Ok, that wasn't exactly the end. I did conduct a successful hunt for my old coupon organizer. It still held usable coupons for diaper medicine from when my oldest (now 20) was born and a couple for Charleston Chews and Crunch & Munch from packages of Halloween candy bought in Kentucky in 1991 (just a guess). This should've been a sign of things to come. I transferred them to a new and cheerily striped organizer, tucking the newly clipped coupons in there as well. I do like to be organized!
My cousin mentioned that she found many of her coupons online, so I joined the Couponing Blondes (or whatever). I printed out a coupon for Listerine and a Pyrex measuring cup. I couldn't tell you where that mouthwash coupon ended up, but the measuring cup coupon expired ... last month, I think.
Unless this family starts using a plethora of name brand products or decides to make freezer room for 5000 cartoons of ice cream or someone starts issuing coupons for produce at the farmer's market, I don't see my coupon neglecting ways ever getting me to the ranks of "extreme" like those folks I've heard about on tv. Then maybe I'm just inventing my own type: Extremely Lax Couponing. Still, as I have a growing teenage son, I'm not giving up completely. Save those granola coupons for me!