Tuesday, June 2, 2009

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if. . .

Our last contest "How has couponing changed your life?" was so much fun, we've decided to have another one! This time the winner(s) will be those who make me LOL, ROFL, LMAO {the A stands for "abdomen" in this case}, or ROFLMAO the most!

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if. . .{you finish it!}

here's one from me
. . . While vegging and watching the Price is Right, you stand up and scream {while jumping up and down} "$0.06!!!" as the contestant looks to the audience for help in naming the price of Jolly Time Popcorn.

Husbands do you want in on this? If you're a dude married, engaged, in a serious long-term relationship with, dating, secretly crushing on, or stalking a KCL finish this sentence instead:

"You might be married{etc.} to a Krazy Coupon Lady if. . ."

You have until Friday, June 5th at midnight MST to enter. Leave as many comments as you like. Come on everybody, don't let me down! I need to exercise my stomach muscles and I don't feel any crunches on my horizon. Make me laugh!

The winners of the "How has couponing changed your life?" contest are:
Sarah, who said,
"I used to hate the feeling of standing at the cash register as (beep after beep) my fate was decided. Now I love watching how high my bill goes before it plummets down the cliff of coupons and catalinas. As I stand there I know that I am in control, and that, miracle of miracles, I am more than happy to pay the bottom line. It's a reward for what I do daily. I tell the cash register what is an acceptable amount. I am not his victim."
Amber, who said,
"Coupons changed my life before I ever started using them! Last year my husband had a "mid life crisis" (at 28). I suddenly found myself a single mom to three kids. As if that were not hard enough, my youngest is medically fragile. She has had 15 surgeries in two years, and has spent a years worth of days in the hospital. We owe more in medical debt than the value of our home and the light of day seems FAR away sometimes.

I was in complete shock and was in a panic about how I was to provide for these kids, keep them in a house, with a job (photographer) that is NOT steady income. And then a friend of mine showed up on my doorstep with a near laundry basket sized LOAD of cleaning supplies, HBA, food etc. I tried to pay her for it and she simply said... WHY? I got most of it for FREE. I thought for sure that she was trying to make me FEEL better but I would later learn that she was serious.

I can remember coming home from my daughter's first open heart surgery. Our bank account was overdrawn, our credit cards were maxed out and we had a few spoiled items in the fridge. We had NOTHING to feed our kids. I remember how I felt like a complete failure.

I have only been seriously stockpiling for 2-3 months now but in that time we have been able to keep our food budget to $50/week. We are gradually chipping away at the debt and hope to soon be selling our stockpile (in pieces) to pay off Kyleigh's medical bills. Moreover my kids will NEVER BE HUNGRY AGAIN. No matter how long we are hospitalized now I know I can come home to a fully stocked freezer with meats and cheeses, cereal (brand name at that!), rice and pastas in the perishables pantry... and I know that I can provide for them, even if I had bought NOTHING else... for at least a month.

I am SO thankful for coupons. My husband is home now (thanks to some amazing prayer warriors) and we enjoying date night - COUPONING together. Coupons have inspired me, lifted my spirits, provided for my family, and have helped my husband and I bond again.

Whether or not I win... It doesn't really matter. Thank you for allowing us to share our stories!!! Coupons are so much more to me than a few bucks saved!"

And for the announcement of the long overdue song winner:
Amber who rewrote Neil Diamond "America"

Will the winners please send your mailing address to krazycouponlady@gmail.com? We'll send your extra inserts!

86 comments:

Tia said...

You might be a crazy coupon lady if your four year old daughter starts crying when you are in Albertson's in the afternoon instead of the early morning because her favorite cashier who gives her stickers isn't there. Due to the fact she works the morning shift.

Drumm's Day to Day!!! said...

You might be a crazy coupon lady if....
Your shopping and your 2yr tells you that you (the mom) can not have something becuase you dont have a coupon for it.

Julie in KnoxTN said...

