Modest and Occasionally Driven

Hi all! So, I was made aware that a blog should be brief; straight to the point. Honestly, that might not happen here, we will see as time goes by.

I was asked some time ago if I would consider sharing my opinions or experiences about my couponing shopping trips and for sure I gave it the cold shoulder. There are plenty of sites out there which are way more useful that what I may provide. I watch, read and hear about people killing it out there with savings of 75-90 percent on their shopping trips. That is awesome! Thankfully, I am very satisfied with my casual shopping trips. Extreme couponers out there would probably think I’m crazy for not going the distance… or they might not care at all.

While writing this, the person I need to give thanks to is my husband Mike. It was his inspiration that got me into trying to be a saving savvy mom (that is what I like to think of myself). Mike was on a shopping trip for cat litter, when he arrived home, excitement and accomplishment was seen on his cute face: “I got a great deal on the litter and a coupon for next visit!”.

I was skeptical… That was not for me, regardless, the coupon was kept on my nighstand. Several weeks later at the pet store before checking out (with coupon on hand), I panicked and started making excuses in my head such as “just toss it” “it’s not worth it” “what if it doesn’t work?” “will they laugh at me?” Ahhhh! I left the products intended to buy on the counter while I left the store rapidly. Then, went to the nearest supermarket bought the cat litter there at full price! True story! To this day, my husband has not heard of my distress, shhh.

It took me well over a month to go back into the pet store; those darn cats! Somehow, my initial thinking was for sure as I would walk in the store there would be a picture of me running away, but there was none. Phew! That day, anxiety kicked in again but somehow managed to remain somewhat poised. The cashier was friendly, engaging and did not shamed me for using the coupon. Yes, I USED THE COUPON! I did not run away! I did it and the savings were real people, I saved $5.00 on cat litter! Wow, I thought, that was cool! Feeling proud, accomplished, relieved and satisfied crazy thoughts went to my head about doing it again… soon.

As silly as that sounds, that was my start; cautious, stressful, timidly and hopeful. There are times when those feeling still come around when I am shopping except I am a little less timid. Now: I am driven!

Ready, Set, Go

My intent for this blog is not give advice but more to describe and express the process I use when shopping, and my daily life as a coupon mom.

My shopping experiences are far from labeling me as an extreme couponer. Although, I like to consider myself an awesome one, I am really not. There are plenty of websites out there that detail step by step how to clip, store and make lists. I will not be that site, maybe.

My hopes are for the reader to understand how frustrating, time-consuming, involved and stressful it can get, at least for me it is. Nonetheless, I enjoy doing it but it’s definitely not perfect.  Some shopping trips I rock yet on others I’ve super sucked! Couponing is not “rocket science” but one mistake may cost you to lose what the determined calculations were; resulting in loss of several dollars.

Definitely, coupons are great, no doubt about that. It depends on the process and handling the consumers use (including myself).  Moderation is what I am targeting for… The way I see coupons is a form of advertising; a promotional tool to get me to try a brand, a new store or to continue using the same brand I have been purchasing just a little cheaper.