Or, 3 Reasons Why I Feel Motivated to Get a Tattoo in a Scandalous Place to Counteract the Fact that I’m Dangerously Teetering on the Precipice of Being Known as “That Lady With Four Cats Who Is Obsessed with Coupons”
1. Couponing appeals to my competitive nature.
It feels like an enjoyably elaborate game to me—hunt for deals, gather my coupons, find everything on my list—so when I do well, I win, hahah! And this victory is especially sweet because I win ACTUAL MONEY. So it’s essentially like Monopoly on crack. And the store in question just landed on my Boardwalk with three hotels bwaaaaahahahhahaha—sorry. I frequently lapse into Monopoly fantasies.
2. Couponing appeals to my finicky, organized nature.
It gave me a reason to arrange this file box and write a bunch of labels. That kind of thing is, like, the chief joy of my life. Yes. I am openly admitting that.
Now, you might be one of these folks who is interested in couponing but you always hold back because you’re thinking, “Seriously, who are these freaks who spend hours cutting coupons and standing in line to buy 200 boxes of cereal? Aren’t I doing enough for my family already? I mean, for the LOVE OF GOD, what do they want from me? MY BLOOD?!?!?!” If that’s you, lemme just share a little something (after which you will probably say, with tears in your eyes, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings). Here’s how it works:
- Set up a file box with a folder for each month, plus a few general folders for coupons you print off the internet (groceries, household, etc.)
- Buy papers every Sunday (good rule of thumb: get one for every person in the house)
- Write each week’s date on your inserts and file them away
- Check out this couponing site and others like it, which will tell you what deals are running at which stores, and which coupons from which dates and inserts you need for each deal.
- Decide which deals you want, cut the coupons you need, and you’re all done except for the fun shopping part.
I have great success with this non-overwhelming method (not to mention, I just enjoy filing things) and it takes no more than an hour a week. Perhaps even less. Are you misting up yet?
3. Couponing appeals to my shameless-desire-for-lots-of-money nature.
Now, I am told that in the music world it has been posited that mo’ money = mo’ problems, but in my own humble opinion, the author of that sentiment is just STRAIGHT TRIPPIN. I will take all the money I can get and whatever “problems” come with it. Mo’ couponing = mo’ money = mo’ stuff from Etsy, is my personal view. Speaking of which, check out my favorite Etsy purchase to date, “Picky Duck,” which continues to make me giggle like a lunatic even though it’s been hanging on my wall for months.