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  • ncveteranswife Feb 11, 10:12 p.m.

    When you take your car to have the oil changed and the tires rotated and you have a coupon stating you can get $5 off the oil change and the tire rotation is free!!!

  • kimberliajackson Feb 11, 1:46 p.m.

    When you have a dream your wallet was stolen and the only you are upset about and tell the police is that the thief stole your VIC card.

    Your Grandma, mom, and brother all go "shopping" in your pantry.

  • mcrawley08 Feb 11, 1:38 p.m.

    when you refuse to give your VIC card until the very end so you can see ALL of your savings - VIC specials and coupons......always a happy dance for me

  • Smilepal Feb 11, 11:30 a.m.

    when trash in a grocery store parking lot such as balled up receipt with coupons is viewed as a treasure.

  • tapdiva2003 Feb 11, 11:17 a.m.

    when all of your friends constantly ask you for toothpaste...

  • halfmarathonmom Feb 11, 7:40 a.m.

    when you watch the person checking out in front of you and you are silently shaking your head wondering how they can spend that much on that few items

    when your 7 year old gets excited when she finds a coupon on the ground in a grocery store parking lot and you rather than saying "put that down, it's dirty" file it away in your binder.

  • sewcreative1 Feb 10, 6:52 p.m.

    You know you love coupons when you reach for an item on sale and say wow 50 cents and another shopper looks at you and you give them a coupon and say here you can get it for 50 cents also.

    I also had a man come to me while my coupon book was open at the Harris Teeter and he said "you look like you might know where the item I am looking for is" and you tell him exactly what isle and the exact shelf is like you work there. I am definitely a Harris Teeter frequent coupon shopper.

  • Amomoftwo Feb 10, 5:58 p.m.

    ....when you don't think twice about doing the End Zone dance at EarthFare to get extra Tomato Bank points.....and then your teen daughter tweets about!

  • Smilepal Feb 10, 5:28 p.m.

    You know your a couponer when you view your coupon savings as a raise that doesn't have to be filed on your end of the year taxes.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 10, 2:58 p.m.

    ascherer - be safe in DC and I hope your HT folks are super coupon friendly!

    Thanks again to everyone for sharing. Your comments really are hilarious!

  • gocats8 Feb 10, 10:45 a.m.

    When you spend 15 minutes digging through the recycling bin because you think your husband threw away a coupon mailer...

  • baileyandbailey1 Feb 10, 7:56 a.m.

    . . . When your father in law calls to ask if you have a coupon for sugar before he goes to the store.

  • ascherer Feb 10, 1:19 a.m.

    I second tinapowell. I brought my coupons with me to DC. I had my list and coupons ready when I left the apartment for HT tonight. Now figuring out my DC HT is going to take a while but I am working on it.

    Faye, thanks for all you do.

  • tinapowell Feb 9, 6:45 p.m.

    You make sure you have your coupons if your going out of town but forget your makeup!

  • Savvysaver Feb 9, 3:47 p.m.

    ...you refuse to pay full price for anything!
    ...you always get toothpaste for free!
    stole this from a friend...your son cried and screamed after your Rite Aid Up rewards went blowing in the wind and got lost forever! Bad day for a couponer.

  • claytonsaver Feb 9, 6:34 a.m.

    Have not read the other posts yet but laughed out loud at your story as this is what happened to me this week: At a fast food restaurant, they asked if I wanted an add-on item. I (frugally) said no. The total came to more than I expected, so I asked them to check the order. Turns out the item I declined had been added in. Had to have a manager come over to adjust. The new amount seemed a bit low, but they said it was right. Looked at my receipt and you guessed it, senior discount had been applied. I am 54 so thought I had had my first old age discount applied, but realized then saw that they had done that as an easier way to fix their error. Still, my frugalness says "time to check the list of senior discounts that might start at 55!"

  • brassy Feb 8, 10:41 p.m.

    One time I was given the employee discount at a hospital cafeteria. I had been there all week caring for a relative and the cashier assumed I worked there because she saw me all the time.

