Oh August, I have a love/hate relationship with you. In my circle of friends and family August might as well be December; there are anniversaries and birthdays galore. Ironically, every time my family grows, through marriage or birth, it seems we add onto the calendar in this month. It began when Momma married into Pop's family. At that time it was a relaxed 2 birthdays, hers and my Aunt. Then my Aunt got married in August and an anniversary was added. Then I was born just minutes before Momma's birthday (her O.B. said they'd never seen someone push so hard to meet a deadline,) that woman was NOT sharing birthdays with me! A few years later my cousin was born on my birthday; and ever since we've had nieces and nephews, 2nd cousins and in-laws, adding to the calendar of events. Some people spend an entire year bracing their checkbooks for Christmas, I prepare for August with my knowledge of how to use coupons.
Just around the corner were the aisles of gift cards; a necessity for everyone on my list, and a home goods aisle stocked with an electrical section. I already knew I wanted to make Momma a wine bottle lamp for her birthday, and I was excited to see I could save on GE light bulbs with yet another paperless coupon! We always seem to run out of spare lights at the most inconvenient time, and find ourselves in Walgreens grabbing a replacement after 10PM, so this aisle was no secret to me, but the savings were!
How do you save time and money when caught of guard with special events and occasions?
What Daughter Says: Always make sure, when balancing, you are part of the act!