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Today’s Target trip (and why I paid over $2 for a box of bandages)

I took a meal to a friend today who lives over by Target, so made a quick stop at Target to see what deals I could pick up. Here’s what I ended up getting:

Nexcare children’s bandages (20-count) at $1.68
Used $1/1 Target coupon (there’s also a $0.55/1 Nexcare coupon from the 4/3 or 6/5 SmartSource insert that I didn’t have)
$0.68 after coupon

Up & Up Hair Detangler — $1.34
Used $0.75/1 Up & Up Hair item coupon (no longer available)
$0.59 after coupon

Nivea Body Wash – $3.04
Used $1/1 Target coupon (from the Beauty Bag)
Stacked with $2/1 any Nivea Body Wash coupon from the 6/5 RedPlum insert
$0.04 after coupons

Seattle’s Best Coffee — $6.04
Used $1/1 Target coupon
Stacked with $2/1 printable
$3.04 after coupon

Mead Flashcards — $1.79
Used $1/1 Target coupon
$0.79 after coupon

Band-Aids — $2.19

After coupons, I paid $8.94.

Now, if you’re wondering why on earth I spent $2.19 on a box of Hello Kitty Band-Aids, it’s because Kaitlynn has been talking about the Strawberry Shortcake bandages I was planning to buy ever since she saw me print this coupon out. She was so excited I was going to buy them that she asked repeatedly if she could come shopping with me on this trip.

She held onto the Nexcare bandage coupon the whole drive and kept talking about buying the bandages. (Yes, for some reason bandages — especially character bandages — are one of my children’s favorite things right now. Don’t ask me why!)

When we got to Target, they were completely sold out of all Strawberry Shortcake bandages. I could see how disappointed she was when I tried to explain this to her so I decided to let her choose another box of character bandages instead.

Was it frugal? No. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I spent $2 on a box of bandages.

But it made my little girl’s day. And while I believe strongly that a parent shouldn’t give a child everything they want, I think it’s wonderful to occasionally let go of the frugality and buy something just because it will brighten someone’s day.

It was a $2 well spent.

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180 Comments

  • Beth says:

    Sweet. 🙂 Those are special little things that make impressions on little ones…like you said, it made her day. I love it. 🙂

  • brittany c says:

    Totally worth the $2. I love saving money, but I also love making my children very happy. My daughter is also obsessed with Dora Bandaids. She will even make up fake owies in order to ask for a Dora bandaid. Usually its so sweet it’s worth wasting a bandaid to make her imaginary owie feel better.

  • Diane says:

    Aww, it’s worth it! I know, I bought my toddler a bag of pretzels for 1.38 and they’re normally 1.00 on sale which happens every 4-6 weeks, but I figured everything else we bought was on sale and it didn’t hurt.

  • Misty says:

    I love coupons and I try to buy things that I have a coupon for, but I totally agree with the bandage purchase!! Once in a while it is nice to treat those we love!! I paid $2 for a box of cupcakes for my kids today!! I rationalized it because they are made at the place where my Daddy works, so I am helping him out!! Plus my kids are so good about not saying, “We never get anything unless you have a coupon!!”

  • Janine says:

    I think its awesome that you did that! It’s something simple that made her day!

  • Denise R. says:

    Awesome!!

  • Lynn in MD says:

    Very nice Mommy!

    BTW, that’s not Nivea Mens BodyWash in the photo – that’s definitely womens. The Nivea Mens BodyWash has a blue bottle and doesn’t have sparkles. 😉

  • Good for you! That $2 made her day!

    Our not-on-sale splurge this week was a $3 mini basketball from Target. But, that $3 I *would* have spent on a fountain soda anyway (my weakness!) is going to much better use as we have been playing outside with the basketball and spending quality family time all afternoon!

  • Jeanette Ford says:

    AND it was the best $2 you spent! I absolutely agree with you. Anything to make your child smile and fill with joy! I love it!!!

  • Jessica says:

    I think that was so sweet of you, I wish more parents would do little things for their kids. Not spoiling but enriching and rewarding her for not begging.

  • Aww, that was cute!

    Great trip!

  • Elizabeth says:

    This Grandma says you made the right choice in the bandages!! Not much money to spend on someone so loved anyway!

  • Amber M says:

    My little boy is into the bandages too. He put’s them on for every little thing. I am so glad I got ahold of that Nexcare Bandage printable Coupon for $1 and took advantage of them being on sale and WM. I got like 20 boxes. I don’t care where he sticks those things on his body now : )

  • Hilary says:

    I too frequently spend two dollars on character bandaids. As crazy as it is. My daughter has every strawberry shortcake movie and almost every toy… Due to grandparents that spoil and the fact that since she was 1 (she is almost 5 now) this has been her only fad. She has never changed to princess’ or dora or anything else. My 4 year old is accident prone it seems and until we found strawberry shortcake bandaids the littlest scrape resulted in hour long sessions of crying. Since the finding of Strawberry bandaids, all boo boos now last a matter of minutes because strawberry makes everything all better. Even when we go to the doctors she brings her strawberry bandaids.

