Cutting the Apron Strings
Above is my baby, my only baby… Alex. In one month Alex will be graduating High School and will be starting college in Fall. I honestly can not tell you were the time has gone, It seems like just yesterday his Father and I were taking him to his first day of Kindergarten.
Well, the time has come to let him spread his wings and fly and start a whole new chapter in his life, Time for Mom to “Cut those Apron Strings.” Am I ready for this? NO, If it was up to me, I would be tucking him in my Apron Pocket and keeping him there FOREVER!
I have gradually been trying to prepare myself for this for the last few years. But guess what? IT HAS NOT WORKED! As the months have been passing, it is not getting any easier, and now that it is ONLY A FEW MONTHS AWAY, it is getting really hard!
Now…You would think he is going hours, or even a state away…he is not, he will only be about 25 minutes from home, which is STILL NOT MAKING IT ANY EASIER.
His father and him like to joke with me about it, seeing as I have informed them talking about it is “Against the Household Rules,” Which actually charges them all the more to see my reaction. Just little things through out the weeks, like “Alex you should take that for your dorm room” from his Dad, or “Mom I will miss your cooking every night.” from Alex. (Now this would be sweet in most cases, but this is him being a little pain in the butt because when it comes to cooking, I am no Rachel Ray.)
I have ALWAYS been very involved in Alex’s life, and I will be the first to admit, sometimes to involved. I am one of those Mama Bear’s who is VERY PROTECTIVE of my cub, I always have been and ALWAYS will be! I always know where he is, who he is with, and what he is up to. I was one of those Mom’s who would have wrapped him in bubble wrap if I could have. He did not learn to ride his bike until he was almost eight because I was afraid he would hurt himself, YUP that is me!
When we went for his orientation we were told “DO NOT call them, let them call you!” The moment they said this, My husband and Alex both looked at me. I am pretty sure I even laughed out a little giggle at this thought, I can GUARANTEE YOU that will not be the case! lol.
How am I going to handle this? I am not sure yet…But I do not really have a choice do I? I am sure there will be A LOT of tears, A LOT of phone calls, and A LOT of Dinner Visits up in Oshkosh!
What do I know? I know I have one AMAZING teenager, who if still attached to my “Apron Strings” or Not is going to turn out to be one AMAZING Man someday. The string on the Apron may be getting much longer, but it will always be there, because he will ALWAYS be my baby!
Do you buy your groceries as you need them? Or do you shop your stores Sale Cycle? Have you noticed in your couponing efforts, certain coupons come out at certain times of the year? This is a GREAT example of how the stores sales run also. Certain sales, at certain times of year!
If you understand how the Stores Sales Cycles work which usually pair up pretty good to the Coupons that are released, you will be able to build a nice stockpile in no time!
Currently as I type this, It is almost Summertime, Which means Coupons for Condiments are coming out soon, (Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, Mustard, etc.) which is good for my family, because we only have three bottles of BBQ Sauce left from last Summer. Did I mention all the BBQ Sauce I bought through out last summer I did not pay ANYTHING for, and in fact many were $$MoneyMakers$$ when I paired a good sale with a Doubled Coupon.
YOU CAN DO THIS ALSO! Start shopping the Sales/Coupon Cycles and you will save a GOOD AMOUNT on your Groceries each year!
January: January is usually the Month for Diet and Health and Wellness! You will see a lot of Diet Foods, Granola, Vitamins, etc. January is also Super Bowl, Which means you will find Coupons for Dips, Chips, Crackers, etc. With it being the Winter Months, you will also still see Hot Beverage Coupons, like coffee, tea, hot cocoas, and so on.
February: February is a HOT MONTH! Valentines Day, National HOT Breakfast Month, and National Canned Food Month! Expect to find Chocolate Coupons, Waffle, Breakfast Sausages, Aspirin, and lots and lots of Canned products, Fruits and Veggies especially.
March: March is National Frozen Food Month and time for SPRING Cleaning! You will find a large variety of Frozen Meal Coupons, Pizza, Frozen Veggies, Popsicle and More. You will also find many Cleaning Supply Coupons and sales to match. GREAT time to stock up on these if you have the room! Watch your sales, and you can get them for next to NOTHING!
April: April is a little slower when it comes to coupons! You will see some Egg Coupons, Candy Coupons, Organic Foods and Kosher product coupons, but when it comes to April, it is a slower month for Coupons.
May: MAY IS HOT! You will start to see the Condiment Coupons, Sun lotion Coupons, Bug Spray Coupons, Soda and bottle water coupons, WAIT THERE IS MORE… Hamburger and Brat Coupons (Grilling time) baked beans, hot dogs, paper and plastic plate coupons! You get what I am saying! It is also Cinco De Mayo, so watch for Tortilla and Salsa Coupons. I LOVE MAY COUPONS!
June: June is National Dairy Month. It is time for Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream, cottage cheese, and many, many more. These items are a little harder to stockpile…but REMEMBER you can freeze Milk and Cheese!
July: July is a continuation of June. A LOT of meat coupons, condiment, items like that. GREAT time to have a FoodSaver on hand!
August: August means BACK TO SCHOOL, which means you will find GREAT Sales on School Supplies and even Coupons to use on them! At these prices it is the perfect time to stock up for the year! Let’s face it, those pencils the kids go through FAST! Back to school also means “Lunch box” items go on sale! Juice boxes, Snack Packs, Peanut Butter, Fruit Snacks, and so on.
