my overflowing cart to the Customer Service desk, wiping the sweat from my brow. The clerk gladly took my coupons, rung them up and handed me my $6.25.

I figure with the time spent clipping, shuffling and searching the store, I made about 27 cents an hour. I give up. It's just not worth it.

Today, I am thankful that clipping coupons is not a necessity. I realize that for many people it's an option that can save them lots of money. More power to them!

12 comments:

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I feel the same way! Sometimes I will get a coupon that is too good to pass up, or one that is actually on the product I am purchasing, but for the most part I don't see the point.

I save my coupon use for places like Bed Bath and Beyond where I can use my 20% off coupon to my heart's content!

Xandra

Judy said...

I've given up too.

It's a gift, which I was not blessed with.

My husband can 'coupon' like a pro, and he cannot understand why it is impossible for me to even fake interest.

I make an exception for the Michael's craft store coupons. I am in love with those.

♥Mimi♥ said...

Every now and then I'll come across one for one or two dollars for something that I use. Those I will use but to clip and sit and clip and sit for hours - not anymore. When I was raising a family I did but groceries were less expensive back then so five or six dollars in coupons really made a difference.

Now, give me some coupons for an oil change or gas for my car and I'm game!

Flat Creek Farm said...

I think with me it's kinda like learning to play cards. I never really 'got it' and probably never will :) But I do admire those who manage to figure it all out and save beaucoup bucks! -Tammy

Sonja said...

Oh you poor thing. Your tale of running through the store cracked me up though, since I can soooo relate. That much grief just isn't worth it.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

I'm with you :) I use them when I have them and I intend to purchase the item anyway, but I have never been able to save more than 5 or 6 dollars, tops. I try to shop smartly anyway, do the sales, even ad match at the awful w-m place so many people hate, etc. But coupons are often for name brands that I don't buy or other things. :)

diana said...

i agree. i used to do it when the kids were younger. i just got to a place where i felt like it wasn't worth it.

and it truly is a blessing to not have to clip those blasted things =)

Jen said...

It has never helped me. Never. I have friends who it does....but to me...to buy the papers to clip them then using them..I equally out actually.
I shop at Aldis where they have great prices and do Walmart who does match all other adds....but coupon girl here either...not worth my sanity. But like you said more power to the ladies that can do it.
I spend under $300 every 2 weeks and we are good with that.....what do you spend every week>

RIZZI said...

HI KAREN,
THIS IS SO FUNNY, I CAN JUST SEE YOU RUNNING AROUND IN THE GROCERY STORE. YOU MUST HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED WHEN YOU GOT HOME. IT REALLY MADE ME LAUGH. YOUR BLOGS ARE GREAT, YOU DESERVE A MEDAL WRITING SO MANY. THEY ARE VERY INTERSTING, I REALLY ENJOYED READING ALL OF THEM. HAVE A NICE DAY.
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Brenda Leyland said...

This was a LOL posting for me! I've often wondered that myself about how much some people say they save.

But today we actually got for FREE a 12 double roll pkg of bathroom tissue, when we bought $35 worth of groceries. We needed the groceries, so we would have spent that anyway.

Anyways, are you planning to skip the cliping service???

chuckles and wishes, Brenda

BTW, thanks for stopping and leaving a note, Miss Kindred Spirit. I see I'll have to start reading from the beginning. Don't want to miss anything!

Barbara said...

I find 'clipping coupons' can become stressful. I have lots in my purse then forget to hand them in or something and then get frustrated. I am having to learn that it is a bonus when I do hand them in and find they are still within the date!!

Leah in Iowa said...

I gave up coupon-clipping long ago for many of the same reasons the other commenters did. Too much work and not enough payoff! Also, I figure I save money every time *I* go to the store as compared to my husband, who brings home tons of things that weren't on my list! As long as *I* get groceries, we're saving money. =)