Weekly Totals 7/31 – Share Your Savings

9e085464754a4183eab242379e90017dHappy Friday guys!

I am not leaving myself enough time on Friday to detail my lists. It's been a long week and today we are out and about doing some shopping. I waited until the last minute to shop for Jeb's football gear and his first practice is tomorrow!

We decided to take half a day to knock out a whole bunch of shopping while we were at it. So I have been with all my guys shopping for school clothes, school supplies and football gear and we still aren't done. On a good note, they have promised to take me out to dinner tonight as a treat! I might need it as it's been a very long day. Let's just say that I am the ONLY one in the family who enjoys shopping 😉 They have been troopers and there haven't been too many complaints. BUT...we aren't quite done yet so hopefully I can keep them going a bit longer.

I might cry when I look at all the receipts though. While I do budget for back to school it still doesn't make it any easier to thrown down that big chunk of moolah all at once. Being the frugal gal that I am, I cringe when I see those super specific school supply lists. I love the boys' school and the teacher are fantastic. I absolutely know why they request those specific items but dang it...I have a ton of GREEN folders---why did they need red, blue and yellow 😉 Oh well, it's all good.

Anywho, the guys are waiting for me in Kohl's so I am going to let you guys share your totals. I will try to come back at some point tonight when I can find my receipt and drop in my spending this week. I hope you guys saved lots of moolah. Share you totals in the comments or link up!

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Weekly Totals 7/24 – Share Your Savings!

fridayWell guys...I almost totally forgot about totals this week. You see I am currently in the car traveling to visit my husband's brother. I looked at the clock and it struck me...it's Friday at 5pm...OOPS!!

I'll make this one short and sweet as I know you guys like to get those links up. This was a busy week at my house. We ran around like crazy as it was my birthday week...woo hoo! I turned 34 ...ok so maybe you have to reverse those numbers but we can pretend right 😉 I still feel like a young chickadee most days! My husband took me out to dinner on Wednesday night and grilled for me last night so I have really had it easy this week. Since we will be visiting relatives for a couple of days, I really should have it pretty easy for at least 2 more days. Birthday weeks are the best!!

I didn't do much shopping but will have to hit the store when we get back. But I am not even going to think about that right now. I am going to sit back and play more silly games on my phone while my husband deals with the crazy drivers.

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you found lots of great deals. Share your weekly totals in the comments or link up!

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Weekly Totals 7/17 – Share Your Savings

0c2c4eb398ca2a8e294fdf6bdbbebb16Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you have all had a great week. Another fairly normal week in my neck of the woods. We did have a little excitement this week. I think I have mentioned before that my oldest kiddo is allergic to bees. I am not sure if my little guy has any issues because he has never been stung. Well...he was finally stung this week while outside playing. The good news is - he doesn't seem to have the same issues like my other kiddo!  But Jeb being my funny guy neglected to tell me that he was stung more than once so I only treated the one sting on his hand.

He was in such a hurry to get back outside that he showed me his hand. I doctored him up and made him drink some water and have a snack (a little ploy to keep him inside so I could watch for a reaction) then he was off again.

Later that evening, he was complaining that "bees are mean!" We went through the whole discussion about bees being scared and that he looked like a big giant to them. I looked at his hand and told him that it was looking much better and that it would be fine by tomorrow. That's when he raised his shirt and said...yeah, but my belly really hurts! Oh guys--his poor side was swollen and red hot to the touch. Those wasps had really got him good. He had a welt about 6 - 8 inches in diameter and at first I kinda flipped out. I grabbed the Benadryl and some hydrocortisone cream and started doctoring his side. I used a pen to circle the area just to make sure it would go down.

Well the next morning I check his side and sure enough, the welt had spread about 3 -4 inches all around. I called the doc and he said I shouldn't flip out quite yet. I continued to give him Benadryl and put cream on it and it finally started going down a bit. Anywho...that was my big excitement this week. Well, that and I finally got a chance to get to the salon this week to get rid of my big grey skunk stripe. That's always cause for a celebration in my world --tee hee!!