September: September is a continuation of Augusts Back to School sales, AND lets add Tomato Items. Spaghetti Sauces, Soups, Canned Tomatoes. Time to stock up for those colder days and be ready to make Spaghetti and Chili!
October: October means it is time to get ready for the baking season! During October you will see lots of Sugar, Flour, baking powder, baking soda, etc. Coupons. You will also start to see Gravy Coupons, Stuffing Coupons, more of these starting to pop up.
November: November is the time for Seasonal Sales and Coupons. Baking items, Holiday Foods, Crackers and Snacks, Turkey, and more. (IF you are going to stock up on Flour, FREEZE or Refrig. it to keep away the pantry moths)
December: In December you are still going to see the “Holiday” sales, but you are also going to start to see cold cuts, soda coupons, and “celebration” type sales and coupons start to come out. I always stock up on my chips and jars of dip during this time.
I have a coupon but is it a good deal?
Several stores in their sales ads like to add coupons to attract customers to the store. By adding the coupons it makes customers think they are getting a better deal then they would without the coupon. But that is not always the case.
I took this picture as an example. The store had a “Buy 1 Get 2 Free” coupon for pork chops in their ad. But when you get to the store the price for the 1 package that you have to pay for is $9.99 a POUND. Which is CRAZY to pay for pork chops! But when you use the coupon for the 3 one pound packages, it is still $3.33/pound.
So the best way not to be tricked by these marketing techniques is to know how much the regular price is for your area.
The $22.79 Cadbury Creme Egg
(The BEST I have EVER had!)
Written Easter of 2012
Let me start by saying, there is a reason for EVERYTHING in this world! Even my yearly craving for a Cadbury Creme Egg! I am not looking for praise or recognition, just a reminder to everyone to Pay it Forward in life <3 ~ Micki
The Cadbury Creme Egg is BY FAR my favorite Candy! There is nothing better then cracking it in half, licking out the creme, and then eating that AMAZING smooth milk chocolate! As a child, my mother made sure my Easter Basket was filled with them. And doing the best I could, I would ration them, eating only one every few days, seeing as I had to wait a year for them to come around again! As I have gotten older my Mom still to this day makes me up an Easter Basket and puts some in for me!
Last night, after a nice Dinner and evening with my husband, we were driving up Highway 41, when suddenly the craving hit me, I had resisted the temptation for the whole Easter Season so far! Being close to the Kwik Trip by Fox River Shopping Mall, Hubby pulled in. (After twenty years of being together HE KNOWS when my sweet tooth hits, it is in his best interest to fulfill my request)
It was about 11pm, As we were pulling up to the Gas Station, there was a guy walking around the parking lot talking on his cell phone, which at that point, I thought nothing of it. We walked into the gas station, and I made a bee line to the Candy Section, Spotting a whole box of these little Gems. Glancing at the price, $.79, I thought to myself, “Oh My how the price of Candy has gone up in my 40 years of life!” No hesitation though, I had to have it!
Walking up to counter, standing there was the Parking Lot Cell phone guy at that register next to me, he was talking to the Cashier and talking to someone on his cell phone also. Not trying to be nosey, but hearing, “No, it is not working, I am not sure what to do!” During this time the other Cashier was checking out a lady in front of us. As we stood there, we next hear “It is off of 41.” I still have not put two and two together. It is our turn next to check out, a few more minutes have passed. Behind us we hear him calling someone else, and him say “I can’t leave, they won’t let me.”
At this point two and two is equaling four! Hubby and I both look at each other at the same time. Looking over at the other cashier, My husband asks, “How much does he owe?” The Cashier says, “$22” as my husband is already handing her his Debit Card. I turned around to the guy who is still on the phone trying to find someone to bring him some money and say to him, “Don’t worry, we got it!” He literally stood there with shock on his face, then out came “No, you can’t do that.” After a little bit of persuading, he said, “At least give me your cell or address or something so I can send it to you.” I just kept saying “Not a problem, Do not worry about it.” He keeps saying “Thank You, You have no idea what this means!” Shakes my husbands hand and turns and hugs me, and still as he is walking out the door with us is saying “Thank you and God Bless you both!”
We climb into our SUV, He climbs into his Mini Van and you can still see the shock on his face as he is dialing his cell phone. As we get back on the Highway, Carry and I both look at each other smiling, not saying a thing, Just smiling, as I slowly eat my Cadbury Creme Egg, Enjoying it more then ANY other one I have eaten in my life!
WHAT AN AMAZING FEELING to do something so little, that I know had a huge impact on not only us, but on the guy we helped, the Cashiers who both Thanked us and said it was so kind of us, and the other customers in the Kwik Trip who all stood there with surprised looks on their faces.
I would like to think, at some point, hopefully this guy will be in a situation similar to what just occurred and look back and do the same and Pay it Forward. That $22.79 Cadbury Creme Egg was the BEST I have ever eaten, worth EVERY CENT!
And they are at it again! This time I only sent them to the store to pick up milk and Pineapple because my store has them on Sale for $1.99 and it sounded SO good tonight with supper! So here is what they came back with. (Of course my Coupon Binder is ALWAYS in the car)
2 Gallons of Milk (Which will make four Gallons)
1 Planters Peanut Butter
Eight StarBucks Refreshers
Five Scobby Doo Fruit Snacks
Two Ocean Spray Fruit Snacks
One Fruit Gusher
TWELVE Del Monte Fruit Cup Four Packs
1 Package Hamburger Buns
1 2lt. Bottle of Soda (Alex was Thirsty)
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