Dear Krazies,

Okay, I think the honeymoon is almost over. While I am committed to the couponing relationship, I will admit some of the excitement seems to be wearing off. Where I used to throw myself into the activity without restraint, I seem to be approaching things more methodically – almost clinically. I came this close (fingers about 1/2″ apart) to not going shopping this evening with the excuse I had a headache. But then I pulled up my man-bra straps, straightened my wig, and entered the store, coupons in hand, and made the most of the evening as best I could. It was not Albertson’s fault I was having a bad day.

My purchases this evening:

Conagra $25 get $10 Catalina Sale:
Pork & Beans @ .50 a can (went over minimum required purchase by one can)
Canned Tomatoes @ $1.00 a can
Egg Beaters @ $2.00 a carton
Manwich @ $1.00 a can

This rang up at $25.50 pretax before $2.00 worth of coupons for the Egg Beaters for a total after tax of $25.03. The receipt showed a Savings of $32.02. Then 2 Catalinas printed for a total of $10 OYNSO.

Albertson’s $10 get $4 Off Sale:
Cheerios @ $2.00 a box (had a coupon but forgot to use it)
Ritz Crackers @ $2.00 a box
Nabisco Crackers @ $2.00 a box
B.C. Muffin Mix @ $2.50 a box (had coupons)
B.C. Cookie Mix @ $1.67 a bag (had coupons but forgot to use some of them)
Fiber One Cereal Bars @ $2.50 box (had coupons)
Grey Poupon Mustard @ $2.50 a jar

This initially rang up at a little over $70.00 and deducted $28.00 with the promo. I had a $5.00 off a $30.00 purchase Albertson’s coupon, $4.60 in other coupons, the $10.00 Catalina from the first purchase, and paid $24.45. The receipt showed a Savings of $101.83.

When I got home, I discovered I forgot to give the cashier additional coupons worth $2.20. So, the real purchase should have been $22.25 with a Savings of $104.03. If I had taken the time to locate more coupons I could have done better. My fault for not being “in the mood” this evening – I was distracted. Maybe I am suffering from PMS (Pre-Manstral Syndrome). I believe coupons are laced with estrogen.

I think I over-prepared today by working too hard on my list, subtotalling prices with my calculator, grouping the purchases on the list and in the cart to make the process easier for the cashier, verifying totals on the monitor before finalizing the transaction. Maybe I just expected too much from all my preparations. I should just let myself “be ready” for the moment and go with the flow. Take one day at a time. Be satisfied with baby steps. It’s the little things that count. And I should stop spouting stale platitudes.

Tonight I’ll curl up in front of the TV with some ice cream and wonder why I am putting on pounds and inches in all the wrong places. Hey, that sounds like a country song. Maybe I’ll listen to the radio instead. Or mix up a batch of cookie dough and eat it with my ice cream. Or watch Beaches on DVD. Or The Princess Bride.

I am not sure how most of you deal with your “mood issues” with a demanding spouse and children to tend to. I at least can enjoy my misery alone and in peace in my Fortress of Solitude with a sad/funny movie. Now I need to find my Industrial Strength Midol caplets to sprinkle on my bowl of cookie dough ice cream.

KCG Rick