I took the kids with me to the grocery store Thursday night.
Normally that's a situation I avoid like the plague. Taking kids to the grocery store is torturous for them and for me. It's gotten better as they've gotten older, but really, Kroger -- Barbie? You have to put Barbies on the clearance table where my 4yo can see them???
Anyway. Tonight we made a run to pick up some essentials, and as we pulled into the parking lot I realized I had my coupon thingy with me. Kroger sends me coupons every other week or so, but 9 times out of 10 I forget about them. This time I pulled them out, found 4 or 5 that I thought we could use, and set them aside.
Once we were in the store, I handed the first one to Otto and asked him to find the brand/size that matched.
Here he is picking out a loaf of bread, carefully reading the label for sugar, fiber, etc.
He took his duties seriously, and when we checked out I handed him the receipt and had him look at how much we'd saved thanks to his coupon management and sale-seeking skills. Twenty-two percent! Not too shabby, I say. My mom used to pay us an allowance based on how much we could save her at the grocery store -- I should do the same thing!
It should be a good way to keep his math skills going over summer, too.
One more week. That's all we have to do is get through one more week, and school will be done. Another thing checked off a very long list...
Last week, after spending a day touring Naperville and Wheaton and looking at available rentals, Jon and I settled on an apartment. It's in Wheaton, and we think the school and community will be a good fit for us. I know a lot of folks sell a house, buy a house, and move all at once, but I guess we're just not that organized. Jon's traveling too much, for one -- we're totally ships passing in the night right now. And it's not like we're moving across town. Plus I really hate feeling rushed about finding a home. I'd rather take an interim step and have several months to go to open houses, check out neighborhoods, and seek out a house that we're excited about.
I mean, if we're this careful about bread, you can't expect us to pick out a house just like that, right?