Since all of you know that couponing is my new favorite obsession, I figured I’d let you know about all the bumps in the road I’ve come across (and a few of the successes too!). I’m having a lot of fun with this – and saving a ton of cash too. But, as with all new things, a few learning curves have to be overcome along the way. Here’s a major lesson I learned this weekend:
Get out of the house EARLY! Here’s what happened to me at Walgreens this weekend: I got up at 7am on a Sunday. Um, did you hear that? I mean really hear that?!?! 7am on a Sunday! That is a miracle in and of itself. After a quick cup of coffee I headed out to Walgreens. By 7:30 am I was at the store. With a plan. I knew exactly what transactions I needed to do to maximize my savings. First item on the list: Degree deodorant. I needed four. The second I walked in and spotted the deodorant section what do I see? Two women, with carts – & their binders – standing right in front of the Degree. Their carts were full, and there was no more Degree to be found.
Side note, prior to this weekend I had NEVER seen ANY women with binders…EVER! After this weekend, every single store I shopped had them…the couponers. After seeing these women with their carts already full, I figured I’d hit up another Walgreens for my deals. Walked in, headed for the deodorant aisle, and whaddya know…another couponer! And no more Degree.
Damn, what’s a girl gotta do for some deodorant?!?! Third store – no couponers, but no Degree either. On to the next. Fourth store (and you’re never going to believe this!) same damn couponer, with the binder, from the1st store. Bitch.
I didn’t find what I was looking for until the fifth store! But on the bright side, this store had everything at 8:30am so I’m just going to plan to get there early next week and I should be all good.
But let this be a lesson to you all – find a less-populated store and get there early. Really early.
I’m not sure if this sudden surge of couponers has anything to do with the show Extreme Couponing (it did for me though so I probably shouldn’t talk smack!), but these couponers are everywhere now. I swear, I saw at least one in every single store I shopped: Walgreens, CVS, Meijer, & Walmart.
Be prepared, ladies!