Weekly Totals 10/17 – Share Your Savings

Happy Friday everyone!

Well this week I have been trying to get back into the swing of things a bit. I told you that last week we spent Fall Break in Gatlinburg. We did that to get a little break but mainly because we were having our driveway done and wouldn’t be able to get a vehicle down to our house while the concrete was being poured (and while it was curing). While we were in Gatlinburg there were several days where the weather wasn’t ideal. I assumed that Chattanooga was experiencing similar weather. I was right! Guess what you can’t do while it’s raining…yep–pour concrete!

So we got home and the driveway wasn’t finished. That meant we couldn’t drive down to our house. Now typically that wouldn’t be the end of the world, but you see we live on what is called a flagpole lot. So our driveway is over quarter mile long. The only option we had was to park on our neighbor’s property and walk through the woods to our house. Not exactly the thing you want to do when it’s raining and you have a ton of luggage to unpack.

After a couple of days my husband and the workers created a “bridge” from the neighbor’s property get my car over to the part of the driveway that had cured enough to be driven on. Let’s just say that the weather this week hasn’t done us any favors. The little bridge hasn’t been great and we have tried to use it as little as possible. One of my visitors who attempted the “bridge” got stuck and my husband ended up having to drive his truck up and pull her out. Oh boy!

The good news is…they were able to finish pouring on Monday and this morning we were finally able to use our driveway–WOO HOO! It’s been a rough week but it’s finally done and I am a VERY happy camper!

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In addition to the driveway fun, there was that big storm system that hit on Tuesday morning. We had a tree in our backyard that recently died. It was alive in July but by August all of the leaves had browned out. We think it might have got hit by borer worms (it that what they are called?) My husband had planned to have it taken down but never thought that it would give us issues this quickly. We were very sad to watch as huge branches fell from the tree onto my husband’s barn and our fence.

Oh well…it can be fixed but I wish that it didn’t happen after we had to fork out a ton of money for that dang driveway!

Since I really couldn’t get to the store I used what we had here for most of the week. I did have Jim run and grab some milk and fruit for the boys and will do my big shopping trip this weekend. I will just share that trip next week.

Tonight is karate and then I am headed out to get some dinner. I am craving a grilled salmon and hummus salad from Big River Grill…mmmm! I need the night off ;-)

I hope you guys had a great week and hopefully you saved a ton. While I did save on my groceries…the other expenses kinda bit me in the hiney–tee hee.

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Weekly Totals 10/10 – Share Your Savings

gatlinburg jake & jeb

Happy Friday everyone. Well as you can see by the pictures above…we have been enjoying Fall Break in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge this week.

While we have been having a good time, this was a forced break. We have lived in our home over a year now and were able to FINALLY get our driveway paved. Concrete has to cure for several days and we just never had the opportunity to stay out of our house for long enough to actually get it done. I can’t wait to get home to a smooth path rather than a bumpy, rocky road!!

Besides the fact that we weren’t able to find time to leave the house for a week, we also had to save up the money to have it done. It’s insane how much concrete costs! Never in my life could I have imagined what I’d have to pay for a driveway. In addition to cost of the driveway, we also had to save enough to stay away from home too. I had wanted to go some place tropical and relaxing but the budget just wouldn’t allow it. Instead we opted to drive a few hours up the road. Oh well, I guess I will have to keep saving for that luxury tropical retreat…ah–some year I hope!

Well, I spent a ton of money this week but nothing at the grocery store. I take that back…I had to stop at a store and pick up some Carmex. While we brought a bunch of stuff with us, somehow I forgot lip “stuff” and just couldn’t do without it!

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Weekly Totals 10/3 – Share Your Savings!

farm funHappy Friday everyone!

It’s been a crazy busy week here…again! I have had multiple to-do’s almost every single day. Let’s see yesterday…I went on a field trip with my youngest son to a local farm. As you can see by the picture…he was so happy to be there with his friends! I just love that picture of him and his best buddy holding hands – sweetest thing EVER! Then I had my oldest son’s conference and finally a baseball game at 7:30. Of course I had to fit in work on the sites, dinner, laundry and baths in there too. It was quite a long day. That was just one of my crazy days…honestly, the whole week was just as crazy!

On a good note, we are heading out for some fun this weekend with friends. I am so ready for a little break. The boys have Fall Break next week and I am determined to have some fun!

