All right, people.
I am going to break down and show you my coupon binder.
I don’t know why I find this embarrassing… I already have so many weird qualities, what’s one more?
I originally bought one of those little accordian files that are specifically for coupons. However, it did not have enough categories and it was a gigantic hassle to sift through in the store. After realizing in the middle of the toothpaste aisle that I needed a better system, I came home and fell down a Google rabbit hole called Coupon Binder Organizers.
After driving myself nuts trying to figure out what kind of pages I wanted and comparing prices on Amazon, I threw my hands up and ordered this binder kit.
It comes with a variety of pocket sheets and divider tabs, as well as a list that tells you which weekends will have which inserts in the paper. She even has a video that shows you how she organizers her binder and her coupon strategy as she moves through the aisles in the store. I didn’t care for the categories on the tabs, so I bought some plain divider tabs in the school supply department at Target (with a coupon!), and made categories to correspond with my local grocery store.
I have taken the binder to Target, but have yet to make the maiden voyage to the grocery store. I need to go shopping in a pretty bad way, so my plan is to get the paper on Wednesday and see what the specials are; then go to the store early Thursday morning. I shall report back and let you know how it went.
• We are having a pretty decent holiday weekend around here. Memorial Day is the first day off Jim gets every year, and the stretch between New Years and this weekend is pretty long. The kids played all day outside with Daddy on Saturday and they went to the zoo on Sunday. Big made Jim take a picture of the Naked Mole Rats to send me.
• This menopause/hormonal situation around here is becoming untenable. I wasn’t this moody when I was a teenager (I don’t think…who can remember that far back?) Saturday I was Super! Grouchy! and Sunday I was crying every ten minutes. I explained the whole Menopause Emotional Roller Coaster o’ Death thing to my husband, but reassured him we could get through it if he tiptoed around me for the next ten years, and also did everything I say. Frankly, I think we would ALL be happier if my family did everything I say. I don’t know why people can’t get on board with it.
• So far I have successfully fended off the desire to stockpile a lifetime supply of deodorant, but I did break down and buy a binder for all my coupons. I got some mighty suspicious looks in Target the other day, but I saved $5 using coupons. It’s a good thing too, because now I have to do enough couponing to pay for all the organizing supplies I bought. Oooh, a lifetime supply of page protectors…now that is a temptation I don’t know if I could resist. Or sticky notes! Highlighters! A trip to Office Max is like Christmas to me, people.
I also have clipped some coupons for Best Friend as part of a plan to draw her over to the dark side. Do you hear me, L? You may as well buy a binder right now and save me the trouble of persuading you.
• Speaking of couponing, I have recently discovered that some of the people on Extreme Couponing are cheating. Something about not buying the product the coupon is actually for, but matching just enough of the bar codes so the computer will accept it. Apparently this has created quite the stir in the couponing community. Personally, I found it discouraging to realize I won’t be saving 95% on my grocery bill without committing fraud (not really an option for this goody-two-shoes). On the other hand, it explains why it takes them 40 hours a week to coupon – cheating can be time consuming. So it’s good news that I can coupon without turning it into a full time job. I don’t really get why someone would spend 40 hours a week to cheat and STILL come home with 25 cases of instant ramen and not actual FOOD, though. That hardly seems like a good return for all the time and anxiety.
• Happy Memorial Day and a big Thank You to our military and military spouses for all the sacrifices you make for the rest of us.
• Naked Mole Rats! Gross!
Happily, after all the dithering about whether or not I should knit a chemo cap for my kids’ swim teacher’s mom – they had good news and after surgery to remove her kidney, she should be good to go and will not be needing chemotherapy! The cancer was relatively small and had not spread.
I could see the relief and joy on his face as he told me the news, and I am very, very, happy for their family. We are all set to resume swim lessons with him in a couple of weeks.
Thanks for the encouragement the other day. Jim was surprised that everyone voted for knitting the hat.
I told him it was just ’cause he’s not a mama. It’s okay though – he does a good job in the Daddy position.
• So Arnold Schwarzenegger has a 10 year old love child, huh? Do these rich politicians not understand how that whole make-a-baby thing works or what?
• I spent $40 at iTunes, downloading Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, and Classical Music from Classic Cartoons. And then my credit card company called to alert me to suspicious activity.
• I have nothing even mildy interesting to report. We spent the entire weekend cleaning the house from top to bottom and now it’s Monday and I feel completely ripped off.
• I’m glad the end of the world did not come the other night…I’d have been REALLY ANNOYED to have my last moment come whilst cleaning the toilet.