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“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Jean Jacques Rousseau

“I am still learning.”  Michelangelo

This weekend I decided I would try to take a step into the world of coupons. There have been a few things that I have used coupons for, mostly because they had been sent to me in the mail. I have never ventured into the true coupon world, searching, clipping, getting free stuff from coupons. I thought what a great way to help keep my grocery bill down and I know that would make my husband happy! I bought the Sunday paper, actually I bought two, and last night I sat down to start searching through it. I clipped out a good amount but I did not feel like it was substantial. A lot of what I found were the accessories like deodorant, shampoo and things like that. Those coupons are wonderful and will save me money but I was really hoping for more things that were for food to help the regular grocery bill. I also found myself a little overwhelmed and confused. I mean when flipping through the pages I saw ones that actually said coupon, then I saw ones that advertised a special sale… so are those coupons you take to other stores to try to price match or are they just something you now know a store is selling and that’s it? I pretty much decided that I have no idea what I am doing! I have also begun to look online for some coupons but have found a few things here and there, nothing crazy awesome. I know that if I stick with it I will find myself getting awesome deals and saving money not to mention I will begin to actually understand it, but I must have patience. It’s never easy stepping your foot into something new that you have no idea what you are doing, but with a little patience and lots of questions it all comes together. So I have decided to be patient, which means here come my questions… how does this all work? Do you coupon, if so where do you find the best coupons? Am I even doing this thing right?

Waiting For Glasses

April 18, 2011 — Leave a comment

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11 (NIV)

“Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.” Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

I have always struggled with having enough patience. Of course I do not know very many people who have an abundant amount. Last week I ordered my new pair of glasses online. It’s a great place if you need cheap, cute and affordable glasses! So like I said, I have always known I have to improve my patience, and the waiting game for these glasses are sadly making that point true. Here is the thing… I ordered them last week. The site says it takes up to 9-14 business days before you could receive them. Do I keep this in mind? No. I go to the site pretty much every day to check the status of my order and the other day it said manufactured and now I am just waiting for them to ship and be at my door. Today when I checked the site for about the fifth time I realized how sad this was. Do I really lack that much patience that I can’t wait a week or two for my new glasses to arrive? Of course I can. The problem is that I don’t want to. But, a lot of times isn’t that the big part of the problem with impatience anyway? It’s never really that we can’t have the patience, it’s more a matter of are we willing to have it, because let’s face it… it takes work! Someone once told me never to pray for patience because then you will wish you never had. I personally don’t know if I agree with that statement. Have we ever stopped to think that maybe we don’t pray for it because we don’t want to be forced to be accountable for the lack of it that we have? Honestly, how many times in a day do we have the choice to use it and don’t? Today a simple pair of glasses had me making the choice, what about tomorrow?