Extreme Couponing







Have any of you seen the show Extreme Couponing on TLC? It's a show about people who collect massive amounts of coupons and get insane deals. My husband has always been a bargain shopper and a deal hunter but then he discovered the show Extreme Couponing and it opened his eyes to a whole new world. He has latched on to this coupon idea and is obsessed. Every day I get to hear about some new amazing deal he has found. It's now become a hobby of sorts and although I think it's a little cooky it keeps him busy while at home all day. It's also hard to complain when he's getting tons of practically free loot! Check out his haul from this week alone:












I tease him about it all the time but I do admire his  relentlessness when it comes to getting the "best deal" that he can on things. We have saved a lot of money already and I see much more of that happening in the future!

You know the saying that you don't know what you got until you lose it? Well lately I have been thinking that sometimes you can lose what you didn't even know you got. Joel and I have been in pure survival mode the last year physically, emotionally and mentally. When you are in the thick of the battle you don't really realize the change in you because you are just trying to get through the day. But now I realize that we both changed in many ways. The reason I even was able to recognize it was after seeing Joel this week. Something was different and it took me awhile to put my thumb on exactly what it was. I finally realized that it was the "old Joel" coming back. For so long he's been in such a difficult season-we both have-that I didn't realize how much of the real him was slipping away. The closer we get to the finish line the more I see the lightness, and the happiness starting to return. I can't even tell you how good it feels to us both to start to see light at the end of the tunnel and to feel just simple hope again. It's been so long and it's been so hard. There were times I didn't even think this time would come and I certainly didn't know how we would make it there. The answer I guess-one day at a time.