My Saturday started at 3:45 am when my son would not stop coughing. He had already had several medicines, so finally, while he did his thing on the throne, I put on the shower and that seemed to do the trick. That is my last resort in the middle of the night as no one is going back to sleep after that!
For some reason the next morning after they let me sleep a little extra (are they even making believe they are trying to keep the noise level down?) I was in a surprisingly good mood! Maybe because I knew I would be free today!
My son would not even let my spouse eat lunch, as soon as we got to the in-laws, they hit the beach. My in-laws live in a beautiful development on Staten Island (and that is not an oxymoron!), the river between NJ and NY is right in front of their house. I suppose there is a name for that body of water but it is too late for me to figure it out! My son had started planning this fishing trip (note- there are no fish) early in the morning, taking apart his bug catching kit and remodeling it for holding the hundreds of fish he envisioned catching. Sorry to my spouse that it was on the coldest day of Spring! I love how my son gets an idea and goes full speed ahead. He has a strong will and in these situations it is very helpful. Me, I just saw a lot of ducks and I don’t think it was mud they were stepping in! Hey, that’s my mom-in-laws problem!
So what does this old Jewish lady do next? I ran out of there to hit the stores! I had BOGO Tropicana juice coupons to use! And I did not have to rush back to anyone! Is it so wrong that I just want some time to do the chores?
I love CVS. Their extra care coupons gave me a $5 coupon for my favorite cough syrup, Delsym. That has bought us some sleep, many times. But the love comes from the coupon that says up to $2 off and the item is $1 and they take off $2 anyway! It does not take much to make my day!
Then an old addiction reared its not so ugly head – Happy Meal toys. When my son hit a certain age I realized that these were the best toys, fairly intricate and fun. I bought hundreds on eBay and still have some bags packed away – they are the quintessential gift, 2 of my nephews each got their own unopened set of Ninja Turtles, and they were really thrilled! My personal favorite is the Inspector Gadget set, eight pieces that are fun separately and together make up Mr. Gadget himself (looks just like Matthew Broderick!). There is also a Spy Kids set that is a close second place. Anyway, having seen the dragon movie yesterday, I went in to McDonald’s and purchased the 3 toys they had, that starts our dragon collection. $1.25 is half of what they charge in the city and it is a fun trinket for my spoiled kid (clearly my fault, I admit it fully!)
I did a little damage at Target, and again, I had some peace as I did not have to rush back to the family. And the clerk recognized me from a previous trip, she told me of another customer who had more coupons then me! I told her i did not want to send up any red flags so I try to be discreet and not save too much!
Costco was a little crowded but I do love their paper towel sale. Then my last stop, ToysRus. Dagnabit, they still did not have my Spongebob DS that was on sale! Well, I showed them! I read my emails, there were 3 Pokemon DS’s on 1 day sale for half price! How many do you think I bought? And when I got home this nice clerk at Game Stop gave me last weeks price on that Spongey DS. You gotta talk to people! That’s how he knew I wanted last weeks price, you don’t think I am going to keep quiet when I see the item ring up $10 more than I wanted to pay? And I kept talking, letting them know I was grateful for them letting us play with their electronics on Fridays as my son’s reward. As appreciation for my appreciation, the clerk promised to have the games working for us next time! I even got extra credit for my sale purchase! In Yiddish I think I am called a SCHNORER – I welcome your comments to try to define that!
The drive home was uneventful, I made it up stairs in 1 trip (bags falling everywhere around me, neighbors offering help that I can’t take, Oreo cakesters rolling down the stairs). Then on to CVS for my son’s prescriptions. The co-pays were $25 for 3 items. Thats after $50 in drug coupons!!!!!!!
Everybody should bookmark that, they guide you to coupons for many prescription drugs and many over the counter items. I have insurance and can still use this towards the copay! It is a gold mine!
So how does my exciting day as a bachelor end? Trying to hide 18 rolls of paper towels in an already crowded home, trying to stash 6 automatic shower cleaning starter sets that I had triple discounts for, and collecting extra items that I don’t have room for to bring to my mother-in-law, which brings us to today’s survey – leave a comment and tell me which you vote for:
1. My mother-in-law will thank me for the items, or
2. My mother-in-law will chastise me for having shopped too much.
Results to be published in next weeks NYTimes.