A$ I help my daughter fill out college application$ and navigate through her $enior year, all I $ee are $$$$$$$$ $ign$!
My $on will be a Junior in college next year and my daughter a fre$hman. GULP. Thi$ college thing co$t$, mucho dinero!
It’$ time to tighten my belt and $ave wherever I can.
I decided to check out couponing – of the extreme variety that i$ – becau$e well, I love extreme$.
OMG. Have you people watched the Extreme Couponing $how?
Thi$ i$ how it work$:
Fir$t, you clip (make other$ do the clipping) thou$and$ of coupon$ including one$ for $tuff you don’t u$e or need.
Then, you go to the $tore feeling extremely excited and nervou$ a$ you go ai$le by ai$le filling at lea$t 2 huge cart$.
If the coupon $ays, “$ave 75 cent$ on 20 can$ of $pam”, you get tho$e 20 can$ of $pam – damn it.
You al$o want to make $ure you go on “double coupon” day $o you can get more money off.
Once you are fini$hed filling the cart$ with hundred$ of item$ you will never u$e , you go to the check out.
$oon enough, the un$u$pecting & innocent ca$hier will wi$h $he had choked on her corn dog at lunch, $o $he wouldn’t be alive to have to $can the 500 item$ in your two cart$, to then $can coupon by coupon.
The excitement from the beeping of the price $canner, will be too much for you to handle and you will feel like you are going to pa$$ out. What if you made a mi$take calculating? What if, God forbid, you have to $pend $10 on your $700 total?
If you are a $ea$oned extreme couponer, mo$t likely you will not make any error$ calculating and after that very la$t coupon get$ $canned, you will owe 93 cent$!
If you are a real pro, you may even end up with a negative total, in which ca$e the $tore will owe you money!
At thi$ very moment, you will feel the be$t high and euphoria you have ever felt in your life (well, $ince your la$t vi$it to the $tore – ye$terday), reinforcing once again, your extreme addiction and leaving you hungry for more.
The next $tep i$ even more confu$ing to me. You get home and you put away the mad amount$ of product$ (you will never u$e) in your new $tock room (formerly known a$ your living room) for di$play.
When company come$ over, you cannot wait for them to $ee what a bad-a$$ $aver you are!
Hmmm. I will have to give extreme couponing, clo$er con$ideration.
Not to worry my friend$, TLC channel’$, Extreme Cheap$kate$ provide$ u$ with more idea$ for $aving $$$.
Perhap$ I $hould implement $ome of the$e in my hou$ehold.
I could in$i$t that my hu$band and I $hower together to con$erve H20 – that $ound$ kinda fun!
I could al$0 implement the, no flu$hing if it i$ ju$t #ONE, rule! Heck,I could $tart feeding them le$$ food $o that #TWO, is not even an i$$ue! I think I’m getting the hang of thi$.
Hanging our u$ed paper towel$ to dry in our dining room is another po$$ibility. A$ i$ $eparating our 2-ply toilet paper to make two different roll$.
How about refilling my condiment bottle$ at home with free packet$ from fa$t food re$taurant$?
Many of the$e idea$ are intriguing. But I am $orry. I will ab$olutely without a doubt,
NOT re-u$e dental flo$$!!!!
I could ju$t not $end my daughter to college…
What extreme $aving$ tip$ do you have?