Maybe this is a post better served under the Thoughtful Thursday category, but here it is Friday and I'm feeling impatient on this subject.
I know I'm slow to notice things going on in the world some times, but apparently there is this wild coupon craze these days? I've been seeing more and more ladies with giant binders in lines at stores and they always have loads of coupons when they check out.
I'm perplexed by this whole thing (internally) because on the one hand, I find myself annoyed at the extra time it takes them in the checkout line and therefore, the extra amount of time it takes me. On the other hand, I'm jealous when I watch their totals are like $97 and then after passing over a few pieces of paper their new total is down to like $38. Then I look down at my own hands, wishing I had some of those magic papers that subtracted from the cost, too. (True story, by the way, I was behind a lady with those totals at Target a couple weeks ago. Amazing.)
But alas, no.
My hands are just ... empty. When the register rings up my $97 (or $157 or $257...), I get to pay that. There is no sudden rescue from that total where I breathe a sigh of relief and go, "Wow, that total was $97, but I just saved our family $60!"
I would like that. But I'm so tired already with all the things on my plate.
It just seems like a lot of extra work and I'm not sure I have the bandwidth to figure it out. If any of you -- my readers -- are avid couponers (or whatever the term is for you saving-savvy people is), please pipe and and tell me:
1) Is it difficult to get started?
2) Is it really worth it or do you find yourself just buying more stuff you don't need, simply because you have a coupon?
3) How much time does this add to your week?
4) Any other tips you can offer a bewildered, never-couponed, busy mom like me?
Thanks so much.