I did a little shopping on Wednesday...not a ton as I am hoping to go this weekend. I have some fun recipes planned and I need to sit down tonight and make a list of the things I'll need. I want to go without the boys so my goal is to get up in the morning so I can go SOLO! I am going to try to get up early and go before it gets too crowded. The weekends can be a little hectic and I really prefer to walk the aisles and leisurely shop. So I have to set an alarm and go early or suck it up and shop with the masses. I guess it will depend on how I feel once the alarm goes off tomorrow 😉

Dairy Pure Milk - $3.49 ($1 IP)
Bananas - $1.71
Apples - $2.49
Blueberries - $1.67
Tomatoes - 96¢
Zucchini - $1.54
Squash - $1.36
Avocados x 3 = $3
Ken's Dressing = $1.55
Smithfield Ham x 2 = 58¢ (two 74¢ blinkies & two 75¢ PQ)
Lay's Chips Multipack = $4.99 ($1 Dig Q)
Ready To Go Crackers = 39¢ ($2 peelie wyb Lays)
Powerade x 2 = $4.85 ($1/2 PQ)
Coffee-Mate x 2 = $5 (raincheck)

I was under $40 for our groceries this week but I do need to go grab some All Detergent...I forgot my coupons! I figured I could also hit some of the other good deals that start up in the Advantage Buy flyers tomorrow when I shop too.

I hope you guys got some great deals. Share your savings in the comments or link up!

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Weekly Totals 7/10 – Share Your Savings


Happy Friday everyone!

Well this week we got back to normal - well...as normal as my house gets 😉 Our guest all went home on Sunday and so I tried to focus on getting everything everything cleaned up and back on track. I'm not completely done but I always consider my house a work in progress!

The new thing we have going this week is that Jeb is in a research study where he uses an iPad each day with special glasses to play a Tetris-type game. I guess they have seen some nice improvements in vision so we were excited that he was chosen for the study. The only problem is - he has to play an hour every day and let's just say, it's not the most exciting thing in the world. Jeb is not my game geek....that's my other kid. So, it's not his idea of a good time and I have to admit...it's pretty boring. So, we set a timer and keep giving him tons of encouragement and we eventually get through it!

Beyond that we are trucking along just trying to enjoy the summer. It's flying by really fast. I looked at the calendar and can you believe that my boys only have about a month before they are going to be back in school? They say the aren't ready to go back but I some days I think they miss the structure and I know that they miss their friends. My boys are social butterflies and would have a 10 kids over here every day if they could. I'd be insane but they'd be happy!!

For now we are just going to enjoy the summer break and not think about school quite yet.

As for shopping...I did a little trip on Wednesday. Nothing major. We had guests last weekend and a little shindig for the 4th so we had stocked up in preparation for the extra folks. You know there are always leftovers so my main goal was to plan my meals/snacks so that I could use those up before they went bad. People always show up with food so you often have to get creative with how to make them work as leftovers. Beyond that I just grabbed a few things that we needed and will start again next week!

Fresh Express x 2 = $3.99
Grapes - $3.48
Cauliflower = $2.50
Green Beans - 99¢
Squash - $1.29
Ready Pac Salads x 2 = $5.98 (two $0.50 IP)
Shrimp - $8.35
Smithfield Pork Sirloin - $2.99 ($2 IP)
Mrs. Meyers Cleaner x 2 = 2.16 (two $1 PQ & two $1 IP)
Sriracha - $3.49

I was right under $45 for the week...not too bad especially since I had to have my beloved sriracha. How on earth could I have let myself run out and not notice?

I hope you guys found some nice deals this week. Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up.

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Weekly Totals 7/3 – Share Your Savings


e959c328c4cfaf2668d4a406f171537dHappy Friday everyone!

Well it's been a busy week trying to get back into our routine. We got back from the beach and I have to admit I was spoiled not having to cook for a while. We stayed with my husband's family so we didn't go out to eat every meal but we certainly went out much more than usual. While I wouldn't exactly call it a "vacation" it was still a very nice break from our typical routine!

I have spent the past few days trying to wash all the clothes and get rid of all the sand. I loved the responses you guys left me last week. I agree that sand is part of the fun but boy it's amazing how much of it sticks everywhere. I think I'd probably get used to it if I dealt with it more often. For now, my goal is to try to get rid of it as it's still everywhere. I think having two little messy boys doesn't help the situation. I can't tell you how many shells I have dug out of pockets. I think maybe they were trying to bring their sandcastles home with them 😉

We had hoped to have a little get together for the Fourth of July and enjoy some time by the pool. I am not sure how much time will be spent outside with the weather being so dreary. I might have to come up with indoor ideas now. A Fourth of July movie night just doesn't sound quite as fun. But...we'll come up with something and maybe we can sneak out here and there for some pool time?!

Hopefully you guys are able to enjoy the holiday weekend too. Maybe the rain will hold off and we can all enjoy some fun in the sun. Here's hoping the fireworks shows aren't cancelled and there are lots of celebrations! Have a fun and safe Fourth of July!

As for my shopping this week...I did OK. Some of the items will be coming from my entertainment budget for the party but I also stocked up on some good deals like the Birds Eye veggies and had to get some necessities (milk, eggs, cheese, veggies and fruit). I am just estimating this week because honestly I don't feel like breaking out the calculator right now. My family is here and I will have time to be all geeky with my Quickbooks entries later. I am going to estimate $75 for my weekly grocery expenditure this week. A little high but since I didn't really shop last week since we were out of town hopefully it will even out!

