I feel like someone is playing a mean trick on me…

Well, I haven’t written in awhile.  Thankfully, my Aunt Seashell wrote today (check out her awesome blog here) about how she hasn’t written in awhile either, and it made me feel not so bad.  I’ve been battling the sickness back and forth with my kiddos.  My Big Girl and my Baby Girl both have been sick since last week.  And gross sick.  Big Girl has had strep for almost a week.  We found out last night her first antibiotic isn’t working.  She’s still running a 101 fever.  So today we were able to start antibiotic number two.  Hopefully this one helps.  So after almost a week with strep, she is also barking like a seal now when she coughs.  She had a field trip today at school, which she missed, because she couldn’t even go to school, due to the fever she was running – once again – this morning.

Baby Girl has been sick on and off since last week too.  She got real sick last week and was seen by the doctor.  They strep tested her on Friday after they found out Big Girl had strep, but Baby Girl’s came back as negative (woo hoo!).  The doctor said her disgustingness was likely due to either teething or a cold, either way, he couldn’t give her medicine due to the fact that she was only six months and had no signs of infection.  That was Friday.  Saturday and Sunday she took a turn for the worse.  Then of course Monday, she got miraculously better.  Today, again, worse.

I feel like someone is playing a mean trick on me.  I feel like someone is wondering when I’m going to give up, wondering how much more I can take or something.  It feels like someone is doing this on purpose.  It’s literally like one thing after another, with nothing going away, even with antibiotics, things are getting worse and not better.

Here it is, two in the afternoon, and I’m finally sitting down for the first time today.  I’ve done so much stupid work around the house.  I still have so much stupid work to do.  I still have sick children.  I have a boy coming home from school in an hour.  I have a husband with a super sale at work this week, meaning I’ll barely see him at all this week (I hate these sales because I never see him! But I do wish him the best of luck!), plus I have a TON of school work to get done…but what do I feel like doing?  Napping, couponing, catching up on the thousands of tv shows on my dvr…oh man how that would be WONDERFUL!!!!!  To not go fold laundry, to not go vacuum, sweep, mop, or clean bathrooms…any of it.  Oh the life I could dream about.

What am I talking about though?  This is the life I always dreamt about.  I’ve got it pretty damn good.  Even with sick kids and a hubby working hard all week.  At least I have a hard-working hubby and beautiful kids I actually care about taking care of when they’re sick.  And at least I have a house I can clean and clothes to put on our children’s backs.  That’s the good life.

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I told you I’m an addict!

Well, I’ve done it again.

I went couponing today.  I had to go to the store to get some things, but I used a ton of coupons on a bunch of other things too.  The rule I read when starting to learn to coupon was to forget everything you knew about shopping, because you’ll have to change the way you do it.  You change how and when you shop, along with what you shop for.  You no longer shop for what you want to cook, you cook with what you have shopped for (for free or really cheap!).  And so far, that’s worked for me.  I’ve realized we don’t need what we’ve always had.  New stuff can be fun too.  And we haven’t gone without or even started missing anything – not yet anyway.

Not only did I change what I’m shopping for for us to eat, I’m also changing what the dog eats.  He is an English bulldog that eats absolutely everything in site.  Nothing hurts his stomach.  I’ve said many times I’m surprised he hasn’t died after what he’s eaten.  Including full-size kid footballs – whole.  Without choking.  So I don’t think changing up his food will do much to him.  But we usually pay about $13 for a bag of his food – Pedigree something.  Or maybe Purina something.  I don’t remember.  Instead, I got three bags of Purina Beneful from Target today (priced normally at $5.49 for a 3.5lb bag).  I had $4.50 off coupons for each one.  (Well Target $2 coupons and $2.50 manufacturer coupons which equal $4.50 off a bag.)  So I paid $0.99.  For 3 bags.  I paid $2.97 for what I usually pay $13 for.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.

