Monday, February 8, 2010

Drug Store Delegate

The huz has always been frugal. According to the stories from his childhood, he was poor. He wore hand-me-downs, slaughtered cows and pigs, lived on hot dogs and beans, and did the bulk of his shopping at yard sales. This is only a half truth. His father was a union worker and there were rough times in their home during strikes and shut-downs but, for the most part, it was a relatively charmed life. The huz did not want for anything.

I have only recently discovered my frugal alter-ego. She was hidden, deep down, just waiting for me to let her out. All she needed was a push, which she got last March in the form of a couponing class. My frugal alter-ego, let's call her Shana, came out with a vengeance. Since then Shana has been saving money all over town and the Huz could not be more pleased.

Recently, Shana got a little overwhelmed with all of the work that goes into strategic shopping and decided, after much internal strife, to delegate the drug store shopping to the huz. To say that he has embraced this assignment would be the understatement of the century. Just last week, he went on a Walgreens tirade that ended up stocking our pantry with enough chips (18 full-size bags of various Lays) and soda (15 12-packs of Pepsi products) to last until the end of time. When it was all said and done, he paid less than a quarter each for all of these items. Yep, he's a savings prodigy.

**It should be noted that soda and chips are not something that we consume at the Hale house very often. We do, however, take them on our many Spring and Summer camping trips. Thanks to the huz, we shouldn't have to buy any of these items for the rest of the year.**

Shana is so glad she surrendered this task. It's a treat to see what the huz comes home with each week. His starting budget? About $5/week. This week he was asking me to look for polident coupons. Hmmm... could be interesting!

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