How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up.

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Weekly Totals 6/26 – Share Your Savings

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Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you all have had a great week. We are currently in the Gulf Shores area for our annual visit to see my husband's family. We usually visit this time of the year since Father's Day and his dad's birthday fall around the same time. We can kills two birds with one stone and hit the beach too.

I like to visit but I am not sure I could live here...how do you guys in Florida deal with all of that sand? I am not sure I could deal with it on a weekly basis. My car is a mess and it's in every bag that I own--tee hee! You guys need to give me some tips so that I don't end up coming home with a pound of sand every time we get back in the car!

I am loving all the seafood though! We don't have too many seafood places in Tennessee and I am a huge fan so I have been enjoying all kinds of shrimp, crab and fish that I don't get to enjoy too often.

Since we were not going to be home this week I didn't bother to do much shopping. I got a few things I needed for a recipe. Speaking of that have you entered my giveaway? Remember one of you guys is going to get a $100 Visa gift card AND a big box of Sabra goodies. Be sure to enter HERE. I was under $15 this week for everything I needed for the recipe and a few odds and ends.

I hope you guys got lots of great deals this week. Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up.

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Weekly Totals 6/19 – Share Your Savings

fridayHappy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week and have some fun planned for the weekend?!

It's Father's Day weekend and while I know that many of you who visit me are ladies...I know there are some dads out there. I get to hear from them on occasion via emails and in the comments so I'd like to start by wishing all of you a very Happy Father's Day.

When I asked my husband what he wanted to do to celebrate his special day - his exact words were "Hopefully nothing!" Meaning, he is hoping that he can sleep in and that I won't bug him to go anywhere or take care of anything on his to-do list. Sounds like a fair request - so that's going to be my gift to him--tee hee!

I did get some shopping done this week thought I want to go back tomorrow if I can. Jeb enjoyed his first attempt at football and we are having an informal meeting with a few of the other boys on the team tomorrow so I may try to pop by after that meeting. We have a few friends coming over and I grabbed a few things in preparation for that...BUT I need a few more things (yes...I forgot milk) and I need to pick up my cheap salad dressing--tee hee!

I also went ahead and grabbed next week's Try Me Tuesday. It was WAY more than I wanted to spend but the boys requested hot dogs & chips as a cookout with their buddies so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. Now the true test will be if I can just get to the kids BEFORE they eat so I can make sure they get half of each type of hot diggity 😉 Ok...maybe I should say...the true test will be can I get to the kids before they eat and without looking like a crazy person--HAHAHA!! Though I suppose that's not going to happen. Giving each kid half a hot dog then making them tell me if they like "A" or "B" will take a little explaining... never a dull moment at my house!!

Apples - $3.99
Tomatoes - $1.39
Strawberries - $2.50
Bananas - $1.38
Salad x 2 = $4
Squash - $1.29
Green Beans - $1.29
Lettuce = $1.99
Mushrooms = $1.99
Buns - 99¢
Publix Franks - $5.69
Nathan's Franks - $6.49
Tyson Chicken = $3.50 ($1/1 insert)
Eggs = $3.99
Perdue Short Cuts x 4 = $5 (four $1.25/1 IP)
Publix Parmesan Cheese - $3.79
Publix Cheese = $2.50
Cracker Barrel Cheese $2.50 ($1 Digital Q)
Wise Chips = $1.50

I am estimating about $60 this week. I had some cards and a couple of other items on there that are coming off my entertainment budget so I can't use my exact cash register receipt this week. I am feeling lazy and don't want to think about tax amount so estimating will have to do 😉

How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments or link up below.

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Weekly Totals 6/12 – Share Your Savings


Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you guys have had a great week. We have had a nice week so far. The weather has been awesome and it looks like the weekend is going to be great. Last I heard, it's supposed to be in the 90's on Sunday. I think that means I'll spend the day in the pool. I look forward to those rare days when I have nothing on my calendar. I am going to take advantage of the break and do absolutely NOTHING!

Tonight's adventure includes a trip over to Jeb's friends house for Jeb's first football practice. A few months ago while we were at a birthday party, one of his classmate's dad approached us and recruited Jeb for his team. It made me giggle because you guys have seen pictures of my Jeb-a-doo...he's a big boy. I could just see that guy was almost giddy with excitement thinking about Jeb being his big line defender.

