I don't know how I do it. Mr. Man always said when we first met that when I enter any store I get a game face. He thinks I have some magic radar that leads me to deals --- I really shouldn't even say radar it's more like "muscle memory" for the grocery store.
Then in September 2012 I found my first batch of "free coupons" and it kind of changed the shopping game for me. But the last 5 weeks --- I have felt this sense of urgency to put away as much as I can. Sometimes I am so exhausted because I have so many projects at home - and cakes at work plus purchasing and all the stuff that goes with being a manager YET I still find time to go chase a deal to increase our stores. Occasionally I wish I didn't care so much --- but prices are on tilt and I feel this insulates us. Sometimes people tell me I'm addicted to couponing and it is a rush - a CRAZY rush - but in my opinion this is much more efficient than watching TV. People often ask me if it takes "a lot of time?" I tell them it doesn't interrupt my daily life and the clipping occurs while I watch TV or catch up on some movies --- although it doesn't allow me to watch foreign films while clipping coupons. On some days something inside my head says - go to this store - go to this aisle and without fail on those days I get deals. I also get useful things or things that are useful to us or our immediate family. I am thankful. Thankful for the voice that urges me to get the coupons and I am thankful for that same voice that tells me to get out there and get some deals.
And now with the latest addition...
She is a really chill baby. I even did some grocery shopping for them and found some newborn fleece outfits for $2 an outfit - haha. I'm going back this upcoming weekend just to get her house in order - they are worn out and need a bit of help to get it together and I don't mind helping.
She is so funny -- if I hold her or my sister in law hold her she is totally cool - whether we are sitting or standing. If my brother is holding her and he sits down she will start crying - it's the funniest thing. Me and my sister in law just laugh our asses off every time that happens. My brother told me today --- Man --- she's just like you, up all night and sleeps in the day. I said, "I don't sleep all day anymore Man..." He said - yeah you just stopped sleeping. hahaha.
Now if only I could get a coupon for that Hello Kitty Nuk Binky!