Encore Post: This is in honor of a friend….you know who you are!
Hello, my name is Karen, and I’m a coupon addict. It happened rather slowly, because I resisted the peer pressure. My sister in law kept trying to push them on me. She kept mumbling things like, reward cards and couponizer. She persisted, because she knew it would be good for me. I finally gave in, as it was getting harder to avoid her, and I wanted to be part of the “IN” crowd. It was hard at first. I didn’t know where I was going to get my stash or how to use them. I started slowly and nervously handed over my coupons to the cashier, as if I was doing something wrong. I started to see the savings, then I was hooked, and it only got worse from there. I needed to know what the sales were going to be before the current one was even over. I dreamt about coupons and where I was going to score my next deal.
So now I have my stash, it’s gotten more attention in the last few months than my kitchen. Everything else has been neglected. It’s May and the kids still have their winter clothes in their drawers. Laundry gets done and sits on the couch until I can fold it (usually when American Idol is on). My clothes have made it to the top of my dresser, no time to actually sort and put them in the drawers, must post another deal! I’m on book #3 of the Twilight series, but I’ve been on chapter 2 for over a month. I’m too busy tweeting on twitter on my iphone during my free time. Wow that was a sentence I never thought I’d be writing. And by free time let me clarify, I mean in the car pool pick up line at the kids school.
I’ve stolen from my parents, if you call using their ink and paper to print coupons as stealing. When hubby would suggest dinner at the pizza place, I’d freak out when I couldn’t find the coupon that I just saw yesterday. Why can’t I be better organized? I’d find a deal and I’d get the shakes, that would not stop until I could write a post to share it with all of you. My husband complains that I am on the computer more than he is now, and that’s saying a lot. My computer is too slow for me right now, so I’m using my husbands. I tried to print some high value coupons the other day, but the coupon printing software had to be installed on his computer. Losing precious time, I started to get worried my stash would not be there when I had the need. My husband and I have always been planners, but he’s starting to break out of his shell. It’s completly throwing me for a loop. Especially when he wants to stop by the store on the way home and I don’t have my coupon binder. Or he decides to swing by and pick up dessert as a surprise and I say, “oh man I had a coupon for that!”
Here are some of the benefits to my addiction:
- We are no longer living paycheck to paycheck and I don’t have to warn my hubby days before payday, that he shouldn’t debit anything.
- We are paying off our debt much quicker than expected
- We’re teaching our kids the value of money. It’s embedded in their brains that we “can’t do that b/c it’s too expensive” or “we’re going here because we have a coupon/discount”. They are also learning to save their money for something they really want/need instead of wasting it away at the dollar store.
- We can spend the extra money on things we enjoy instead of household necessities.
- It’s giving me a sense of value as a stay at home mom. My husband brings home the paycheck but it’s my job to be a good steward of our finances.
- I’m enjoying working on my website and sharing what I’ve learned with others. My husband is a webmaster, so I’m learning a lot from him and it gives us something to learn and grow from together. Mostly just something to talk about on date nights besides the kids!
When I come home from a shopping trip, my husband likes to guess how much I spent. He is actually really good at this. He can probably tell how well I did based on how big my smile is!
Some of my favorite words:
I’m starting a support group. Leave me a confession comment about your addiction and your funniest/best/worst experience as an addict.