Have you ever seen the perfect coupon mommy as you’ve stumbled your way through the grocery aisles? You know the one I’m talking about – she’s got her cute coupon binder opened to the exact coupons she needs (organized by store, aisle, shelf, and product, of course. . .) and she even has extra coupon back-up prepared just in case the clearance bin happens to change the moment she walks in the door. I’m not sure who she is, in fact, someone reading this may even be her, but I live in awe of that girl.
Well, I’m here to tell you that if that’s not you (and maybe you’re just a little more scatter-brained like me), you can still do this couponing thing! If you saw me as I walked down the aisle you would never believe I actually knew what I was doing. (Some days I wonder if the people at Publix are so nice to me just because they feel sorry for the crazy lady with the coupons stuck in her hair!) I’m the mommy who clips her coupons just before a grocery run, wrestles a 3 year old into the Race Car cart (I HATE THOSE THINGS!!!), hurries to the bakery to grab a free cookie (for my 3 year old. . .not myself. . .well, usually. . .), and then starts to focus on the deals.
I pull out my crumpled stash of coupons (I’ve actually handed coupons to the cashier that have been soaked in day old sippy cup water), and start hunting down some bargains as quickly as I can (that cookie doesn’t last long, you know?) I can’t even tell you the number of times I’ve been chased down by kindly Publix shoppers who’ve picked up my trail of coupons, and how many coupons I’ve had to tape together in the checkout late because my kiddos practiced their scissor skills while I shopped!
Even though I tend to be a little organizationally challenged, I still can usually find a few deals (imagine that!) I think that once you’ve had three kids (maybe any kids . . .) those organizing brain cells are all but stomped to pieces, and it’s really hard to keep it all together. But I promise, you can do this!
So, over the next few days I’ll share a few beginner coupon tidbits that might help any of you feeling a little overwhelmed by the process. If you or a friend are contemplating taking on the coupon challenge, this will be a great time to start, and hopefully we’ll all learn a few things along the way!
And maybe you’ll turn into that really cute girl with the perfect binder, but don’t get discouraged if you don’t (it’s okay!): you’ll probably still snag a few deals along the way!
Stop back tomorrow for beginning coupon information, and this would be a great time to invite a friend who’s interested in pinching a few pennies to hang out at Passionate Penny Pincher with you!