You might be a KCL if your husband has started offering you up as a coupon tutor to friends... you accuse him (jokingly) of pimping you out... he says "Hey, if you were coupon, you'd just say I was tripling you."

Emily said...

You might be a krazy coupon lady if you have only been couponing for 2 weeks and am already saved $80!

Jared and LeAnn said...

You might be a KCL if you tell your mother, "I can't believe you paid money for toothpaste."

OR

You give your two year some junk mail so she feels like she's helping you go through the mail and she pretends like she knows what it is and hands it back saying, "Yay mom, coupons!"

SouthfieldFam said...

From the mouth of my darling hubby," You might be married to a KCL if you have to get out the wheelbarrow to bring in your sunday PAPERS!"

Kylie said...

You know you're a KCL if while waiting to check out, you scrutinize the cart in front of you, thinking about all the coupons that you could use if you were them.

You know you're a KCL if you see someone buying Pringles, and you give them a coupon for it because you have PLENTY, and you want to spread the happiness!

You know you're a KCL if you lay awake at night, thinking about ways that you could find Sunday papers for free.

You know you're a KCL if you go to Albertsons everyday, and you are totally okay with that.

Suzette said...

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if when you get to the front of the Walgreens line your cashier tries to guess how LITTLE you are going to pay. Today she even rated my shopping trip a 90/100. I told her that I could do better :)

LeAnn, your toothpaste comment cracked me up- because it is true. Every KCL knows you never pay for toothpaste or deoderant.

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Sherry said...

You might be a krazy coupon lady if at once in your life you were frightened by the thought of ever going to the store by yourself let alone going to the store not only by yourself but now on a multiple time a week basis just for the deals and so you don't let a coupon expire or if you once were so afraid to talk above a whisper to stating your case knowing your policies and making sure everyone hears you loud and clear. You just might be a krazy coupon lady if you not only have your child couponing with you but also your father, stepmother, cousins and sister couponing with you as well. Based on a true story!

Erin said...

You might be a KCL if you watch that Qwest commercial (the one with the lady sitting at her counter squeezing little ketchup packets into a larger ketchup bottle to save money) and think to yourself, "Hmmm... She should just try couponing... she could get a real bottle of ketchup for FREE!"
Or, as the commercial continues to the lady who starts washing her SUV with the windshield whiper squeegie... and you think to yourself, "Hmmm. She must not know about $.50 carwashes at Albertson's on Wednesdays..."

Darrell said...

You might be married to a crazy coupon lady if she tells you that we are stopping by the post office not to pick up the mail but to rummage through the trash cans to see if anyone threw away any Albertson's Doublers.

Julee said...

You might be a KCL if you buy multiple copies of the Sunday paper and don't read a single one.

Julee said...

This one is from my husband: "You might be married to a KCL if... her reports of shopping trips sound more like complex algorithms being explained by a mad scientist."

Spike said...

You might be married to a KCL if...you find yourself spending your lunch hour hitting every Walgreens within a 10 mile radius looking for yet another free razor...and then you realize, it's kinda worth it.

Anna said...

You might be a KCL if.... upon finding out it's your turn to take treats for your daughter's t-ball team, you contemplate giving each kid a full size box of Fruit Loops instead of buying a $4 bag of popsicles.

Crystal Ashton said...

You might be a KCL if you won't let your family eat any cereal for breakfast because you finally got all 173 boxes to fit in the pantry and you are afraid that if you pull one out they will all come crashing down...

Amber said...

I'll dazzle you with my wit later, but I just wanted to let you know that the Office Max in Nampa is closing for good and has everything at 50% off. I know it will probably go to 75%, but if you don't hit it right on, everything good is always gone! As of tonight, they still had a decent amount of stuff left and...drum roll please...binders!! They still have a whole aisle full of binders, the good ones, for 50% off. I don't know how it compares to Wal-Mart or Target, but I paid $5 for a 2" heavy duty D-ring binder that has a front flap that folds all the way back. The not heavy duty 2" binders are $3, and they still pretty much have all sizes.