My totals this week are very low…I just didn’t have time to plan or shop. Luckily we are pretty stocked so I didn’t stress. My husband got a few things when he picked up his meds and then I just made do with what I had on hand. I have learned to pick my battles and this week there was just way too much to do. Some milk and a few fruits and veggies was enough to get us through the week. My husband spent $17.44 which was plenty since no one went hungry :-)

I have to go finish up laundry and then start dinner so you guys can share your weekly totals in the comments or link up! I hope you guys got some great deals!

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Weekly Totals 9/26 – Share Your Savings

fridayHappy Friday everyone!

I am ready for the weekend. It’s been a pretty typical week at my house. We have been enjoying this weather though! Mother Nature has been so kind to give us a little break in the heat. I can dig these temps in the 80’s and it looks like that’s the forecast for the weekend here in my neck of the woods.

My husband told me that Alabama has the weekend off and said that if I had anything I wanted to do…this was the weekend to do it – tee hee. Am I the only one who has to plan our weekend events around college football? I guess I better take him up on his offer and come up with something to do. Guess I need to put on my thinking cap tonight!

I ran to Publix yesterday to check some price and pick up some things that we needed. I didn’t have a ton of coupons but had 6 small gift card that I earned that helped me take a nice little chunk from of my out of pocket spending. I knew I’d have that $70 so I really didn’t mind filling my cart with a few requests from my guys. I even got a couple of Try Me Tuesday options so I will be ahead of the game!

Pork – $12.89
Turkey -$4.29
Milk $4.13
Sorrento Ricotta – $2.99 ($1 IP)
Eggs – $1.89
Gogurt x 2 = $2.55
Mozzarella Cheese x 2 = $5
Grands Biscuits x 4 = $6.40 (two $0.40/2 IP)
Baileys Creamer = $1 ($1.50 IP)
Danimals – $4.99
Publix Juice Pouches – $2
Capri Sun Juice – $2.50
Spinach – $2
Garlic – 39¢
Tomatoes – $4.19
Lemon – 67¢
Orange -65¢
Avocado x 2 = $3
Lettuce – $1.99
Sabra Guac = $1 ($1 IP)
Asparagus = $3.21
Blueberries -$3.99
Mushrooms – $1.99
Bananas – $1.76
Dominex x 2 = $0 (free prod q)
Ronzoni Shells = $2.19
Dole Squishems x 2 = $1.32 (two $1/1 insert)
Cheezits x 2 = $4
Publix All Purpose Baking Mix – $2.79
Disposal Cleaner = $2.99

I spend a little over $25 from my grocery budget this week. I got enough to get us through to the next shopping trip and even managed to grab a few extras too.

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Weekly Totals 9/19 – Share Your Savings

weekly totalsHappy Friday everyone!

I am very happy that it’s Friday. It’s been another hectic week with homework, dinner then off to one of the boys’ extracurricular activities. Tonight we have karate. I decided that it would just make me happy to go out to eat after karate tonight. I just don’t feel like coming home and cooking. Tomorrow is a bust since the Alabama game is at 3:30 so my only option would be going out to lunch  so my husband would be home for the game. I think I’d rather just toss something in the crockpot tomorrow and take tonight off instead. So that is the plan!

One thing that I am looking forward to this weekend is that it is kinda feeling like Fall here in Chattanooga. The temperatures have been in the 80’s this week and I am loving it. Fall is one of my favorite times of year. I think tomorrow I might start pulling out my harvest/fall decor and do something fun with my mantle.  I have been semi-addicted to looking at ideas on Pinterest. I am not a crafty person AT ALL…but I have to tell you some of those pictures make me want to find my inner Martha Stewart. Though I think she is really hiding as typically my creative attempts don’t quite turn out like those Pinterest pictures? Am I the only one who is a Pinterest loser–tee hee!

Well I did shop once this week. Nothing spectacular but I really needed some produce and decided to do a little stock up. I added more broth to my pantry and went ahead and grabbed two big bottles of olive oil as I was down to just two bottles. I use it quite a bit so 4 should last me a while…at least until the next deal.

I also grabbed extra pork tenderloin to toss in my freezer. I don’t keep a lot of pork on hand so it will come in handy when I need a change of pace. I was also able to grab more creamer for my husband. He should be set for a while now!

