OK, so there are many people who swear by coupons and such. I hear stories of people who use so many coupons that the store owes THEM money at the end of check-out. How in the world? I can't tell you how many times I have tried to clip coupons and save money, only to save maybe a buck fifty, which really I didn't save anything since the Sunday paper cost me that much! So what am I doing wrong? Today I searched several sites recommended to me by a friend. These sites are dedicate to the coupon seekers, the freebie finders and the rebate queens. I even went to the sites they had linked, but ended up so frustrated. The site where you sign up for freebies was a waking nightmare. I had to accept or decline a slew of "offers" and I don't even think I ever got to the end, so I don't suppose I'll get any freebies. It reminded me of when I tried to win all four or five seasons of 24, but never finished the mountain of offers, and I somehow ended up being a member of a dumb DVD club that obligated me to buy a certain number of DVD's at a "discount" and I still didn't get 24 because I never got to the end of the survey or whatever you wanna call it (whew! how's that for a run-on sentence?). Another freebie site wanted me to give them the names and e-mails of four friends. I didn't want to do that, because I wouldn't want someone giving out my information that would lead to extra junk e-mail in my inbox. Alas, no freebies there either. Another thing, I always find the store brand even cheaper than the name brand item with the coupon. Also, most of the items that have coupons, we don't use. I guess it's hopeless in my case. The only way I'll be able to save money is when it's gardening time again. I already miss the fresh vegetables.