Delmonico Family said...

You might be a KCL if..you Literally look at everyone's cart to see what they have, and check to see if you can share any coupons with them. I feel like I have to make everyone use coupons. I have scoped out what people are buying and hand them my coupons.

Heidi and Matt said...

You might be a KCL if you find your albertsons doubles cut up by your 3 year old, firt start to cry, and then try and tape them back together. Happened today!

ashley said...

You might be a krazy couupon lady if...

The garbage men shake their heads as you cruise the alleys dumping your bike at the site of Albertson's ads in the recycling bin!

ashley said...

You might be a kcl if...

You have romantic dreams about doublers.

Sara said...

My husband just told me coming home a couple nights ago..."You should hand over all your coupons to me and then have to earn them from me. That way I will get a little more attention and I know how bad you want those coupons...hehe." Boys will be boys. And it's not like I ignore him. Okay...maybe a few months ago when I first started and spent every moment(sleeping or not)thinking about coupons....you might be a kcl if, when you finally fall asleep after figuring the next days big deals, you dream about the trip as well! LOL! True story!

Sara said...

Another comment that just came out of my husbands mouth. "You might be married to a kcl when your wife somehow always talks about coupons in every conversation we have, or with anyone or mentions what she got for free" Is there anything wrong with that? I am so excited and proud about the amazing deals I get, and its my only hobby! Of course I am going to talk about it. Its either something with coupons or something about my daughter! :) Thats my life right now!

TroskeFamily said...

You might be a krazy coupon lady if when you shop your coupon binder is placed gently on the child's seat of your grocery cart and you make your baby walk!

The Mitchell Family said...

You might be married to a crazy coupon lady if when she calls you at work all she talks about is what deals come out and how excited she is about double coupons.

The Mitchell Family said...

you might be a crazy coupon lady if
opening the Sunday paper is just as exciting as opening Christmas presents as a child. i think its better.

Sarah said...

You might be a Krazy Coupon lady if your husband goes to work and brings you home Albertson's Doublers instead of flowers... and you kiss him for it!

lovebeingamommy said...

You might be a Krazy coupon lady if you go to Albertsons at 10:00 at night, intending to use your doublers (the last day that they are good to, I might add) on mac and cheese cups only to realize they are $10 for $10 and your coupon is for a $1.00 and if you double it, then it is for $2.00 off, which means you can't use it because the price of the coupon exceeds the price of the mac and cheese. So sadly after realizing this, you run around Albertsons like a chicken with your head cut off looking for coupons on items, or coupons that Albertsons has placed around the store in one last desperate attempt to use your doublers and score some great deals! And all the while you are grabbing coupons that you might not even use that night (taking more than one of each coupon, wondering if that makes you a theif or something) And the whole time a cashier keeps looking at you and giving you funny looks, like what the heck is that lady doing?!! hahahahahah this is a true story, it happened to me tonight! I finally found a coupon for 50 cents off kraft shredded cheese, doubled it so it was a $1.00 off, and got shredded cheese for a $1.00--not the best deal in the world of couponing, but still pretty good, but hey, at least my doublers didn't go to waste, right??!!!!

lovebeingamommy said...

And one more thing I just have to add. From my previous post, can you still tell I am still kind of new at this couponing thing!? But I must be a Krazy coupon lady if I'm doing all the things you guys are mentioning doing, looking in dumpsters for Albertsons doublers people may have thrown out, dreaming about coupons, looking in other's people's carts and thinking I should hand them a coupon. Right?!

Kn1tp1ck said...

You might be married to a KCL if you start checking out other ladies' COUPON BOOKS as you're in Target and commenting to your wife that "Hers is better looking than yours."

You just might BE the KCL if you go over to said lady...repeat your husband's comment...and then begin comparing notebooks for ideas!

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the screwface shabba said...

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if your child asks you if you are going to use a doubler while paying at the dentist. This happened to me last week.

the screwface shabba said...

