I totally blew my monthly budget all in one day. Well, not actually even a day. In an hour. And, in just one store! Want to know what happened? I walked in to Target. That is it. That store gets me every. Single. time. I went in with a list and walked out with 2 carts full of stuff and my monthly budget gone. All within an hour. My bill was about $285 and after all of my coupons (and REDcard) I still spent $166 bucks! Good thing February is right around the corner and I can start my shopping all over.
Those clearance tags get me. I see that red sticker and for some reason, I feel like I just have to put it in my cart. I walked out with the largest bag of puppy food they had (damn you Cartwheel), 2 bags of cat food (at least I got back a $5 gift card for that), 5 boxes of kitty litter (they had $3 peelie coupons on them!) I couldn’t just leave them there! And by that point, I hadn’t even made it through a quarter of the store.
The clothes department never really gets me though. I tend to avoid that entire half of the store. Beside the fact my husband would kill me if I came home with any more shoes or clothing (that’s enough to keep me out!) But, I brought my mom with me. Don’t go shopping with your mom! Ever. (Unless she is paying of course) She finds things and makes up a list as she shopping. first stop….toothpaste! I looked at her like she had 4 heads! “Mom, do you really need toothpaste? you can get that for free in my basement!” Nope, my free toothpaste isn’t good enough. she wanted to buy a new kind. Which cost $6! $6 for toothpaste?! I couldn’t stop shaking my head. Then, cold medicine. Thank goodness I was at least able to talk her into getting Target brand and saving $10 by not buying name brand. That in itself was a win for me. How much do you want to make a bet I end up getting a phone call later on this week from her complaining about how it is not the same and she shouldn’t have listened to me?! Yup, I can hear it now.
And, if that wasn’t bad enough, I ran out of trash bags! This wasn’t really my fault though. I am NOT in charge of garbage. I am in charge of everything else but it is my husband’s job to take out the trash and put in a new trash bag. You would think that he would notice that he has taken the last box and say something. Noooooooo, not him. I wake up the other morning to the biggest black trash bag EVER in my tiny, little kitchen garbage. Apparently that was his way of telling me we ran out of trash bags. Note taken. Trash bags added to the list. Well, to get the gift card for the trash bags, I had to buy Febreze. I had my Mom grab me a paper on her way down so I could cut out the coupon for Febreze. Do you think the paper my mom got would actually have all the coupons I needed in it?! Of course not! Thanks to the coupon fairy who left a coupon on the shelf. you saved me $1.50 and a bunch of anxiety!
If all of that wasn’t bag enough, Target had to go and release new Cartwheels for things I was running low on. Sometimes I just get so excited for the coupon (especially stacking a Cartwheel offer with a manufacturers coupon aND the fact I am going to save another 5% by using my REDcard, I just don’t even think about what my cost is really going to be. That damn coupon excitement. It will get you every time. 6 boxes of Hefty storage bags go in to the cart. And, could you believe that they had the nerve to advertise that there were $7 worth of coupons inside of the box?! Ugh. I searched the shelves because I HAD to make sure every box I bought had coupons in them 🙂
Then, my mom realizes that we didn’t buy anything for Skyla (my daughter, her granddaughter) and apparently we cannot go to a store and not buy her something. My mom wipes the shelves of Pop Tarts and Cran-Lemonade juice (my daughter’s favorite) so that she has something too!
As we are finally done shopping and walking toward the register, my Mom gets sucked in to the Valentine’s Day cards. Cards get put in the cart. We are within feet of the register and they have to put ice melt and windshield washer fluid right there! All of a sudden my Mom has to have those too (even though she just got finished telling me how she just bought some the other day!!!!!!!!!!) and has to make sure that I have some for me too. (Just in case. I guess it is just how Moms are)
2 carts full to the brim. Ready to finally check out. And, the computer crashes. The cashier suspends the transaction and brings me to another register. the “suspend slip” that she printed was corrupt and crashed the next register. On to the 3rd register and had to re-ring our entire order all over again, we finally make it out of the store only to realize we left a bag at the register! Target really didn’t want us to leave. But, I don’t think that Target knew that I was out of money. It sucked me dry of everything I had. And I still wanted to go Walgreens! Damn you Target for all of your deals! I just can’t stay away from you. No matter how much I hate you (only sometimes), I love you so much more.
The true moral of the story: Don’t go shopping with your mom ♥ (At least when you plan on couponing and actually saving money because it will never happen) ♥