I may not be remodeling my life, but I am sure remodeling my husband! Six months ago, I started using The Grocery Game and religiously using coupons for all of our household cleaning and grocery shopping trips. My husband, Mark, started out as a skeptic. After all, coupons don’t really save that much and there was “no real way for us to cut our grocery costs any more than we already have.” Since my first few weeks of the game, Mark has been to the store with me a couple of times. The first time, he watched in awe as our total came down from $300 to $160, including beer and wine purchases that we had no coupons for.
Since then, he’s been going shopping with me just for the amusement factor and to see if I can keep up the savings over the long term. Now that he’s convinced, he tells his friends, my friends, and everyone who stops long enough to listen about his “wife who writes about personal finance and saves insane amounts of money by using coupons.”
Last night, Mark was replaced by alien coupon clippers. I sent him to the store for some wine, since we were having a dinner guest. When he came back, he was grinning from ear to ear and couldn’t wait to tell me the news. He picked up ice cream (impulse buy, but I’m totally not gonna argue over ice cream!) and two containers of topping… caramel and chocolate. Then, with a flourish that I’m sure he practiced on his way home, he informed me that he found a coupon for $1.50 off 2 ice cream toppings, and that with the coupon, buying two name brand toppings cost far less per ounce than buying one large jar of the store brand.
At this point, I didn’t know whether to laugh or applaud! My husband, the former spendthrift, not only used a coupon (that I didn’t give him), but he compared the unit price for the best deal too. I believe the world must surely be coming to an end. But, at least I have ice cream and caramel to celebrate.