Weekly Totals 4/17 – Share Your Savings!

0447fb153e3965c5792c307d57f7c3cbHappy Friday everyone…it’s been a wet one here in Tennessee!

It’s been dreary but boy oh boy, my grass is bright green and all of my plants are looking BEAUTIFUL! We had so much rain yesterday that it caused a bunch of flash floods and they ended up delaying school for 2 hours this morning. I am not sure that was necessary but my boys sure were happy!

It’s been another busy week. I spent the first part of the week trying to get caught up from our houseguests. It always takes a few days to get back on track but things are back to normal now. We are back in to our regular chaotic schedule–tee hee!

I didn’t do much shopping this week. I usually shop on Wednesday when I walk the store for the Happy Report but this week I had to get there when the doors opened. I wanted to make sure that I could get all the pictures and then run to school and grab Jeb-a-doo to his eye doc appointment. I knew we’d be sitting in the waiting room for a while so there was no way I was going be able to shop or my food would spoil.

Jake & JebI am going to go tomorrow as I want to take advantage of the gas card and I have to go pick up Jeb’s new prescription. This visit was the first time he has not made improvements in his “bad” eye since we started patching. The doc said that he either has to patch every hour he is awake or we have to put a drop in his good eye to blur it to make him use that “bad” eye. Neither of those options were very appealing to me. Honestly they both made me so sad. School is already hard enough…I don’t want Jeb to have to deal with having to wear that patch and deal with kids staring and possibly picking on him. And yes…kids are that mean!! Then…if I do the drops what if he has issues seeing and that causes him bigger issues and he falls or has an accident or has trouble with his work at school. PLUS–holy moly…can you imagine how much fun it will be trying to get that drop in his eye every single day!!!

See…neither option is a good one! BUT…it’s now or never. If we can’t get improvement now it may never happen. He is at the age where we may have gotten as much progress as we can get. He has made incredible progress with the corrective lenses and patching. Basically from legally blind to 20/50. That’s incredible…but as it stands he’d have to get a special license when it comes time to get his driver’s permit which is a bit of a bummer. If we can just get a little more progress and get him to 20/30 he’d be good to go!

So…I have opted for the drops for April and May while he is in school. We’ll go back and check the progress and keep our finger and toes crossed that it works. Feel free to send any good vibes our way…I will absolutely take them!

I will be doing my shopping tomorrow. I grabbed about $17 worth of necessities so far this week. I’ll likely go over budget a bit this week as I want to do the gas card deal twice so I may stock up on a few things to get me where I need to be.

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

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Weekly Totals 4/10 – Share Your Savings

TGIFHappy Friday everyone!

As I mentioned earlier today, it’s a crazy busy time at my house. I never got caught up from my family’s Easter visit. With all the boys activities this week I have been running like a mad woman. My goal has been just to try to survive the week and get the house ready for my husband’s family who all arrived today. His dad and wife got here around lunchtime. Then shortly after that his brother, wife and two little girls arrived. So I have a full house yet again!

We have karate testing tonight and a baseball tournament this weekend. I tell you…never a dull moment!

I grabbed several things this week that might not usually be on my list but I needed some shortcuts. While I would typically make homemade biscuits, when I thought about it I just didn’t want to deal with it so you know what…I bought frozen ones. Same goes for the buns.  I just didn’t want to try to think about trying to fit it in the schedule today. So I bought them! This is why I budget…I save so that when I need to splurge, it’s not the end of the world. I’ll grill up some burgers tonight and whip up some sausage & egg biscuits in the morning and happily enjoy those store bought breads–tee hee!

I bought so much last week that I really only needed a few things this week. I need to go figure out a dessert to whip up and make a few batches of sweet tea for my guests so here’s my list for the week –

Tomatoes – $1.91
Lettuce – $1.99
Avocado – $3
Bananas – $1.35
Watermelon – $5.37
Ricotta – $3.50
Mary B’s Biscuits – $4.39
Buns – $3.19
Eggs – $3.99
Ham – $9.88
Tortillas – $3.88
Prego x 2 = $2.49
Entenmann’s Little Bites – $1.35 ($1 IP)

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

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Weekly Totals 4/3 – Share Your Savings

April Fools

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you all have had a wonderful week. It’s been a busy one here at my house. The boys are off for Spring Break this week so we have been on the move all week long.

I thought I’d share a picture of them being April Fool’s Day tricksters. As you can see, they decided to try and make me believe that they had grown a mustache ;-) They are just too funny. That was just one of the MANY “tricks” they came up with. Every time I turned around they were doing something silly.

This weekend is Easter and we have lots of fun planned. My family is here and I am running way behind. I’ll try to type up my totals tonight. I actually went to the store three times this week. I spent a chunk of money as we are doing Easter dinner here. I also had to take advantage of all those great Publix deals. I spent almost $180 but I really stocked up!!