I got all of this for $25.44.  Included was:

3 bags of Purina Beneful dog food

2 Activia yogurt 4-packs

8 Yo-Crunch yogurts

1 Philadelphia Indulgence white chocolate yummy thing I can’t wait to try

1 KY jelly (I got paid to take this out of the store!)

1 Vaseline lotion (I got paid to take this out of the store too!)

24 Breathe Right strips 2-count

1 Starkist tuna pouch

2 Glade air expressions

1 Starbucks coffee – Caramel – yum 🙂

4 Colgate toothpastes

4 Olay soap 2-packs

3 Eggo waffle breakfast boxes

3 Country Crock butters

2 Philadelphia cooking creams

1 Kotex U pack

1 pack of soup

I don’t think that’s too bad for $25.44!  Not when I’m new to the couponing game!  But after only a few weeks of doing this, I’ve noticed I’ve only spent half of what I usually spend a week – over the span of 3 weeks now!  It’s an incredible amount of savings.  I’m so happy I’m taking the time to do this.  It really is making a HUGE difference in the amount of money I spend!  And now I’m actually paying attention to what things cost (when before I was just buying!) and I don’t want to pay full price for a lot of things anymore!  This is the first time in my life I’ve been happy to save money!

It’s an incredible feeling knowing I’m not blowing money at the store anymore.  I don’t feel bad leaving the store anymore either!  I used to walk out and be like “Oh crap!  How on earth did I spend that much money?!”  Now I walk out and I’m like “Damn!  How on earth did I save that much money?!” or “How did I walk out with all this stuff and only spend that amount of money?!”

It really is a good feeling 🙂  – I told you I’m an addict!

That’s what coupons are made for – so take advantage!

I’m a crazy psycho!

Seriously what the hell am I doing?!?!

I’m up at 5am – and just what the f— do you think I’m doing?!  PRINTING COUPONS!

What has my life turned into?!?!  I’m crazy.  Seriously, I’m a freaking whack job.  No wonder why my husband calls me crazy all the time.

I didn’t just wake up by myself at 5am to come down and print coupons.  I didn’t set my alarm for the middle of the night to come check facebook to see all the pages I follow for updates on coupons.  I didn’t want to sneak my computer upstairs in bed and not wake my hubby while I did this. I didn’t want to be awake doing this.

Baby Girl woke up screaming her head off like she had a bad dream!  Poor sweet girl.  So I went in and comforted her, and she calmed down, so I put her back in her crib to fall back asleep.  I didn’t think she would, so I stayed awake for a few minutes waiting to see what would happen.  I didn’t want to fall back asleep and immediately been woken back up, because that would’ve pissed me off real bad.  That’s just my temper and attitude though.  Not her fault.  I wouldn’t have been mad at Baby Girl, I just would’ve been mad I had just fallen back asleep and had to wake the f—back up.  Soooo I’m thinking Baby Girl wanted me to wake up and print coupons, so she had a nightmare I missed some and she wanted me to wake up and make sure I printed them.  Yep, that’s my girl!

So I got a free trial (or two maybe…) of contacts.  (Click here for a link to them!)  Which is awesome, because I need a backup pair.  I hardly wear them because I can’t see too well out of the ones I have, so I wear my glasses all the time now.  Which to me, sucks a big fat one.  I absolutely hate my glasses.  But I also hate not being able to see and having headaches every freaking damn day, so I wear my stupid sucky ball sack glasses so I don’t chop my damn head off from the headache I get wearing my contacts.

I also printed a ton of coupons from here, coupons.com.  The trick is, to always change the zip code to random ones, and you get chances to get different coupons, because different areas have different ones.  So I make sure I change the zip code all the time to get a bunch of different coupons to print!  I also got a free sample of Prilosec OTC.  Click here for one.  You can also get a free sample for SnoreX, (here) although it’s being a bastard for me, and I can’t figure it out, but I’d LOVE to get one, because the hubster snores.  I got all the way to the final page and it stopped working…so good freaking luck.

Anyway, enjoy you couponing freaks.