Saturday, May 1, 2010
Family Coupon Outing
I'm sure most people would call this crazy, but I took all five kids (and Teddy B, the Kindergarten bear that's visiting our house for the weekend) on a coupon mission. Husband was out of town, so I was the lone adult.
Yesterday was 4/30, the last day to use quite a few coupons in my stash. I saw this post from Pocket Full of Coupons (thanks!) and that was all it took-I was off! I'd been trying to use those darn Seattle's Best latte coupons for a month! Obviously free coffee is a bonus anytime, but I happened to have sixteen of those coupons (thanks Joelle) that would make my 16 coffees free!
So, since I still consider myself in the learning stages of couponing, I decided to make the outing an adventure, a hunt for the coffee. I also told them they could each pick out a box of Cheez-Its at Albertons if they were good at Safeway, where the coffee was (if that seems like a lame 'treat', first of all, my kids all love Cheeze-Its, and second, when you have a bunch of kids on a limited income, you're getting out of debt, and on a budget, simple treats go pretty far) It took our third Safeway for us to finally find the coffee in stock, and we were able to use all 16 coupons!
Let's just say the Philly fam was high-fives all around in the parking lot! I was on a coupon high, and the kids were wanting all that coffee, which I nixed all requests-like taking all my kids wasn't busy enough, I couldn't imagine them jacked on caffeine on top of that!
Unfortunately, when we got to Albertson's my coupons wouldn't match up right for the Cheez-Its, but the kids took it well. I wasn't about to pay $1.50 for the small box, and my kiddos pretty much know Mama doesn't pay full price for anything. But I did get them Head and Shoulders (it was actually a request from two of them) after it was determined that last week my 9 year old son was using Axe body wash on his hair for the last couple of months and creating his own dry scalp. My 13 year old daughter is horrified that her younger brothers use Axe! You know, those racy commercials? If you use Axe, you're supposed to be a babe magnet?
Anyway, it was a fun trip, and completely worth all the work!