…they pull me back in. To the hospital that is. CSP & I were just talking about that I had finally gone a full year without being in the hospital when Thursday night happened. I was really uncomfortable at dinner. Then as we were trying to go to sleep the uncomfortableness turned into flat out pain. Not just standard crampy pain but specific knifing pain in my lower right abdomen. I googled it and Google said I had appendicitis. So I called the nurse line for my insurance and they said to get to a hospital. So I woke CSP up and off we went. By this time I could barely stand. I hadn’t had this type of pain since my fallopian tube twisted and had to be removed. Luckily it wasn’t that busy at the ER. We got there around 2 and didn’t get to leave til 10 am. They did a CT Scan with contrast and ruled out appendicitis. Then they said “Do you still have your ovaries?” What? Yeah, I guess I do. I totally forgot about my ovaries! I have no use for them so I never think of them. So they did an ultrasound and an internal ultrasound and found the problem. I had a very large cyst rupture. They prescribed me some nice pain meds and put me on bed rest for a week. I have PCOS so ovarian cysts aren’t unfamiliar but I haven’t had one rupture since before my hysterectomy. Put quite a kink in plans! CSP was off work for 4 days and we had so much planned. But at least he was home to take care of me!
When you first start couponing you need coupons. Where to get them? The Sunday paper is your best bet. Some people buy multiples of the paper to get lots of inserts. Red Plum and Smart Source are the main inserts in most Sunday papers. You can also print coupons from their websites. If you really think you’re going to get into saving money by couponing, I would go ahead and set up a folder on your favorites bookmarks bar marked Coupons.
Then go to these sites:
There are a TON more sites out there, just Google Coupons and you’ll see! Don’t forget eCoupons too. You use them for your groceries as well. Go to Upromise and set up an account, then once a month activate their eCoupons. Then when you buy say, a can of soup, you can use a paper coupon on the soup at the store, then get credit in your account for your eCoupon. Saving Star is another great resource for eCoupons. They have an app too so while you’re in store you can check your account. Build up $5 at least then transfer it to your Paypal account or get gift cards.
Don’t forget, there are 2 main types of coupons. There are manufacturer coupons issued by the companies that make the products and there are store coupons issued by the stores. You can stack these coupons for ultimate savings. Example: you want to buy Tide detergent. You clip a manufacturer coupon from the Sunday paper for 50 cents off. Then you read Target‘s ad and clip a coupon with the Target logo on it that says store coupon next to the expiration date that is worth 25 cents. You are allowed to use both to save a total of 75 cents. That’s called stacking.
You may want to check with a friend or neighbor and start swapping coupons. My friend Christina and I swap coupon inserts every couple of weeks. She has 2 small kids and I have 3 dogs so our needs are different and we clip different coupons. We swap the coupons and it’s like we bought 2 papers! Some people also participate in coupon trains where they will receive an envelope full of coupons, pull the ones they want, add the ones they won’t use, then send them on to the next person in the train.
Now go get clipping!
Another way to get coupons for your coupon stash is to ask for freebies. There are a TON of freebie websites and email newsletters out there. Just Google Freebies and you’ll be sure to find one you’ll like. I subscribe to Shop For Freebies. com’s daily newsletter. Couponing to Disney also alerts me to freebies. When you receive a freebie or sample in the mail most of the time there is a coupon included. Like today I received a sample of Gold Bond body wash. I’ve never used this brand or product but I LOVE samples so what the hay?! Samples are great for travel because once you use it up you just throw out the package and you don’t have to return home with big bottles. Anyway, included with my sample was this coupon for $1.00 off the product. Not too shabby for 30 seconds of inputting my name and address!
You may not know this, but if you go to a circus that features animals, namely Ringling Brothers among others, then you support animal abuse with the money you use to pay for a ticket. So many people seem to think that it’s PETA getting all worked up. But just Google “circus animal abuse” and you’ll see videos from tons of people that aren’t PETA. If you feel like “I’m just one person, if I go to the circus it doesn’t matter” then YOU ARE WRONG. Because if you stop taking your kids/family/self to the circus and you tell even ONE other person why then you’ve planted a seed. That person may Google circus animal abuse and educate themselves on the horrors of animal circuses. Then they may tell someone. And eventually, hopefully, people won’t rely on hateful animal circuses for family entertainment.
“But it’s fun for my kids!” Take them to a movie. Or to a zoo that specializes in conservation and species protection. I mean, when you take your kids to an animal circus what are they learning? It’s ok to whip animals for our amusement? Because they whip the animals right there in front of you, and they do way worse backstage. There are a million other things you can do with your kids that won’t cause the suffering of innocent animals. If you want your kids to learn about elephants- gently, intelligent, amazing elephants, there are so many better way to teach them.
If you just can’t live without the circus, then choose an animal free circus. There are plenty out there.
Please, go to these websites and read for yourself. Look at the videos. It will break your heart. And then please think twice next time the circus comes to town.
I have had a Google Voice Phone Number for a good while now, almost 2 years I think. I love it. We’ve used it a lot and it totally saved us when my Blackberry died in Vegas. I was able to get on a hotel computer and text CSP’s dad using my Google voice number. Now that I have my iPhone (replaced that Crackberry as soon as we got back to CLT with the iPhone) I use my Google Voice number to text for free. I get 200 texts for $5 with my plan. But with my Google Voice App I can text all I want for free! Woot! I just sent out a message letting everyone know it’s me. Your Google voice number is a regular phone number. It’s a great number to have if you need to give out a contact number but you don’t want to give out a personal number. Win win!