My inlaws visited us for a week recently, and while they were here, they shopped at our local Kroger quite a bit. My inlaws have lots of specific dietary needs and wants, and instead of sharing them with me so I could stock up on what they like, they chose to just go get stuff themselves when they were here. Which is nice of them – not necessary of course, for they were our guests, but it was what they wanted to do, so I gave them space in the pantry and fridge to store their stuff and let them do what they wanted.
When they left, besides getting to finish off their leftovers, my mother-in-law left for me a stack of the grocery coupons from Kroger that print out with your receipt. Not being one to turn down a coupon, I sorted through them, and found that most of them were for things we don’t buy or use. But one… one was exciting. Thrilling for me even. There was a coupon to go online and enter a code to get a $5 Starbucks gift card. My father-in-law had bought himself some Starbucks ground coffee (not realizing I had gotten special coffee just for him for his visit, which he ended up drinking instead) and that had generated a coupon for a Starbucks gift card.
So I ordered it. And it arrived yesterday afternoon (along with a $4 survey check and 50 of my 200 free 4×6 prints from ArtsCow, more on that next week with my complete review, but you can get them too) and I have been excited about it ever since. Today was a great day for the US Mail and me! A free trip to Starbucks to have a little coffee treat! There is a Starbucks in the Target just down the street from me, and I am going to jet on over this weekend on my way to taekwondo. I think I can still get a drink there for under $5, it has been so long I’m honestly not sure – but I am confident I can make it work.
And all because I looked through a pile of random coupons instead of throwing them away. Sometimes, the little things really do pay off. And a $5 gift card is a small thing to some – but has made me feel very cheery.