The Bed Tranistion


Its not a huge secret that I am a bargain hunter. I hate spending a lot of money. I have never in my life thought of myself as cheap but I do get high from saving money. Thats why I am the only dad in my community that coupons. True story. Its bad that I have a rep around town of being the most domestic housewife you met. Its true and I am not ashamed to be the one who cooks, cleans, and does all the shopping. its kind of an OCD kind of thing and on the other hand of me knowing that if I do it it will be done right.

Anyways, this week my wife asked me to meet her at a huge consignment sale at a local church. This sale is like the Super Bowl of sales. I have actually never been to a consignment sale and have always left the kids clothing shopping to my wife cause lets face it, my wife knows little girl fashion better then me. I actually arrived first and went in and there was not a crowd yet so I took my time walking around looking. I was getting some seriously crazy looks from some of the moms as it was clear that I was the only dad in the whole place.

About 30 minutes or so of looking and putting potiental items in a bag, I found it. For weeks my wife and I have been talking about getting K-Dub a toddler bed so we could get the crib ready for the new baby. We knew we did not want to go broke on a new piece of furniture but now was a better time then later. I looked up at the wall by the door and they had a very nice toddler bed with a mattress for only $35. That was a steal! I took a picture and sent it to my wife. She sent me a immediate reply with a GET IT!! I asked the kind lady sitting next to it if it was still for sale and she said yes. She handed me the ticket and I almost hugged her as I smiled.

When we got home I was still high from my latest frugal find. If I was a smoker I would have lit up then! Sometimes I think getting a great deal is better then sex! We put the bed in the dinning room and decided that tomorrow we would introduce K-Dub to her new bed.

The next morning I took K-Dub’s new bed up to her room while my wife gave her a bath. I put the sheets on and threw a nice pillow on. I was so excited for her to see it. She was going to love it. As soon as she saw it this happened…

Not the reaction I was hoping for but it could have been worse. After finally getting her to calm down by simply explaining she was a big girl and that the new baby needed her old crib now, she dried her tears and calmed down.

That night she she fell asleep after only climbing out of bed a few times. I have to say that its hard to believe that as a parent we are at this point. My little girl is growing up so fast and I am doing everything to keep up with her. I guess its on to the next adventure.

This Weeks Coupon Trips 1/26 To 1/30


So after I order my four sets of inserts last week, I knew that this week the grocery stores were going to have a lot of good sales and I wanted to make sure that I got absolutely everything I needed. This week there was a P&G, two Red Plum inserts, and a Smart Source insert. These were load with great coupons for stuff I really needed to stock up on at my house. After a long day of cutting, sorting and stacking I was ready to hit the stores!

The first stop was Bi-Lo. I love this store cause not only do they double coupons but they take competitor coupons to. I did not really have a lot to get here. They had a great deal on Sweet Bay Ray’s BBQ sauce so I stocked up. I found a great recipe for some crockpot BBQ chicken that I want to make next week. More on the soon. They also had a great sale on ketchup so I grabbed a bottle.

Bi-Lo Trip
Store Savings- $11.71
Coupon Savings- $4.00
Total Saving- $15.71
Total Purchase- $9.37

After leaving there I headed over to Walmart to stock up on some toothpaste and mouthwash along with some dish soap.

Walmart Trip
Coupon Savings- $11.50
Original Total- $37.79
New Total- $26.29

I have never been really good at couponing at Walmart. Maybe it’s the fact that I hate that store so much. Its more than likely the most hated store by my family and I. I feel like it’s a trap. You walk in and get you stuff and walk to the front and there is 30 registers and only 2 are opened. WTH? Really? Anyways, back to the task at hand.

The next store I went into was Food Lion. They had a killer sale on ground turkey for $2.99 a pack and that’s all my family eats. Last time they had this sale I bought $20 worth of meat and we still have a few packs I. The freezer now. This was a stock up trip with no coupons required.

Food Lion Trip
Total- $16.28
Store Savings- $4.00
New Total- $12.20

After that trip I was on fire with only one store left to go. My favorite store which is Harris Teeter. They double coupons and almost always have the best deals on meat and other essentials. I went in with Miley coupons ready to get some hot dogs, Pringles and some frozen pretzel dogs. They even had a killer deal on Digiorno Frozen pizza that with a coupon was $2.97 each with a limit of 2. That’s a steal.

Harris Teeter Trip
Store Savings- $27.88
Coupon Savings- 34.18
Total- $27.35

I thought I was done until I got a email for some additional sales at Harris Teeter. So I got ready this morning and head to the store. It was my favorite kind of trip cause the sale was so good I did not need any coupons. Harris Teeter also had a sale on their HT Trader Valentine’s Day candy box. Regular retail price was $11.99 and it was on sale for $0.99 with no limit.

2nd Harris Teeter Trip
Total Savings- $117.56
Total- $38.04

With all the couponing I did this week my wife and I had a long discussion about how much stuff we had. We had so much body wash, toothpaste and mouthwash it was insane. I had to store them in the laundry room closet. So now my wife and I decided to take a little bit of break from stocking up so much and use a little bit of what we have. I will still coupon but not as much as have (Unless the sale is too good to pass up).

This Weeks Totals
Money Spent- $113.25
Money Saved- $171.24