< Upheaval: Wonder woman and her sidekick who has one crumpled-up, expired coupon in the bottom of her purse

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Wonder woman and her sidekick who has one crumpled-up, expired coupon in the bottom of her purse

She has it all together. She always looks cute. She is a boy scout – always prepared. She can sew anything, fix anything, make anything, clean anything. And if she doesn’t know how, she will find out. She is smart and organized. She is my friend, and her name is Sharon. But for ease of your imagination, we can call her “Martha.”

Martha came to visit me this weekend, and she shared with me her new obsession. Hold on to your seats! It is coupon clipping time!

That is right. She buys two (2) Sunday edition papers and cuts coupons out. The ones for products she uses, and even those for products she doesn’t use. She has a large pocket photo album that holds her sorted (sordid!) coupons. She has a new deep freeze. She has an extra bedroom in her house devoted to storing all of her groceries. And she is going to war.

Really! It looks like she is going to war because she has enough food to feed several armies. She showed me pictures of her extra room. Shelves full of food. A china cabinet full of food. And she gets “every item for under a dollar.” That is her criteria. She buys the limit on sale, triples her coupons, and sometimes comes away with items for free!

She buys a list from grocerygame.com that tells her what to buy and where. She is saving tons of money. And knowing Martha, she will streamline her method until she is saving time too.

Making the rest of us look bad. But isn’t that what the Marthas of the world are here for? Aw, I love her anyway. Don't you?


Blogger YankeeAmanda said...

Well, that's wonderful that she's saving money, but is she actually going to use that room full of food? I mean, heck, I don't even use coupons and I have a few items in my cupboard from over a year ago!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

WOW. Sharon...eh, I mean...Martha has not only impressed me but frightened me.

An entire room for groceries? Has she been talking to our Gma L?

8:17 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

wow....that kind of sounds like OCD related hoarding to me.

9:47 AM  
Blogger jes said...

wow. sharon. martha. crazy purse-slash-diaper-bag-making lady. really.

i can totally appreciate the purchasing of the sunday newspapers and the saving of the money and the clipping of the coupons.

but a bedroom devoted to her extra stash of food? wow. i hope it's all non-perishable.

and, what does she do with it all? does she use it all, or just buy it because she can get it for under a dollar?

10:46 AM  
Blogger jes said...

also, in keeping with my addiction to signing up for things, i am trying the grocery game's 4 weeks for 1 dollar special.

are you a member? or would sharon want her member info shared, so that she can earn free weeks?

if so, speak now or forever hold your peas.

10:52 AM  
Blogger jes said...

really. i'm ready to hit "submit." have i ever told you how much i am a FREAK about instant gratification?

it really sucks when God doesn't answer my prayers for a long time, or when his answer is 'no' because i want it NOW!

yes, i am such an obedient, patient child of God.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

jes - thank you for the 17 minutes you gave me to contact martha, get her info, and relay it to you before you signed up! that is assuming i was sitting at the computer when you posted your first comment!

let me know how it works for you! i *might* be interested, but martha says that albertson's is the best store for doing this and we don't have an albertson's.

i don't know if she will use all the food or if she is donating to hurricane relief funds or something. haha. just kidding.

sharon? are you out there? this post is about YOU. you have to comment!

11:10 AM  
Blogger jes said...

amanda, i need you sitting at your computer from 9am to 6pm, just like i do. that way, any question i might have can be immediately answered.

and, 17 minutes? i gave you THAT MUCH TIME?? i'll have to work on shaving some of that off.

we have an albertson's, but it's not very close to my house. i prefer tom thumb. MAYBE kroger. did you ever realize that kroger is roger with a k in front of it?

um, and also, i'm still waiting. sharon!! answer amanda! inquiring minds want to know!!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Trinity13 said...

Sharon is my hero! I would love to be that way with my food purchases! I'm am all ready that way with clothing (I buy nothing over a dollar and have cloths stored all over the house), but I'll have to move on to groceries!

11:41 AM  
Blogger jes said...

what? clothes for under a dollar? i didn't know such a thing existed.

also, amanda! i'm suffering! have you noticed that i waited an entire 27 minutes to post again?


11:46 AM  
Blogger jes said...

um, hi.

12:03 PM  
Blogger jes said...

just me again.

waiting on sharon. sharon. sharon. sharon.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

You mean...Martha, Martha, Martha!

1:20 PM  
Blogger jes said...

dude. i just wanted to point out that i haven't posted anything in one hour and five minutes.

ONE HOUR AND FIVE MINUTES! thats, like, a record or something.

sharon, martha, shannon, bertha, whatever you answer to ... i may have to click submit without hearing from you, because IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!

(yes, that IS an ultimatum!)

1:29 PM  
Blogger jes said...

yes, i am still lurking. and at precisely 2:31, I shall hit "submit" and the chance to get free weeks of coupon science will be washed away, away, away. forever.

2:20 PM  
Blogger jes said...

darn it. i was really hoping to not be the only person talking to myself on here today.

2:33 PM  
Blogger jes said...

hi. my name is Jes. i am OCD.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

dork! sharon/martha does not even read this blog. ever.

she is too busy clipping coupons and storing boxes of hamburger helper in her china cabinet.

5:00 PM  
Blogger martha said...

Hello! Nobody told me everyone was waiting on me. I respond instantaneously to email...

YES! I belong to thegrocerygame.com, please use me as a reference.

Did you know you have to register for a blog you will never use in order to reply to all you people?!?

Oh, and I doooooo read this blog, just not on a regular basis. I'll work on a NEW obsession.

No, I probably will not eat all of the food, but there are a lot of needy people out there. In the meantime, my husband and daughter think it is fabulous!

It is quite an addiction. I started out quite innocently and thought my unemployed mother-in-law was just desperate and out there. Now I have joined the ranks. I even got a friend at work hooked! I have 2 other coworkers who are going to start bringing me their coupons. Which means I can buy 4 of everything.

Can you upload pictures to this thing? I only think it is fair for everyone to see my stash. Not to mention, it makes it that much more enticing.

I had to start riding the bus to work again so I would have time to organize my coupons. You have to keep up or it gets quite overwhelming...

Now that I've written a book and stayed up past my bedtime, I will leave the rest to you guys!!

10:56 PM  
Blogger martha said...

I hate these STUPID things where you have to try and figure out what the ridiculous, random, squiggly, contiguous lettering is. I especially love the sites that draw lines through the letters to make it even easier to decipher the letters.

I think just to defeat the purpose, I might have to develop a program to hack the random lettering.

10:59 PM  
Blogger martha said...

Ok, so now that I am still on this stupid thing, nobody is going to respond?!?

I even downloaded the wonderful blog plug-in for word!

11:14 PM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

email me your pictures and i will post them.

also - change your name on here!

6:25 AM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

hahaha..."Martha"...you are too cute.

See? Already obsessing about people not responding fast enough :)

7:53 AM  
Blogger martha said...

but I like the anonymity of martha...do I have to?!?

8:12 AM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

fine. but i might start calling you Martha in person.

12:28 PM  
Blogger ~Jennifer said...

Martha, you know the next step is to blog about your coupon adventures so you can become the fearless leader of a whole bunch of little marthas.

8:00 PM  

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