Three things happened in a short amount of time that made me think something strange and cosmic was going on.
1) I read somewhere that people on eBay sell coupons online and get big bucks for them. I thought that was so weird and went to check. It's true! I still can't get over that.
2) My mom called to tell me I needed to start clipping coupons because she knows a lady who gets hundreds of dollars worth of food for like $1.62. I decide she doesn't really know this lady, but actually probably saw her on TV because sometimes my mom pretends that people on TV are her friends. (Not really, but it seems to work out that way in her mind at least.)
3) A friend of mine called to tell me she has decided she wants to start clipping coupons because people save hundreds of dollars clipping coupons and since she's a SAHM she thinks it would show her husband she's doing her part. I ponder for a moment that perhaps she and my mom have the same TV friends. This is a woman who pays $4 for drinks at Starbucks. I thought about telling her to just stop the Starbucks drinking and she'd break even without having to clip coupons, but who am I to spoil her fun.
So, now I'm feeling completely inadequate because a couple of times I've tried to clip coupons and the best score I've ever had is $1 off two tubes of toothpaste. That's good and all but I had to spend probably $5 to do it. I don't purchase anything that's on a coupon for the most part. I wish they had coupons for broccoli or butter lettuce or maybe cottage cheese. But no, they don't do stuff like that.
THEN, to top it off I ran across a site called Extrabux where you can shop for stuff and get cash back rebates on stuff you buy. It's a free site with 800 stores where you can do comparison shopping and check out online shopping deals. THEN you buy your stuff through them. They get some kind of money for passing through your business and you get some kind of rebate in the process. I don't quite get all the details, but that's the gist. To me it seems quicker and easier than clipping coupons.
Although, someone says that fishing isn't about the fish you've caught it's all about the chase of getting the fish. Is that how it is for coupon clippers? Do you clip? Do you want to clip? What's your best clip?