Coupons with a missing link

By Jeff Schumacher | Jul 18, 2012

When it comes to buying groceries, I am a pure sucker. I can't even count the amount of times that I go into the store for one or two items, only to come out with six, seven or more. It's a habit I'm trying to break, but am finding it's worse than I thought.

I read about all of these groups who use the coupons they receive either through The Mountaineer; online; or via direct mail, and I think, "why can't I do that?"

So, one day, as I was emptying the flyers from The Mountaineer, I began the process of clipping coupons I thought were of direct benefit to me. I thought I had done a pretty good job, and was extremely proud of my efforts.

People say that it's because of today's tough times that coupons are so popular. That does have some merit, but coupons have been around as long as I can remember, and have been a fabric of our society for decades. And, I might add, have been a staple of the service newspapers bring to their customers.

Anyway. As I thought about going to the store to use the coupons, I decided I would do it after work. So, as I headed out, I told myself that I was going to stick to the stuff I had coupons for, and nothing else.

Well, I probably don't have to tell what happened. I used about three of the coupons I had, bought an additional nine or 10 items that I didn't have coupons for and walked out of the store. When I got to my truck, I realized one thing...I'm not very good at shopping for bargains.

So, with that in mind, I am scratching shopping for major household needs off my list, I am going to leave that to my wife who uses the coupons correctly, and saves a bunch of money each time she goes to the store. In fact, if I don't bring home a copy of The Mountaineer to her, she makes me go get one so she can get to the coupons.

The only good thing about my lack of coupon expertise, is the fact that I have successfully eliminated one thing from the list of household duties. Too bad there isn't a coupon for cutting the grass and changing the light bulbs.

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