Use your coupons responsibly | Living with Gleigh

My youngest daughter wanted a new suitcase to take to London. I wasn't exactly on board with it until we drug the available suitcases out of the attic.

I had suitcases up there from when I was a child. They weren't my suitcases, though. They weren't even my parents' suitcases. They were my mother's parents’ suitcases. Yes, 50 year old suitcases, in my attic.

We must've acquired them when my mother moved in with us for a couple years after my dad died. They had no wheels and were yellowed inside. I understood why one would reject those beasts. We do have a large yellow suitcase with wheels my mother bought years ago (within the lifetime of my children). She figured with its brilliant yellow, hard case, it would be easily spotted on the airport luggage carousel. It was a great idea and my oldest took that suitcase with her to Japan.

My youngest has always cringed at the size, color and bulkiness of that yellow suitcase. Giving her credit, she is only gone seven days compared to my oldest daughter's two weeks in Japan. She also won't be staying with a host family, as it's a professional tour, so she doesn't need the space for gifts. So we went shopping. Kohl’s had several nice options that came in bright, solid colors, but I had a coupon I forgot to bring. You know those coupons you get in the mail and they say, "Tear here for an extra 15 percent, 20 percent or 30 percent off your entire purchase." I got one and I actually got 30 percent off. I never get 30 percent off. So we went home. I was determined to use it.

I looked through the pile of coupons I had by the door, the stack of papers on my desk, and the mess on the table, no Kohl’s coupon. I couldn't believe it, I finally got a 30 percent coupon and I must've thrown it away.

As I headed dejectedly out to the car, I thought to open our large recycle bin outside. There was the Kohl's coupon, sitting close to the top; the printed "REWARDS" shining like a beacon.

Yay! Off to Fred Meyer we went, with a Kohl's coupon. Weird, I know. I should've just said, "We have the coupon, let's just go to Kohl's” instead of first seeing what they had at Fred Meyer.

At Fred Meyer they had a buy one get one free sale on luggage and there, sitting on the shelf was a black suitcase with neon green trim. So spottable; so perfect! We didn't need two suitcases, but we stood there and contemplated all we could do with the smaller version of that suitcase. It was free after all; we brought it home too.

When we got back out to the car, I said, let's go use my 30 percent off coupon from Kohl's. I kind of figured I'd find a different color of the tank top I'd purchased and loved a couple weeks before. And I did, but before I found it we walked by cute dresses. I suggested she try a couple on, thinking they wouldn't fit or look right, because it's never that easy, right? They were absolutely adorable on her.

Then, because I never get the hint, I suggested she look for black boots; mostly because I had to go upstairs to the bathroom and that's where the shoes are. She's been looking for a pair the past few weeks, but it's summer, boots aren't out yet. I figured I was probably safe. She found the perfect pair.

Well, I used my 30 percent coupon (Honey, I saved!) and they even gave it back to me because the sale lasts a couple more days. I should've handed it back to them, because I obviously can't go back; at least not with my youngest daughter.

It's too late for me, but let this be a warning to you: Use your coupons responsibly! Gretchen Leigh is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Covington. She is committed to doing better with her coupons in the future. You can also read more of her writing and her daily blog on her website or on Facebook at “Living with Gleigh.”


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