I switched to a more part-time work position so that I would have time for my son. My job is great, my work hours are somewhat flexible. Not as flexible as work-at-home or freelance, but I don't have the skills for that.
By working part-time I am able to spend more time with Bean in the morning - let's face it, we are dawdlers. Once I drop him off at daycare I meander to my office, unless I have a meeting scheduled which makes our morning hectic, but thankfully that is only once every month during the school year.
Some days I leave work early so that I can go to the grocery store alone, or attend a self-help meeting (my version of "me time"). I know I can't handle the stress of "I want this! I want that!" so I rarely take Bean to the store with me.
A couple of weeks ago though I was feeling rushed. It felt like a thousand degrees outside and I was hurrying through Price Chopper, getting the things we needed to get through the next couple of weeks. I don't overstock because we have a small kitchen, and I haven't yet overhauled our storage closet. I went to grab a loaf of brown bread, of which I always stick half in the freezer. This time I didn't grab my usual brand and took the cheaper loaf instead. I'm sure the sign said $1.57, but when I got to the parking lot and checked the receipt I saw I was charged $1.99.
I hesitated and was going to return inside to check the price and the heat got to me and I said "forget it, it's 42 cents, I'll survive" and I left. I know I could have received the item for free if there indeed was an error thanks to a Scanning Code of Practice but at that time, in that heat, I decided it wasn't worth the two bucks.
Same goes for coupons. I just can't seem to make the time to care about coupons. They usually sit in my wallet well past their expiry date. The things I tend to buy - usually just staples - are cheap at the Chopper and there are rarely coupons for the things I buy.
Nina Yau from Castles in the Air lists some of the reasons why she chooses not to clip coupons:
- I don’t find it a particularly productive use of my time.
- I don’t carry coupons with me since I hardly ever use them.
- I don’t subscribe to the Sunday newspaper coupon section.
- I find myself spending more because of a coupon (e.g., buy 1 get one 1/2 off “deals”) and prefer to spend less altogether by buying only what I need and not just because it was on sale and I have a coupon for it.