“Priceless Memories!”

February 19, 2010

I just wanted to share my little “Priceless Memory” with all of you…

Last week I went with my daughter to her first field trip! We enjoyed a day of looking at animals that live in the desert. It was nice to see the look on her face as she discovered new things, how she smiled in amazement as she stared at a giraffe, or how she jumped up and down with excitement when she saw a zebra, with as she says, “all those stripes.” It’s a wonderful experience to see the world through the eyes of a child, isn’t it?

So, about half way through our field trip, we all took a break and had some free-time to explore the souvenir shops. My daughter saw a cute little leopard stuffed animal about the size of a beanie baby. She really wanted it and I could tell by the excitement on her face that she was anticipating my answer. I looked at the price tag and it was $9.99! I thought for a brief moment….wow….that’s a lot for this little thing! With one look at my daughter as her eyes peered into mine…I said, “YES…you can get it honey!”

You see, while I am this frugal person, who consciously spends her money with precise planning and organization, I am also a person who sometimes decides that there are “Price-less Memories” to be made. Because sometimes it’s “Less” about the “Price” and more about the “Memory!” Although I could have probably got that stuffed animal for about $1.00 somewhere else, it wouldn’t have been in that very moment, during that very same field trip, for my very excited daughter!

I am telling you this because maybe you feel the way I do sometimes…just because I am a person who uses coupons, doesn’t mean that I use them for everything and it’s OK when you don’t! Just look at that precious little leapoard nicely placed and nestled next to my little girl as she slept in the car on the way home….now that is a “Priceless Memory” hands down!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Charlene @ MFA March 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Did you go to the zoo in Palm Springs? We just went there in December! It was an amazing zoo for that area and totally worth paying for a little souvenier.

2 Jaycie February 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Yeah, sometimes you just have to throw frugality aside and think about memories, too. I just went with a little more expensive popcorn maker that’s like the ones from the theater, only smaller. The kids jump up and down and clap every time we make popcorn. It’s a far cry from them dodging flying kernels from our air popper. They think they are extra special when we tell them it’s popcorn night! :)

Love your post! Thanks for sharing!
Jaycie

3 KeriLyn@SheSaved February 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I love this. Part of the reason that we save in some areas, is so that we can splurge in others…. I think there is a huge difference between frugal and being cheap. Teaching your kids how to spend wisely, makes those moments like your $10 stuffed leapord that much more priceless. You bought a memory that will be big in her mind forever. I LOVE this post.

4 Coupon Gal February 21, 2010 at 10:58 am

Thank you so much Heather and Cathy! Your words of encouragement make me feel even better about my purchase :)

Cathy,
I am honored that you find the information here on Coupon Gal useful. I love what I do and find it very rewarding! My readers are the ones that inspire me to keep going even when it gets hard…so THANK YOU!

Christy,
Coupon Gal

5 Heather C February 21, 2010 at 9:23 am

good for you… frugality is not a board game with set rules. I think its healthy to scrimp and save in some areas so you can splurge once in a while in others! :)

6 cathy castro February 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Thank you so much for sharing that story. That is exactly how I feel and it’s so important to do those things for our kids. They remember it forever. We went to Chicago recently from California and went to the aquarium and my daughter chose a pink seal that she just HAD to have. She sleeps with it every night and has taken it everywhere since. I’m so glad we paid for it, but it was hard not to think about all that money I could have saved getting it somewhere else. AND she has a million stuffed animals in her closet that she never touches. Ha….. Thanks for everything. You have changed our families’ lives with all this saving advice. I cannot tell you how much I am thankful for all you do. THANK YOU!!!!!!

7 Bev Dickison February 20, 2010 at 8:38 am

Good for you!!!!! That was the best $10.00 investment you could made.

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