It seems like an easy enough transformation, from box to binder, right?
Then why am I sighing loudly in exasperation and frustration?
I had the businesslike binder. Bought binder dividers and plastic sleeves to organize the coupons into.
Then I got started.
It wasn’t long before I was cramming coupons into those little pockets. Then folding them. Who wants folded coupons? I can’t even see the expiration dates on them when they are folded!
And what do I do with this huge stack of coupons that had been stuck in the front of my coupon box, the ones that hadn’t been filed yet? I usually sit and file in the car while David drives to Dubuque or Cedar Rapids. Where do I put those unfiled coupons in a binder? I sat and grumbled my way through two hours of filing, and I still have a pile of coupons to cut, and half a box to organize. I’m supposed to go shopping today to use those three $10 catalina coupons at Walgreens. I’ve gone too far to back out and put everything back in my box, but I’m not organized enough to shop with the binder yet. Does that mean I have to waste a good three hours organizing while my children are in Vacation Bible School this morning? A morning I was going to spend writing? And, gee whiz, don’t they make plastic dividers so the paper doesn’t rip with me flipping pages back and forth? Or plastic holders with bigger pockets?
They do indeed.
I just put in an order on eBay, raising my cost of this %#@* coupon binder to well over $20 now and making me wonder if the final product will be worth it. And it all started innocently enough, when I spotted the nice black binder case at a thrift store… Just like the time I bought a sign for my wall and then had to paint and redecorate around it.
Will I like the binder when (if) I ever get it completed? Will it be worth it?
I’ll let you know in Part III of our installment on the transformation of Coupon Queen Mary.