Thursday, September 29, 2011
Extreme Couponing Envy
Extreme couponing = extreme envy. When I watch this show I am slightly contemplating getting a binder and sitting at a table with my 4 children cutting through a sea coupons. It's a great way to develop fine motor skills by the way. Images of grocery trips lined with buggy after buggy of toilet paper and barbecue sauce dance around in my head. Then reality (my 17 month old) smacks me in the head. There is no way I would have that much time to devote to something so extreme, but maybe I am saying this because I have never gotten thousands of dollars worth of food for FREE.
I love these women's commitment to finding free ways to feed their family. I love the idea of making lists, creating a binder with sections, pockets, zippers, secret codes etc... Okay the secret code thing was made up. And- the stock piles. (That's where the envy begins for me.) I would love to go into a storage room with neatly lined shelves of toilet paper with labels facing gloriously at me. Who wouldn't? On some level it reminds me of people who have bunkers in the event of war or something. That thought doesn't hang around long though.
To be honest, I have my own extreme shopping addiction. Cereal boxes. Since staying at Libby's house for almost a month this summer I started craving a shelf of neatly lined cereal boxes. Don't ask me why but I just like the look of it. So now I can't stop buying cereal when it is on sale. By the way we only eat cold cereal once a week. So these babies are sticking around for a long time.
I am also obsessed with price matching. I have utilized charts, iPhone apps and monthly menu planners in an effort to capitalize on savings. It is addictive. The more you save the more you want to save. This new world is shocking to me because I was the one who would spend the same amount on a pair of shoes as I did on my rent. Shocking I know. But they were really nice shoes.
Do you have extreme couponing envy? (Search deep down...trust me it's there.)