rOk, so this was once upon a time, long story short….I had a nose job. Truth be told I hadn’t always hated my nose. I think the first time I realized my nose was less than normal or ‘cute’ was when a school classmate asked me if I had broken my nose. It was only then that I examined my nose a little more carefully. I think I was in the seventh grade. Junior high is one of those pivotal times in your life as a young teenager. A time when you start to notice boys, girls become obsessed with hair and makeup trends, school dances and who was the most popular become the most important aspects of life.
I think my feeling of inadequacy started here, in Jr. high.
After my insensitive classmate pretty much said “what’s up with your schnoz” I closely examined my nose more carefully and to my utter shock and confusion I realized I did have a less than desirable side profile which my nose was a little longer than I would have liked and had a bridge hump towards the top. I started to wonder if I had in fact broken my nose. It did kind look that way.
Fast forward to my mid twenties and I just could not shake this feeling of nasal inadequacy. I wanted a ‘cute’ nose, a ‘button’ nose, the kind of nose you see in magazines like Glamour and Elle.
I decided to get a free cosmetic procedure consultation. I was asked by my future surgeon the same question, “did you ever break your nose?” Wow, is everyone this insensitive? Ok, I guess a cosmetic surgeon could say that, I mean after all he had my best interest at heart right? I came to him with a problem and he was trying to solve it.
Looking back I did actually recall an incident where I was running at school in 3rd grade and I ran smack dab into the side of a portable classroom, cutting the corner too close as I was running to a sewing class. I remember this hurting a whole hell of a lot and my nose did bleed quite a bit. I thought after I viewed my profile…”hmm, did I in fact break my nose?” Nonetheless, it was time to fix the damage that had been done so many years before this appointment. After my surgeon told me I had a deviated septum and that it’s highly probable that my medical insurance would cover some of the procedure, I decided to fork over nearly $5000, reluctantly, and scheduled the surgery. My surgeon said the procedure would take a couple hours and be an outpatient event. Easy peasy right?
Having grown up in poverty and spending so much time and energy trying to get out of poverty, $5000 at the time might as well have been $100,000 to me. But I figured the confidence boost it would give me could propel me into a far better tax bracket than my lowly wage as an administrative assistant at a local furniture store. And it would make for great wedding pics as my then husband snd I were renewing our vows with a real ceremony this time. The first wedding was in the living room of our very first apartment together.
After waiting a couple weeks impatiently, the day finally came! Surgery day! I went through the procedure and was told when I awoke that the surgery had in fact taken a lot longer, actually more like 6 hours. I guess I bleed pretty bad and the surgery didn’t go quite as planned. I looked like I had just been in the rig with Mike Tyson. That’s actually an understatement, it was all bad! I had two black eyes. Two tampon looking bandages in my nostrils and bandages on my face. I looked like a hot mess, although I was too sore and tired to care. My then husband (now ex-husband) drove me home and really the rest of the day was a blur. Assuming I just went home and slept. Day three post-op was the worst day of recovery, my whole face was swollen and my eyes where nearly swollen shut.
I think I got my bandages off about 7-10 days post-op. When I finally got to see the results of the surgery I was soooo happy. See my Avatar pic on this blog for a good view of what my nose looked like post op.
Here I am now, it’s been about 14 years since my surgery and I can safely say that although I don’t regret the surgery, I do wish I had been more informed. My nose has changed shape. It’s now more boney looking and the bridge has a sharp, non-rounded edge. I have reoccurring sinus infections which can be pretty brutal. I’ve had stinging in my nose. I’ve had gross smelling nasal discharge (I know TMI) before a few times, I’ve had sinus headaches and now I was told I may have to have a other surgery to correct the first surgery and that I still have a deviated septum. Although, I was told that a future surgery may be necessary with a Rhinoplasty, I guess I kinda just shrugged the risk off as being a rare possibility and I was hopeful that my surgery would go perfectly and be the exception.Why am I posting this on a frugal living blog? I think it’s important to share personal things that I’ve gone through, I want to be as open and transparent about my life struggles. I have not had an easy life by any stretch of the imagination. These are just some huge hurtles I’ve had to overcome in my life. I have endured child abuse, neglect, poverty, infertility, domestic abuse, having a special needs child, financial struggles, medical struggles, a five year divorce and a bankruptcy. I feel like I can relate to just about anyone at this in my life, I literally have gone through everything humanly possible, and yet I’m still standing, I’m still here and I live to fight another day! I hope this post helps and inspires someone who might be struggling with something difficult. Be brave and stay strong…. this too shall pass.
