I've recently started doing something I never, ever thought I'd be doing. But the economy sucks, the price of everything is going up and my girls have suddenly become ravenous eating pits.
For those of you that know me, you might say I'm a bit...obsessive. And I mean that in the best way possible. When I get involved with something I jump in with both feet. My enthusiasm might not last very long, but while I'm in the middle of it, I'm 110%.
So, what have I started doing? Couponing. I mean I even have the binder. Yep, the one where I've got all my little pieces of paper categorized by aisle and department in pretty plastic sheets. I used to sneer at the women I passed in the grocery store with their binders open, staring at the little tags on the shelf. My MIL used to give me coupons for diapers and wipes when the girls were little...I threw them away. I was one of those people who couldn't be bothered. I have enough to do in my life and couponing was just more time I didn't have.
However, I've decided I was wrong. Last night I spent $98 and saved $92 with coupons and sales. I bought what we needed, what we actually use. I refuse to purchase something simply because it's on sale. I will not be one of those people who spent $4.00 for a week of groceries but they're things no one will actually eat.
So, yeah, I've become one of those people. I now proudly tool around the grocery store with my binder open, flipping pages to see if I have a coupon for that. My pantry is busting at the seams. I had to promise Zilla I wouldn't buy another box of cereal for a couple weeks. But, when you can get the one that the girls love for $.50 each...you kinda gotta stock up.
So, anyone else coupon? It might be interesting to see just how long my obsession lasts. It does take me at least an hour to prepare to shop...although, that might not be a bad thing. I used to come home with tons of junk that I really didn't need. Now, at least when I come home with junk it's the junk that was on sale.