Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The school year is coming to a close, my students and I are smack-dab in the middle of semester exams, my 6-year-old son graduates from Kindergarten on Tuesday, May 26th, and my 3-year-old is finishing her first week of real homework from pre-school. Two more "showings" of our Pensacola home scheduled for tomorrow and only two more weeks until move day! Private swim lessons are in full swing, as well as finishing my final days of water aerobics instruction at the Downtown YMCA.

Due to it being Friday, that also means I need to get my coupons and grocery trip to Target planned. As a working mom, week days are so extremely busy and exhausting that I typically don't even sit down and look over the week's sales and coupon match-ups until now....or Saturday morning. Then, sometime mid-Saturday, I pile all three kiddos in the car and we make our journey to Target.

I LOVE TARGET. A savings of 50% is my typical average there when buying groceries, baby supplies, household items, etc. Sometimes, when I have more time to dedicate to planning and matching coupons, I'll save 65-70%, sometimes even more. I've saved so much since I began couponing in October/November 2011 prior to the birth of my now-3-year-old daughter.

It was in October 2011 that I awoke around 5am to a feeling that made me feel quite queasy and off-center. I knew something was wrong. No, I wasn't in labor. My water didn't break. I immediately checked my cell phone. My heart dropped. My husband had been in a car accident. He was okay enough to text and let me know he had been hit on his way to work (he was a truck driver and would typically leave home around 4:15am), but I didn't know details and he wasn't answering his phone. I knew God would watch over him and keep him safe, so I did what any working mom/teacher had to do. I got my son ready for pre-school and went to work with worry in my stomach and constant prayer going through my head. It was, on that day, while nearly 9 months pregnant, that I became the sole income for our family.

In order to make ends meet, I adjusted our expenses quite a bit. No longer did we have a second vehicle, due to my husband's SUV being totaled in the wreck (he was t-boned and essentially the direct line of impact), so that meant one less car insurance payment each month. I cut back our cable and my husband's dearly beloved ESPN. Yes, I know. Terrible, but completely necessary. On a positive note, I was be able to have my husband stay at home with our new baby and 3-year-old, rather than have two children in daycare. This was a huge plus. I also picked up more evening shifts at the Y. Thank goodness I had my part-time job, in addition to my full-time job. Otherwise, our finances would have been MUCH worse. This is also when I REALLY started couponing, which leads me to where I am now. :)

Coupons to Print Today:

$1.00 off Any Three (3) Happy Baby pouches $1.00 off (2) Gerber or Gerber Graduates food $0.40 off 1 International Delight Coffee Creamer $0.50 off ONE (1) package of HUGGIES Wipes  

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