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if your binder weighs more than your two year old. My husband swears mine does.

Rochelle said...

You might be a krazy coupon lady if whenever your husband suggests a place, food, or activity, you know what coupons are available and how much off!

Jennifer said...

You know your a KCL when you pickup a catalina in the albertsons parking lot that's been ran over 10 times and feel like you've won the lottery!

Stillman and Michelle said...

Your Wife might be a KCL if...

you are so proud by all the money that she is saving that while you are bragging about your wife's binder at the store the clerk says "I think I saw her the other day."

Ash and Becky said...

You might be a KCL if you wonder if you can squeeze in a trip to Albertson's to use all 12 of your doublers before your flight leaves in 2 hours and when your hubby won't let you, you mention several times over the next week how much free food we were missing out on during our vacation to Disney! And then come to find out there were more doublers while you were gone too...ARRRGGGGHH!

Kn1tp1ck said...

You know you're a KCL when you take the time to look at the ads of stores that are nowhere near local and make a wish list of what you could buy, right down to the OOP...

Case in point...I live in SC and just finished checking out Albertsons ads in Utah...I'm so envious...

Brianna said...

You might be a KCL if when checking out in the self help lane you look down into the trash can next to the kiosk and see it full of catalina coupons people didnt take and after your transaction is complete make a mad dash to the door with a handful hoping no one is looking!

Brandi said...

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if your friends on facebook are sending you messages telling you that they are so amazed at how much $ you save, that they want to save just as much $ too.

Brandi said...

You know you're a Krazy Coupon Lady when your sister and your dad are asking what the best way to use the double coupons at Albertsons.

Brandi said...

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if you tell your husband that it doesn't matter that we don't need shaving cream from the store because we already have 12 cans, we're getting it anyway because I know how to get it for free, even though the coupon says that it's only .75 cents off.

Brandi said...

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if you wake up on a Tuesday morning and gather up the coupons you have and try to match them up with the Albertsons doubler coupons just because you can save $, (or even get it free,) on something you don't need right now but will need it in 3 weeks but there is no way you can let those doublers go to waste in the recycling bin.

Brandi said...

you might be a KCL if you pay your kids to help you cut out coupons because you get 6 papers on Sunday and you are so excited because you have 2 insert and Albertsons AND KMart both have doublers that week!

Kylie said...

You might be a KCL if you have been to Albertsons three times today, and it's only 2pm.

Verlyn said...

You might be a KCL if you go to Albertsons to pick up some doublers, because the 4 in the papers you got were clearly not enough, and when you get there your 3 yr old says "we are here...AGAIN?, followed by him and your 5 yr old both saying "I hate couponing" and all you can do is laugh and remind them of all the yummy things they have been snacking on for FREE!!!

Kylie said...

You might be a KCL if a checker at Albies gives you a free loaf of french bread while you are waiting (calmly and patiently with a smile) for customer service to figure out how to force print the Nestle Redbox code. And then 4 clerks and 2 managers later, they just give you $2 out of the til and apologize profusely for the hassle. True story!

Kn1tp1ck said...

You might be a KCL if your husband thinks you're grating cheese with all the razors you're storing in the closet....

Sara said...

I asked my husband and this is what he had to say, "You might be married to a KCL if you are using a coupon to celebrate your 8th year anniversary."

We got the free movie tickets for buying the cookies a little while back. So, we are going to see the Wolverine movie! I am excited! And going for free makes me even more excited!!!

Sara said...

You might be a KCL if you try to get a raincheck for Chinet paper plates at Target (on sale for $2.50, and you have six $2 off coupon), wait patiently for 20 minutes (because something in the system is messed up) while your 4 children age 5 and under are driving you nuts...
Luckily Target gives you two $3 apology coupons along with your raincheck good for 6 Chinet paper plate packages. Looks like I get paper plates for free with a little extra for something else. :)

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Sarah said...

you might be a Crazy Coupon lady if, your husband brings home random coupons from his co workers and when asked why he says, "I told them you like coupons!"

you might be a crazy coupons lady if, your husband gets the mail and when asked if there was anything good he says, "not really, no coupons, just something from your mom."

you might be a crazy coupon lady if, your husband nags co workers to bring him their albertson's ads so h can get you more doublers.

