So I don’t really like to brag – really. But I must say I feel a bit like this lady this year.
Not only am I done with Christmas shopping (a whole 15 days early), I am back on the coupon wagon. And every time I get a good deal, I say “BOOM!” in my head a little and imagine myself looking like that lady…I think I even have that sweater.
I was off the coupon wagon for a bit because it is time consuming and once you’re off, it’s hard to get back on and get organized again. It doesn’t help that I keep forgetting to get a Sunday paper. But now, me and coupons are tight again.
I was also assisted by my sister. She sent me a link for a $4 off coupon for a sweater at Target…the sweaters were on sale already for $8.99 – you guys! That’s a sweater (and a nice one) for $4.99! So I got two. Plus she sent me this link to a $10 gift card when you purchase $50 worth of stuff, which ain’t hard to do at Target. So I added a few necessities to my sweaters, like Aveno lotion for the kids (cause they both have exzema and it’s now winter) – which I also had store and manufacturer coupons for, thank you very much. It was a super sweet deal. And even though I’ve already said “BOOM!” in my head, I still feel the need to tell everyone who compliments me on my sweater that it was only $4! It blurts right out of my mouth. I can’t control it.
THEN, I got diapers at Babies ‘R Us with $5 off coupons AND got a $25 gift card. I’ve totally been buying our Christmas presents with the gift cards I’ve accumulated by watching the deals. OOOOO – I love it.
I had cut back on our eating out, but on Friday after my good deals at Target and Babies ‘R Us, we splurged and went to Chick-fil-a because I had accumulated 2 free chicken sandwich and 2 free chicken strips coupons….and also packed the kids drinks and sides…so maybe we didn’t actually splurge all that much. But we FELT like we did, so that’s nice.
This saving money, couponing, deal seeking stuff is a huge rush and completely addictive. And also completely necessary since we went WAY over budget in November – the sheer amount we spent on food last month is unspeakable. But that’s what happens when you fall completely off the coupon wagon and also eat out way more than we should because who can make dinner when there is a toddler hanging on your leg for all the hours of the day, especially when you’re in the kitchen and he senses that food is eminent.
But now I’m planning ahead for meals and planning to get to know my crock pot very well. I feel so very domestic. Saturday night (because we know how to party), we all straightened up the house and folded the laundry. Then after the kids went to bed, Russ and I made deviled eggs for a church lunch on Sunday and made a whole pot of chili soup to freeze (5 meals worth), AND I sewed the strap back on Taylor’s $.99 Christmas apron. Cleaning, cooking, and sewing…what is this? 1950? But I don’t care – I LOVED every minute of it – feeling productive, taking care of my family, and doing it all with the best partner in crime.