Chapter 10: I’m A Retail Guinea Pig
My wife and I married young which means we have both grown a lot during our time together. When we were newlyweds she had to adjust to reality of living with a man and at the start of our marriage neither one of us were very good cooks. My stomach remembers the good meals she tried to make and my bowels the bad ones. After a few years of trial and error she became an excellent cook and I even managed to pull off a few more recipes of my own. I thought those early days of hearing “Just try it, it’s good” were over. I was wrong.
Manufacturers make coupons for a myriad of reasons. Sometimes it’s to compete, other times to clear inventory off shelves, but a lot of the time it’s to get people to try their new products. These new items are almost irresistible to a new couponer and still often tempting to my wife. My wife mostly now only gets things she knows we’ll eat as a family, but this wasn’t always the case back in her beginning coupon years.
Back in those early days she couponed anything and everything. The flavor of the bag of chips didn’t matter, only how many dozen she could pick up. Suddenly all the different coupon items in my house became very strange and exotic. Have you ever tried to eat raspberry bacon lemon fiber bars? When confronted by myself and my picky eater children she finally spoke those long forgotten words, “Just try it, it’s good.”
Every man and stomach has its breaking point. She couldn’t coupon for enough Pepto-Bismol to stop the pain coming from eating every weird and wacky flavor imposed on the American consumer. After a while she agreed to stop using us as experiment family X and began to slowly introduce new products into the house. As for what happened to those now extinct salad dressing flavors, well let’s just say the local food drives got a little more than they planned for.
Read the next Chapter #11: Bigfoot, Lochness Monster, and Male Couponer
So I Married a Couponer is a fun series about an average man trying to deal with being married to an extreme coupon shopper. His story must be told.
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