I Don’t Want To Give Up My One Adult Luxury

But it looks like I’m going to have to figure out coupons after all

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Photo by Karolina Grabowska: https://www.pexels.com/photo/cash-inside-a-tiny-shopping-cart-5632371/

When you were little and went grocery shopping with your mother (I almost wrote “parent” there, but who are we kidding, if you’re Gen X, only your mother went to the supermarket), did she have a little file folder filled with clipped paper coupons?

Mine did.

Oh, how I hated that coupon folder. I came from a large farm family, and even though we grew or raised a shocking amount of our own food, it still took a long time to grocery shop for eight people. It took a long time to find what everyone needed for school lunches, buy snacks and drinks for any farm workers we might hire over the summer, and try to remember what my mom needed but that she had probably forgotten to write down on her list.

Add to the time that took the time it took to search for a coupon for every single purchase — and then you’ll know why grocery shopping trips in my family were an endurance sport.

My one goal for my adult life

Lack of gratitude has never really been my problem. I knew then and I know now that buying food in the grocery store (and having sufficient money to do so) is an absolute gift.

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"Money makes people lose their humanity." from Zeke Faux's "Number Go Up: Inside Crypto's Wild Rise and Staggering Fall"