Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My new jeans, and what they mean to me.


Can you pick the designer pair?




It's been all about Target lately. There is so much stuff on clearance! I love it. In a recent trip I picked up a pair of jeans for $4.98 - great price - until Monday when Target released a $3 off Denim coupon. I took the jeans back and picked up 2 pairs for $1.98 each! They are really comfortable and cute. 

As I was hanging them in my closet next to a pair of designer jeans I giggled at the symbolism of the new, inexpensive jeans. You see, there was once a time in my life when the embellishments on jeans mattered to me. I'd spend the amount of a car payment on one item of clothing. This was before kids, before the statement "just wipe your hands on my pants" ever came out of my mouth, before spit up and slobber, before a mortgage, before I appreciated money, before I knew I would want more than anything to be a stay-at-home-mom.

I started using coupons after Noelle was born when we became a one-income family. Even with the coupons I failed at keeping to a budget for the first year and blew through a good amount of our savings. Oh to turn back the clock! When I realized that I was facing going back to work and not spending each day with my baby, I adjusted my spending. It was going great until I accidentally ran my car into a light pole got in an accident. We got a new-to-us car and I tightened my budget and upped my couponing skills. No more expensive jeans. 

Since then, by God's grace, we've paid off our credit cards and are now in the process of tackling our mortgage. The new jeans are an example of how my priorities have changed over the years. At the end of the day the label on my jeans doesn't matter. To me what matters is being able to stay home with my kids. Because I love being the mom with peanut butter finger prints on her pants. 

If you guessed #3, you're right! 
The first two are my new $1.98 Target jeans.
The third are Joes Jeans, $162.

8 comments:

  1. I did pick 3! But thats only because I LOVE Joes!! Those target jeans are sweet though, Im super jealous of your deal!!

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  3. Thanks so much for dropping by the Be-Bop-A Blog Hop! I'm a follower and I hope you'll stop by again soon! Have a great day! :)

    http://www.mommylivingthelifeofriley.com

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  4. I picked 1! Those jeans are super cute. Love your blog. It's so fun and different.

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  5. Hey Girl! Found your blog through a blog hop! SO glad I did. You are lovely and your blog is delightful. I LOVE TARGET! Love Target jeans. I have a funny blog post on my blog titled, "My Homage to the Bullseye!" HA HA! You should check it out! Looking forward to being your newest follower. http://callmemamaleisha.blogspot.com

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  6. Ha! Great post! I wouldn't have guessed which the expensive ones were!!

    Just stopped by from a Wednesday blog hop. I’m following you now and hope you’ll stop by my blog sometime too! Have a lovely week.
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  7. WOW! That is so impressive. :) I would not have guessed #3.

    http://livingsoabundantly.blogspot.com/p/give-back-thursday.html

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  8. Very Interesting, Love it! Nice site, I will be sure to come back to visit! Check out JULY 2011 BLOG HOP over at www.reasonablyless we would love for you to link up!

    Rachel
    www.reasonablyless.com
    “Mommy freebies, coupons and Advice on using coupons”

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