I have jumped in head first to this couponing thing and it has really made a difference in our finances and our security. Besides being fun and giving me time to myself every weekend, I have noticed some big changes in my family since I started couponing.
First, my kids have boarded the coupon train and they are loving it. My 2 year old reminds me to use my coupons at the check out and brings me my coupon folders. My 3 year old is learning to be conscience of price. My kids have become more patient and willing to wait for a sale and a coupon before buying something they want. Instead of asking “Can we get these?” they ask “Do we have a coupon for these?” or “Are these on sale?”
At first I was just amused, as any parent is when their kiddos do something out of the ordinary that strikes you as cute. Then I started thinking about all of the educational benefits couponing was having on my kids. They were actually learning about money and responsibility. I’m not sure this is a lesson that I would have thought to teach my kids. I certainly didn’t learn these lessons from my parents. My parents always gave us everything we wanted, the whole time yelling about how broke they were. All of those mixed signals landed me in deep debt in my early 20′s. I didn’t want my kids to walk down the same tough road and it looks like couponing may have set us all on the right path.
Here are my tips for getting little ones involved in couponing and saving:
- Let the kids pick out a few items they want to buy and put them on a list. When new coupons come in, let your kiddos look through them to see if they can find one for their product.
- While shopping, have your kids look for sale signs. For younger kids, see if they can pick out the numbers on the sale signs.
- Buy kid scissors and let your kids practice cutting out coupons for their products.
- Once you have made your purchases, get your kiddos involved with creating recipes with the ingredients you have.
Nobody wants their kids to grow up too fast but getting them involved and teaching them valuable life skills can never start too early.
From the time we found out we were going to be parents, I wondered what this little person was going to be. What would their personality be like? Who would they become and what career would they choose? Over the past few weeks I have answered all of these questions about my daughter and the answer is…a SALESMAN!
She is the most persistent thing I have ever seen. She never takes no for an answer and she wants verbal commitment for any deal or offer. At just 3 1/2 years old, she will ride my ass in the sweetest, most polite manner. Let me give you an example…I give the kids a fruit snack around 2pm everyday while they watch their afternoon cartoons. When my daughter brings her empty package back to the kitchen she says “mom, can I have another fruit snack?” Me: “No honey” Her: “Later?” Me: “Not now!” Her: “right…not now…but later?”
I am convinced that she could sell ice to Eskimos…or at least get a commitment to buy. I was hoping for a doctor but now I think I better start pushing law school!
I would like to apologize for not having a big special post prepared. I actually have been putting off writing my 100th post because I didn’t have something big planned but I thought it would be pretty silly to let my blog die at 99 just because I didn’t have anything special to say…so here it is…
This is it! I made it to my 100th post and honestly I can’t believe it. When I started this blog last summer, I wasn’t sure where I was going with it and as you can read…I’m still not sure. However, I have kept at it and I am proud of that. You see, I seem to have this personality glitch where if I try something and I am not instantly wildly successful at it…I quit. My mom always tells me I thought I was supposed to by born knowing everything. I am not sure where blogging falls into this but I must like it enough to keep at it. Over the past 5 months I have had so much fun in the blogging world. I have done giveaways and got to try new products and even try products I already love. I have ”met” with some wonderful people out here in blog world and I am glad I have them around. Hearing their experiences has made mine seem not so crazy and unbearable. Raising kids is hard and stressful so it’s nice to know you aren’t alone in the crazy boat.
I hope I can continue to write and grow as a blogger. Here’s to 100 more!
Now, on to recapping the weekend. My aunt and her boy toy were in between cruises this week so we headed out to go airboating through the everglades. We had never been and that was mostly because I was deathly afraid of getting bugs on my face. The kids were very excited so I sucked it up and went. I actually really enjoyed myself! It was fun to zip through the water and when the alligator came swimming up to the side of the boat it was pretty awesome. Our driver was very nice and informative. I was constantly amused every time he said “these gators” with his very down south accent. While informing us about soft shelled turtles he said “That there is a good eatin’ turtle…if you like eatin’ turtle…” It was pretty funny.
The kids had a wonderful time looking at all of the animals and hanging out with their favorite aunt. After, boating we headed back to the house with a couple bottles of wine and some snacks to catch up. It was a great evening.
Sunday started with me heading into the coupon battle at 7 am. I love this time! I can get up, grab my stuff and head out for a morning by myself. I’ll tell you more about this in a later post. Sometime during the morning I was calling to brag about my loot to my mom when I discovered that when my phone “updated” to Froyo (I was in the first batch of people…lucky me…), I can no longer stay on a call longer than 20 seconds without my phone rebooting. Verizon informed me that they had seen this problem a couple of times today but nothing worked to fix it. They of course didn’t have my phone in stock so they were going to try their hardest to get one overnighted to me…but I would get a new one by Tuesday. While he was “trying” to fix it he managed to wipe out everything that was on my phone; email accounts, contacts, tweetdeck, my lovely Bella and Edward wallpaper and my message ringtone of Bella saying “You can’t run with vampires…they’re really fast.” I am trying to be patient…we’ll see how it goes.