  • Angel B says:

    2.oo well spent indeed! My daughter LOVES to tape things, so I look for sales on scotch tape. The day she told me “Mommy, your the best because you don’t care if I tape stuff on my walls! Lisa (daddy’s gf and her house) NEVER lets me put things on the wall” I figure it is tape…life goes on 🙂

  • Jill Palecek says:

    Love the band-aid story! So true!

  • Good for you! That’s one aspect of my philosophy. It’s not just about the character bandages – it’s about making her day.

  • Erin says:

    Tee hee. I’m not sure my husband would use “men’s” body wash with a Touch of Sparkle ;-).

  • jennifer says:

    If the coupon was for mens bodywash why are you using it on womens?Is that allowed?

    • Crystal says:

      I had the deal written incorrectly since I copied and pasted it in from another post and forgot to change it. Sorry for the confusion; I’ve fixed it now.

  • Heather says:

    I think it’s awesome you did it! It let’s her know that while being frugal is important it’s also okay to splurge once and a while.

  • Allison V. says:

    My kids love the Strawberry Shortcake bandaids too. If I were smart I’d tell them less ahead of time so there wouldn’t be disappointment, but I think I’da done the same thing if I were you. =)

  • LinZ says:

    Agreed! Sometimes its not about how much the product is worth its about how much it means to the receiver. I am a super frugal mother but sometimes you just gotta live 🙂 I don’t believe that money or the things bought with it should be the source of all our joy but I also don’t think the fight to save money should rob us of EVERY pleasure!!!

  • Lisette says:

    $2 on a special surprise is frugal in my book!

  • Lisa says:

    I agree, that was $2 well spent. There are some really good deals but for some reason I am having trouble printing from the target website. I have done it in the past but just got my computer back it had to be completely wiped out. I can print from coupons.com but for some reason I am having trouble with target. It says to check the default printer when I try to print but the funny thing is on the target website it lists my printer and says “okay to print”. Anyway, my target doesn’t let you print out the coupons on their machine any more so I guess I loose out.

  • Amanda says:

    Question. I know this isn’t exactly about the target shopping trip…..
    But if I have 2 Buy one get one free coupons, would that make my product free?

    I remember when walgreens had a buy one get one free and I had a buy one get one free coupon it was free, correct?
    Thanks! Still learning all of this.

    • Colleen says:

      Only on a Buy One Get One Sale that a store was having on the very same item 🙂 (and if it was the store’s policy to honor that, just like the Walgreen’s sale you mentioned)

      • Rae says:

        Not 2 manufacturers bogo coupons. But if a store has a bogo sale and you pair it with a bogo coupon then yes. Or if one bogo coupon is a store coupon and one is a manufacturer coupon, yes. (both of those scenarios still depend on what store you are talking about though 🙂 )

  • Christi says:

    We had the exact opposite problem with the bandaids today. Our Target was all out of the Shrek kind and only had Strawberry Shortcake. I have two boys, so I chose to pay a little more for the Hot Wheels tattoo kind. They ended up being $1.42 and I had two happy boys!

  • laura says:

    Crystal~

    i understand about how wonderful it is to let go of frugality and to do something special for the kids….so often i can obsess or get stressed out if i’ve overspent for a product or missed a great deal. It’s so important for us to remember all the good gifts that our Heavenly Father lavishes on us!

    i appreciate your blog so much!
    <3 laura

  • Colleen says:

    I think that it’s all of those dollars we save couponing that allow us to be able to give our kids little things that make them happy! It’s much easier to justify spending an extra dollar on a hotwheels knowing that I saved so much on everything else!

    • Brandy says:

      I was thinking the the same thing! Part of the point of couponing for me is to be able to tell my kids “yes” sometimes and still stay within our budget. My 2 1/2 year old rarely begs for things at the store, so it is fun to be able to surprise him with letting him pick out a special item every once in awhile- with or without a coupon 🙂

  • Dana says:

    Such a sweet story! 🙂

  • Amy says:

    She will remember that you did that “for special” just for her. She will love it every time she gets to use one and hey, it’s not like you bought her candy. It’s bandages. Way to go! 🙂

  • Jodi says:

    I completely understand, my daughter is OBSESSED with bandaids so much that I actually gave her a box of them (amongst other things) last week for her 3rd Birthday…she was soooo thrilled!

    • Rae says:

      Whenever I get free character bandainds (or the tattoo ones, etc), I put them away immediately and they go in the Christmas stockings so I don’t find that strange at all 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    I agree with you, its right not to give a child everything they want. However, it wasn’t a random thing. You promised her she could get this prior to going to the store. The details had to change due to supply and demand, but a promise is a promise.

