Back to school shopping! My list yesterday consisted of:
Socks, underwear, pants, and shirts for Lee and Annalisa
New white dress shirts for Cody
New shoes for Annalisa and Lee
A few outfits for Katie
and a whole bunch of other stuff. I arranged to have Cody watch the kids while I went shopping by myself. After lunch, I armed myself with a water bottle, a box of tissues (this pregnancy congestion means I pack tissues everywhere), and the focus of several hours of scouring the internet and mail flyers and newspaper inserts: my shopping list and a huge stack of coupons.
It took me 4 hours and 2 stores (I still have one more to go, but it will be minimal) and I spent around $250. I SAVED over $400. Every family member is now outfitted, and I even found a few things on clearance for Elsie for Christmas. I reloaded our school supplies and art supplies and grabbed a bit extra for Anna's birthday presents. I feel pretty darn proud of myself. The only thing I messed up on was buying too big of pants for Anna. I recently purchased her pants that were too small, and I guess I was subconsciously over correcting. I decided, though, while scouring the clearance racks at Kohl's, that I was grateful I had gone alone. Even if I have to return to a store to make returns and get different sizes, it is SO much easier to shop without the kids! Besides, then I don't have to hear how some hideous Frankenbarbie T-shirt is "SO CUTE!" or worry about nap times and hungry tummies or just everything else that comes with being a parent, and they have no choice but to wear what I buy for them. Mwahahaha!
Seriously, when all is said and done, school supplies for 2 kids and clothes for basically the whole family... Under $300 feels very good.