The funny thing is - Jeb is such a mellow little guy. He is not super competitive and actually very sensitive so I have no idea if he will even really want to play when he sees what he'll have to do. Jeb says he wants to try and I am willing to let him. My only rule is that if he joins the team he must stick it out and be there for his team - no quitting! I thought a few practices before I sign him up might be a good idea to see if this is really something that he wants to do. I guess I will know more in a few weeks 😉

For all you who asked...Jake did pass his testing last week and is now a level three blue belt. He's very excited and is determined to get his black belt. I think he can do it.

Cauliflower-Crust-Pizza-Sausage-2As for shopping, I had a decent week. Mainly just my veggie run but I did grab a few of the better deals. The cauliflower price is insane but I am still trying to stick to the low sugar/low carb thing and I make a rocking Cauliflower Crust Pizza. I figure it's less than a take out pizza and a little healthier so I plopped out the $5 😉

Cauliflower - $4.99
Lemons x 2 = $1.49
Zucchini - $1.26
Kale - $2.99
Squash - $1.64
Avocados x 2 = $1.50
Brussels Sprouts - $1.21
Broccoli = $2.50
Portabella Shrooms - $1.99
Smithfield Pork x 2 = $7.98 (two $1/1 IP)
Lucky Charms = $1 ($0.50/1 IP)
Cinn Toast Crunch = $1 ($0.50/1 IP)
Larabar x 2 = 40¢ (two $0.40 IP)
Stoneridge Cherry x 4 = $4.11 ($1/1 insert + three $0.75/1 peelie)
Hampton Farms Peanuts = $2
Milk - $3.79

I was right at $47 this week. Not too bad for our week's worth of groceries.

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Weekly Totals 6/5 – Share Your Savings

TGIFHappy Friday everyone!

Well I had planned to work on my totals earlier today but instead the boys and I decided to relax a little bit this afternoon. We took advantage of the nice weather and spent a couple of hours outside in the pool. I honestly could have stayed outside all day but the rain pushed us out.

We had to get out and get showered so that we could jump in the car as we are now headed to Jake's karate testing. He is testing to become a Level 3 Blue Belt today. He says he's ready and I think he should do OK.

My crumpled receipt in my purse says that I spent $58.89. I did grab a fair amount of stuff this week and I was not too far off budget so I am calling this week a success for me.

I have 15 minutes while my husband drives us to the karate studio and I know I am not going to have time to type everything up. So I'll just wish you guys a very happy weekend and drop a linky at the bottom so you guys can share your savings. TGIF!!

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Weekly Totals 5/29 – Share Your Savings

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you all have had a great week. Except for our Memorial day fun...this was our first full week of our new schedule. I have to admit that it's been a bit of a rough week trying to get used to the new schedule with the boys home full time now. You know I love them dearly but I really do love having a little free time every now and again.

I actually arranged it so that my husband and I get a rare outing tonight. I have a sitter for the boys so we can have dinner out together. That means no crayons or chaos at the table. Just a quiet evening where we can relax for a few minutes.

I did a little bit of shopping this week. Again, I am off track with the holiday I did my big trip over the weekend so I really just grabbed a few things that I needed while I had the boys with me. I kinda miss the days when they were little and I could have them in the cart contained. Now they are big, easily distracted and they want everything they see. I have a feeling it's going to be a LONG summer. I think I may have to see if my little teenage helper might be willing to come over early Wednesday mornings. It's a little too much to try to look for deals for the Happy report, take pics, watch the boys, deal with my phone blowing up (everyone loves to call, Skype and text me all at the same time--tee hee) and still try to shop. Trying to fit everything in one day just will not work as I find myself already dreading it next week...that's probably not a good thing!

Here's what I managed to grab this week in my chaos 😉

Milk - $3.79
Danimals - $1.29  ($1.50 PQ + $1 IP)
Sargento String Cheese - $3.99
Publix Salad x 2 = $5
Green Beans = $1.49
Bananas = $1.45
Grapes = $4.49
Collards = $2.99
Kale = $2.99
Squash = $1.56
Zucchini = $1.49
Broccoli - $2.50
Publix Pizzas x 3 = $10
Dole Fruit Cups x 4 = $6 (two $1/2 IP)

I spent right over $45 after my gas card coupon. I'd call it an OK week...not the best and not the worse week ever. We had enough milk and veggies to make it through the week so I am going to call it a success.

The one thing I will say is that my boys are eating quite a bit more than I expected. I told my husband that I don't know if it's because they are getting bigger or if it's because they are bored. I am really going to have to start writing down exactly what they are eating every day because I have a feeling all their snacking is a bit more than necessary. I don't mind them eating when they are hungry but certainly don't want them hitting the snack drawer out of boredom. I think we all have to get used to this new summer fun 😉

I hope you guys had a great week of saving! Share your weekly totals in the comments or link up below.

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