• Money Management,  Uncategorized

    Why Coupons Aren’t All That

    Mark and I had a little spat in February. Before you scoot up on the edge of your seat, eager to be filled in on such juicy private details as marital conflict, I’ll tell you up front: It wasn’t that big of a deal. I mean, for real. The forty cents off four cans of Campbell’s condensed soup wasn’t that big of a deal. Sorry if you were expecting something more dramatic. The truth is, Mark and I generally don’t fight. A deep level of respect for each other and the combination of two very passive personalities makes conflict almost non-existent in our marriage. This couponing fiasco is one of…

  • Life as a Wife,  Recipes

    Journey to Generic

    I have a built in radar for generic items. I believe I inherited it from my Dad. You can not fool this girl with store brand goods. When I was single and living on my own, that didn’t matter much. $6 bottles of shampoo or body wash… $4 boxes of cereal… double the cost for the assurance of quality… I was willing to pay the price for the most trusted and well-known. With marriage, however, comes sacrifice. We never had a lot, so we had to make it stretch. While “Ion” shampoo is pretty much out of the question now, sometimes I can get “Herbal Essences” but… a good deal…