I was hoping to have another floor lamp makeover story for you today, but the search for the right shade of grellow to match the throw pillows continues. Instead, I have a story and a challenge.
The story: I got a ticket. I was running late for work, I was still half asleep (it was 6:30 am), and I cut off a motorcycle cop. I am usually very, very cautious around motorcycles. And cops. But wait, before you laugh– it gets worse. My state inspection and registration were also overdue. They expired while we were on our honeymoon and I just hadn’t gotten around to taking care of them. Oh, and I had a headlight out. Yeah. Fail.
Total value of the ticket? $725 or one DSLR camera — because that’s what it cost me. Instead of going camera shopping, I get to take a money order down to the Dallas County clerk’s office. Basically, I feel like a road apple that’s been run over by a car, rained on, run over again, and then mopped up by the street sweeper (if you’re not from the country and don’t know what a road apple is, try this) for having cost us a new camera. To make it up, I’ve given my self a challenge.
The challenge: Save enough money to cover the ticket (and then some) using coupons, sales, thrifting, online deals, and any other money-saving techniques I can think of. I’ll keep track of how much I save and update weekly on our progress and share any great deals we found.
The goal is to save $1000 in six months.
Our friends have always called Kevin and I the Coupon Kids because we don’t like to pay full price for anything. They haven’t seen anything yet!
Do you coupon? Have any tips for a novice? Accidentally cut off any motorcycle cops lately or had to spend the money you were saving for something big on something else?
PS. Happy Birthday Jon-san! Saki saki saki bomb!