Heather O. is a SAHM with two kids and one crazy dog. She likes to read, garden, do yoga, and blog. She is the co-founder of the blog Mormon Mommy Wars, and really likes Gilmore Girls and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We’re glad to have her as our guest this week.
…Because, don’t you know, couponing is the new black. Or, the new khaki. Or, whatever. It’s hip. It’s in. This is evident in the fact that “coupon” is now a verb. All the cool kids are doing it.
I found this out when I asked a friend how she was doing. Her husband is out of work, hopefully temporarily, and I know she’s feeling the pinch. I asked her, “So, have you gotten into coupons yet?”
She gave me a withering look and said, “Yeah, I’ve heard that’s the new scrapbooking. That it’s the new Mormon woman thing to do.”
I didn’t know that I was now part of the in crowd. Cool. There must be something to what she says, though, because on the day that our local grocery store triples coupons, it’s like a Relief Society meeting, every time I go. Like a little mini coupon enrichment. (And yes, I go several times that day. They only allow 20 coupons per transaction. What’s a girl with 60 coupons to do?)
This woman was scornful when I talked about how much time and effort this “hobby” takes. But when I said that I have 8 sticks of deodorant in my cupboard, all of which cost less than $2.00? THAT caught her attention. Her eyes got big, and I could see her world shift. Just a tiny bit, but it was there. Suddenly, she saw a world where she didn’t have to pay full price to prevent BO. And it might not just stop with deodorant. Who knows, she could even get to the point where she doesn’t pay for toothpaste. I could see it in her face. The toiletry possibilites were endless.
But that’s not to say there’s not a dark side to all this frugality. Recently I had to hear a tale of woe from a friend who forgot a 25 cent coupon. She had to pay full price for Palmolive. FULL PRICE! It kept her up all that night.
I felt her pain. And her intense need for therapy.
Another drawback of this couponing frenzy is now my pantry is full of all kinds of funky stuff. Even my kids have noticed a difference.
“Rice Krispie Treats?” my seven year old exclaimed when he opened the pantry. “You NEVER buy Rice Krispie Treats!” He was gleeful as he ripped the box open and handed one to his friend.
Yeah, well, I had a coupon, the coupons were being doubled that day, they were on sale, how can you resist 2 boxes for a dollar? My toddler is, at this moment, eating chocolate chip Eggo waffles that cost 14 cents plus tax. After a lifetime of eating oatmeal and cereal and fruit for breakfast, she’s quite pleased. If the trans fat cost less than a buck, does it still clog your arteries?
So, do you coupon? IS couponing the new homemaking art? Is everybody obsessing over 25 cents they lost on dishwashing soap? Is it due to the spiraling economy, and our thrifty food storage hoarding genes gone bad? Or has this been going on for years, and I’m just slow to catch on? It wouldn’t be the first time I was late to the party. After all, I didn’t know Buffy was cool until season 7.