Friday, September 24, 2010

Ahhh life

My main question is, how come I have to stand next to such a beautiful girl? Melissa and I went to Vegas in August. We had a blast and just relaxed. We joked about how pink I am vs. her yellowness. This picture shows how true that is! We chatted about life and all that goes with it. I'm soooo lucky to have such an awesome cousinfriend!! But my advice is, don't ever drive in Vegas if you don't have to! Terrifying. We almost died like a hundred times. And on the way home I sat in my car for 7 hours vs the usual 2 1/2. And a tire beat the crap out of my car when traffic FINALLY picked up. Figures.
What is this? Another cat??? What is wrong with these people? Do they have to take in every creature known to man? Well, yes. Yes we do. Actually, my neighbor came over and forced this kitty on us because she felt bad about Lola being missed. And after Lola came back, (HOORAY) we didn't have the heart to give this baby back. Adelaide and Hyrum named her Baby. She was born 6 weeks premature and barely survived. So now she's our fourth cat. No more!!
The stucco people were kind enough to leave us a huge dirt pile (sarcasm). My kids adore this, and I can't help but remember that a big dirt pile was our primary source of entertainment as kids growing up in LeMars, IA. The joy of kids and dirt! :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Couponing Rant

Ok, so I know we all get stuck behind the lady with a million coupons at the store sometimes and can't believe our bad luck. I specifically remember thinking rude things about them. And now that I am that lady, I say, "Back Off!"

I recently found a new love.... couponing. It is my job and I save a butt load doing it. But sometimes, I get weary of people who hate on me for just trying to save some money. For instance, if you were able to get all that stuff in the above picture for free in one easy trip, you would, wouldn't you?? I did. And I had a great time doing it!

Some people just don't understand. And I"ll admit there are different types of "coupon" users. I would like to think I'm very polite and understanding about the rules (thank you medication!) but I am also often better educated on the stores coupon policy than their workers. This can be awkward and uncomfortable for everyone involved.

I recently decided that I shouldn't apologize to anyone, because while I should be polite, I am not doing anything wrong. In fact, many stores make money when customers use coupons. In fact, most people behind me in line are amazed when they see how much I say. Often they are educated and leave with my website address in hand.

My advice? Invest in the paper. It only costs me $8.00 a month to get it every day. Plus they gave me a $10 gift card to Kmart when I joined. I've been paid back by uncountable amounts. And BE NICE to the poor lady (or man) in the line who is using coupons. It isn't their fault everyone else is an idiot. :)