If you’ve couponed for any length of time, chances are you’ve had at least one time where things didn’t go as planned. Maybe your coupons didn’t scan, maybe you shared an unpleasant exchange with a cashier (or even manager), or maybe you were chided by other shoppers.
Yesterday I received an email from Coupon Project reader, Jaime:
I went in, two kids in tow, thinking I was spending maybe $30, and our grocery budget is very tight for the remainder of the month. I should start by saying that the store employees were all very nice to me.
However, my first transaction began with me thinking (seriously) that the grocery and the coupon totals were going up with every coupon, not down. (I may be losing my mind, but I swear that is what I saw!) So they voided out the entire first order and redid it while the people behind me waited (and I stood there totally embarrassed, but also not willing to pay for a huge mistake!) All said and done, that first transaction was $44. My second was $6 and my third was a measly $1.08, which made me happy…..but at what cost!
I spent $20 over my budget, the entire trip was extremely stressful, the check out was even more taxing, and then, we get into the car, and my daughter starts screaming that she lost her dolly’s hat in the store. Meanwhile, the lady who was behind me walks out of the store to see that she has parked right next to my car and she starts laughing. At this point I almost started to cry, but I sucked it up. 🙂 I feel like I should never show my couponing face at Albertson’s again and that I have done wrong by our community. So awful! Please tell me this happens to everyone at least once……..
What encouragement or advice do you have for Jaime? Have you ever had a time when you felt very discouraged about a shopping trip? If so, how did you get over it and decide to stick with couponing?