By Theresa Shadrix
In this first of my new weekly column on couponing and savvy shopping, I thought I’d come right out of the gate with a few truths that I’m sure you won’t hear anywhere else. We’re all friends here and I figure there is nothing like spilling my guts, so to speak, about the world of couponing.
For one, couponing may be one of the most difficult relationships you will ever have. There will be days when you will want to give up but you’ve got so much invested in it that you can’t.
There will be days couponing will take you to emotional heights that make you giddy. There will be days when you stare at them and wonder why you love them so.
Other days you will loathe them with a passion. You will be jealous when others seem to have the same love as you, but yet you want to tell everyone about what they mean to you.
You will spend countless hours studying your coupons, sorting them, and matching-making them with the rights deals. You will do all of this without cupids arrow smacking you in the face or piercing your heart. You will do all ofthese things for one reason – to save money.
Trust me when I say that it won’t take long before you read this column and realize all the truths I write.
For now, you may be scared out of your wits. “How on earth could I love couponing,” you ask? Possibly you are a little creeped out that you could actually get a flutter in your stomach from a piece of paper that will get you $.50 off paper towels at Wal-Mart, or $1 if it’s doubled at Fred’s or Winn Dixie.
I don’t write this column for those who already understand. This column is for those of you who heard the latest way to save money is couponing. The only problem is you are not sure where to start.
So, before we begin this journey, I have to let it be known up front that couponing is a commitment. Also, it’s hard work and you will only get out of it what you put into it. But, you won’t be alone. I’ll start from the basics and give you some tips. Each week I’ll try to answer your questions and help you to fully understand why I, like so many others, love couponing.
You may not fall head over heels in love for them. But, I bet after a few weeks of using them correctly, you just might have a slight puppy love.
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