I don't want to startle anyone- but I have a following.
Yes in deedy.
See, I was in Target a few weeks ago- me wheezer and emily- and a lady walked past the aisle and came back. She walked right up to me and asked if I was 'one of them extreme couponers'.
Uh- no? Those people are crazy. Insane. Obserd. I'm just a regular couponer- with a big big book of coupons and a constant urge to check the sale papers for any deals I may have missed.
Couponers have a bad rap. I coupon with integrity. I match the coupon to the product exactly- always make sure to buy the right quanities, follow the stores coupon policies- I just try and match the manufacturers coupons to the stores sales and promotions to get the most bang for all of our bucks. Buy purchasing product, I rotate their stock- they move product and reorder- the manufacturer ships more- stores get their money for manufacturers coupons back from the manufacturer- and on and on and on. Couponing is good people.
So why did I cringe when she asked. I don't know- I guess I don't want to be considered a crook- which I am not. I'm just frugal and enjoy 'the hunt'.
Anyway- she mentioned she was engaged, watched that new coupon show and needed to know how to do it. And wanted me to teach her. Right then. There is no system. I wrote down a few of my favorite coupon blogs for her- ones that list out all the special sales to coupon matches per store and said she could start by purchasing 1-2 extra papers on Sundays to build up her coupons and then just start watching sale papers for things she uses. She was so cute- like a little coupon baby.
Fast foward to Kroger this week. Emily, wheezer and I were shopping for that soap deal I told you about when I hear 'there she is'. I look up and she says 'I thought that was you- stay right there!'. A minute later she came back with her fiance, she wanted to introduce him to me. He said he watches my show. I explained, again, that I was not on that show- I'm just a lady who uses coupons. As they looked into my cart filled with body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, and handsoap I felt a tad embarrassed. Like I was caught in the act or something. She asked what deals I was getting and then hit her fiance on the back and said 'see- $.13 handsoap!'
Emily gladly pointed out to them that I am a crazy coupon lady. She's so proud of me, at least that's what I tell myself.
When leaving the store I smiled, because I have a posse. I'll be available for autographs this afternoon at Target. I hear that there are some holiday goldfish crackers on sale that I don't want to miss out on. And possibly their 75% off toy sale (nice time to pick up a couple gifts for those kid birthday parties).