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: