Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hitting rock bottom

Do you know what this is?
If you guessed a coupon for a free bag of Popchips, you would be correct.

Do you know why it is so tattered and dirty?

If you guessed it is because I fished it out of the dirty gutter while I was jogging, you would also be correct.

I know, gross. Right.

But I couldn't help it!  You see, a couple weeks ago I recieved an email (one of the many daily emails I recieve for special offers) promising that if I "click here", I'd get a free coupon for Popchips.

 I wanted this coupon.  Badly.

I've never tried Popchips and, as an avid (read: obsessed) potato chip fan, do not generally like low fat chip options.  But for free, I was willing to give it a try.

I clicked and…nothing.  Apparently at least 10 000 people had clicked before me and they were out of coupons.  Now I really wanted that coupon.

Maybe at this point I should catch you up:

  A few months ago, I started watching that show, Extreme Couponing.  I loved it.  I watched it, fascinated, each week.  And I became inspired.  I started looking into couponing in Canada and found out that while it is impossible to achieve the off-the-hook results similar to those on Extreme Couponing, you can do ok…if you do your work.

I went to work:
My first big shopping trip.  See the toothpaste? Go it for less than $1 a tube.
So far, my best deals to date are $2.00 for laundry detergent, $0.99 for Advil, and (da ta da!) two bottles of barbecue sauce for free!  It's that last deal that really inspired me to believe that with couponing, I could achieve anything.  And by anything, I mean, still buy shoes, get "cosmetic procedures", and buy expensive cheese even though I am only going to be working part-time this year.  

Fast-forward a few months and I find myself plucking dirty coupons off the street.  Do I regret it?  Do I think I've gone too far?  Gone off the deep end?  Not at all!  I am proud of my frugality.

As for the Popchips?  I got my first free bag a couple days ago and they were delicious!  I can't wait for my next free bag.  Yes, that's right; I found TWO Popchip coupons in the gutter that day.  

I think I'll keep it awhile and savour the moment.

One more thing: at this point, I have acquired too many coupons…more than I could possible use before their expiry date.  So with that in mind, I am having my first ever blog contest:

1.  Become a follower of my blog
2.  In the comment space below, tell me about the craziest thing you have ever done to save a dime.  And by a dime, I mean anything under $10.  The more insane (and yet still legal and moral) answer will get my unusable coupons, including a 2-for-1 movie tickets and saving money on Cover Girl cosmetics.

Contest closes on Friday, July 15th.  Good luck!


  1. I freakin love extreme couponing and yes you can't achieve anything close to it here in Canada, but there are some really good website out there that give you some great deals.

    Although I can't think of a really good story where I did something ridiculous to save a dime, I was at Walmart yesterday and a really hot guy was behind me in line waiting to pay for his one item, I did offer for him to go first since I had a lot of stuff, but he said not to worry. Anyways, I then proceeded to pull out my coupons, don't think he was pleased and I was slightly embarrassed cuz he was REALLY good looking, but I ended up saving a good 5 bucks, so I guess it was worth it, since I am very happily married anyways!

  2. Ok, I made an account just for this... please don't ask... You may know me... I love shoes, my name starts with an 'm', and I'm a yearbook editor...

    I guess I'm entering because I have a couple of hours to kill online, and why not enter a contest? Summer's all about spontaneity I guess. The most outrageous thing that I've been around for in terms of saving a dime, was when I went out with a few friends to the movies, and not only did we go to the dollar store to buy our confectionaries, we used a coupon. Not my idea. A certain conservative party tall blonde guy (I think you may know him) brought the coupons.

    Personally, I think Shanna Gordon's story is a lot more hilarious that mine, and I don't really plan on winning, just thought I'd share. :)