I have probably mentioned that with the purchase of our house came a tightening of the budget, which wasn’t a surprise. But when you go from spending $995 a month in rent to paying, ahem, quite a lot more in a mortgage, obviously some things just don’t make the cut. And I’m totally okay with that. Well, maybe not totally okay, but I understand that this is the way it is.
In our household, my husband goes out to work and earn money to support our family and we love him dearly for it. Although there are days that I would love to go out to work just to get out of the house, I know that my calling is to stay home with our children. So Handsome makes the money and I spend it Or rather, in this case, I save it!
I can’t for the life of me find my digital camera and the battery is probably dead anyway but if I could I would take a picture of the stuff I was able to buy tonight so you can see how much I got for how little. But I’ll give you a brief rundown.
At Rite Aid (for you overseas readers, this is like a larger pharmacy/drugstore which also has a very small food section and household stuff. Their normal prices are high but their sales are excellent. ) I spent $10.62 out of pocket but will receive back $4 in rebates, so I spent$6.62. With that I got the following:
- two bottles of shampoo, the really good kind
- two bottles of sunscreen, the spray kind that I like
- three regular bags of M&Ms (we use these for Cutie’s potty training)
- 20 count Electrasol gelcaps, which we use in the dishwasher. They work really well!
So, that was the first store. Almost no people there (it was 8:30pm) and the cashier didn’t blink an eye at the coupons I used which I thought might cause a problem. Nothing unethical, just a bit different.
At Walgreens (another large pharmacy type store), I spent nearly an hour going through the store just checking things out. Each store has a different way of doing things and I hadn’t been to this one yet.
My register receipt says that I spent $16.51 out of pocket, but I saved $43.66 using sales, manufacturer’s coupons, and store coupons. Remember, the regular prices are highly overpriced, but I still did really great considering what I got. But the best part was in the clearance section they had a gift pack with a really nice lady’s razor and refill cartridges, a loofah, and some moisturizing lotion priced at $4.99, which was half price. The razor itself is normally about $6. But I had a $4 coupon for the razor. Wasn’t sure if it would work because it was a gift pack but I told the cashier that we’ll just try it and see what happens. When she scanned the coupon it went through and I actually whooped out loud! Fortunately the store was empty because it was 15 minutes before closing time.
So I got some great stuff. Definitely don’t need more toothpaste, I think I have about five tubes in the cupboard. But when I get it for 50 cents a tube how can I pass it up?! I think what I’ll do is keep it for when we have guests. Or I can give it away. I don’t imagine it goes bad? Got a huge thing of bubbles so we’re set for a long time. Some school supplies. Good stuff.
Handsome has been encouraging me to do the coupon thing because he knows that deep down I really enjoy it. It does take time, but it’s kind of like a hobby. And I enjoy getting out by myself in the evenings. I don’t go far from home (except for that amazing diaper deal!). I didn’t want to go out tonight because I was tired and I didn’t think the deals were that great. But I’m so glad I did!
If you come to stay at our house, you don’t need to bring your toothpaste. I have lots to share