Thursday, April 30, 2009

Highlights of the day

First a little humour. I think God has a wicked sense of humour; really I do. Today when saying my morning prayers, I asked Him to help me be more patient with my children, as lately I feel I've been kind of short tempered..... Well, He seems to like finding ways to let me test out that desire.

Imagine my surprise when I came in from mowing the law (I hate mowing the lawn, it's on a hill and I'm six months pregnant!!!) and found that the older kids had taken my entire sugar canister, dumped it on their bedroom carpet, and then driven their cars all through it.

Yup... definitely giving me a chance to practice patience!

On a completely different track. As most of you have figured out from my random postings of free samples and coupons, I like coupon clipping. I like saving money. I am however pretty new at it....I am always tickled when I can save myself 30 or so bucks on discounts and coupons, but am in constant awe of woman who can get 200 dollars worth of groceries for 25 bucks. I have a long way to go from that, but today I want to share my small triumph.

I sat down for about an hour and clipped coupons off various sites and pulled out ones that are generated with receipts at stores I then looked at the weekly specials for our local store and was ready to roll. Realising though that coupon shopping is an arduous task since you have to find very specific items, I waiting until after the kids were all in bed to venture forth to the market.

Now, I won't give you item by item savings; it'd just be too darn long! I spent about as much as I normally spend without coupon clipping and got triple the amount of food. What's more I bought more brand name items this time then I can recall ever buying in a single shopping trip EVER.

All and all I spent 188 dollars....and saved, using my club card and coupons: $80.91.

What's even better is that, in addition to that savings I got more coupons for our next trip, and a coupon for and instant $10 off my next purchase of $10 or more. I have been wanting a Swiffer wet jet for a while now, to help keep my floors clean daily, and right now at our Safeway it's 40% off for $17.99. That means if I went and got it tomorrow with my coupon I'd be getting a product that is regularly $34.19 for $7.99!!!

I don't know what it is, but there is something about being able to get this much stuff, and know I saved a great deal of money for my family, that makes me happy!

From groceries

1 comment:

Danna said...

Great Job. I wish I could do that. That is alot of $$ saved.
I would have to agree with you on being careful what you ask for. Especially patients. Maybe reverse psychology ?