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If I Could Be a Superhero, I would be..."Grocerywoman"

Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Grocerywoman per chance?!!!

Grocerywoman per chance?!!!

I feel so bad when I hear people complain about the cost of groceries and how they can't afford to feed their families. I feel worse when I realize there is a whole world out there who doesn't know how to save money on their groceries using coupons, sales, buying store brands, etc.

If I could be a superhero, I would want to hang out in grocery stores with a funky cape and cool skirt and top with lots of pockets so I could follow people around and hand out coupons to them for items they have in their carts already. I would jump out from behind cereal displays with coupons in hand, or pop out of those great walls of Pepsi they have stacked up six feet high and give shoppers coupons on their products. I would stand out at the entrance of the store, looking surprisingly sexy and cute in my tights and short skirt, with all the pockets full of coupons and store flyers with the deals circled to hand out to all the sad people coming into the store. Once they saw me and got handfuls of savings, they would walk into the store smiling and realize that they can save money if they just pay attention and put a little work into watching for sales and combining every sale on an item with the coupon to double their savings. And when they needed an item that was not on sale, or there was not an available coupon for it, they would heed my words and remember to check the price of the store brand of the item they needed. If I were this superhero, "Grocerywoman" I would have a coupon bin in every grocery store, department store, and pharmacy, where people could check for the coupons they needed before going into the store, to save money once they got into the store with their shopping list. I would fly from city to city ( with my superhero flying powers of course) to hold coupon classes in libraries and church basements, spreading the word about how to save money and not let families go hungry because they can't afford to grocery shop. I would go to all the ends of the earth, where coupons are used of course, and teach these classes. And I would teach social service agencies and churches how to organize their members into coupon savers and have them meet to compare notes and share coupon fliers so as a group they could begin to get deals on food and add this food to their food pantries and have more to share with those who have not learned how to save...yet. I would make sure that members of these same social service organizations and churches in big cities from New York to Los Angeles, and from Chicago to New Orleans would learn to be Coupon Kings and Queens so that no one would ever have to go hungry again. IO would fly to the poorest areas of the Appalachians and the coldest parts of Alaska, and teach people how to save money and share savings resources. Instead of fighting crime, I would fight hunger.

And as people would see me fly by, they would say, with a smile, and a full stomach, "There goes Grocerywoman....helping to feed the world one family at a time." Yes, if I were a superhero, I would be "Grocerywoman."

When I worked in a grocery store as a Consumer Advocate 10 years ago, I was fortunate to be able to teach these classes and hand out coupons to customers for items that were already in their cart. The store owner did let me teach classes in his store about how to save money, and it was a wonderful experience to be able to help people learn these skills. He also had a coupon bin built so people could drop off their unused coupons and go through the coupons others had dropped off to see if there was anything they could use. The owner of the store retired, and I was no longer able to keep that position. Although this was an attempt at a funny description of a dream of mine, I would like to do this because so many families, especially children, would not have to go to bed hungry. If any of you know of a cape, a cute outfit with big pockets, and some magic flying powers to help me accomplish my dream, please let me know!


For More information on Saving money at the Grocery Store:

  • Start a Coupon Group in Your Town
    Sharing coupons with friends through a coupon group can save more money by providing you with specific coupons for the products you buy. Here are some tips to help you start a coupon group in your town.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Karen Hellier


Jolene on May 22, 2014:

Would your Super power be setting feminism back?

Bradrick H. from Texas on October 23, 2012:

A superhero named "Grocerywoman". I definitely like this name. Very creative and humorous article Karen. It's so sad that so many are facing the struggles of hunger in this country. Someone like a you(Grocerywoman) is definitely needed. I enjoyed reading your hub. Job well done ma'am.

blindbias from Baton Rouge on October 19, 2012:

I myself fail to use coupons and just shop specials that I can see in store, such as buy one get one free or similar. Most weeks we will use the circulars to see if there's specials on something we need, boneless chicken breasts or steak, for example.

My rationale for not using coupons is simple, my time is money. I am a global manager for a Fortune 500 company, and also work from home as a web developer for my family in the evenings. The time I look for coupons could be spent on either job, or takes away from what little time to relax I do have.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on October 16, 2012:

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Your enthusiasm for my alter ego has me running out to shop for my superhero cape! Thanks so much. You've made my night. If you keep the coupons in your car, they won't be so far away when you go to the store! Of course if you get into the store without them, you may not want to run out to get them...but think of all the cash you'll save if you do! Thanks for your wonderful comments.

Mary Craig from New York on October 16, 2012:

Oh Grocerywoman, what wonderful thoughts! I do coupon but then have a habit of leaving them home. I have relatives that get their groceries for practically nothing!

Keep spreading the word...we need to be reminded.

Voted up, useful, and interesting. Hurray for Grocerywoman!!

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on October 14, 2012:

Thanks quildon. It's not enough though. People still go hungry every night, or children go to school with nothing in their stomachs. Grocerywoman would not stop till no one in the U.S. goes hungry! I don't know about coupon use in other countries so I don't know if Grocerywoman could help worldwide!

quildon on October 13, 2012:

You don't need the cape or the pockets. You've already done a lot of good reminding people that their food cost does not have to be astronomical. I will check back for your links. Voted useful and funny.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on October 13, 2012:


Will be adding more links to this hub soon...all about coupons. Thanks for dropping by.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on October 13, 2012:


Thanks for the Grocerywoman cheer!

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on October 13, 2012:

I know...I can't believe the number of people who think using coupons is a waste of time. I think, and we who use coupons all know, that to NOT use coupons is a waste on money. I will be linking this hub to some other hubs I have written about coupons. Thanks for dropping by.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on October 13, 2012:


Thanks for your vote and for stopping by.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on October 13, 2012:


Yes, couponing is very contagious once you start and realize how much money you can save. And once you have a stockpile going, it's amazing to see how it cuts down on your grocery bill. Thanks for stopping by. I have some other coupon hubs you might want to check out. I haven't linked them to here yet, but I will soon.

Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on October 12, 2012:

I start couponing and stockpiling over a year ago and I will never stop! Voted up.

GlstngRosePetals from Wouldn't You Like To Know on October 12, 2012:

Great fun hub with alot of insight Voted up!!

Lena Kovadlo from Staten Island, NY on October 12, 2012:

There are many people out there who don't bother with coupons. They are just too lazy to look through the circulars or online or in newspapers, etc. for deals and savings... And in the end they end up wasting away money...

I find your hub interesting and useful. It is also filled with humor and with much to ponder about. Thanks for sharing.

beverlyfaye on October 12, 2012:

Great idea. Go Grocerywoman!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 11, 2012:

Great! Thank you for sharing

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on October 11, 2012:


Cute slogan. I will keep it in mind for my surperhero career! It is sad to me that anyone goes hungry in our country as well as the world. I really wish there was a way to help others learn these valuable skills.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on October 11, 2012:

Karen - Such a humorous touch to an important problem, fast becoming an epidemic.

Your slogan for Grocerywoman could be: "For the fight of truth, justice and food for your tummy, ensuring value and taste so yummy."

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