    Thank you for posting things like this, its good to read about.

  • Rachel N. says:

    Good for you! I love a mom whose idea of a splurge is $2 on a box of Hello Kitty band-aids for her little coupon-carrier. Now you know what to ask Santa to put in her Christmas stocking! Maybe he can stock up when they are on sale.

  • laura says:

    hey ladies~

    i’m still new to this couponing stuff, so i had a quick question about the Nexcare bandaids…..i printed a coupon for Nexcare that says $1 off any Nexcare skin care product…..does that apply to bandaids?
    just wondering
    thanks so much!

  • Shawn'l says:

    Just had a little giggle over the fact that your pic has “A touch of sparkle” body wash and your description states “body wash for men”. Thanks!

    • Crystal says:

      You mean your husband doesn’t love sparkly body wash?? 🙂

      Sorry for the mistake. That’s what I get for lazily copying and pasting the deal in from another post and forgetting to change it!

  • Christy says:

    Sometimes it’s nice to splurge on the little ones. She will remember that for a long time. Where in the store did you find the Mead flash cards? I searched all over and could not find them.

  • Sara P says:

    Well the way I read it, you kept a promise to your child. And that is priceless.

  • L says:

    I agree with your post. Also to tie this in with the previous article on “hand-me-downs”…I have two teenage daughters (three years apart) and I hand down clothes from the oldest to the youngest. Not only is it money saved, it is a sanity saver when out of the blue, jeans don’t fit, or she needs shorts for basketball, etc. BUT, my husband reminds me often, that my second daughter deserves some NEW things, too. So she does get some new things for school, birthdays, x-mas, and usually a new outfit for summer because she deserves to feel special, too. Little splurges are OK!

  • Jenni says:

    LOL on the sparkly “men’s” body wash!!! 🙂 And I love that you bought your little girl fun bandages! Great memory!!!

  • Nicole Otega says:

    I’ve done the same thing many times!! I usually shop with my 4 year and 20 month old, and if they behave I usually end up buying them something. I don’t everytime but I know they don’t enjoy couponing as much as I do, so I try to reward them for sitting quietly in the cart. So usually I’m super excited to get my purchase for a few dollars, but sometimes I spend just as much on the childrens prize. That’s why I’m so grateful for all that I’ve learned couponing and saving money; because I have the extra dollars to spoil my kiddies 🙂 Your site is wonderful, keep up the good work!

    • Brandy says:

      I will do the same thing for my son. When he is really good, or just a “normal” 2 year old good, I will get him a special treat. The way I look at it, he gave me a special treat by letting me shop in peace (which really isn’t in the job description of a toddler), so he deserves a little treat too.

  • hiedi says:

    That is very sweet. Honestly….we used to be an instant gratification famly until I started to coupon so now when they get something without a coupon it really is a treat …..and guess what….I feel lik my kids appreciate things more and have stopped having the attitude that they have to have it now…..we have become a lot more patient. Again….very sweet story!

  • Angela says:

    Hello Kitty Bandaids: $2.19…Thrilling one of your favorite people in the whole world: PRICELESS! 🙂

  • Vanessa says:

    That doesn’t look like Nivea for Men???

  • melissa says:

    I also made a trip to target today for almost the same reasons… but one deal I foung and thought I should share was thier fruit rollups, as soon as I walked in the door my target had them in the dollar bens a pack of 4 for $1 and I used the $.50 off 2 coupon in last sundays paper paying a $1 for 2. But I also used the band aids coupon as well and there were some at my target and my daughter held the box until we checkedout as well. funny!

  • Mindy says:

    Totally agree with you. Sometimes you just have to! Good trip.

  • Christine says:

    I agree completely and I can just imagine your daughter getting “hurt” to use her new band-aids. I’ve been managing my family finances for a couple months now and have implemented a more frugal approach. While I’m doing just fine (I cut back months ago) I have to realize that my husband has to adjust too and there are just somethings that I can’t be frugal with. In our case, there are little frugal options for golf. However, I do make sure he realizes how much it truly costs so he can make better choices while he’s golfing (ie. bringing his own snacks, drinks, looking for good deals).

    • Crystal says:

      She somehow mysteriously got an invisible owie on the way home and needed a bandage. Cracked me up. 🙂

      • Amara says:

        Our kids actually have been known to make the comment, “Mom, it has blood!” because THAT is apparently the qualifier in our house for band-aid use. Love it. 🙂

        I wanted to share with you, as well, that Amy Dacyzyn has a need little article in her Tightwad Gazette book about treating her children to junior ice cream cones at the mall. Since they barely ever entered a mall, this was a treat and she noted how they “lapped up” every drop of the junior cones. She was mentioning that it made her proud that they could appreciate a small treat, because life didn’t hold such treats everyday. I think your band-aids are a sweet example of children appreciating some small allowance for joy, simply because it isn’t an everyday occurence.

