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Coupon clipping

Paying $1.29 for items that would have originally cost me nearly $8 was strangely empowering.

The cashier was even a bit surprised, which was just icing on the inexpensive but oh, so delicious cake.

As I entered a local grocery store, starved and short on time, I needed something quick. Whenever I am crunched for time, my go-to item is a Lunchable, it's quick and easy to take on-the-go.

Sometimes the local store has them on sale, sometimes they don't. That particular day, the items were indeed on sale: buy one, get one free. If you buy two, the store also gave you $1 off. In addition to that, I found another $1 off coupon in the aisle next to the items.

Though, by far, I'm no extreme couponer, I may take up a new hobby in the very near future. I'm in my 20-something prime with an entry-level salary, and "grown-up" bills. So venturing into the couponing world just might be a good idea.

After my personal victory at the grocery store, I began looking up bloggers like the Krazy Coupon Lady and others, who are literally, crazy, crazy with power.

I felt a little of that power, and now I want more. I'm sure that's how these ladies started out.

I have a few friends and acquaintances that identify themselves as "extreme couponers," and what I've gleaned from them is it is hard work, but mostly worth the trouble.

My one goal is to take one good coupon-shopping trip, and walk out of the store with a refund. I've heard of it happening before.

But the sad truth is, we can't all be crazy coupon ladies, or gentlemen.

Rest assured, when I accomplish this feat, you, the Daily Sun News readers, will be the first to know.

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