Coupon Porn

One of the things that the girls love to do is running to the mailbox to get the mail.  Every day I’ll ask a different one to “help” me do that and they sprint out the door with so much enthusiasm for the job that you’d think I asked them to pick up and deliver an organ for a transplant patient (no offense, Juls, but that is the closest comparison I could come up with).  So yesterday Cameron was the designated mail-getter.  Out the door she ran and when she came back into the house, hands full and papers a-flying, she thrust it all at me and said, “Here Mom!”, then ran off to do something else (probably to stuff her pants full of costumes….but that’s a whole other post).

I glanced at the stack she handed me and other than one advertisement for a new church opening near us, it was coupon-palooza – Hy-vee, Hen House, O’Reilly’s, Papa Murphey’s, Little Caesar’s, and Quizno’s to name just a few.  Now, for someone like me, most of this would be trash.  But for Greg, it is what I like to call “coupon porn”.  He gets excited when he sees a new stack of coupons.  He studies it.  He reads every page.  He saves the whole pile for at least a week and I am forbidden from throwing it out.  Sound familiar?

And, what’s worse, I have started to become the enabler.  Every night when Greg gets in the car to come home he calls me and we talk about the day.  Lately, one of the first things out of my mouth is <cue sexy voice>, “We got some new coupons in the mail.”  I mean, seriously, how lame have we become?!

In our house, we like to refer to Greg as “frugal”, but you all can draw your own conclusions.  He is the one who does all the grocery shopping in our house not just for his love of coupons and that he can do math in his head, but because though I enjoy a good grocery store outing, he LOVES it.  He is quite literally a pig in shit.

To his credit, he is working like a dog to make the family dollar stretch far enough to support our family of six.  And it is true, if there were another “great depression” our family would be just fine.  This is definitely why I love and respect him and why I continue to support the coupon habit though the sheer amount of paper floating around this house is unimaginable.  He is the reason we come close to making our food budget every month.

I, however, am the reason we never quite make it.  And with that, I am off to see a movie with my girlfriends in the middle of the day and max out the family’s entertainment budget.  Happy Wednesday!

p.s.  I am just going to edit this once.  I am just going to edit this once.  I am just going to edit this once…….

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