  • Tracey says:

    haha I thought I was the only one! My 3 1/2 year old daughter is obsessed with band-aids too! I was able to score the Strawberry Shortcake ones at Target…she LOVED them & they were super cheap. We have the Hello Kitty ones too! : ) Who knew band-aids could be so cool????

  • Jen says:

    That’s women’s body wash in the photo. Will Target let you use the men’s body wash coupon on the women’s body wash? If so, I’m going to get some! That’s my favorite brand.

    • Crystal says:

      I used the coupon from the Beauty Bag. I had incorrectly posted it earlier; my apologies on the confusion!

      • Sarah says:

        it’s not the target coupon that’s the issue, it’s the newspaper coupon that is for men’s only. it may have worked but is it ethically right?

        • Crystal says:

          Sorry for the confusion! My coupon said that it was good on “any body wash”. I double-checked it just to be sure. I’m hearing that maybe different areas got different coupons on this one?

  • Nancy says:

    I’d done the same thing! 🙂

  • Challice says:

    How cute! You’re a good Mama. 🙂

  • Vale says:

    That is what makes you a good Mom!!

  • Susan Engelhardt says:

    I believe that Dave Ramsey would say that this is an instance where because you “live like no one else–you can LIVE like no one else!” In other words–you watch deals and clip coupons and other frugal stuff. A box of bandaids for a kids smile==priceless (esp. when the other stuff was so cheap!)

  • deborah says:

    I love the fact that you made her happy, even though I agree that we can’t always give our kids everything they want. Also, I’ve noticed that trying to be frugal and use coupons and only get good deals can almost make my attitude become stingy, if you understand what I’m trying to say. When my kids were younger they loved character bandages also! Some things go with certain ages!

  • Catherine says:

    Just a heads up, we put some conditioner and water in a spray bottle as a detangler for my daughters hair and mine and it works great. We have crazy curly hair in our house too 🙂

  • Jenni says:

    I was in Walgreens last week planning on using my RR before it expired. It was only $1, so I thought maybe an Icee, but then my son saw little play cars, and the one he REALLY wanted was a Lightning McQueen car for $5. I almost never buy a toy for him just because, but decided to just go ahead and use the RR. He really loves that car.

  • Vane says:

    aww my daughter too loves bandages! i picked up 2 boxes of the strawberry shortcake ones for $0.88 each…they would have been less if the cashier wouldn’t have missed a $1 coupon ugh… and i noticed when i was in my car and was too lazy to go back and deal with them…anyways! how could you get that Nivea body wash if the coupon was for a men’s one? hmm

  • TatersMama says:

    Wow, I’m staying over on THIS site. Things are getting ugly over on the FB link to this post. Don’t people realize they’ve just wasted half an hour of their lives on something that makes not one iota of difference in their lives?!??! Sheesh. Keep it up Crystal, you’re a great mom!

  • Lisa says:

    When my daughter was 3 she loved character and colorful band-aides too! (she’s now 11) Everyone gave her band-aids for her birthday that year and she was the happiest 3 year old in the world!!!! Some people thought it was odd for her to like band-aids so much, but we thought it was innocent and cute. Your story of your little girl brought back a lot of memories of when our daughter was that age too!

  • stephanie says:

    There was a coupon for $.50 off Bandaid in the SS two weeks ago. I just used mine on Mickey Mouse bandaids. Got them for 1.83

  • Kim says:

    I would have done the same thing. Our children are only with us for 18 short years. Some days are long and difficult, but those kind of moments make parenthood delightful. 😀

  • lorrie says:

    Good job Mom! This may be a memory she has for the rest of her life, the time she got the special bandages when she went shopping with Mom.

  • Doris says:

    You made me smile. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rashel says:

    I ventured out to Target today for my first time using what coupons i have clipped, and while I am sure I could of done things differently and paid less, I still saved. It is definetly a learning process as I read all the blogs and try to figure it all out. I was bummed that they were all out of the mens body wash 🙁 But I saved those coupons for a later trip. First transaction was: I got 2 boxes of the strawberry S.C. bandaids, used 2 $1 off coupons, paid .68 each, 2 Mead flashcards, used 2 $1 off coupons, paid .79 each. Bought 2 gillette items, one was $4.99, used a $2 off coupon, and one was 9.49, used $4 off coupon, and got $5 gift card. i also had a target coupon for buy 2 of certain products receive $5 gift card, so I got a 12 pack of bounty paper towels $12.99 used $0.25 coupon and pack of charmin toilet paper for $7.99 used $0.25 coupon, and received another $5 gift card. That transaction I paid $34.24 after tax and got 2 $5 gift cards. I then used those 2 gift cards on my next transaction for another set of the paper towels and toilet paper as before, 12 pack of bounty paper towels $12.99 used $0.25 coupon and pack of charmin toilet paper for $7.99 used $0.25 coupon, and received another $5 gift card. 2nd transaction I paid $11.80, and i have a $5 card for the next trip to target. Total was $63.38, minus $11 in coupons, received $15 in gift cards, used $10, still have $5 left. Spent $42.38 , saved $27.38 and I am now set with toilet paper and papertowels for a while. Hoping next trip will be better.

