Today is monumental for two reasons. The first is that Nicole was able to stop by and talk wedding with Mom, Alan and me for a couple of hours. Why was Nicole able to spend time with us, instead of sitting in her cubicle? Because today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A state and federal holiday. Which, up until this year, never really mattered for my former school district. Except this year, school was cancelled. But, instead of stating my opinion about this day and other important people who don’t have days named in honor of them, we are going to discuss the fact that making a guest list is a lot more work than I expected.
For example, in order to fill out the form completely to be uploaded to The Knot, I need: guest name, guest surname, guest address, guest phone and guest e-mail. And the corresponding information for the guest’s guest. That doesn’t include designating whether the person is from out of town, or whether or not they have children. It gets kind of tricky when families are blended or what not, and everyone has different surnames or addresses. And I only currently have the addresses for one-sixth of the guests. Fortunately, phone numbers are better covered, thanks to my Blackberry. And I’m amazed by the number of people who do not have e-mail addresses.
Also, Alan and I stopped by Michaels to use our 40% off coupon. We only paid $2.21 for a pack of envelopes, as opposed to the $3.49 retail price, so the gold envelopes will cost us less than $10, if we’re able to continue using coupons! We also have a coupon valid only from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, so I told my parents that they only need to drive with me to Ft. Indiantown Gap, instead of going to college with me to help me unpack. Is a fantastic discount worth breaking my wrists off while I move my life back into my apartment? Yes. Yes, it is.
I did the math — since we have half the number of invitation materials that we need, we’ll spend approximately $100 on invitations (yesterday’s finds were $49.28 with a 20% discount coupon applied). We also received a 40% off coupon for one item. Some people may be horrified by the fact that I’m not only listing the cost of the wedding, but I’m also using coupons. But, I’d like to remind you that I don’t care, that budget weddings are in, especially for college students with loans, and that I have a three-ring binder to organize my coupons aisle by aisle.
And, this morning, a lady from church told Mom that she receives 40% off coupons every week for Michaels (also accepted at A.C. Moore), and we could have them if we wanted them. Which means that, if we time our purchases correctly, we could be getting everything at Michaels for 40% off. Which means that the other half might cost less than what we’ve already purchased. Which would really be a blessing, because last I checked, weddings, houses, child support, college loans, pets and everything else don’t pay for themselves. Poop.
Oh, and don’t forget gas — it’s currently $3.25 in town, and I rumor has it that it’s supposed to reach $5 per gallon this year.
Do you use coupons frequently? Have you ever used coupons to pay for normally costly items?
Alan and I stopped at the National Food & Garden Store today. It’s one of my favorite stores, and a place we’ll definitely recommend for our out-of-town guests who may want to do some shopping or sightseeing while here. NFGS is an independent store that sells organic and natural goods, ranging from vitamins to coffee to bath and body products. We usually purchase spices and ginger beer (similar to ginger ale, but with a stronger ginger flavor). Today, we picked up some wildflower honey, crystallized ginger, ginger shrub and a ginger, lemon and honey drink. And, because I received a gift certificate to the store for Christmas, we paid less than $5 for everything.
We also stopped at Michaels and purchased some invite materials. Unfortunately, Michaels had a limited quantity of items since some of what we needed was on clearance, so we had to decide whether to chance finding the rest of what we needed, or simply send half of the invitations with one color scheme, and the other half with the opposite color scheme. In the end, Michaels didn’t have enough envelopes and cards in the desired colors, anyway, so we couldn’t even do half and half based on what was in stock. We’ll have to search online or elsewhere to find the rest of the paper that we need. On the upside, we do have some paper, which means that tonight will be full of ginger drinks and mock ups.
Have you ever gone shopping for something and found that the store didn’t have everything you needed? Did you decide to mix and match, or did you wait and hope you’d be able to find what you needed?