Bananas – $1.56
Grapes = $1.82
Crunch Pac Apple Slices = $0 (free prod q)
Lemon = 67¢
Limes x 3 = $1
Avocados x 2 = $3.38
Tomatoes = $1.05
Lettuce = $1.99
Shallots = $1.89
Cilantro = $1.29
Pork Tenderloin – $14.87 (PQ)
Baileys x 3 = $2.25 (three $1.50/1 insert & TQ)
Pillsbury crescent x 2 = $3.20 ($0.40/2 IP)
Pillsbury cinnamon rolls x 2 = $3.20 ($0.40/2 IP)
Pillsbury load x 2 = $4
Heavy Cream = $3.59
Milk = $4.13
Progresso Broth x 4 = $5.90 ($1/4 IP = two $0.55/1 PQ)
Pompeian Olive Oil x 2 = $11.95 (two $1/1 IP)
Eggo Waffles x 2 = $0 (free prod q)

Well I was over $70 this week but I was able to stock up on some thing while they were on sale. It’s always good to get things on sale with a coupon rather than having to pay full price when you need it!

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Weekly Totals 9/12 – Share Your Savings

ihp constructionHappy Friday everyone! Well it’s been a long week and I am so happy that it’s finally Friday.

So…what happened to I Heart Publix this week? As many of you noticed, the site had a few hiccups at the beginning of the week. I’ll try to give you the short explanation as the long one would take forever to explain. Basically my site just died from old age – tee hee.

I Heart Publix has been around for a while…over 5 years now. That’s a long time in the technology world–tee hee. Although I have done some upgrades here and there, the custom theme that my site was built on had not been changed in a while. When I did a system upgrade, things kinda flipped out. The update, an old theme plus an outdated caching program that I could never update (due to my theme) was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

As you can see – I have made some changes around here. I hope you guys think they are for the better. I am very pleased so far…even though I am not quite finished yet. I had originally planned all this to take place later but the break caused the timeline to change QUICKLY! We have been doing a ton of testing and so far so good. Of course if you guys have an issues, please let me know. With the changes I know many folks were kinda “stuck” for a while. The quickest thing to get the most current view of the site is to clear your browser cache. As I make changes, you may not be able to see them if you are stuck on an old version of the site. Chances are if you are reading this post you are up to date and all should be running fine.

If you do have issues, it’s most helpful if you can give me screenshots and let me know the browser you are on. Again, we have tested repeatedly but little quirks can pop up. While I am not quite done with things yet, if you guys have ideas or suggestions, I am happy to hear them!

Shopping was an in and out trip this week. I grabbed what I needed and didn’t dilly dally…just too much on the ol’ plate this week.

Bailey’s Creamer x 4 = $4 (four $1.50/1 insert)
Pillsbury Melts = $1
Yakisoba x 2 = 97¢
Progresso chicken broth x 4 = $3.18 (pq & IP)
Snow Chopped Clams x 2 = $3
Planters sunflower seeds, $1.91
Tomatoes = $1.49
Parsley = $1.29
Green Onions = 75¢
Garlic = 33¢
Broccoli Slaw = $1.66
Coleslaw = $1.79
Potatoes = $1.99
Jennie-O Turkey x2 = $7.23 ($0.75/1 IP)
Milk $4.13

I was right at $40 this week which works for me. I fed my crew and had enough for leftovers for my lunch. I do need to shop this weekend as I think the boys are tired of applesauce and fruit cups in their lunch boxes. We need a big fruit and veggie stock up to get us through next week.

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Weekly Totals 9/5 – Share Your Savings

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Happy Friday everyone! I have been off a day all week thanks to Labor Day…but I certainly know that today is indeed Friday…woo hoo!

Besides the holiday on Monday, it’s been a pretty typical week. This is the first weekend (in quite a while) where we don’t have any plans what so ever! I have to admit that I am looking forward to not having to be anywhere or having to get my house ready for guests. My goal in life this weekend is to sleep in and maybe relax a bit.

Tonight is family movie night. My husband is in charge of finding us a movie to rent so hopefully there is something that everyone will like. I am sure the boys will have some ideas. I never know what’s out but they can tell you all the current releases.

This time of the year, our weekends revolve around the Alabama football games. I usually take the day off on Saturday and we go out to dinner. During football season, my day off ends up being on Sunday. I think the game is early tomorrow so I’ll get my husband out on the grill tomorrow night after the game. That way we can go see what’s going on around town on Sunday and maybe look for a restaurant we haven’t tried yet.

