An open statement to extreme couponers: if you are going to take 15+ minutes to checkout and you see a struggling mom with two crazy kids whiz in behind you, kindly let her know that you might be a little while. It will be much appreciated. Seriously.
Today we were 'that' family. You know the one you look at and think to yourself, "can't that mother control her children?!" It was mortifying. I don't know what it was but they turned in to little monsters right as we got in to the grocery store. I've literally never whizzed through the store so fast before in sheer desperation.
The meltdown was in full blown glory and in my oblivious state of course I get behind the extreme couponer.
I've literally never seen someone with this many coupons. I mean she deserves some credit that she saved $110 on her grocery bill but, for the love, I would have loved to know that she was going to nit pick every other 3rd coupon.
As frazzled as I was we were in straight survival mode. Avett was hungry so he kept grabbing items off of the conveyer belt. But half of them were glass. The last thing I wanted was the glass jar of yeast to go plummeting to the ground. So it ticked him off he couldn't hold it and it was the only thing he wanted. Then he was squealing to get down out of the cart.
Of course every time he screamed Evaleigh cried that it was 'hurting her ears.' She was so fussy and so difficult I started twitching. I'm typically an extremely patient person. But with the combo of my crazy kids and the extreme couponer I was at the steam coming out of my ears level. Had I known the time it would all have taken I would have gladly gone to a different aisle.
The woman in front of me never said a word although she was clearly aware of the meltdown behind her. After we finished our checkout I dashed as quickly to the car as I could while scourering the parking lot for this woman.
I had a plan to calmly and kindly give her my above tip. She was obviously much faster at puting her groceries in the car than she was at paying for them.
Please forgive my snarkiness, it's not like me to get so upset. So, I'm going to go grab my Trader Joes chocolates and sit in the fetal position on the couch until my kids are up from their naps.
(The above picture was taken earlier in the day at Trader Joes which was quite the lovely stop. Even though they didn't have my coconut chips.)