I’ve decided to become an Extreme Couponer. It happened like most things happen for me. I read an article, get highly motivated for an afternoon, everything goes wrong, and I write a humiliating blog post about it. (Do you remember the Redbook-article-Staples-Get-Organized-Parenting Fiasco of 2010? Exactly.)
So a few weeks ago, I read a post on BlogHer about Extreme Couponing and the process seemed simple enough:
- Sign up for lots fo random coupon sites.
- Download a coupon printer ap.
- Buy coupons.
- Order a coupon magazine.
- Be able to purchase groceries for free!
So off I went. On the first site, I found all these coupons for coffee and these high commodity extreme coupon items! I WAS BORN WITH THE GIFT OF EXTREME COUPONESS!
A few hours later, I realized that I actually found OTHER EXTREME COUPONER LOOKING FOR THE SAME COUPONS and added these Extreme Couponers REQUESTS into a barter folder called MSOFKJ (it’s pretty much called that — and I’d like to blame the name for my initial, subsequent and continued confusion). Now, not only did I have NO COUPONS to barter, save or show off, I had Experienced Extreme Couponers waiting for my offer. And first-born child didn’t seem to cut it with this crowd.
So I hid out on sites #2 and #3 where I FINALLY FOUND COUPONS and then spent the next hour downloading the coupon printer plugin for Firefox over and over and over and over. My computer finally took pity on me or grew tired of listening to the same Diego 8 times so I could become an Extreme Couponer in a single afternoon while “watching” my kids. Oh and I upgraded Firefox to the version that worked with the coupon printer. Thanks for mentioning that Extreme Couponing Sites.
Oh yes and TA-DA! Extreme Couponer Alex!
I realize that I never posted the original ROAD TO EXTREME COUPONING, but now that I’ve been an Extreme Couponer for 3 weeks, it’s time to update already. The days just fly by when your Extremely Coupon-y. Although I don’t have a lot of time because I have printer ink to buy after becoming the proud owner of 48 coupons for various aliments such as HORRIFIC ALLERGIES that only 18 BOXES OF CLARITIN WITH $1 OFF can solve and GAS COUPONS. (But not for the kind that cost $4.)
I have 5 free samples being mailed to me AS WE SPEAK/READ of various moisturizer that will make 3 of my fingers or my left elbow quite supple before I run out of my 1 oz bottle. Well, that FREE SAMPLE newsletter is definitely paying off and only vaguely destroying the environment with all the shipping large boxes from China and whatnot.
And to date? I have not used a single coupon.
(Are there Extreme Form-Filling-Outers? Or Extreme Jump-On-The Bandwagoners? Because I’m REALLY GOOD at signing up for stuff and sticking to it for 3 whole days…)