You might be a crazy coupon lady if, you have 100 boxes of cereal in your pantry.

You might be a crazy coupon lady if, you can't sleep Saturday night because you're wondering/hoping what coupons will come in the morning paper ... or if you're awake in excitement before the paper boy gets to your house!

You might be a crazy coupon lady if, you are thinking up more and more of these to write.

And yes, these are all true to life for this Krazy Coupon lady

Heidi and Matt said...

You might be a krazy coupon lady if you sometimes feed your 3 and 4 year olds baby food cuz you want to use up what you got for free!!!
C'mon, it's fruits and veggies!

Nicole said...

Your two year old begs to go shopping and came name walgreens, walmart, meijer, and rite aid by sight!

Your two year old says I NEED coupons!

Your two year old sayd I NEEEEDDD to go shopping!

after explaining to your two year old that today is only monday she says "is is friday yet we neeeddd to go shopping".

you had to start shopping with your two year old because she loves it so much and you are worried about forgetting a coupon!

Nicole said...

you have typed up tutorials on how to use coupons due to popular demand

your husband offers your services to hold 'coupon lunches' for his friends wives

your husband starts collecting coupons when he finds them laying around

your husband asks if you have any coupons so he can go 'out for lunch'

mld0806 said...

You know you are married to a crazy coupon lady when you spend every penny she saved to fix the broken ankle you got when you tripped over one of the many stockpiles throughout the house.

Jennifer said...

You "make" more per week couponing through savings than you do working a full time job.

p.s. mld0806 is my husband... he thinks he is funny :-P

Alta said...

You might be a crazy coupon lady if your husband has cut your monthly grocery allowance to $6.

cmc said...

My granddaughter loves looking in my purse and in her moms. she has the biggest smile on her face when she finds coupons. she is ready to go shopping.

cmc said...

in addition to my previous comment we are all KRAZY.

mommymelb said...

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if...On Tuesday night while organizing your coupons to go to Albies in the morning you overhear your 7 year-old daughter playing Barbie's and she says, "Don't worry I got a screaming deal...Five outfits for $1."

Cindi said...

You might be a KCL if you so desperate to get to Albertsons before a the freebies are gone you take your 4 and 2 yr old. On the way out the door you tell them they can get a treat if they are good, and the 4yr old ask if you have a coupon for that.
(Yes, I bribe my children =)

The Fin's said...

you might be a crazy coupon lady if..... your family tells you that it's okay to buy something even if you don't have a coupon for it!

Nicole said...

you might be a KCL if.........

your husband is now savvy at looking for coupon codes before he does any online shopping

your husband is waiting for the new Lowe's codes/cards for 10% off to come out prior to buying new windows

you refused to make something your family likes for dinner until a specific coupon comes out because there have been 'no good deals' lately

you save more than you paid and still feel disapointed it wasnt free

the cashiers in your stomping ground all know you

your favorite walgreens cashier says "wow you are PAYING US $13 what happened, did I forget to scan something"?

your favorite walgreens cashiers save you their coupons!

you have people behind you in line ask you how you just did that and where they can learn it

if you have every written down the KCL blog and hotcouponworld address for people behind you in line

you proudly use a metallic green sequin studded coupon holder declaring you the "coupon queen"

you come in to work on monday morning to a mail slot full of people's sunday inserts

Nicole said...

you might be a KCL if..........

you have a basement that could be used as a food pantry complete with two deep freezers and your husband still complains there is 'nothing to eat' since he can only find 5-6 kinds of snack foods at this very moment

cmc said...

You might be a kcl when/if your dentist is asking for your toothpaste, dental floss and toothbrushes so he/she can regift to his patients.

Verlyn said...

