We started out at Walgreens, which of course only had 1/2 of what I had planned to get. It took me a second trip back into the store to finish my transactions properly. God bless the Redbox machine and an in-van DVD player for keeping the children busy for the bargain price of $0 (sign up with Redbox to get a text message for a free rental code the first Monday of the month).
Next it was on to IHOP for supper. We are working VERY hard to save money right now, so I'm sure you're thinking that was silly. However, we joined the IHOP Pancake Revolution recently. This afforded us one free adult meal and a free birthday meal for our oldest. The two littler boys split a kid's meal, which only left us with one adult meal purchase. We saved several dollars by drinking water, and walked out paying $14.96 with the tip. I don't think that's too bad for a family of five with full bellies!
My husband gritted his teeth as we pulled into Dillon's for the next stop. But I had coupons paired with sales burning a hole in my big java-blue purse, and it didn't make sense to waste gas coming back later & potentially missing the sale by week's end. He of course waited a little more in the van with the Three Musketeers.
As if that stop wasn't enough, I pushed my luck, requesting we make one final detour to Target before driving home and calling it a night. "Do we really have to do this tonight? Exactly when do your coupons expire, Mary?"
"Yes, we really do. I can't take all three boys myself, it would be a waste of gas, and they may be out of batteries before I can get back by myself. Pleeeease?"
I know I have the best husband, because he did so without turning red or making any growling noises. He even offered to help with taking pictures and putting together this blog entry when we got home, in addition to reading stories to the boys and helping tuck them into bed (with a smile). All of my work may be worth loads of money someday, but the patience and love of my Ben is absolutely priceless!!!
For a breakdown to help you save, see my upcoming posts for all three stores.
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