August 22, 2013
About a year and a half ago, a very good friend of mine posted a coupon deal she had done at Publix on Facebook. She had purchased over $200 worth of groceries for about $12. She included a picture of all these groceries that she literally had paid nothing for. I had NO idea she was a couponer, and I had NO idea how to do such a thing. I sent her a message that read, “Teach me!” My friend told me about I Heart Publix and gave me a few pointers on printing, stacking, and BOGO’s. I ran with it!
Very soon after I did my first couponing deal, my mother discovered that her cancer had returned. It was not a good prognosis, and time was very limited. I used couponing as a diversion for what was of course constantly on my mind, and my mother LOVED to hear about my savings. Couponing became a way for us to find a thrill and excitement in something with such a dark cloud over us. She even accompanied me on a few trips to the grocery store, laughing at how much I was going to pay for items. Quite simply – it brought her joy.
My mom loved telling people I was a couponer. “My daughter should do your grocery shopping!” was one of her favorite things to say to people when she saw people in her complex return from the grocery store…and soon, they all began to give me their coupon inserts. I take comfort in the fact that she could enjoy these wonderful moments while she was struggling so much with her health. When she was no longer able to do her grocery shopping, I began to do it for her. She would always say, “….do you have a coupon for that?”
As she got weaker, and slept most of the time, she would still ask, almost daily: “Did you go to the grocery store today?” “How much did you save?” And she would beam with pride at my accomplishment. Those smiles and giggles are still with me. I was on Family Medical Leave by that time so that I could take care of her. Everything happens for a reason – the things I had learned about saving money and couponing was a huge help during that time. We were able to survive without my income because I had learned to coupon.
I lost my mother 10 months ago. I had to take a break from couponing for a time after her passing because I just could not concentrate. But I am back at it. There no longer is a sad memory there because I have no one to share it with (my husband now asks) and after every deal, I sense this smile and pride that came from my mother…”You did good kid!”
Thank you for letting me share my story with you. Couponing helped me through the roughest time and still brings me joy with such good memories. Thank you Laura for giving me the tools, and THANK YOU I Heart Publix for changing my life and giving myself and my mother happy times through some of the darkest. This is NOT a sad story, it is a beautiful one!
Thanks so much for sharing your story, Sherry!
I could really use a few new volunteers for the Reader Spotlight – so pretty please with a cherry on top…please write in if you have a story to tell! Your post can be about almost anything to do with couponing. You can tell us about a particularly good or bad situation you’ve dealt with as a couponer, about how you got into couponing or how couponing has impacted the rest of your life, you can make a list of things every new couponer should know…just about anything, really! If you think it’s interesting and it has to do with couponing, email me with your idea at contactiheartpublix @ gmail.com.
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