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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?

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” Dr Seuss

It is so important to remember to take some time to spend with friends, laugh and have fun. We need that fun for mom time now and then. Something new that I was just invited to is called a closet swap. If your like me you may be asking what that even means. Well, it’s kind of like a shopping party with your friends at some ones house. Whoever is hosting invites everyone to clean out their closets and bring their unwanted items to the party. Our party asked that everyone brings a minimum amount. Then after everyone is there and the clothes are all laid out you shop. And here is the best part… its free! You are literally swapping your items for what someone else brought! I have heard of many different groups also having either lunch or snacks as well. It is a great way to spend time with our friends and get some new clothes (well new to you). I know that many times mom is the one that is “neglected.” We tend to care for our families and forget to buy a new pair of jeans, or some of us just feel guilty spending money on our selves instead of the kids. Well, this is such a great way to not only enjoy time with our friends, but also to spend a little time on ourselves and not feel guilty about it! So today I just want to encourage you to call up your friends and make a point to have a girls night… maybe even a closet swap, I mean why not shop with out spending money?