Christmas?! Did I really just say Christmas?! I know, I know, it’s not even Halloween as I write this blog post but trust me it will be worth it!
I stopped Rite-Aid today Oct 28th, just to get my fav body wash. Btw, have you ever tried this body wash? Omg, Ah-mazing! Seriously the best body wash I’ve tried in a long time!
This body wash goes on a but one get one free sale a lot. Wanted to stock up but there was only three in stock. 😞They are BOGO this week.
As I was shopping, (Looking for eggs and milk too because I didn’t wanna stop at the grocery store too) I came across a few things for Christmas.
50% off toys
I asked the cashier how long this sale would be going on and she said at least through November! Grab them early for best selection!
Also, be sure to check Walgreens for toys as well because they will have amazing BOGO toy sales. Sometimes they do buy two or three and get two free sale!! Perfect for filler type gifts (that’s what I call them). My boys each get one or two expensive gifts they really want, some clothes, pj’s, etc. and then some of these ‘filler’ type gifts. I once walked out of Walgreens with two carts full of toys for under $100, just using these toy sales and rewards points. I get my prescriptions there as well so I save up my rewards that way. The point system was a lot better back then though, this was in 2012 I think. They still have great sales though!
Next up! Home decor!
I don’t know about you but I’m already thinking about decorating for Christmas 🎄
I think decorating has to be one of the most fun things I love to do during the holidays!
Rite-Aid had decor and candles, etc for 50% off!
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Hi there! Welcome to my blog! I’m Sandi I’m a momma to two boys ages five and eight. My eight year old has Autism and Selective Mutism. After working a “normal” job and leaving my kids crying at daycare. I quickly realized there has to be a better way. I’ve been literally obsessed with business and home businesses and decided it was my goal and mission to test and try various work from home opportunities and pass this knowledge on to other moms that might be looking for a better way as well.
I started this blog originally eight years ago when my first son was born to fulfill my need for a creative outlet during his nap times, he was just three months at the time. This blog started out as a money saving/couponing blog. I got super excited when I realized how far I could stretch my very tight stay at home mom budget after my son was born. I figured my “finds” should be posted so I can help other mommies stretch their budget as well.
This blog is being updated and revamped. Started as just a blogger blog. I have a huge passion for not only helping moms save big, but also create ways of earning income online as well. After all, it’s not just about saving, but it’s about creating a life you love and earning enough money to enjoy your time. Being a good steward, with not only your money, but your resources and energy as well are all things I aspire to help you with on this blog/Youtube channel. I dedicated a lot of time and energy into testing work at home businesses ideas and passive income strategies to help you build multiple income streams at home, I hope to pass this knowledge on to other moms! I’d love to have you follow along! Mommin’ ain’t easy, but this blog will help you make mommin’ easier!
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10 Super easy ways to save BIG!!!!
#1 Ditch the Jonses’. The Jones’ might appear to have a beautiful life but what you don’t see is their debt. Just because they live in a fancy house and drive a brand new car doesn’t mean they have money.Truth is they probably have massive soul crushing debt.Trying to keep up with a lavish lifestyle can live you broke, stressed and unhappy. Freedom comes from being happy with less and only buying what you can truly afford
. #2 Simplify. No you don’t have to get rid of all your belongings and move in to a tiy house (although that is an option). But rather,try to think with a simpler mindset. Declutter your house and get rid off things that you don’t use. Sellt these items on Craigslist, or aother online marketplace and put this money in savings.