  • Nancy Feb 8, 7:45 p.m.

    "When you start dancing to the music at the register at CVS cause you know you have ECB's coming." - computer trainer

    LOL, I always say "Oh, it's playing my song!" :)

  • Nancy Feb 8, 7:42 p.m.

    "When you realize that if you had a zillion dollars in your checking account and could buy anything w/o worry you would still use coupons and be excited about the savings." -heremeaj

    AMEN! Saving is a lifestyle, not a passing fancy :)

  • Nancy Feb 8, 7:40 p.m.

    "My husband accuses me of having an affair with "Clearance"" - lorawatson

    ROFL! Back in the 80's my hubby came downstairs with a self made 'sale' tag marked 50% off hanging from his belt buckle (I was on the phone long distance with my mother at the time). I bust out laughing and had to explain to my Mom what I was laughing at. And before I realized it, I said "But if it's 50% off is it really worth anything?" - considering where the tag was hanging ~blush~

    This was in relation to after Christmas sales that were 70% off at CVS and my friend and I were cleaning up on getting games, toys and all sorts of things on clearance all over the county for about a week by then LOL

    Ahhhh.....

  • jdouglas13 Feb 8, 5:56 p.m.

    Great post, Faye. And that kid checking you out must have been blind. There is no way you look like 55+!!

    smolder, I love playing that game too. I call my poor Dad and make him play "guess that price" LOL, and my Mom won't even talk to me after I've done a round of bargains.

  • heremeaj Feb 8, 5:45 p.m.

    rachel _ I could not agree with you more The time to work the binder is BEFORE you get into line. When I am in line I have all coupons ready to go. It is not fair to other people in line to wait while we dig for Q's.

  • heremeaj Feb 8, 5:41 p.m.

    When someone checks out ahead of you and has NO coupons for the things in her cart and you are mentally adding up all the savings you know she is leaving on the table because 1) you know the sale price of each item in her cart and 2) you have coupons for many of the same items and those items will cost you almost nothing. When you realize that if you had a zillion dollars in your checking account and could buy anything w/o worry you would still use coupons and be excited about the savings.

  • smolder13 Feb 8, 5:33 p.m.

    ...your 3 year old asks if you are going to "play" with your coupons now.

    ...your 3 year old has to bring his own envelope of coupons to the store (they are expired ones...LOL).

    ...you come home and brag to you husband/family about what you got at the store and make them guess what your total was and how much you saved.

  • rachel Feb 8, 5:32 p.m.

    I truly admire couponers- I do-but I really loathe getting behind one at the CVS counter-they have their things on the counter to be rung up, and while the rest of us in line are waiting, they are flipping through their coupon binder "to see" if they have "one for that"- twenty minutes later you are still behind them, as they are putting back items, cause they don't have one for that-please know what you have and have the coupons ready BEFORE you get in the line and hold up everyone else with your hobby

  • Dr D Feb 8, 5:26 p.m.

    ... you've finally trained yourself NOT to go into a store without the binder, even if you think you're going in for just one item, because you know you'll regret it if you get in there and see another item that could be free or really inexpensive if you just had that other coupon with you!

  • ncveteranswife Feb 8, 4:56 p.m.

    When my husband and I go shopping, he picks a item off the grocery shelf and ask me "Do we have a coupon for this"??? If I shake my head no, he puts it back and grabs something else and says "Tell me we have a coupon for this"!!

  • ncveteranswife Feb 8, 4:52 p.m.

    When my husband's (83 y/o) grandmother tells me she got coupons in her newspaper and she saved them for me just in case I need some extra ones!!!

  • mcrawley08 Feb 8, 4:47 p.m.

    When, you cut coupons for items you know you can get for cheap or free to donate to others.

    I love this thread - so funny!

  • shelleycole Feb 8, 4:13 p.m.

    When your husband's boss calls you to ask you where the best pizza deals are for the super bowl!!

  • laxmom516 Feb 8, 3:48 p.m.

