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!