I am going to run and hang out with everyone so I will put up a linky so you can share your savings. You can also share in the comments if you prefer. Hopefully you guys were able to score some great deals too!

Enjoy the weekend and I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!!

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Weekly Totals 3/27 – Share Your Savings

fridayHappy Friday guys!

The week started off with wonderful Spring weather but today is chilly and we are supposed to get more freezing temps this weekend. Of course I grabbed some flowers last weekend so they are sitting in the garage now. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I can get them in the ground soon! Have I told you guys lately that I really wish the warm weather would stick around for good?! I am just not a cold weather kind of gal!!

It’s been a super busy week for us but we get to slow down a bit next week…it’s Spring Break! We will have a baseball game tomorrow but then we’ll get the week off. We are staying in town so we’ll still have to make time for tutoring and karate. Part of me wanted to go somewhere but with Easter next weekend, we’d really only have a few days away before family started heading our way.

Now, I say that we’ll slow down but with the boys home from school I tend to be less productive. I figure my best bet is to get the boys out and about. We are going to try to do a few things around Chattanooga…try and make it a mini staycation. The boys haven’t been to Rock City or Ruby Falls so hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can go there. My goal is to have one fun thing planned every day.

While I went to the store to look for the unadvertised deals on Wednesday, I did very little shopping. I had an appointment and wasn’t sure how long I’d be away from home so I decided to wait and do my big shopping trip. With the ad running for 10 days, I figure I’d have plenty of time  to shop. My goal is to go tomorrow and get it done before the baseball game. I think it will actually work better because so often I find great deals but don’t have my coupons ready when I shop on Wednesday.

I ended up spending a little over $12 this week….almost half of that was just one tub of Ovaltine. Did I tell you guys that I managed to allow my stock to run out?! I knew we were low and I kept looking for coupons and sales but NADA! I really stocked up a long time ago and haven’t seen any good deals since then. Now I am to the point where I actually had to pay full price. That’s something that the frugal gal in my REALLY dislikes! So if any of you guys find a good deal on Ovaltine…please let me know :-)

Now it’s your turn! How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments or link up below.

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Weekly Totals 3/20 – Share Your Savings

fridayHappy Friday!

I hope you guys have had a great week! It’s been a busy one for me but nothing really overly exciting. I am very glad it’s Friday and am looking forward to hopefully getting to sleep in a little bit tomorrow.

I am not sure what our plans are this weekend. We have baseball practice tonight and I think there was talk of a game tomorrow. I guess I will find out more tonight and make plans from there.

With that in mind…I am running out of time. I have to get these boys a snack and get them ready to get back in the car. So this week is short and sweet.

Green Onion 85¢
Grape Tomatoes = $1.50
Mushrooms = $2.50
Apples = $3.99
Watrmelon = $2.38
Red Onion = $1.12
Brussels Sprouts = $2.49
Carrots = $1.69
Tomatoes = $1.38
Lettuce = $1.99
Hillshire Farm Naturals = $4
Eggo Waffles x 4 = $9.56 (two $1/1 IP)
Palermo’s Pizza x 2 = $5 (two $1/1 IP)
M&M’s x2 = $1.79 (IP + TQ)
Milk = $0 (free wyb Eggo PQ)
Boursin = $1.65 ($1.50 IP)
Land O Lakes Butter = $1.50 ($0.50 IP)
Yoplait Whips = $0 (Free Digital Q)
Purina Dog Treats = 15¢ ($1.50 Dig Q)

I was right under $50 this week. Not too bad since I got a ton of things for our meals and even stocked up on a few not so necessary items. I think I might break in to the M&M’s later tonight ;-)

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Weekly Totals 3/13 – Share Your Savings

friday-13Happy Friday everyone.

Oh my…it has been a long week! I am so tired and so very glad that it’s Friday. The time change always messes with me the first week. I’ll get over it…I love that it stays light so much later each day. I am more productive and I really think it improves my mood!

It’s been a good week just an insanely busy week. I mentioned last week that this is the busiest time of the year at my house. I managed to get most everything done and survived…so we’ll call it a successful week. This was the first full week of school for the boys in quite a while. That was a nice change of pace. The temperatures have been wonderful and if the rain would just go away, we’d be set!

I have to brag on my boys a bit. You guys might remember that Jake is my advanced kiddo, he’s in the gifted program at his school. The kids have been working on an egg drop project and Jake’s team won yesterday. He was so thrilled. Then he comes home today with a paper that he was selected to participate in the Math & Science Olympiad at Chattanooga State. He proclaimed this week to be the “best week ever!”