#3 Don’t grocery shop with your kids if you can help it. You will save big just by the kids not picking out things they want that they saw on tv or that have their fav character on it. These items get pricey and add up fast
#4 Don’t buy snacks. Or if you do buy snacky types of food, shop at the Dollar Tree or the .99 cent store. Snacks add p fast at the grocery store.
#5 Trick yourself into saving. You know that lose change in your car, on your nightstand or at the bottom of your purse? These little coins can add up to big savings. Save them in a jar or a water cooler bottle (like I do). We are hoping to save enough for our Disneyland trip. Even if we have half by the end of the year it would be worth the minimal effort for several hundred or thousands. I read on a blog were someone did this and had close to $3000 by the end of 12 months. If you think about it everyday you get change if you carry cash. Let’s say everyday you end up with $5 in change. Times that by 30 days $ 150 a month saved is a whopping $1800 ayear! See how fast change can add up? What could u do with an extra $1800 a yr? Go on a mini vacation? Pay down debt? Invest? Save? Shopping spree? Down on a new car? Gift? Christmas fund? The possibilities are endless.
#6 Stay home more. While the idea of this might not sound very fun…it can be a great way to reconnect with family. Turn off your phones and devices and have a family game night or movie night or even a backyard camp-out. Tell your friends and family you will be staying home a lot to save money, so they don’t feel like you’re blowing them off or have become a recluse. Make them come see you. If you think about it, even if you don’t spend any money you still are using gas. The more places you go the more you spend. It adds up quick and add kids to the mix and the cost goes waaay up. It’s easy to spend $40-$100 on one outing or event.
#7 Pack your own food and drinks if you can if you do go out. A quick Dollar Tree run is all it takes to cut the cost by 50-100%. Think about how many times you ight have blown money at fairs, carnivals or theme parks.
#8 Explain finances with kids at an early age. This is often a taboo subject and a lot of us don’t discuss money with kids. I think this is doing them a disservice. I thought this too..shield the kids from financial issues. What that lead to was mom..I want, I want, want. Start giving your child an allowance from the time they can start doing little chores. I recently gave my step son a lesson in money at Walgreens when he had $5 he wanted to spend. He had to decide what items (candy) were the best value for his money and I had him pay the cashier. This instills a since of trading time for money and that money isn’t endless. We can’t just go out to our backyard and pick money from a tree (though that would be nice). A lot of people have a hard time telling kids no. Believe me I was one of them. We’ve all seen the stressed mom at Wal-Mart giving into a child just to get out of the store right? Yep, that was me…no seriously that might have really been me. Lol I had to start learning to say no, compromising and laying ground rules before we even entered the store. Like for example…your b-day is right around the corner so you are not getting a toy today. We are here only for groceries today. My older kids tend to understand but my little one whos four I try to not shop with him if it’s at all possible. Call grandma, a friend or a neighbor if you can for a quick and easy trip to the grocery store.
#9 Grocery shop with a plan. For a lot of families including mine. Groceries are one of our biggest monthly expenses…#2 actually. A good thing about this expense is it is a flexible expense, meaning the amount spent is not set in stone like say a mortgage payment or car payment. What this means is you can easily reduce this expense. Things you can do to save at least 50% on your grocery bill include weekly meal planning, shop with a list, plan around your stores weekly sale ad, don’t buy convenience foods…like buy a head of lettuce and chop yourself or a reg bad of carrots instead of baby carrots. These little changes can save you a lot.
#10 Shop at Dollar stores. I buy most all of my snack type foods, cleaning products, cards, crafts and pet items oh yeah and socks at The Dollar Tree. I absolutely love the Dollar Tree! If you do nothing else on this list.This one thing can save you hundreds a year. Some of the items that are totally worth buying are….socks, hair products, soaps, cleaning supplies, crafts, birthday party supplies, holiday decor,knick knacks,books, medicines, pantry and frozen foods and so much more! Dollar Tree videos and more on my youtbe channels Mommies Frugal Finds Mommies Media Beauty30