Monday, November 23, 2009

my day off

Today seemed like a good day to finish preparing for Thanksgiving. It is now 7:11 p.m. and I have done nothing I planned except grocery shopping with my hubby.

I am used to shopping alone and he is used to avoiding having to go. But, following breakfast out together we decided it would be the least busy time of the day to go.

I had tons of coupons with me - sounds good, but, did I mention I hadn't sorted them yet from this weekends fliers? Not good - thank goodness there was a Starbucks in the grocery that I could distract him with!

We needed 2 of the turkeys over 18 lbs. that were limited to one per person as well as requiring a $30 minimum with each. And of course we didn't ask if that was before or after coupons so....we stood with 2 carts mid aisle and tried to make sure we met the minimum digging all the while through my unorganized coupons. (I am happy to report the coupon savings was close to $15.00 and each turkey under $7.00 each - my husband is still trying to figure out if it was worth buying newspapers and the hassle for that amount of savings.) Finally an hour and a half later we made our way to the check out!

Couponing does create conversation opportunities, today as I stood flipping the pages in my 'sport card' coupon holder notebook a lady stopped by remarking, "good for you honey, I should do that too!"

A few days ago I picked up a couple of things at store I don't typically go to and used coupons and the check out guy said, "You don't strike me as the couponing type". What does that mean??

Two weeks ago a young check out guy proclaimed, "you win first prize for having the best system of organizing your coupons!"

You would think it's the highest accomplishment of my life!

All of this to ask you the following questions:

Is couponing worth the effort?

Does any tiny savings justify doing it?

Do you only do it when prime opportunities arise with combinations equaling huge savings?

I welcome any tips you are willing to throw my way! Or if you want to be the Biddle's private coupon consultant that would be good too!


Wendell said...

I will discuss it with Ron at Starbucks!

that is, if I can find a Starbucks coupon:)

Lori Biddle said...

Just keep your comments to yourself Mr. Stewardship!

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I haven't the patience to do coupons. I've been in line behind folks who did use them, and they save a lot of money! I'm just so spur of the moment with shopping that I would never have the coupon I needed when I needed it.