A Tutorial Taste, Crazy Coupons and Stranded, Broken Feet

Yesterday, I was talking about doing a makeup tutorial / experiment. I filmed said tutorial and experiment today, and the first video is in the process of uploading to YouTube. Because I had super excited kitties who wanted to be stars, I have to edit the second video and upload it, which I won’t have a chance to do tonight seeing as it’s already nearly one am and I must be up in the morning. Yes, I talked so much that there’s two videos. One is an introduction to what I’m doing, plus a hair tutorial, and the other focuses on the makeup, and also is inspired by and uses this tutorial by DiamondsandHeels14. I don’t do a tutorial on her tutorial, I just use one of her tutorials to do my makeup and show you how it turned out, because her tutorials are awesome, though I am not as great of a makeup artist as her. Even though nothing is ready to post quite yet, I wanted to give you all a little taste of what’s to come, plus tell you two fun little stories.

As for the videos, which I’ll hopefully have time to complete in the insanity that will be tomorrow, here is a before shot, with no makeup and me still in my pajamas with no hair done at all. It’s embarrassing and empowering all at one time. It’s strange that way.

Most unflattering picture ever, right? See what I do for you guys? I don’t take picture and then have to use a screen cap that makes me look like I’m falling asleep, which I kind of was.

And here is the after. It’s kind of been decided that I look like the dark haired version of Parker from Leverage in this makeup, instead of like Taylor Swift.

I have a lot more pictures to come with the video. My tutorial shows you how to do this look, originally done by DiamondsandHeels14, without the proper tools and makeup, and also shows the cheap girl with clear skin’s way of doing concealer, and also how to cover up Rosacea and pooling from blood disorders on the face. Hopefully I will have that tutorial done tomorrow.

Now for the stories.

I have to admit it guys, I’ve become the Crazy Coupon Lady. I could deny it right up until today when I held up a line at the register unintentionally because there wasn’t another one open, and then was applauded by the people I had held up because of all the money I saved. At first I thought they were applauding because I was done, but then they started asking me questions about how I saved that much money and I realized I had reached the status I most feared. I’m kind of embarrassed and kind of proud. I’m not one of those people who gets a billion things for free, but I think when you can knock half off of your bill, that’s a glorious moment. I also don’t spend more than three hours a week couponing, so I’m happy with the deals I get. That being said, here’s what happened for those of you who are interested in couponing.

I went into PetSmart to get dog food and dog treats. I’ve come to find that PetSmart has some of the best deals and otherwise gets a bad rap, but if you catch them at the right time, there are deals to be had. I had coupons for the treats and a five dollar Holiday Buck store coupon for the food. When I went into the store there were coupons sitting on a table, coupons that weren’t on their website or in their papers, and since one pertained to my purchase of dog food, I picked it up. There were also 15% off coupons good on my entire purchase sitting there, so I took one of those.

When I got back to the dog food, it happened to be on sale that week, and they were offering more Holiday Bucks, which was five dollars in coupon form that printed out on your receipt to use on your next PetSmart purchase of Purina products. The deal was supposed to end last month, but I was thrilled to see it hadn’t. I picked up my dog food, which was normally $28.99, but was on sale for $24.99 with a PetPerks card.  I had a $5 Holiday Buck coupon from a previous purchase, plus my 15% off coupons, mixed with a coupon for two free Beneful Prepared Meals valued at $1.89 a piece with the purchase of that dog food. When I checked out, my total for the dog food and the Beneful Prepared Meals came to $18.01. The actual total should have been $34.74. I saved almost half at $16.73, plus I got a $5 Holiday Bucks coupon to use on any Purina product, such as the food I just bought, next time I’m in the store.

Seeing as the Holiday Buck deal was extended, I decided to check out some cat food while I was there, since we have taken in cats and can always use the food. The cat food was originally $12.99. It was on sale for 10.99 with a PetPerks card, plus I had the %15 percent off coupon and a second $5 Holiday Bucks coupon that I had brought with me. Instead of paying $13.79 with the tax, I ended up paying $5.79, saving myself more than half at $8. By checking out separately, I also got another Holiday Bucks coupon good for $5 off my next purchase. And I still wasn’t done.

I still had my dog treats to get, because what’s Christmas without treats for the animals? They’d just steal my gifts in protest anyway and I’d never see them again, so it’s better to appease them. As with the last transaction, I did a separate transaction for this as well. (I’m so sorry anyone who got behind me in line.) I had manufacturers coupons for the treats, as well as PetSmart ones I had picked up on my way in, and that 15% coupon, so I was set. I picked up one dog treat for $5.99 and three for $3.99 to appease the guidelines on the coupons I had. The $5.99 treat was on sale with a PetSmart card for $3.50, and the $3.99 treats were on sale for the same price with a card. I had a dollar off of two treats, a dollar off of one treat, and a buy one get one free coupon. I was able to mix and match the dollar off and the bogo since one was a manufacturers coupon and one was a store coupon and I met the requirements of the coupons with what I bought. Mix that with the 15% off, and I could use the $5 Holiday Bucks from my previous purchase on them, bringing my total to $3.15. My total should have been $19.04, so I saved myself well over half at $15.89.

All in all, I should have spent a grand total of $67.57. What I actually spent with all the coupons and PetPerks deals was $26.95. I saved a total of $40.62, totally legally and with hardly any time or effort put into couponing, plus I have a $5 coupon to use on my next Purina purchase. PetSmart often has deals like this, so sometimes couponing and taking a few extra minutes is more than worth it.

When I got home from all of that excitement, I was sitting here minding my own business, like I often am, only to get a text from my friend saying he was stranded with a broken foot. If you’re wondering how that happened, I’m not the only one, especially since he can’t drive, nor does he own a vehicle. Therefore, I asked him what happened. Unfortunately for him, my one friend who is sick happened to be on medication for her flu and thought this was the funniest thing ever. Thinking back, it is pretty darn funny. Just not to him. And I sure as heck wouldn’t be happy if it happened to me. In fact, I think he handled it well what with not crying and staying calm. But here’s the story and you can judge for yourself. It’s so tragic and so funny at the same time that I just don’t know where to go on it.

Today, my friend was moving a couch. It fell on his foot in a Laurel and Hardy worthy moment, breaking it. As he flailed around, he had to find someone to take him to MedExpress, and even if he could drive, he would have still needed someone to take him because he needed that foot to drive. He arrives at MedExpress where his friend is forced to leave him to do things. On his friend’s way back to pick him up, his friend is in a car accident and is unable to pick him up. MedExpress is now closing and kicks him out, forcing him to go and sit in the Verizon store next door, or, as his iPhone autocorrected, the verisimilitude store. (I had to Google it, too. It means the quality of realism in something. So he’s in the realism store. So not right, especially since he has a broken foot and is stranded, so things just got pretty real.) He’s desperately trying to find someone to come and get him before the Verizon store closes in 32 minutes. He texts me. Because of my medical problems, I can’t drive that far to pick him up per doctor’s orders, plus, I get all wonky and disoriented when I try. So because he broke his foot, he’s now stranded because his friend was in an accident and his other friend is too sick to pick him up. Do you see the irony in this? All because of a couch attack.

He did finally get someone to pick him up, but it was down to the wire and was nearly two hours past when he was first stranded until he got home. He’ll laugh about it one day. One day. Not soon.

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