Sunday afternoon brought about the dreaded hanging of the tv on
my our newly painted wall. There were a lot bad words flying around and when we finished hubby had really screwed up his back…BUT the tv looks amazing! It really opened up the living room and I am looking forward to not saying “Don’t touch the TV!!!” 500 times a day. Thanks to the hubby for doing such a great job!
Sunday evening we watched Inception. Well, I started on our taxes and went coupon hunting while we watched Inception…it was ok. Not bad but not great in my opinion. I would have rather watched Desperate Housewives…but that’s just me.
All together it was a nice weekend. I was exhausted by the end of it but I’m glad everyone had a good time. I hope you all had a great weekend and Happy Monday!
When it comes to parenting I tried to do everything exactly right. For the most part I succeeded. I didn’t use baby talk so the kids would have a good vocabulary, they have a regular bedtime which they never complain about, their teeth get brushed and they like to eat salad. All in all I have felt pretty good about their progression into people over the last 3 1/2 years.
There is one area though that I may have put off dealing with until last weekend. I let things go further than they should and now it was time for me to pay the price. Ansley has used a paci from the minute she arrived into this world. It was love at first sight for her. She was never without her paci. When she started getting older we banished the paci to her bedroom. She could only use it to sleep and nothing more.
Ansley will be four in June and we knew that it was time to give up the paci. For one thing, I was and still am convinced that it was actually keeping her up at night. She would lay awake at night sucking on the paci and not getting any sleep. If she doesn’t sleep then I don’t sleep and I was certainly over that.
I started telling her last week that the paci fairy let us know that she was next on her list. I explained to her that the Paci fairy takes the paci’s and gives them to all of the new babies at the hospital. She was behind this from the start and she was excited to put her paci’s in the envelope and seal them up…forever.
On Saturday night we decorated the envelope and we placed inside all four remaining paci’s. Then…we sealed the top. She was very excited about what the paci fairy might leave her and she was eager to get dressed and go to bed. This is when it hit her…she didn’t know how to go to sleep. She was so sweet when she said “but mom, I don’t know how to sleep without my paci”. I felt horrible for letting this go on for so long. So long that my almost 4 year old doesn’t know how to go to sleep.
I sat with her for a while that night and I let her talk about everything. She talked about shoes and birthday parties, her favorite kind of juice and our upcoming vacation. After some time she was ready to sleep. I left her in her bed and I never heard another peep until morning.
We did it! Well…she did it and she did it so flawlessly. I am so proud of my big girl. I thought this would be a battle of wills and I was hoping that mine could last. For three nights, we have all slept soundly with no mention of the paci’s.
The paci fairy left her a big girl purse and a jewelry box. She loves it! It’s the end of an era. The last hurdle is potty training the little man and then babies are gone. It’s the day we have been working towards and now that we are almost there…its a little sad.
I am so grateful for my little troopers who manage to stay functional despite my avoidance of parental responsibility. Love you kids!
I am pleased to announce the winners of the Purex giveaway! Thank you to everyone who entered and join me in congratulating Karyn over at Darby and Karyn, Kim C and Deb!
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Bottom line, I am 100% sold on this product. It is easy to use, smells great and left my sheets silky soft. Purex Complete Crystals have already made it onto the grocery list and that is a high honor in this house! They are currently stocked at Walmart and will be popping up all over town next month.
A few months ago I started and then quickly stopped couponing. I spent a fortune and only got junk food we never would have bought. I put WAY to much time into organizing them and not enough time trying to find a good deal. Of course since the Extreme Couponing show aired bloggers have been abuzz about couponing. I would be lying if I said this show didn’t get my couponing battery recharged. However, all of this couponing talk did get me thinking about couponing in a different way. Couponing not for the weekly stuff but for the big stuff. The items that take money out of the food budget. Items like toilet paper, paper towels, medicine and vitamins.
So, last week I decided to give it one week. I would try this new way of couponing, well new to me. If I saved a lot and got tons of stuff then I would keep at it. It I blew my money and we didn’t have any chicken to eat then I would give it up forever. I was gambling my grocery money on this plan and I was hoping it was going to pan out.
Pan out it did! In one weeks time, I have shelled out less than $50 and already my garage floor is covered. Hubby is going to get me some shelves this weekend. Honestly, and this is a little sad, but I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun. I thought maybe I would end up with a bunch of stuff that we wouldn’t use but I am stocked on some great, practical items that I paid pennies for. Items like toilet paper, oatmeal, cereal, smell good house spray, dishwasher soap and toothpaste.
It is completely silly but doing the couponing and having success with it is really filling a hole. It’s been hard to find something that is my own. A hobby that also benefits the family is just what I was looking for. It’s also funny how my new hobby has brought me out of my shell. I am normally a go with the flow type of gal. It’s not worth it to argue over stuff but when I’m trying to pay $1.00 for 24 rolls of toilet paper, then I’m not leaving until you print my Extra Care Bucks!!
I will be posting my list and my saving each week. I figured this would be a good place to keep track of my numbers. This is my formal apology to the couponing gods. I’m sorry I didn’t give you a chance in the first place. I won’t talk badly about you ever again…well unless you cost me a lot of money or I stop having fun. Oh and of course a thank you to TheKrazyCouponLady for turning my couponing around.
Happy Monday Everyone!