    • Rashel says:

      plus, as we were picking up the paper towels my 8 year old noticed that some of them had a packet of coupons inside them with a savings over $30. So he searched through them to find another package with the coupons. SCORE!

  • beth says:

    also you can get Suave Deodorant for women 97¢

    Manufacturer Coupon -.50/1 Suave deodorant, RP 5/22
    (makes it 47¢)

    Tums 36 ct., $1.99

    Store Coupon -$1 off Tums digestive aid item, 36 ct +, (Target coupon) printable http://www.target.com/
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Tums product, 24 ct +, (register) printable
    (use both, makes it FREE) https://www.tums.com/Tums_OneDollar2009.promo

  • Mary K says:

    Crystal! I LOVE your website and your posts! Yes, it was $2 VERY well spent. I’ve been waiting for a chance to go get my band aids just because my kids “need” them on “invisible boo boos” and we go through them fast.

    I remember reading a “don’t go insane mommy” book and the author said that simply giving your child a band aid even when it’s not needed (no blood etc) gives them a sense of comfort and safety in your home and family. It shows you care. I never forgot that and now character band aids are a must have at all times item in our home. 🙂

    looking forward to your next video btw 🙂

    • Heather says:

      That makes sense about the bandaids giving them a sense of comfort and safety. Maybe I’ll move a little faster the next time I hear, “Mama I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed a bandaid!!!!!!!

  • Camille says:

    It is the simple things in life that make everything better;-)

  • su says:

    Good job…I would have done the same. Face it, they won’t go bad (bandages) and your child’s smile is priceless.

  • Sharon says:

    bandages-2$……
    happy little girl…..priceless…;-)

  • Laura says:

    awesome, my problem is I would have given my DD the bandaids and left off stuff for myself even if it was a great deal. I am frugal but if it isnt absolutely necessary right then even if cheap I dont buy it. I would rather that 50 cents or whatever to cover something I buy for her…then she ends up with too much and I am now out of body wash lol. Its ok. in about 4 months there will be a second baby so Ill have to say no more then

  • Your daughter is too funny! My 2-year-old is also obsessed with fun bandages (for her it’s Winnie the Pooh) and whenever she gets a scrape or cut, the only thing that makes it all better–even more than my kisses!–is a Winnie the Pooh band-aid. I think it’s adorable and well-worth the extra couple bucks to make her happy on this particular count.

  • holi says:

    yeah! I love it when the simpliest thing makes someone so happy!

  • Miriam says:

    My mom gives fun bandaids in Christmas stockings. We couldn’t afford them for 7 rural children the rest of the year, so it was a special treat to have our own box. We usually made them last as long as we could.

  • Cindy Kluger says:

    Nice to see so much support on that bandage indulgence for your daughter. Every little girl should have Hello Kitty bandages. : )

  • Pam C says:

    I picked up the Strawberry Shortcake bandages last summer when I had a great coupon deal for them. No kids in this house so I didn’t plan on using them on exposed areas and even thought I might pass along to someone at some point. I ended up getting scratched by my cat in the middle of the night on my face no less and had to open them up last week. It put a smile on my face the next morning when I looked in the mirror and had a Strawberry Shortcake bandage on my face at 35 years old. I totally agree that this little splurge for your daughter was worth it. What’s the point of saving with coupons on everything else, if you can’t enjoy spending a little bit once in awhile to make a loved one happy.

  • holly says:

    guess I’m a little ‘out of touch’ with bandage costs and couponing, because $2 didn’t sound outrageous to me for a box. 😉 I just pay what they cost when I need them.

    then again I am a single woman, with no kids, not exactly waiting on the edge of my seat looking forward to my next big special day to buy hello kitty bandages 😉 … guess that puts my ignorance of these things in perspective 😉

  • Julie says:

    Love it!! Great job momma!!

  • Beth says:

    One of the things we learned while in school for education was that a bandage was very inexpensive if it really make someone’s day! If a person comes to you or to the office and a band-aid will make their boo-boo all better be glad that is something you can fix so easy. As an inner city teacher believe me there are many things that are not fixed so easily.