Then of course there is my little Jeb-a-doo. He is my guy who has to work a little bit harder than some of the other kids. We have been working hard at home and even added tutoring to our week to try to help him even more. Well, he came home earlier this week and he was chosen as one of two kids in his class who have improved the most. He gets to represent his school at a Lookouts game in a few weeks! He also just came home with his work from the week showing that he had met his math goal and got a 12/14 on his spelling test (difficult words we worked very hard on all week!) It’s the little things that really just mean so much :-)

I am very thankful that is it Friday as I do desperately need a break. Once I finish this up I am going to go veg on the couch for a while and I might see if I can catch a nap before it’s time to start dinner.

I did shop this week but I can’t find my receipt. I am guessing that’s it’s probably in the car somewhere  but I just don’t have the energy to look for it right now. I haven’t even put it into Quickbooks yet. I know it was a little over $50 but I don’t know the exact amount. I really just grabbed produce, milk and the various things we needed for the week…nothing overly exciting ;-)

I hope you guys were able to pick up some good deals. Share your savings in the comments or link up below.

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Weekly Totals 3/6 – Share Your Savings

baseballHappy Friday everyone!

Another week is done and I am ready for the weekend! I bet I am not the only one yelling TGIF!

This is one of the busiest times of year at my house. Once baseball starts my few hours of free time dwindles to almost nothing. I am sure there are tons of you guys in the same boat. Each week we will now find a way to fit in my little one’s tutoring (3x per week), art class, karate, school functions and baseball (practice and games). So what will have to happen is that my husband and I will have to come up with a very detailed schedule. Many times the activities overlap and since I can’t be in two places at once, he’ll have to adjust so he can be a taxi as well.

From now until the end of school it will be likely that we have one or more activities each school night. That doesn’t sound too bad until you factor in the need to fit in homework, dinner and bath too. That’s a whole lot to try to accomplish in just a couple of hours. Not being a morning person, I love the fact that my boys don’t have to be to school until 8:30 each day but it bites me in the hiney this time of year with the boys not getting home until 4 pm each day. Getting everything accomplished in 4 – 5 hours is almost impossible.

What is amazing to me is that you guys who work outside of the home are able to get it all done and still maintain your sanity. Often you all complete as many tasks in an even shorter time frame! I am typically a worn out mess by Friday night! Here’s hoping we all have a very relaxing weekend.

I am sitting in carpool typing at the moment and will need to keep it short and sweet this week. By the time you guys are reading his we will be headed to baseball practice. So I have to pick up the pace so I can run the boys home for a snack before we have to get back in the car ;-)

This is what I grabbed this week –

Strawberries x 2 – $3.32
Garlic -43¢
Onions – $2.99
Mushrooms – $2.99
Jalapeño – 25¢
Bananas – $1.34
Oranges – 92¢
Kiwi – 65¢
Tomatoes – $1.69
Cilantro – 99¢
Green Beans – $1.69
Publix Salad – $2
Asparagus – $2.91
Capri Sun x 2 – 50¢ (two DQ)
Quaker Chewy x 2 = $2.79
Bush’s Beans x 4 = $3.16
Publix Black Beans = 85¢
Lindsay Peppers x 2 = $2 ($1/2 IP)
Onion Powder – $1.34
Garlic Powder – $1.33
Farmland Sausage – $2.50 ($1 DQ)
Kraft Cheese x 4 – $5.58 (two DQ + one $1/2 IP)
Voskos Yogurt x 2 = $0 (PQ + DQ)
Milk – $3.79

I was right at $50 this week. I got everything we needed and I even have a couple of recipes that I will be sharing soon…so stay tuned!

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

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Weekly Totals 2/27 – Share Your Savings

Snow Day Jake & Jeb 2015Happy Friday everyone!

Well it’s been another week where the weather is the big news. We got something like 7 – 8 inches of snow on Wednesday night. My boys were elated and spent a good chunk of time outside sledding and building snowmen. Contrary to the picture above, they really did have gloves on at some point. Though, Jake did not wear his heavy jacket to play in the snow. You see he left BOTH of his coats at school. So he has something like 6 shirts on instead–hahaha!

I was happy to finally see some snow too. I figured it was time that there was actually a reason school was canceled–tee hee. My boys have only gone to school 1.5 days in the past TWO WEEKS!! While they love it now, I am not sure what the plan will be as far as making up all those missed days.

Please keep your fingers and toes crossed that this is the last of the snow. I am going to attempt to try to get caught up on housecleaning and laundry this weekend. Not sure if I can get it all done but maybe I can start to get back on track.

