Things in Fairy Tale Land have been a little different as of late. The pirate hasn’t been able to find work since he arrived in Fairy Tale Land over 2 years ago. And, the Fairy lost his job about 6 months ago. This all happened at the same time that the Pirate lost all of his unemployment benefits from the State that is out of money. So, in a nutshell, we’re broke.
I am the sole adult working member of our household. I am the only one that has to get up in the morning and head off to work. Then, I come home to clean the house (let’s define “clean” loosely here) and prepare the dinner. All after having picked up the princess from dance class. I’m not complaining. These are people I love and who love me unconditionally. They would do the same for me if the roles were reversed. And, I appreciate all of the things that they do help with, like babysitting when necessary. But, let’s be honest, my income only goes so far at the grocery store.
The real issue is that the money that is coming in needs to be spent wisely. We are by no means going hungry, or going without cable television, but we do have to be frugal and stick to a budget; which is why I cannot understand why those two refuse to use a grocery list or take the coupons that I clip to the store with them. Instead, they come home from the grocery store with a bunch of stuff we never needed, wasn’t on sale and didn’t use a coupon to purchase.
Most recently, the Fairy decided we needed to make our own hot chocolate mix. He promptly drove to the store to purchase cocoa powder, powdered non-dairy creamer, dry milk, and marshmallows to concoct the mix. He contends that we will save money in the long run by not having to by hot chocolate all winter. What he failed to realize is that we already have hot chocolate mix and we don’t buy it very often, because we don’t use it.
Growing up, my family clipped coupons. I don’t have a recollection of my mother using them, but I know we clipped them. I used to clip them in college and have continued as an adult. Especially after the princess was born, I became an occasional coupon user. Recently, however, I have been quite diligent about sale shopping with coupons in hand.
I have tried every possible method for sorting the coupons. I have used an index box, which never left the counter. I have tried an envelope, which never left the counter. I have used one of those expandable coupon sorters, which stayed in the car. And, I have tried stapling the coupons to the list, that was on the refrigerator door where I left it. They just don’t see the value in saving money. Well, I had nearly given up until I saw the Coupon Clutch that MFH was carrying. I was instantly in love.
The coupons are all visible through the plastic sleeves and it has handles for easy toting to the store. This method has to work (please, please, please let it work). I spent about an hour getting it all put together, this includes the time to transfer the coupons from their old home to the new one. I was only mocked a little, by the Fairy, through the process. During the coupon organization, I found a huge pile of coupons that were expired in the old coupon file. How disappointing that I’ve wasted so much time and money with an unorganized system.
I can’t promise that they will ever love using the coupons. I can’t promise that they will ever use the list that I send. But, I do know that I will use (gladly) the Coupon Clutch and I’ve already seen them flipping through the pages.
Maybe, just maybe, it will leave the counter this time.
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I received a free Coupon Clutch to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% real & honest.