I'm so frustrated.
I was in my favorite store, purchasing necessities and not so necessary items. I made it to the check out counter with a cart full and two overly energetic boys running around. As the cashier is scanning the items, I am searching through my coupon holder for ways to save a couple of bucks. I am in no way an extreme couponer...but I like to save some cash as much as the next girl.
After all of the items were scanned, I handed the cashier about 6 coupons that probably was the equivalent to $5 in savings. He got flustered and literally went through each coupon and the computer searching for the exact match. This was done all the while a line was forming behind me.
I'm not one who is mellow. I'm always in a hurry, especially when my boys are running around a store and fighting with each other; I just want to get them in the car where they can be locked in. Needless to say, I was growing impatient.
The lady behind me was making comments loudly like, "My goodness," and "I thought I was choosing a quick line!" And my favorite, "Geez, you would think the money is coming out of his own pocket." I mouthed a very apologetic "I'm sorry."
I was sorry. I was sorry that I chose this cashier's line. I was sorry that I even decided to use the coupons to begin with.
And what the lady said was true. You WOULD think the money was coming out of his pocket. And it wasn't. And it wasn't even coming out of the store's pocket. Coupons are designed so that the store is reimbursed for the discount that the consumer gets. So they are essentially getting the money back for the already marked up item.
Just take the damn coupons!
And THAT is why I am so frustrated!! Sometimes it's just easier to NOT use the coupon!