  • Rae says:

    You are a much better mom than me 🙂 . I would have convinced my boys that the Shrek ones were much cooler anyway (which would have worked with them) even though it’s kind of sneaky. I do give them other unexpected treats though (like today I got some waffle cones to go with the Breyers ice cream from that sale which they are usually not allowed to get) so don’t think I’m a complete meanie lol 😛

  • MomofTwoPreciousGirls says:

    I am cracking up…I LITERALLY have TWELVE boxes of ALL SORTS of bandages under my sink. My 3 yo loves them…A band-aid is part of her bedtime routine!!!

  • Laura says:

    Totally worth it. !!!!!!

    I have been following your blog for over a year now, and I can honestly say its one of my favorite blogs, because you focus on much more than just coupons. When I first began couponing I was under the impression that by clipping coupons was the only possible to save a buck. But once I started reading your blog, I learned that time is also precious, and family is much more precious. I have a 3 year old, and recently we were going to introduce our little precious angel (our little girl), but we had to say goodbye to her too soon. I got pregnant in September of 2010 and were extremely excited, and I was doing my thing. In January of this year we found out she had a lung tumor, and we remained calm, and at times very scared. We kept thinking it would just go away as she grew and matured, but in late February everything took a turn for the worst. I got hospitalized and put on bed rest when we noticed I was contracting. Your blog kept me in the hospital sane, and Yes at times I would just browse through the internet to keep the time pass by . I obviously couldn’t concentrate on anything other than my baby girl, but I kept reading and remembering some of the things I have read and come across that were inspirational. (for example, the wonderful post you put during xmas one day,) and just little things like that. Well, I ended going into labor, when my water broke, and she had to be taken out via emergency csection, and she got operated on asap, and we got to meet, and I held her in my arms, but she passed away while I held her. It was the worst day of my entire life, and It definately puts a deeper meaning to what life means to me.
    Sometimes we take things for granted, or we take ourselves too seriously, that we forget the reason we live for, and the very thing sometimes is right in front of us….for me, my family. I have always thought this way, but my precious baby girl has given me much more meaning to my life.
    Thank You for your wonderful words…. I felt like sharing this maybe because I’m missing my wonderful husband who is now serving in Afganistan, and for some reason typing away allows me to feel good, and share a little about me to the world. Thanks.

    • Crystal says:

      My heart goes out to you, Laura. Thank you for sharing here.

      Your comment touched me so much! Could you email me? I want to send you a little something. moneysavingmom@gmail.com

    • MomofTwoPreciousGirls says:

      Thank you and your husband for his service and the sacrifice you make each day…I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for the reminder of how precious life is an every moment is important.

      Bless you and your family…

    • Laura, I am so sorry for your inexpressible loss. Things that we think are important really are not when put in the light of our family. God bless you and your family.

    • Rae says:

      My heart goes out to you. I cannot even begin to imagine what that was like.

    • Kristin says:

      Awe I’m so sorry to hear that about your sweet baby girl. I pray God brings you peace and healing. Know that He can make ALL things good and I hope one day you will see the way He does so. I’ll say a prayer for your husband also. <3

      • Victoria says:

        Laura, your message had me crying all over the place. I immediately went to my little ones’ bedroom and cuddled with them (they’re fast asleep). I can’t imagine going through your pain. I’m so sorry for your loss. Life is really rough right now, but you really put things into perspective, thank you.

    • Guest says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Laura. Sending prayers and good thoughts your way. Also praying the time will pass quickly until your husband returns from Afghanistan.

  • jessica says:

    Love it! Kids are definitly worth letting go and paying full price at times. There little smiles and the joy they show makes it all worth it!

  • Victoria says:

    We aren’t into characters, but my 3 1/2 year old daughter loves drawing animals and smiley faces so when we went on a long trip recently, I bought 2 [free] boxes of plain Nexcare bandages at every Wal-Mart we stopped at along the way. Then, in the car, I gave her permanent markers (I sat beside her!) while she meticulously drew pictures on every single band-aid. We even gave Grandma a box with all of her “pretty” band-aids, which Grandma LOVED. My daughter is so proud of them and, although she never gets any owies, it’s amazing how many of her stuffed animals do!

  • Kristie says:

    Our WG’s only had the kids bandaids on sale (I suspect because they are getting new supply in of different characters since these were recent movie characters) so with the coupons I got several packages for next to nothing..Hope Hubby is okay with Toy Story and Car’s bandaids LOL

  • My husband has 2 choices for Band-aids…Curious George and Strawberry Shortcake…needless to say, he doesn’t typically complain about his cuts, lest I slap one of those on him 🙂 Although, my dad once went to an important client meeting with a Minnie Mouse band-aid…he said the clients immediately liked him 🙂

    • Monica says:

      Love it- reminds me of the time my dad came inside from selling our used car….to my sisters and I in total disbelief followed by rolling hysterically in laughter. He had obviously picked up our lip gloss rather than his carmex! Made the sell! 🙂

  • rhonda says:

    I think that is the most wonderful thing….Your little girl will probably remember that for ever, and what a great memory…you are a great mom, and sometimes when we shop its not about what we buy but who we buy it for…thank-you Money Saving Mom…

  • Sarah says:

    My new motto is “educational or disposible”. If something fits into one of those 2 categories, and also fits the budget I find no worries about adding it to the cart. I would say that character bandaids are the perfect way to add a favorite “toy” into the house, without having to make the room for the real thing. We are all about cars and trucks here, but fingers crossed we may get to see pink here in a few months!

