Archive | June, 2011

Mis-Adventures in Couponing

28 Jun

Have you ever had one of those days where you are so exhausted (be it warranted or not) that it hurts to even sit? Yeah, I’m having one of those kind of days.

I’ve been trying to get into couponing, because money is tight, but I am just not getting the hang of it. Seriously, I am up to my eyeballs in coupons, I go to all of these frugal coupon-y websites, I scope out the ads and I just can’t seem to get $500 worth of groceries for $1.57. Is it just me? Like yesterday, for instance, I stopped at Kroger (one of our local grocery stores) to pick up a couple things that were on sale and that I had good coupons for. I had my list all planned out, coupons in hand, ready to save some money.  My plan was: bratwursts (on sale 2/$5, plus 2 $1/1 coupons for a total of $3/2 or $1.50 each), deodorant (on sale $2/1, 3 $1/1 coupons for a total of $3/3 or $1 each), cereal (no sale, no coupon, just the good ‘ole cheap-generic-giant-bag-o-cereal), and pasta (on sale 10/$10, 1 $1/2 coupon, 1 $.50/1 doubled coupon for a total of $1/3 or $.33 per box of pasta). Turns out, I didn’t read the sales paper closely enough and the bratwursts on sale were not the ones I thought were on sale, so even with the coupons they weren’t that good of a deal. I was annoyed, but still excited about the awesome deal on deodorant I was about to get (this is the only D.O. that doesn’t make my armpits itch, for some reason, so I was pumped about being able to stock up on non-itchy-arm-pit deodorant and not break my budget). That is, until I realized that the coupons I had were for a specific type of the deodorant, which just so happened to not be on sale. Grrrr. I was just this side of pissed off, so I just grabbed my cereal and pasta and peaced out.

I did get a pretty good deal last week, though: Powerade was on sale for $.59 at Kroger and I had 4 $1/5 coupons. Since Rob loves Powerade, I went ahead and bought 20 bottles of powerade, for a grand total of $7.80/20 or $.39 each. Rob said that in gas stations (where he used to buy a Powerade or Gatorade every day) the drinks could run upwards of $1.40, so in that scenario, I saved over $20 which isn’t too shabby.

I apologize for lack of depth in this post–I’m in a bit of a funk today. But, at least I wrote an entry, so that’s good, right!?

i. am. strugglin’.

25 Jun

oh, yes ma’am, I have been strugglin’ when it comes to blogging. In my defense, though, life has been pretty hectic.

– In April, I was offered a student affairs position at a BIG southern University (is it okay for me to say which one? maybe I’ll wait) which was AWESOME, because I had been unemployed for almost a year and was irr-i-tated about it. BUT the job started the first of May (and in a different state), so I had like 5 minutes to find an apartment, move, and get settled AND hubby-to-be had to quit his job, so money has been, well, non-existent (but that’s a whole ‘nother post).

– Said job isn’t quite what I thought it would be, but I’m making the best of it.

– Rob and I went home last weekend for his bachelor party, my (our?) bridal shower, and my bachelorette party. Fun was had by all, but I will say that bridal showers are kind of awkward. Or maybe its just me?

– Wedding is coming together (thank God, considering I’m getting hitched in t-minus 36 days. woot woot!!). Details to come.

– And, now, a promise:

I promise to be a better blogger.

I love blogs. Like forreals. Blogs are like self-help crack to me (wow that was an odd analogy. wait, is that even an analogy?) and I want to get in on that crack-y goodness, thus, I am going to blog. Really. I am going to make a list (oh how I love my lists) of blog topics/thoughts/ideas and by-God, I am going to blog. Cross my heart. Be prepared for random ridicularity (that’s how I roll) and, hopefully, coherence and relevance.

And on one final note, I will post a picture of Harley, because when all else fails, show off the fur-baby (please excuse the crappy quality of my droid camera):