Saturday, July 05, 2008

Goodbye and no clearance!

I made a horrible mistake last week. Horrible. It took me two days to fully realize what I had done.

Somehow, I managed to lose my huge folder of coupons. This folder had three separate coupon dividers, as well as coupons from local stores stuffed in it. It also had my only small steno pad, along with my lists of what to buy where and with which coupons.

This folder represents several hours of work on my part. It usually goes everywhere with us. I used to stuff it in Little Elvis' diaper bag, but have begun putting it one of my reusable bags.

We did our usual shopping run this weekend, and still managed to save a good bit with coupons printed from the internet. We really only missed out on surprise clearances at Target and Wal-Mart.

These clearance items are usually for things we don't need anyway. Our makeshift pantry (a small shelf in our water heater closet) currently houses two bottles of unopened mustard (not counting the 4 or 5 different mustard flavors that are INSIDE our fridge.)

And Little Elvis' room is practically overrun with boxes of diapers that we've gotten on sale and with coupons. His closet has boxes stacked two deep, and I've also stuffed as many boxes under his crib as possible. Since some of his size 4s are already a little tight, (ahem, I do NOT recommend Luvs) I should probably stop buying them for a while anyway.

Although I will definitely start clipping coupons again tomorrow, I've found this experience to be more freeing than anything else. At first, it felt like a game when we were trying to match my coupons with clearance items. But that hasn't happened in a while, and I've been throwing away more than we've used as of late.

On a side note, we did go back to the last store where I used them. I'm pretty sure I left them there while trying to avoid a weird man that lives in our neighborhood. I got stuck talking to him and I lost my coupons! The only ones I will really miss are the Gerber Graduates coupons that I sent away for. We had just received them two weeks ago and I had only used three in hopes of getting to double the 50 cent ones when my grocery store put them on sale.

I hope whoever found them and didn't turn them in will use them, especially my Gerber coupons.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bummer! Especially now when everything is sooo much more expensive.

12:22 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

that stinks!! :( I sometimes still get coupons from Gerber and Pampers and Huggies... b/c of having multiples they send you lots of good stuff. lol :) although my girls are way too old for most of the things they send me coupons for, I guess they don't realize this... If i happen to get any in the near future, I will let you know and I could mail them to you... i haven't gotten any in the last week or two, and I always feel so bad throwing them away... so if you'd like they are yours for the keeping when I get some more. :)


1:07 PM  
Anonymous Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You said...

That really sucks that they didn't return them to the store. I was cutting coupons and trying to match them up with different places, etc. and it just got to be where I was spending more money just to use coupons on stuff I didn't really need - so I had to stop that LOL

10:49 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Oh, that sucks. I can completely relate. I am a hige coupon-clipper and sale shopper. If I lost my list or envelope of coupons, I would be really upset with myself. You seem to be handling it far better than I would!

7:39 PM  

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