Last night I searched out the shortest line in the grocery store and found the kindest cashier behind the counter. I handed her a bunch of reusable bags and apologized in advance for the number of coupons I planned to use. I used a total of 20 coupons for 35 items.
She told me all about her coupon clipping strategies and said she probably had twice as many store reward cards hanging from her key chain. She also said her husband refuses to shop with her if she plans on using coupons.
I told her my husband is pretty similar. He comes to the grocery store with me every so often, but he usually tells me not to stand around in the isles matching coupons with sales. I know when I shop with him that I have to come fully prepared.
My husband’s philosophy is simple. Rather than clipping coupons and saving money, he typically finds ways to earn more. He’d rather work an extra hour, than stand in the grocery store sorting through a wad of clipped paper. He doesn’t mind if I want to save this way and is more than happy to pour me a glass of cold water while I clip and sort on Sunday mornings.
I’m a salaried employee, so I can’t work extra hours to make more money like he can. Similarly he would rather do a million things than compare prices and clip coupons. Although our techniques to save money are different our ultimate goals in life are the same. As long as we stay on the same page the details that help us reach those goals don’t really matter.