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You know you're a couponer when....

Posted February 8, 2013

Today I had a funny couponing experience that reminded me that I often place frugality above vanity. Here's my story and I'd love to read your stories that start with "You know you're a couponer when..."

I taught a class in Raleigh today and since I was close to a Harris Teeter, I did a little shopping. As you know, there are some great deals this week on everything from Hefty cups to Steamfresh veggies. My cashier was a very polite young lady in her late teens or early twenties.

About halfway home, I realized that the total was a little less than I had anticipated so when I got home, I took a closer look at the receipt. What I saw made me laugh out loud. There, under the last scanned coupon amount was a line that read: "Senior Citizens" and then a discount of $3.44!

What makes this so funny is that I am in my mid-40's and instead of being offended, I found myself happy to get the discount at the expense of being aged a decade or so. It is clearly time to start using a little hair dye!

So today's adventure tells me that:

You know you're a couponer when you don't care that the cashier thinks you are 10 years older if she gives you the senior discount!

Now it's your turn. Finish the sentence: "You know you're a couponer when....."

I can't wait to see how you would complete that sentence!


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  • ncveteranswife Feb 11, 2013

    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, 2013

    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, 2013

    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, 2013

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

  • tapdiva2003 Feb 11, 2013

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

  • halfmarathonmom Feb 11, 2013

    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, 2013

    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, 2013

    ....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, 2013

    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, 2013

    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!