To clip or not to clip?

My husband is cheap. 

He has been cheap since I’ve known him. 

When we first met?  Ok.  It was warranted, since we were living off of meager pay-per-hour jobs salaries, and sometimes splurging on a meal at a nice restaurant meant eating bologna for the next week.

Now, though?  Not so much.

Mind you, we’re not rich by any stretch of the imagination, or even well-to-do.  We manage.  Hubby’s got a good job.  One that even allows me to stay at home.  We’re average.  Middle of the road.  Middle class suburban. 

So, what’s with the panicking over coupons, dearest Husband?  Since when does it make or break a trip out to eat with the family if a coupon can’t be found to the dining establishment of choice?

Because though I understand that $5 is $5, is it worth throwing a fit over?  As if we had just held the winning lotto ticket, but it somehow got thrown away? 

I say not.

I say that being thrifty means not giving into impulse buys.  (Which, I admit, we are bad about.)  It means watching for sales, and shopping at the stores which advertised said sales.  Buying store brand items.  Buying on sale store brand items.  Getting my hair cut at cheapo, disappointing hair salons.  You know, things like THAT.

THESE are the things that I do to save money. 

Saturday, Hubby had a complete meltdown when we went to meet his family at a restaurant that he was certain he’d had a coupon for, and “had just laid it here in this pile of newspapers”.  Alas, it was nowhere to be found.  Honest to God, we almost had to call and cancel our outing. 

I was beside myself.  I said, “$5!  You’re going to throw a fit over $5!!  Seriously?!”  We’re not in college anymore.  We don’t need to decide between eating or paying rent.  We’re BEYOND that, right?

So, in the midst of all this looking for the “misplaced” coupon (I never did see it, so I am led to wonder if it truly existed.) and our arguing about the whole situation, Hubby says to me in a very concerned voice, “What are all these coupons doing here in this pile?!  You haven’t even gone THROUGH these!!!” 

“Um, no.  Not yet.”

“Why NOT?!” 

Um, because I’ve been too lazy, and would rather blog.  I’ve been busy with other things.”

“Do you realize how much money this could save us?”

“No.  Because there aren’t a lot of coupons that I would have put to use.”


Seriously, people.  Am I the only one who dreads the whole clipping coupons, rearranging/throwing out of the old coupons thing? 

I hate it. 

I would rather listen to a monkey sing.  (That actually might be pretty entertaining….but, I digress.)

I just don’t see the worth of it.  I go through them.  And I’ll find maybe, MAYBE one ore two that are worthwhile, several others that are promising, and a MONSTROSITY of a pile to take to recycling.

Waste. Of. My. Time.

And I’d really like to think of myself as a good shopper.  I don’t splurge.  much  I don’t go over budget.  much  I buy mostly store brand things. (Meijer – love it)

I just don’t see what the big deal is over coupons.

Why is Hubby so insistent on this?

Am I alone in thinking that coupons are the pits?


Published in: on June 16, 2008 at 10:42 pm  Comments (6)  

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  1. Have you tried grocerygaming it? I was about to cancel before I saw the percentage I saved yesterday 48%. Meaning I got $200 of groceries for 117. Crazy, no? I am not a huge saver. Hubby isn’t either, but now that we have to start thinking of private school for the next 20 years, we gotta start somewhere.

  2. I’m not big on coupons, but I always wished I could be cause, having just turned 51, if I had used even just a few coupons every week at the grocery (even better at a store that doubles or triples them!) and taken that money and saved it…think how rich I’d probably be by now!

    OK, I just did the actual math and really? It doesn’t work out to TONS of money. On the other hand, who can’t use $5k or $6k extra?

    As you can see, I’m totally on the fence on this one.

  3. Admission – I LOVE clipping coupons. Or I did, before we had R and everything changed. We don’t get the Sunday paper anymore (saving money!), but if I did, I would clip all the coupons and send them to you because I was the person who clipped them and never used them.

  4. Coupons is the hottest thing on the market now. I think it’s cool to save money with coupons. They are just hard to manage, and sometimes, it’s just hard to find. I just did some research on the best coupon sites and I listed them on Here are a few:

    I’ve never really tried to use coupons, but I’m going to give it a shot.

  5. I say if coupons were boycotted prices would come down.
    I don’t see it on the horizon.
    Yes, one more thing to worry about. My Mom is the coupon queen. She would buy a lot of things just because she had a coupon for it. But she would shop on triple coupon day and watch the cashier like a meanie bird hawk if something didn’t ring up right, I was always embarrassed of that as far back as I can remember. If Greg was interested in them, I might be a little bit more eager to go the internet coupon route. But as it is, for side dishes, I usually buy store brand like yourself. And I get other things, like trash bags and blah-blah from places like Big Lots and the Dollar Store. And I buy used bread.
    I remember Mr. Kemerer throwing a fit about coupons one class period… he hates them, too.

  6. Coupons. Ahhh, I swear created by the devil to tempt you to buy the crappy products that coupons are made for.


    I use to be a big clipper, but now I find since I’m cooking more from scratch and eating less processed food, there are next to no coupons to use.

    Yeah, I could save .25 on a roll of Bounty paper towels, toilet paper, or aluminum foil, but is it worth keeping track of them to save 2.25 I *may* save over a month.

    If you buy a lot of junk food, then yeah, they pay. If not, it isn’t worth the effort in my book.

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