Luckily I did get a chance to go to the store before the snow hit. I went right after I got the boys off to school. It’s a good thing that I went immediately as I was texted while I was shopping that they had decided to let the kids out early. If I had waited I would have had to take the boys with me – yikes! I try very hard to avoid shopping with them now if possible. They can kill my budget faster than anything. They alway seem to “need” so many things that they see. Plus, it’s next to impossible to look for deals when I am trying to make sure they haven’t wandered off to the toy aisle.

So, I did manage to get a few things this week. With the gas card coupon I was right about on track for the week.

Squash – $1.37
Broccoli – $1.59
Avocados x 4 = $4
Cauliflower = $2.50
Potatoes = $3.79
Bananas = $1.26
Mushrooms = $2.50
Spinach = $2
Celery = $1.99
Grapes = $3.50
Milk = $3.79
Sargento Tastings x 3 = $4
Publix String Cheese = $3.50 ($1 DQ)
Smithfield Bacon = $4.99
Eggs = $3.79
Publix Creamer = $1.99
Half & Half = $2.69
Stevia in the Raw x 2 = $4 (two $1/1 IP)
Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits x 2 = 69¢ ($2/2 PQ + $0.50/2 IP)
Lucky Charms x 2 = $2.39 ($1/2 IP)
Sparkle Paper Towels = $3.99 ($1/1 IP)

I was right at $50 this week. With the boys home plus some extra kids visiting (so their parents could work) everything is already just about wiped out. I am not sure if I will make it to Wednesday. I might end up having to grab a few things this weekend to hold us. It’s amazing how many snacks those kids need while they are home!

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

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Weekly Totals 2/20 – Share Your Savings

friday snowHappy Friday everyone – I hope you have all stayed warm!

Boy, what a week! My kids were out Monday for President’s Day and then there were a bunch of weather scares and somehow my boys were out of school EVERY SINGLE DAY THIS WEEK! As you can imagine, my hopes for a productive week were shot.

I didn’t have time to shop and ended up having to reschedule a couple of my appointments. Now, the weather folks are saying something about snow tonight. I guess we’ll see if my weekend is shot too–tee hee!

My husband stopped by the store and grabbed us a few things but that was it for shopping this week. He was a trooper to brave the store as you know folks in the South have a tendency to flip out when there are threats of bad weather! He said it was a bit of a madhouse ;-)

He spent $38.28 for milk, fruits and veggies and a few other things to get us through the week. My little one has a birthday party tomorrow so he and I may shop afterward (as long as the weather cooperates!)

Hopefully some of you guys were able to get out and about. If you shopped, share your weekly totals in the comments or link up.

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Weekly Totals 2/13 – Share Your Savings

friday-13Happy Friday the 13th everyone!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s day and I hope you all have some fun planned! Nothing big planned for us as we will be headed to Atlanta on Sunday for my niece’s birthday. Luckily the boys are off school on Monday so I won’t have to deal with the typical stressors of Sunday night and getting ready for the week.

This weekend should be a little more low key than last weekend….it was a doozie. Jake’s birthday party was great and I think all the boys had a blast! I think we had a total of 12 boys who ending up spending the night. Hearing all those boys chatter all day (and into the night) was quite comical. Some of the conversations I overheard were just hysterical!

The kids did great but I found myself so tired on Sunday. I soon found that I wasn’t feeling bad because of the boys…I got hit with a stomach bug and spent most of the day just miserable. Unfortunately my oldest kiddo got sick on Wednesday night and ended up home yesterday. He was so sad because he had perfect attendance. He’s bummed that his chance to get that certificate is now shot. There’s always next year ;-)

Somehow I managed to pick up a cold too. I am thinking that maybe all those boys brought in a whole bunch of germs and my tired self just couldn’t deal. I’ll be fine and I guess it was worth it a Jake deemed his party the best ever!

I did do a little shopping when I went in to look for the unadvertised deals. I grabbed a couple of items for the boys’ Valentine’s Day parties but those come out of a different budget.

Craisins x 2 = $2.59
Quaker Chewy Bars x 2 = $2.79
Blue Diamond Almonds = $1.90
Limes x 2 = $1
Avocados x 3 = $2.50 ($1/3 printable)
Cilantro = 99¢
Potatoes = $2.99
Jalapeño = 35¢
Salad = $2.69
Cabbage = $1.69
Mushrooms – $2.50
Bananas – $1.31
Mission Tortillas = $1.09 ($0.50/1 printable)
Toufayan Pita = $1.39
Morningstar Farms x 2 = $2.35
Al Fresco Sausage x 2 = $3.50 (two $1.50 printable)
Liberte Yogurt x 4 = $1.80 (four $0.20/1 printable)
Kraft Cheese x 2 = $3.50 (two 0.75 printable)
Eggs = $3.79
Milk = $3.79

I was right around $50 this week. Since I had a few Valentine’s Day party items..I am estimating my tax.

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

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