That is right, my friends...just remember, you heard it here FIRST!!!
I was always told that having children would cost more money than you could imagine...and I know this is true because I am a married twenty-something and my parents have yet to get that big "BANK" tattoo off their foreheads...I am blessed to have their help every now and then (they buy me the expensive things for holidays...stuff like that).
However, NO ONE ever told me that children can actually SAVE money as well!! Case in point:
The man has allergies...bad allergies...I mean, the poor guy sometimes is up for hours on end at night because he can't breathe. We won't get into who else this affects...that is for another post. Any-sneeze, I felt bad for poor hubs...so a few months ago, I decided to take The Babe to our local bedding store the next day after work and use some of our tax refund on the latest and greatest in hypo-allergenic bedding.
The Babe and I get into the store and it is seriously like an adult wonderland. Everything from $20 body pillows (and the appropriate sized pillow covers) to $500 vacuum cleaners (a girl can dream, can't she?!) to $1,000 home spas...I love going into this store!!
Quickly I pushed my cart, babe in tow, towards the bedding department...I mean, I did have some tax money burning a hole - had to move rapidly before that vacuum found a new home...and came across more hypo-allergenic bedding items that I thought really existed.
After asking for a bit of assistance...if I wouldn't have gone that route, well, they might as well have just closed the store with me still in it because I wasn't leaving without new bedding - and I couldn't figure out which product was for what...The Babe and I finally got the items we needed in our cart. Our list of items included a set of double-stitched pillow covers, a queen-sized heating blanket (because I am always cold...and come on - each side has a temperature control!!), 1,000 thread count sheets, a king-sized down alternative - double-stitched - top of the line comforter and a king-sized duvet cover. In addition, I got a few smaller things like a new nail polish color, some mascara, face soap and a bottle of water (I'm telling you...it is a wonderland!)
I was SO excited to think about our bedroom looking something like a catalog picture! As I looked in the cart, though, I cringed thinking of how much everything was going to cost once we got to the check-out line...especially since the comforter ALONE had a $400 price tag!! I wouldn't have been so concerned except for the fact that hubs didn't know I was out doing this good deed. No, he was at work and I didn't really want to bother him and call. Then I reminded myself it was for the health of hubs...it was necessary - even if he wouldn't bless it before it happened, I knew he would appreciate the thought and not make me go back to return everything!
The Babe and I got the register manned by a poor high school girl who looked like she was about to fall asleep - BONUS!! I put all of the smaller things on the counter and started the small talk routine. Suddenly, though, I realized that he cashier was too busy talking to The Babe to even concern herself with what I was saying. I kept putting items on the counter while the cashier kept talking...she would ring things up and hand the back to me. I didn't find any of this odd as most of the things I got were far too large to just throw into a bag.
I thanked the girl and pushed my cart to the car. The Babe and I were soon home and after putting her to sleep I began the task of transforming our bedroom into an allergy-sufferers DREAM oasis! After I had finished, I pulled out the receipt to look at everything. I didn't even bother to listen to the girl when she told me how much it was - I didn't want to flat line in the store - so I hadn't looked at the final tally until the room was set up! My eyes went right to the bottom "total" of the receipt and I almost (almost!) screamed...$237.39?!?!?! Well, that didn't sounds right!!!
Turns out the cashier was so busy talking to The Babe that she wasn't even paying attention to what she was doing...BONUS!!! So, turns out that having children can actually SAVE you money...and the break-down is as follows:
2 - $30 hypo-allergenic pillow covers
1 - $20 pillow covers (extras to match sheets) - FREE
1 - $2.99 nail polish
1 - $2.99 bottle water
1 - $399 king-sized comforter - FREE
1 - $79 duvet cover
1 - $189 heating blanket - FREE
1 - $99 sheet set
Note to self...always have THIS face with you when shopping...