Back To School Traditions + Living The Good Life
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Groupon, but as always, all thoughts are genuinely mine. Thank you so much for supporting the brands who keep Living My Someday up and running!
Fall is on its way, the Shultz boys are wrapping up their first week of school, and I am marveling at what a difference 365 days can make. This time last year, our little clan was grateful, but overwhelmed at the prospect of creating an entirely different life in a new place. In addition to the usual day-to-day tasks of navigating our neighborhood, establishing residency, and registering the kids, we were healing from a pretty horrific trauma. It was...a lot, but we made it through.
To commemorate an awesome first week at their new school and lift our weary spirits, my husband and I thought it'd be nice to celebrate with ice cream. We enjoyed ourselves so much, we thought we'd make it a tradition this year, as well. This time, however, our circumstances couldn't be more different. Denver feels like home, our home. Both boys are greeted by name by students and teachers alike as they walk down the halls of now-familiar buildings. For my husband and I, anxiety has been replaced with joy and security, knowing our children are safe and cared for while they're away from us. We're still celebrating, but our spirits are already at an all-time high. Thanks to a killer deal from Groupon, we were able to spend quality time together as a family and support local ice cream business, Ice Cream Riot! I'm sure you can tell by the pictures that we had a ball, but just in case that's too subtle: If you're in town, make your way to Ice Cream Riot. The Pop-tart Ice Cream Sandwiches are particularly delightful.
Oh, and by the way, Groupon isn't just good for restaurants and excursions, people. You can use Groupon Goods to save on everything from makeup to laptops to magazine subscriptions to Harry Potter shirts (I'm rather fond of these, to be honest.). Plus, if you sign up for their email list, you'll regularly receive discount codes for additional savings! I used mine to save even more on our ice cream, so I can tell you it's no gimmick. Living on a budget doesn't have to mean life is boring, y'all! All you need to do is be aware and use resources like Groupon to help your money go further.
In our previous life, we truly thought having a budget was a punishment. Seems strange now, but coming from a place of entitlement, consistently doing the work of living responsibly was tough. Every day, we had to be mindful of where our money was going in order to ensure there was enough. The safety net we were used to was gone; we were officially on our own. Looking back, I can clearly see how far we've come and I'm grateful for the humility we've learned. On the other side of that effort was not only wisdom, but freedom. We are finally living the life we'd envisioned all those years ago, and it's better than we hoped it would be. Thanks to sites like Groupon Goods, a million-dollar salary isn't a necessity.
Have you used Groupon before? If so, what was your experience like? I'd love to hear from you below! Now that I've gotten a bit more familiar with the site, I'd love to dive into a trip of some kind. I saw some killer deals on hotels near Disneyland...