  • Awesome!!! I love when something so simple just brightens their day!!!! 🙂

  • WWadeII says:

    No kids myself but I could imagine one of my nieces doing the same thing. It was cute and brought a smile to my face, as I imagine it did the same for you. Guess you could say they weren’t $2.00 but Priceless.

  • Sherri says:

    Bandaids, $2.19
    Smile given when you bought the bandaids? Priceless.
    Soem things are worth spending on. Just hold on to your receipt. I’m sure you will find a coupon and a sale that you can use on them to make them a real bargan. You did try your best to save money. Hope you got a raincheck on the Strawberry shortcake ones.

  • Monica says:

    We used up our last Hello Kitty band aid after reading Nurse Nancy for the gazillionth 🙂 time. I finally just gave in and let all of the plastic animals have owies ( we call them that too) so that my 2 1/2 year old could be a nurse. It will be money well spent when I replace them.
    I haven’t read all of the comments but if people are negative about $2.00 bandaids, they should be really offended by the price of gas and milk. It is not nearly as worthwhile as making your daughter’s day!
    Thank you for your blog. I am a mother of five, including 3 under 3. It helps to keep me sane to know that there are others out there who are doing the best that they can to love the Lord, their husband, and their little mess makers! 🙂

  • Christene Catlin says:

    I think you did what you should have sometimes it is about the wonderful moments we give our children. You need to teach them to be frugal but to also allow little things to cause joy into their world too. Way to go!

  • Jess says:

    We put character bandages in our kids stockings and Easter baskets and then they have to use “plain” ones when those run out. I didn’t hide the Shrek ones good enough in the cart when I was buying them last night. My kids were SOO excited to get fun bandaids not on a holiday! LOL

  • Andrea Foxworthy says:

    I loved this story. I bought band-aids at walmart today because we needed more. I looked at the hello kitty ones for quite a while before I put boring band-aids in my cart. My hubby will be glad, but I prefer to wear hello kitty band-aids! I am 29, by the way!

  • Leslie M says:

    I teach 2 year old Sunday School and for a recent lesson on how Jesus cares for us, we had a life-size butcher paper cut out of a child. We had boxes of bandages and let the kids put them all over the butcher paper. They LOVED it!

  • Mel says:

    Hello Kitty Rocks!!! We have the same box of bandages and my son recently picked out Hello Kitty to cover “mommy’s booboo”. I forgot I had the band aid on my arm and headed out to the grocery store that night. There were at least 3 full grown women discussing how cool my Hello Kitty bandaid was! And while it’s a little silly, it was a nice way to share kind words and a smile with strangers. You know, sometimes it’s the little things that make us happy!

  • Audrey says:

    I love the balance you have. Thanks for sharing your Target trip and your cute bandage story. No doubt, you will have many more great stories to share. Look forward to them all.

  • Wendy T. says:

    I found a link for Nexcare bandages. Will this work, stacked with the Target coupon printed from their site? If this one will work, can I print out multiple copies?

    Thanks so much,
    Wendy 🙂

  • Katie says:

    Hi, been following for a while but haven’t commented yet! Every now and then it’s nice to do that! My son really loves the character hand soap. We buy it sometimes even when it isn’t on sale!

  • jessica says:

    One of the reasons I coupon is so that I can give. I think it’s essential to remember to give to your family, even if it wasn’t a “deal”. 🙂 A little balance is good too.

  • lisa says:

    Plus I have to say life is to short to worry about 2.00 🙂

  • Heather says:

    You paid $2 for a box of bandaids for the same reason I bought a box for .87 and let my kids “waste” them on their stuffed animals instead of saving them for real boo-boos. Sometimes….it’s just worth it! Your children need to know that you care more about them than you do saving money!

  • Crystal, If it makes you feel any better, I do not like the nexcare bandages. I did the deal the other day using my $1/2 boxes of nexcare band aids stacked with a $1 (yes only one thanks to technical errors and I could only print one) off printable target coupon. We got the strawberry shortcake ones. It says assorted sizes but all of ours are so tiny! My daughter has a scraped knee right now and I had to use a regular up and up band aid then put the strawberry short cake band aid on top of the regular brown band aid to “toddlerfy” it. I think this defeats the Nexcare savings. Next time I will buy Bandaid brand (tinkerbell or princess) or up and up brand and some stickers to decorate them! 🙂

    Isn’t part of the reason that we coupon is to be able to purchase things that we want? If we want to keep a promise to our kids or simply see them smile, it’s worth any price we pay whether it’s a steal or paying full price.

