The Truth About Coupons

I think I am stuck somewhere in the middle between “Yes, you should definitely use coupons,” and “Damn, I don’t know if I can handle that much coupon commitment.”

I receive lots of coupons.  Mostly I get them in the mail.  It bothers me a little that the store knows exactly what I always purchase and then sends me coupons that match. A quick glance tells me I like hot dogs, ice cream and goldfish crackers.  And a coupon for my favorite brand of tampons.  I don’t think my husband even knows what my favorite brand of tampons is.  But my local grocery store does.  So I am a bit embarrassed that they know this much.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd I just can’t manage all the paper.  Between the receipt, the coupons, the store flyer and all the small print – there is just too much.  It all gets stuffed into my purse where it will remain until well after any expiration date.

I especially dislike the coupon that says:  “Buy 8 of these and we’ll give you a coupon for $3.00 off your next order!”  First  of all, if there is a quantity more than one, I’ll probably pass. Except for frozen pizza.  I have a 19-year-old son at home. Frozen pizza is main food group for him. The problem is that this offer just smacks of a long term relationship. First of all, I have to remember to purchase the exact product and quantity and then remember to bring back the coupon I receive the next time I go grocery shopping.  I would never remember all that.

Besides, this is what my typical weekly grocery shopping receipt looks like:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI never look at price,  I never return anything and I definitely buy off the manufacturers marketing plan for my demographic group.   (This explains the goldfish crackers).

But after all is said and done, I guess my real question is where the hell are my beer coupons?

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