I didn’t do much shopping this week. We had a bunch of leftovers from the party last weekend so I had fruit for the boys. I did pick up some milk and a few other items that we needed. I actually did a little pantry organization and found that I need to start using up a few things before they expire. it seems like every week I another box from companies who want me to try their products. I have things like oatmeal, snack bars and cereal coming out of my ears…time to get creative :-)

Chips Ahoy, $3.77
Publix Cookies, $2.59
Cinnamon Toast Crunch = 85¢ ($0.50/1 IP)
Chex Mix x 2 = $2.65 ($0.50/2 IP)
Heinz Ketchup x 2 = $2 (two $0.50/1 insert)
Del Monte Squeezers x 2 = $2 ($1/2 PQ & $1/2 IP)
Farmland Bacon – $4.99
Sour Cream x 2 = $4
Eggs – $1.89
Bell Pepper = $1.35
Onions = $2.99
Potatoes = $2.99
Mushrooms = $1.99
Pork Chops = $7.42
Milk = $4.07
Sargento Cheese x 2 = $4 (two $0.50/1 insert)
Philly Cream Cheese x 2 = $1 (two $0.50/1 IP)

After gas card coupon and my mailed Publix coupon, I spent right at $40 for everything. Not a bad week as I was able to get what I needed for meals and even a few snacks for the boys.

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Weekly Totals 8/29 – Share Your Savings

cotton candy grapesHappy Friday everyone!

I am excited that it’s a holiday weekend and I bet you guys are too! We have a party planned for tomorrow. It’s a combination birthday/football party. Jeb’s birthday was a few weeks ago but I wanted to let the kids get settled into school before I threw a party. I figured no one would want an invitation to a party on the 1st day of school ;-)

Tomorrow is also the first Alabama football game for the season. You guys know my husband is a HUGE fan…so many of our guests will transition from the pool down to the man cave to watch the game. That means I have all kinds of party snacks and such to prep tonight. I am keeping things simple as I plan on enjoying the parties too!

As you can imagine most of my shopping this week was geared towards the party. I do separate those purchases out from my everyday grocery budget. You know I am a planner and crazy organized with all kinds of spreadsheets that track spending in all my various categories. It helps me know where my money is going and is super helpful for planning for the upcoming year. So while I did buy guacamole, chips, hummus, juice boxes, fruit and more…it will be “charged” to the entertainment fund and not my grocery fund.

One funny thing that is going to be part of my grocery totals this week is a massive expense on grapes. My buddy Amy emailed asking if I had ever tried those Cotton Candy Grapes that are currently at Publix. I was intrigued and checked them out when I shopped. I passed them up they are crazy expensive (at least for thrifty me) and priced at $3.99/lb.

My husband and I had to take care of some paperwork for the sale of our Georgia house this week and I talked him into shopping with me while we were out and about. Well, I guess I should have taken him home first–tee hee. We were in the produce section and I saw the grapes and showed them to him and he just HAD to have those grapes. I told him to get a small package in case they weren’t good.

He grabbed a bag and tossed them in the cart with my other stuff. It wasn’t until I got home and started looking at the receipt that I noticed that small bag of grapes were $8.98 – HOLY MOLY!! Ok – they were quite amazing as they did taste like cotton candy but crazy me starts thinking about what all I could have got with that $9 instead. Seriously I could have got a whole meal for that amount.

You better believe I threatened him with loss of life if I found any signs of uneaten grapes rotting in my fridge next week –tee hee.

So while I would have done pretty good on my weekly grocery totals…those grapes kinda did me in! Still not a bad week as we didn’t need a ton of groceries. As you might remember from my menu this week, I went with cost effective easy meals! For my shopping trip I was more focused on getting the party supplies at a nice price instead.

Del Monte Fruit x 2 = $2
Mrs Butterworth’s Syrup x 2 = $3.49
Cheese x 2 = $5
Sour Cream = $2
Grands x 2 = $2.50
Cotton Candy Grapes = $8.98
Green Onions = 75¢
Cilantro = $1.29
Red Onion = 96¢
Brussel Sprouts = $1.25
Bananas = $1.88
Potatoes = $2.99
Milk = $4.13

I can’t tell my exact total but for recording purposes, I estimated that I spend $40 for our groceries this week. Not bad overall if you ignore the fact that the grapes were about 1/4 of that –tee hee!

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Weekly Totals 8/22 – Share Your Savings

house soldHappy Friday everyone!

Once again, it’s been a crazy busy week! We have had something every single night this week after school. By the looks of it the next couple of weeks look to be the same crazy chaos.

Fall ball has started up…so – paired with karate, that’s going to be 4 – 5 nights taken up right there. Add in play dates, parties and other random to do’s and the week is slammed. I am really not complaining…as I am not the kind of person to just sit around bored. Although I do look forward to those rare evenings where relaxing is all that’s on the plan.

Well, I don’t want to jinx myself but it looks like my house in Georgia will be sold by the end of next week. We just couldn’t get ourselves together to get that thing on the market until last weekend. Well…we put it up for sale and one day later we had a cash offer! The craziest part is the folks want to close next week. Talk about fast! We beat our record for the first house my husband and I lived in…it took a week to sell–tee hee.

