Day fifteen

Homer Screaming

It was a hard day today in Lindsay’s coupon world.  I went shopping in Burlington with my mom to kill some time before I had to go to the dentist (the one thing I had to spend money on without a coupon… $244 later – ouch!).  I kept seeing things I wanted to buy on a whim – things I probably didn’t need, but were so cute or that I could use in my house.  Then I really wanted a coffee.  Then I was hungry and wanted to buy a snack at the train station on the way back home.  Each time was painful to refrain from spending money because I didn’t have a coupon.  I’m so close to just buying something without a coupon, just for the sake of it.  However, I’m not going to.  I’m staying strong.  I’m planning.  I’m carrying my coupon accordion file everywhere I go.  But it’s so hard right now.  I’m over it!  I’m not even half way through the month and I’m frustrated.  I just want to be able to not plan.  I want to stop thinking “coupon” everywhere I go.  I now see coupons everywhere.  Yesterday I saw a commercial with a guy standing in front of a grocery aisle.  I immediately thought about coupons, even though the commercial had nothing to do with them!  Couponing has taken over my brain.  Ahhhhh!

Ok, deep breath… Thank you for letting me vent.  I’m glad to get that out of my system.  Tomorrow is another day and I will formulate a new plan of attack to get me through the second half of the month.  Today, though, I pull my hair in frustration.

7 thoughts on “Day fifteen

  1. Dear Schwietz, Don’t let the coupons get you down 🙂 I have a couple suggestions that could help.
    Maybe you could pack a couple snacks from home when you know you will be out for a while. I don’t know if carrying large thermoses of coffee around is overly practical but maybe another smaller beverage. Also, I was thinking, what if you made a list of all these “cute” things you see when you are out but can’t buy and then when the couponing month is over you can review the list and buy the things that you still really want. I think you will feel a great sense of accomplishment for saving money and not buying things on a whim and you never know, this experience may change you shopping habits permanently for the better.
    Hang in there girl, you can totally do this!!!!!!

    • For coffee you can bring you Klean Kanteen Insulated!! If you don’t have coffee coupons I’m sure that we can find some for you! And I think the list is a good idea for all of us 🙂

      I will take those suggestions too Annie….thanks!

    • Thanks Annie and Sarah! Those are all great suggestions. And yes, Sarah, I do use my Klean Kanteen Insulated all the time! Annie – I love the idea of the list of “cute” things that I can revisit later to see if I really still want them. Hopefully it does change my shopping habits for the better!

  2. Hey Lindsay, kudo’s on the amazing journey you have embarked on!! Hang in there, its such a neat experiment what you are doing, and you are learning so much-as are we! so thank you! Just an aside, does receiving something for free count as your ‘couponing?’ because I know that macdonalds gives out free coffee during certain days of the week or the month? Just a thought:) Anyways, hang in there:)!!

    • Thanks Peggy! Getting something for free does count as couponing, as long as I don’t spend money without a coupon. And that’s a great idea about Macdonalds coffee. I’ll keep my eye out for it!

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