How’s that for an all-encompassing title?
Today Precious and I started working through “Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons”. And yes, it really is easy. And she already knew the first lesson, but we reviewed. She was keen to go on, but I was keen to have a nap and the introduction warns about going too fast. We also started Handwriting Without Tears, which is super duper cool and she was eating it up. I went ahead and did two lessons, even though I had planned on doing only one. So far, so good.
Tonight, after Handsome came home from music practice at church, I left to go to Vons to get some free toothpaste. It’s on sale for $1 a tube and I had a coupon for $1 off one tube of Colgate, so I got some free toothpaste While I was there I was just wandering the aisles to see what I could see. I knew that they had a few good sales and I had brought my coupons (I have a filing system that’s portable). Let me point out that I did NOT have a list. I broke my cardinal rule of going to the supermarket without a list. Bad, Michele, bad! This could have been a budget nightmare, but it worked out in the end.
Here in America they have these little coupon dispensers randomly placed throughout the store that will spit out a coupon for a product that is nearby. In the produce/deli section there was a coupon for $1 off a deli sandwich package, so you can put your own sandwich together. It includes a fancy roll, some mayo and mustard, cheese, meat. It’s normally priced at $3, which would be insane. It was marked down to $2 and there was a coupon for $1 off. I was enticed by the flash packaging and thought it would be great for Handsome to take to seminary on Monday, since I have to pack three meals for him to take. Okay, folks, let’s think about it. I just paid $1 for a sandwich that I could have made for much, much less. And of course mine wouldn’t have come in plastic packaging that will never biodegrade. Oscar Meyer sure knows a sucker when they see one.
There were a few incidents like this during my shopping expedition, but there was one really big whopper of disaster that fortunately never eventuated. They had a deal going where if you bought 10-14 particular items you got $5 off. If you bought 15-20, you got $10 off and if you bought 25-30 you got $20 off. And of course they weren’t generic items. I thought it would be cool to see if I could get 10 items, using my coupons, so I’d get the $5 off. I managed to get up to 7 when Handsome rang to say that the baby wasn’t sleeping and could I please come home as soon as possible. (He spends his evenings studying now) So now I was in a bit of a rush. I didn’t want to just randomly buy overpriced products (I would much rather plan out my overpriced purchases - more rewarding that way) but I really wanted to get up to 10 products. So I went back to the cake mix section where they had some good sales happening for items that I would actually use. I don’t normally buy cake or muffin mixes, but they do have some good muffin mixes that I wouldn’t normally make at home. So I got three more of those (I only had one coupon) and went to checkout.
As I had wandered through the store and found items for which I had coupons I would stick the coupon in my pocket so I wouldn’t forget it. When I got to the checkout I had a wad of coupons. I put all my stuff on the conveyor belt and proceeded to unwad my coupons. Turns out I saved $10 in coupons, which is really good. But I didn’t get the $5 off for buying ten of the featured products. The checkout guy didn’t have a clue what I was talking about and the manager came over straight away. She took one look at my receipt, which had discounts all over the place, and took me over to an empty register. She said that this is one of those promotions that someone at Corporate thought would be a good idea but in practice is impossible to figure out. She said “Let’s save ourselves some grey hairs. Here’s $10 back.” And she gave me ten dollars!! So, although I bought a few things that I wouldn’t normally buy, I definitely got some good deals. This is what I got for a total of $31.43:
- 6 2-packs of Gerber baby food
- 4 boxes of Betty Crocker muffin mix
- 1 package of Betty Crocker cookie mix (with sprinkles and sparkly things - the girls will love it)
- a huge thing of gum for Handsome
- 2 big bags of tortilla chips to take to a party tomorrow night
- 10-pack of individual bags of Teddy Grahams. The girls love these and I only use them when we need a snack to distract
- Quaker Rice snack things that I discovered yesterday and I wanted to try a new flavour
- Tide Stain on the go thing. I have a thing with stains. They don’t like me.
- Dial body wash, a big honkin’ one
- Colgate (this was free!!)
- chicken caesar salad to go thing, bought with a coupon for just 99 cents
- the sandwich in a box thing, which I’m a bit sheepish about
- 4 lbs of individually frozen chicken breasts
- salad mix, bought for 50 cents after coupon
I realise this isn’t like the best deal ever, but considering that I almost had to pay $41 for all of that, I’m pretty excited that I only had to pay $31 for it. Of course, considering that most of it is stuff that we don’t even need to eat, it’s not much of a savings after all But I won’t think about that.
And finally, to make a long post even longer, I got home and my son, who is six months old at the end of the week, is smiling at me over Handsome’s shoulder as if to say “Tired? What’s that?” I have finally gotten him to sleep and I am PRAYING that he sleeps through the night. I mean like all the way to 7am. The boy has never done it. Not once in his entire life has he slept through the night and I believe it’s about time!
So if you got to the end of the post, please leave me a comment and I might just send you a coupon I collected quite a few from those little dispensers tonight.