I did have an audience today while coupon shopping at CVS! I had a buggy full of stuff – things on sale, junk food for the pet sitter this weekend, another BzzAgent purchase to sample and review. My total was like $96. Out of no where, the lady behind me starts up a conversation with the cashier about how I “must be one of those”. I immediately am on guard, assuming she is complaining about my stack of coupons and shopping list displayed on the counter. But then she smiles at me, holding only a gallon of milk, and asks if I am going to get all of ‘my stuff’ for free today. I smile back and laugh – I wish! I tell her I am good, but not that good.
But then I have a chance to explain my couponing system and even gave her half of my list that showed her the on-line website I use to make my weekly shopping cheat sheets (www.southernsavers.com). The cashier made a remark that it was possible if you had 8 hours a day to dedicate to couponing. I correct her and tell her I only spend a few hours a week and manage to save at least 50% on anything I buy at CVS or Walgreens. Of course, as soon as I say that, I humbly hold my breath hoping that today’s purchases, including that junk food that may be on sale but that I have no coupons for, makes it within the 50% window!
I carefully double-check my coupons, CVS ‘red machine’ printouts and my ExtraBucks before handing them to the ever-doubting cashier and the over-eager customer behind me. While mine are being scanned, I remind her there is a $1 ExtraBuck Reward for her milk today…..she had no idea what I was talking about.
Finally a total pops up – $42. Victory. And then of course, I have to add-n that I also anticipate getting $10 in ExtraBucks back, bringing my out-of-pocket costs down even further. I smile and pile my massive amount of shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, cleaning supplies and junk food back in my buggy. Not bad for a 20 minute shopping trip where I had planned to stay incognito!
Just a little post to remind you that every moment can be a sharing experience! You never know who is watching you and what they are learning from what you are doing. It could be a basic as using coupons or something much more life-influencing…..just a thought.