You might be a KCL if your husband comes home from work and says "hi hon, I've got some money for you" and then he hands you the set of doublers from the paper at work. Love it!

katiepanike said...

You might be a crazy coupon lady if you say, "Dang-it!" and your four year old says, "What mom...did your coupon expire?"

Jilene said...

You might be a KCL if....your hubby is trying to be "romantic" with you and all you can think about is what day will be best to go to KMART to double my $2 Snuggle coupon for some FREE fabric softener...(true story!)

Sara said...

This is so much fun to read. I have already left 2 comments and lol on all of these fantastic comments because I can relate to every one! I'm definitely a KCL because Tuesday I was up until 3:30 am clipping, printing, and calculating Albies sale, and then got up at 5:00 to go before hubby left for work and to get stuff before its gone. Only to find out they will now only give 1 add with doublers(which I used) and then ran to walmart to buy 20 papers-35 cents each! And attempted to go back with my 2 year old daughter and niece, then to find all the stuff I wanted was gone and it was only 9am. I'm going this weekend when its restocked! I got more sleep last night, feeling much better! LOL!!! Am I the only one that loses that much sleep over coupons?

Sara said...

You may be married to a kcl if you wake up at 3am to find your wife isn't in bed, but in the other room like a mad scientist calculating all the equations for her upcoming project! In a krazy state of mind stating "free". And having to tell her she needs to come to bed. (So this is coming from the wife-but this is exactly what my husband would say, as he did Tuesday night)

Angel said...

You might be a Krazy coupon lady if your preach coupons and catalinas until you're blue in the face - and your audience is bored to tears. I can't help it! The savings are so fantastic, I have to share (even if noone cares)!

Angel said...

You might be a KCL if you start a coupon "swap-and-drop" at work just so you can get everyone else's coupons!

Angel said...

You might be a KCL is noone refers to you by name any longer - they just call you the coupon queen. My co-workers drop by every few minutes to find out what the "coupon queen" got for free today on her lunch break! (I've got Target, Rite Aid and Walgreens all about 10 minutes away from my job. It's heaven!)

Angel said...

And finally, you might be a KCL if your kids are even more excited about it than you are! I have to give my 2 and 4 year olds fake "coupons" just to keep them happy while we're shopping. Even they know that if Mama ain't got a coupon, we ain't buying it!

Amanda said...

You might be a crazy coupon lady if on Sunday while doing your hair you are looking at the store adds and coupons you got this week!

Amy said...

You might be a crazy coupon lady when trying to think of the bright side of your husband's job instability, you decide perhaps you can relocate to an area that is more coupon friendly!!

Amy said...

You might be a crazy coupon lady if you brave a sever storm warning to get to Walgreen's to use your $12 in Register Rewards because they expire today!! Just happened!

Sia Hills said...

You might be a KCL if you think that frequenting grocery store parking lots when a store is running a catalina special, scouring the empty carts and parking lot for catalina coupons others didnt bother to keep, is just another way to build your coupon stash.

Candice said...

You might be a KCL if:

You spend so much time shopping for free/cheap cleaning products that you're too tired to actually USE them.

You have considered asking your babysitter if you can pay her with personal care products instead of cash.

CheepCheepDates said...

I know the contest is over but this just happened and I had to share.

You might be a crazy coupon lady if you find yourself leaping 6 feet out of a newspaper recycling dumpster to avoid getting picked up by the unloading truck!!! -really happened while searching for coupons.

Tia said...

You might be a crazy coupon lady if your blog has more pictures of your groceries than it does of your kids.

Sara said...

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if you beg your husband to stop and get a paper while you're on vacation because you'll go through withdrawal.

Sara said...

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if you stop at Publix on vacation to search for coupon booklets you're missing at your home store. When you find it, you grab a stack, use them up and wish you had grabbed more.

Sara said...

You might be a Krazy Coupon Lady if your child's diaper leaks in the checkout line because you don't want to abandon your free items at Kmart Double Days!