It really is a great house and perfect for a family so I am hoping the folks who are buying it have lots of kids who will enjoy that basement and backyard that we worked so hard to finish!!

I did a trip to Publix yesterday. I dropped my husband and Jake off to baseball practice and Jeb and I did a quick run to Publix. We only had an hour so I didn’t get to stroll down the aisles but we were able to grab what we needed. I did forget to pick up the Superpretzels. I just don’t want to pass up 10¢ boxes of pretzels. I also want to go back on a day when I can get the rotisserie chicken and use it that night…so I am thinking I might run back on Monday before I pick up the boys!

I was on the ball last night and already entered my receipts for the Conagra rebate, Ibotta and Checkout 51 –done- CHECK!! I spent a little more than I had hoped but I was very happy to be able to stock up on my english muffin/Laughing Cow breakfast combo! Yes, I did buy 6 tubs of Laughing Cow and I am considering going back for more…I love that stuff!! I also took the opportunity to stock up on other super deals…some nice prices this week!

Here’s what I got this week –

Thomas’ English Muffins x 4 = $8.38
Laughing Cow x 6 = $7.96 (six $1/1 IP)
Perdue Chicken x 2 = $2.30 (two $2/1 IP)
Oscar Mayer Beef Franks x 2 = $4.69 ($1/2 IP)
Amish Country Cheese x 4 = $7.58
Mini Babybel x 2 = $3 (two $1/1 IP)
Yoplait Greek = $0 (free prod DQ)
Milk = $4.13
Safest Choice Eggs = $0 (free prod Q)
Crunch Pac = $0 (free prod Q)
Birds Eye Veggies x 6 = $8.45
Grapes= $4.12
Celery = $1.99
Carrots  = $1.69
Ginger Root = $1.88
Bananas = $1.59
Idaho Spuds = 89¢ ($0.50/1 IP)
Gogo Squeeze x 2 = 79¢ (two $1/1 insert)
Mrs Butterworth’s Syrup x 2 = $3.49
Peter Pan PB x 4 = $3.18 (four PQ)
Hunt’s Pudding x 3 = $1.80 (PQ & two Insert)
Dole Fruit x 2 = $2 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Kool Aid Jammers x 2 = $1.78 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Kaft Mayo = $1.45 ($0.50/1 IP)

I had a couple of things on my list that fall under a category other than grocery…so I am estimating my tax and calling this $80 from my grocery budget. Not the best week ever but I am stocked up on some items that are typically quite expensive so I am a happy camper!

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Weekly Totals 8/15 – Share Your Savings

jeb-a-doo-7-years-oldHappy Friday everyone!

This was a big week at my house – my baby turned 7 years old this past Monday! I know…he’s not a baby anymore. It’s crazy to look at that picture and see how big he is.

This was also the boys’ first full week of school. I’ll admit that it’s been a rough one and I haven’t quite mastered our schedule yet. There just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done!

The boys get home at 4:00 and I try very hard to get them in bed by 8:30. We haven’t made it to bed on time yet this week. The problem is…I have to fit too much in that 4.5 hour span!

We have to fit in homework, dinner, karate and soon there will be fall ball. All of that is supposed to take place in a mere 4.5 hours. Guess what…it’s not happening!  Jeb’s homework has been taking at least an hour each day. I never had to help Jake with his work so I could do dinner while he was working. Jeb needs much more assistance and a lot of coaxing to work through his assignments each day.

As a result we have eaten out twice this week. That’s unheard of at my house. I was just overwhelmed trying to do homework and keep up with our schedule. Even with that, the boys were not in bed until after 9 pm every night this week!

So, I have decided that this weekend I am going to get organized and write out my schedule each day. I usually have a general to-do list that I go by each day – but I think I am going to have to get much more detailed if I am going to make it through the next few months!

Now, I am not going to beat myself up about not having a perfect week. Things happen and I do the best I can. As long as I can get back on track, everything will be fine. Sometimes you have to mess up a bit to help you get where you need to be. This was my week to mess up– tee hee.

As you can imagine…I did not shop this week. I actually ran into Publix yesterday for about an hour gathering prices for the Advantage Buy flyers but I had an appointment immediately after that so I couldn’t even grab things that I needed. I hope to make list and shop while I can take advantage of the gas card coupon this weekend.

Hopefully you guys have had better success than me this week. If not, it’s ok…hopefully we can all get back on track!

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