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Save Money with GROUPON In-Store Coupons

***This post is sponsored by GROUPON.  All opinions are mine.***

Did you know GROUPON has store coupons? I didn’t. How did I not know about this? Where have I been?

In the past, I’ve gotten some great deals on GROUPON for things like hair appointments and home repairs, but, I didn’t know GROUPON also offers coupons to stores I shop.  With back-to-school being just around the corner (my son goes back August 7), I figured I should share this with you… just in case you didn’t know either.

Last week, my son and I went on a mini back-to-school shopping trip.  We were at Target, American Eagle, and Barnes and Noble. Turns out, GROUPON has coupons to all the above stores. I wish I would have used some. We picked up a few new shirts, a hoodie, and a book for his English class. I did not have a single coupon, which always bums me out.

GROUPON Coupons has coupon offers to so many stores, including  The Home Depot. I’m excited about this as I can hardly ever find Home Depot coupons for my various home projects.

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Here’s how GROUPON Coupons works. Currently, GROUPON Coupons has 44 Target coupons. You can use them online and in store. You can get all your deals right on your phone. My son needs a new backpack and school supplies so I’ll be sure to use the $5 off $50 coupon.

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Same at The Home Depot.  The $5 off coupon will help me save on my deck stain.

 

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There are so many places you can shop with Groupon, such as Walgreens, Nordstrom Rack, eBay, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, Office Depot, Footlocker, and many more.

So next time you’re out shopping,  simply go to the Groupon site first and grab the coupons and promo codes. This will allow you to double up on the savings.

Only One Handbag

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I recently had a conversation with co-worker who has a passion for handbags. She has lost count of the number of bags she’s collected over the years. She stores them in a big trunk and says she could open a shop.

Needless to say, my co-worker was shocked to learn that I only own one handbag. Yep, only ONE. I like to keep things to a minimal. Same goes for handbags. My mom was the same way. She used to own just one decent handbag at a time and wear it until it fell apart. I do the same. I wear the purses into the ground until they fall of my body and then get a new one.  Not every woman owns a closet’s (or trunk) worth of handbags.

Some would argue that two handbags are necessary. One for regular use, and one small clutch for “special” events like weddings, funerals, etc.  True, but I don’t go anywhere dressy enough for an “evening bag”.

Not only do I own just one handbag, but I like mine plain. I’m not a fan of buckles, chains, and other decor on my bag. Some of my earlier bags came from thrift stores. I carried them for years as they had plenty of life left in them.

Three months ago, my old purse fell apart ( I wore it for three years) and I replaced it with a simple brown handbag. Originally for Target ($40), I found it at Bargain Hunt for just $4.80. No, it’s not a designer bag, but it’s sturdy and practical, and I know I’ll be able to use it for several years. It’s large enough to hold my essentials, a water bottle, and my camera.

I know a lot of women love handbags and may even get addicted to buying them. I firmly believe  the prices of these handbags are often inflated because of the brand, but anyone willing to spend a few hundred or thousand dollars on a bag should be willing to make it worth its money. That said, I still don’t understand the obsession with expensive bags.  It’s a name you’re paying for! Same goes for shoes, dresses, or perhaps worst of all blue jeans.

Anyway, one bag is enough for me, much less complicated.

What about you? Could you or do you wear one bag until it dies?

 

What Do You Like About Aging?

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Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about aging and what I like and don’t like about growing older.

I’m 47 years old. Although I like who I am now, I’m still trying to figure out how that happened, because in my head and body, I feel younger and stronger.  I know young people in their 20’s who are full of angst and worry about what people think. I long ago gave up having any effs about those kind of worries. I always like to say that it’s only numbers and you’re only as old as you feel. Is this true?

I guess you could say that I embrace getting older.  Possibly because I often remind myself that I love my life and every experience was meant to be.  The good stuff has been joyful, the bad stuff  has led me to where I am now. It has shaped me into the woman I am today. Sometimes, I am wide-eyed at the wonder of it all and how this one body of mine can contain so many versions of me. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I try not to obsess about each grey hair or wrinkle I get. There’s no point. I’ve never tried botox, cosmetic surgery or even expensive serums/creams. Beauty products can only do so much. That said, I do love taking care of myself. I live a very active lifestyle and enjoy eating healthy foods. Being active is good for my body, mind and soul.

The best part about getting older is forgiving yourself. It’s a real blessing. I am now harder and easier on myself. Yes, that’s possible.  I count my joys and try to overcome my sorrows.

I am more assertive, more confident, and undoubtedly more outspoken, too. I’m happier than I was 10 years ago. I don’t feel the urge to be polite and proper all the time. Don’t get me wrong,  I am not a rude person. But now I can tell people to “go away” when they are upsetting me. Time is too precious.

I find myself more comfortable in my own skin than ever before and more able to handle with perspective whatever life throws my way. I’m definitely more myself now than I would have allowed myself when I was younger, as I simply don’t have time for negative thoughts and worrying about what others will think . One of the biggest concerns that I find as I age isn’t necessarily for myself, but for the health of my mom and other older relatives and friends.

Time marches on no matter what. I have days when I wish time would slow down a bit. I want the good stuff to slow down.  Sometimes, I wish I could go back in time and stay 32 with my babies forever. #nevergrowup  All the wisdom and patience I have now… If only I had it then.

Graduations are always hard on me. They are a reminder that my babies aren’t babies anymore, and they have the diploma to prove it.

When my children were younger, I swore I stopped mentally aging myself. So in my head I was always 24. I think part of it was that my specific age ceased to matter once I became a mom because my life became more outward focused rather than inward. Also, playing with children makes you feel young. You get to delight in all the small wonderful things that dazzle them like chasing bubbles or jumping in puddles.

With age comes wisdom. I love the realization that most stuff is small and not worth worrying about.

The other day, I was thinking how the year 2007 feels like yesterday. I was a mere 37 then, yet it’s hard for me to conceive that it was a decade ago.

As I get older, I try to get a little better each day. Just a little.  I’m only human after all.

Growing old isn’t always easy, but it beats the alternative. Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

Tell me, what do you like or dislike about aging?