  • Morgan Wells says:

    Did anyone else not get the Nexcare coupon in there 6/5 SS insert? I’m in south Florida …..?

  • Lana says:

    Good for you Mom! It is too easy to get caught up in the saving money game and forget about those dearest to us. This week I bought an expensive pound of deli meat for my family that I rarely buy and it is making me so happy to pack them yummy sandwiches in their lunches everyday.

  • Yes! In fact, isn’t that one of the biggest reasons that we are frugal? To allow us more freedom to love on our family, friends, and others?

  • Stephanie says:

    If you can afford it, then why not? Sometimes the little things can make others so happy. I shudder to think of the FB people finding out that I took the two year old for a surprise 99 cent ice cream cone after a traumatic doctors visit. She enjoyed every bite and told Daddy all about the ice cream before mentioning the three shots and the blood draw involving three techs trying to stick her six times before it worked. Easily the best dollar I spent all week if not the entire month.
    If you have the money there is nothing wrong with an occasional treat. I bet your daughter will remember this for a while.

  • Dineen says:

    Thanks for the perspective, Crystal and all the commenters. I cannot help but think that it’s because of an overall frugal approach to home economy, a simple splurge on “expensive” treats like character bandages can be made without “guilt”.

  • Kelly says:

    Nexcare.com has a $1/1 skin care product Q which is working for the children’s bandages. Combine this with the Target Q to get them free!

  • What a sweet thing to do! It was definitely worth the $2 spent. 🙂

  • Kathy Linklater says:

    You made a good call with the bandages. Don’t worry because–due to your good example–she’ll be frugal as she gets older. My boys (ages 18 and 22) always ask if there’s a coupon before they buy something.

  • Becka says:

    My 9 yr old girl loves, (I mean loves) Justice for Girls store. They are pretty high on thier prices, but because I save all year around on so much, I’m able to take her and let her pick out some outfits & etc….. ( I normally plan it around thier 40% everything in the store deal) and she is always so happy when she gets to shop at Justice, it makes my whole week!

  • Micki says:

    You did exactly the right thing. Your daughter is more important than any amount of money will ever be.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Kids are only little once. They only look at you like you hung the moon for a short time. You made your baby’s day for $2.19. You are not going to regret bringing a smile to her face. Everyday she is making memories and because of today, she will remember forever the day you put aside your “normal” FOR HER. They are only little once and someday we will all wish they were 4 again and living at home with their only hearts desire being $2.19 character bandaids from Target.

  • Jan Marcus says:

    unable to access the target beauty bag, have tried several times, but it does not load.

  • Stephanie says:

    What do they say….overpriced box of bandaids—$2.00, look of pure joy on your little girls’ face—PRICELESS!! You’re a good mama!!

  • Rachael says:

    Crystal, character bandaids are my 3 1/2 year old and 2 year old daughters’ obsession right now too! Which is funny because they watch hardly any t.v. so they don’t really even know who those characters are! Thanks for the reminder of thinking through priorities carefully too when it comes to our kids, I am prone to say “no” far too often. 🙂

  • Leah says:

    Thank you for keeping the MOM in Coupon Saving Mom. You are a well balanced example to all of us!

  • Miranda says:

    Oh my, Crystal you would freak to think that I recently spent $3.99 on a pack of Dora bandages. I don’t think I’ve ever seen character bandages over here in Canada for $2 even if they are on sale.

  • Gretchen says:

    I loved this post! It was very heartwarming and I feel like the reason that we put all of this effort into being frugal is so that we can splurge on the little things. 🙂

  • Jody says:

    I also spend an extra $2 on bandaids! I bought Phineus and Ferb for my other daughter and the little one got the Strawberry Shortcake ones! They are anxious to get hurt now… 🙂

  • KimH says:

    Wonderful story… and moral of the story… ♥

  • Haila says:

    Lovely story.

    Funny thing is my 6-year-old has decided he’s too big for kiddie band aids, and prefers the more “grown up” plain ones! 6 going on 16…so cute

  • SHAWN says:

    Does anyone know how often the coupons for Target change?? When will they add more new ones?I only have so few left because I have been using them up, and I need more.
    Thank you!
    Shawn

  • becky says:

    i love the dollar store for bandages. they have plain brown 100 pk assorted sizes (which i love) and they recently have had marvel superhero ones too (made my 4 year old son and my 29 year old hubby happy). my daughter gets the pk with all the different colors (purple, lime green, yellow…). they are always finding fake boo-boos that are magically healed 15 mins later when they take off the bandage. for that reason i love the cheap bandages!!

  • Erin says:

    It’s so cute that bandages made her day rather than candy or a toy. The best thing is that she’s probably always going to remember that you bought those Band Aids.

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