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So, you guys know I work from home now, and I LOVE being home with the kids! Emphasis on home. Playing. Even sweaty trips to the park. I loathe taking them shopping by myself. Kevin helps a ton – he will either stay home with the kids while I go, he will stop on his way home from work, or we will all go (which is much easier with 2 adults). But, invariably, I will urgently need something while he’s at work at least once a week. So, rather than make a big supermarket run, it’s a quick trip to Walgreens up on the corner. And now, I’m really excited that they just rolled out paperless coupons – I can clip them on my phone, and show my balance rewards card to redeem them!
Saving money is important to everyone, I know. But I can barely get a shower with my two running around some days, let alone sit down and clip coupons. With scissors, without anyone becoming interested in checking out sharp pointy things… Oh, and then actually remember to bring them with me to the store… seriously! So the other day when we ran out of diapers (how does that even happen??) I didn’t have a coupon, but I had to go and buy some. Like, urgently. So I put one of Raya’s training pants on little mister, set Raya to the task of dressing herself, and took the next minute to check my Walgreens app and see if they had any diaper coupons.
Taking two kids (or more) to the store with you may be something you other moms have mastered, but I’m new to the stay-at-home deal. I just can’t hack it. So we go to Walgreens because it’s close, it’s fast, and we don’t have a huge parking lot or store to maneuver. Getting in the car is tough enough.
I don’t want to wear these shoes.
Can I bring my unicorn?
Can I have my window down?
Mama, Roman keeps looking at me!
Are we there yet?
At least they’re well-behaved once we get there.
Seriously – all we needed was diapers, so we made our #CollectiveBias trip. Raya (oh, and Sparkles the unicorn, you will note) helped grab a pack, and we zoomed through the checkout. No digging for coupons (that I may or may not have left on the counter at home, ahem) – all I had to do was give the cashier my balance reward card to use any clipped coupons for products I was buying.
I saved $2.50 on diapers and wipes, and we were back home in 10 minutes. I got the pink bottoms off my poor son, and I refilled the diaper basket to tide us over until the big weekend grocery trip.
I would love to say, this will never happen again.
But it probably will. *sigh*
One diaper change later, we were back in business, doing important things like playing and laughing.
Because yeah, saving money is important, especially now that we are on a tighter budget. But more than that – the time is what means the most to me. It’s what made me drop the day job in the first place – to spend time with these guys, having fun. But of course more time at home = less money, so finding a solution that helps in both areas is just plain awesome.