Sooo, I (Brandi) just got back from a fabulous family vacation. I packed EVERYTHING I thought for a second that we may need, and with a great stockpile, I didn't pay a dime to get ready to leave! :)
However, in packing all these "necessities", I managed to forget MY MAKE-UP!!!!! ERRGG!
And, I didn't realize it until we were well out of state....hmmmm....this was a last-minute vacation as it was, but to forget something as expensive as my make-up, well, it just wasn't in the budget to buy more. Problem-solving in my head, it hit me: I HAVE GIFT CARDS, +UPs, and ECBs!!!! My hubby swung me by the nearest Rite Aid, and I knew what were the great deals for the week because I never miss a RA ad. I went in, bought my new make-up, didn't pay a cent out of our strict vacay fund, and came out with a great big smile! Then, wouldn't you know it, the next day, my hubby decides he "needs" some things (as usual). Well, I ran through his verbal list in my head (and CVS's inventory), and said, "Off to CVS we go!" And $11 ECBs and several q's later, we got what we needed again without spending any "money". My hubby was very pleased, and I was also at the simple fact that I was able to provide for our family this way (and for the first time on a vacay) while staying ON-BUDGET! Couponing is such a blessing, and we love to share this "wealthy" information with anyone who wants to learn! God bless everyone!!