    You know you're a couponer when... not only does your college age son shop your stash everytime he comes home, but your neighbors do too!! Even my 3 year old gets out the scissors when I am clipping the coupons. She likes to cut, too.

  • katie1horton Feb 8, 3:44 p.m.

    When you say, "No I don't need any rainchecks" and the cashier and manager look at you confused and say, "Really! Are you sure!?"

  • astamper Feb 8, 3:37 p.m.

    When your family is tired of hearing you say "I only paid X amount, original price X amount". I know how much I pay for everything.

  • scoutmomof2 Feb 8, 3:17 p.m.

    hhal,

    $400 for two people? Oh my!! I think that anyone who gets food stamps should be required to take a couponing class to stretch those $$s.

  • Ready2Save Feb 8, 3:15 p.m.

    When you drive into the parking lot of Harris Teeter with sweaty palms, a hot-pink binder, and DARE your child to ask for anything that's not ont he list.

  • UNCW_Ash Feb 8, 3:03 p.m.

    when your family knows to say "can you be watching for a good deal and/or a coupon on X product?" rather than asking "can i get this?"...this includes my hubby!

  • carelesswhisper Feb 8, 2:57 p.m.

    When the cashier at Rite Aid always says "you go girl" after totaling your purchase.

  • hhall Feb 8, 2:43 p.m.

    Packy
    I agree with you. If I had $400 to spend on groceries then we would be eating like kings and queens. $400 goes a long way when you coupon :)

  • mwear01 Feb 8, 2:24 p.m.

    ...freak out when you realize that your RR, ECB, etc have expired and you forgot to use it!

  • mwear01 Feb 8, 2:22 p.m.

    .....the good folks at HT/Lowes say "where were you during the last super doubles week?" because they recognize your name and face

    .....your 1st stop in the store is the clearance section

    .....you freak out when any of the following occurs with your Sunday home delivery: newspaper is wet,not delivered/late, torn, missing coupon inserts!

  • computer trainer Feb 8, 1:44 p.m.

    When you start dancing to the music at the register at CVS cause you know you have ECB's coming.

  • Packy Feb 8, 1:10 p.m.

    hhall, seriously? I could totally eat like a QUEEN with $400/mo with a family of 4! People kill me. lol

  • kcastleberry Feb 8, 1:03 p.m.

    When you run an errand with your husband in his truck and he remembers he needs deoderant and a new toothbrush and you won't let him buy it because you don't have your coupons with you.
    In fact, you never let him buy anything without a coupon unless it's a dire emergency!

  • hhall Feb 8, 1:02 p.m.

    Oxymoron02
    I have to agree with you on the food stamps situation. I saw on FB last night that someone was complaining that they only get $400 each month in food stamps and "how can someone live off only $400 of groceries for 2 people." I was shocked, $400 will pay for a lot!!

  • erinlikescoupons Feb 8, 12:40 p.m.

    ...when something is $1 or $.50 on sale/with a coupon and you don't get it because it's not your "buy price" and you know it will be free within the next week or two and you are holding out. $1 or $0.50 doesn't seem like much, but when you have 20 items that you are holding out for, that could be $20.

  • lorawatson Feb 8, 11:46 a.m.

    My husband accuses me of having an affair with "Clearance"

  • bmclamb32 Feb 8, 11:19 a.m.

    ......when you're outside CVS waiting for them to open on Thanksgiving morning!!

  • hillbillyspitfire Feb 8, 11:14 a.m.

    "You know you're a couponer when....."
    When you dont shop in the winter cause you have stocked up all summer( nice when you have a seasonal biz)
    Or when my kids come over and say hey mom i know you got more than enough so im going shopping in the overstock room!!!!!

  • chart95557 Feb 8, 10:48 a.m.

    You know you're a couponer when you do a happy dance after you see what you have saved.

  • sandtran36 Feb 8, 9:38 a.m.

    Loved reading this thread, and yes, I can relate to many of these scenarios. Thanks for brightening my day! ;D

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