Weekly Totals 1/30 – Share Your Savings

il_570xN.355860002_cq0aHappy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week.

Nothing too exciting this week for us. It’s been a pretty typical week which is nice! There’s been so many interruptions to my schedule lately, I am happy that I was finally able to get a few things accomplished this week.

Jeb-a-doo has a birthday party to attend tomorrow and then Jake’s birthday party is next weekend. I can’t believe he will soon be 9 years old!! He’s getting so big…I can still remember him as my tiny little baby–sniff, sniff!

How cute is that spoon from Etsy? If you are like me you’ll probably be singing that song all night now. Sorry–tee hee! Did I tell you guys that I decided to go a month without sugar, most carbs and avoiding processed foods. Holy moly it has been a LONG month! I have to admit that I really do feel better plus I have lost weight! It hasn’t been the most fun and I wasn’t sure if I would really be able to do it. BUT…we are close to the end of January and so far, so good!

The hardest part is when my kids are around. Making Jake’s peanut butter & jelly sandwiches every morning is VERY hard to do. I am so tempted to take a huge bite before I pack it in his lunch box. They also love their desserts so whenever they are eating chocolate I want to run over and eat some with them. Somehow I have been able to hold back and suck it up.

I have also had to modify dinners a bit. I have never been one to cook separate meals for my kids but it was really unfair to expect them to join my husband and I on this big change. So, I found myself having to cook a few additional items for them to go with the other dinner foods. Nothing major…but it did mean more time in the kitchen and more cleanup. While they like most veggies and lean proteins, they also love pasta, rice, breads and such and I couldn’t just cut them off cold turkey.

Easy Roasted Eggplant ParmSurprisingly they liked many of the things that I just knew they’d turn their noses up to. My Easy Roasted Eggplant Parmesan was a huge hit as was my cauliflower pizza. While I am not going to completely cut out sugar and carbs past January, I am planning on dramatically reducing the amount of those that I eat week to week.

Just in case anyone is wondering…this wasn’t any specific diet or plan that we did. Really all we did was eat whole foods – lean protein, eggs, fish, veggies, nuts, cheese, etc. I can’t say I was totally sugar free for the month as their are naturally occurring sugars but I didn’t eat anything where sugar was added. Now, my goal is to not put myself in a sugar coma once I reintroduce it–tee hee!

So here’s my list for this week. You’ll notice some expensive nuts on there. I completely killed my stockpile of nuts over the last few weeks. They have been a perfect snack…so I decided to bite the bullet and kill two birds with one stone. I usually wouldn’t pay full price for nuts but figured I’d get my snack and make it a Try Me Tuesday…stay tuned for the results ;-)

Fresh Express Salad = $2.99
Bananas = $1.46
Eggplant = $1.61
Portabella shrooms = $1.99
Avocado x 2 = $2
Grape Tomatoes = $2.50
Cauliflower = $2.99
Zucchini = $1.19
Sargento Cheese x 2 = $3.49 ($0.50/2 insert)
Smithfield Bacon x 2 = $5.99 ($1/2 blinkie)
Buddig Turkey = $0 ($1 PQ)
Savannah Smoked Sausage = $2.25
DiGiorno Pizza x 2 = $8 (2/2 DQ)
Planters Cashews = $7.99
Publix Cashews = $5.99

I spent right over $55 this week but it’s everything I need for now so I call it a success!

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Weekly Totals 1/23 – Share Your Savings

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Happy Friday everyone…I hope you guys had a great week!

Nothing too eventful here at my house this week. The boys were home on Monday for the MLK holiday and I was very happy for them to go back on Tuesday. While they loved the long weekend, I am desperate to get back on my routine. There have been so many things pulling me off my schedule lately. Here’s hoping that next week can be a regular week and I can start knocking out my huge to do list!

I got organized on Tuesday night and was able to get my shopping done when I walked the store looking for the unadvertised deals on Wednesday. Nice to be able to knock out two birds with one stone. I got another gift card so I decided to stock up on some items this week. (on that note…don’t forget to enter my giveaways over HERE)

I grabbed lots of veggies and things to stock my freezer. I got the boys lots of quick and easy weekend lunch options and of course my cheese. I actually might run by this weekend and get a few more blocks of cheese…I can never have enough here at my house!

Here’s what I got –

Avocado x 2 = $3
Fresh Express Salad x 2 = $4
Brussel Srout = $2.63
Eggplant = $1.47
Green Beans = $1.98
Mushrooms = $2.49
Kale = $2.99
Squash = $1.46
Limes x 2 = 80¢
Lettuce $1.49
Tomato = 86¢
Strawberries = $2.5
Bananas = $1.57
Palermo’s Pizza x 2 = $4.99 (two $1/1 IP)
Perdue Lightly Breaded x 4 = $13.96 (two $3/2 IP)
State Fair Corn Dogs x 2 = $2.40 (two $0.55 IP)
Cumberland Gap Ham = $1.80
Eggs 18 ct – $3.99
Kraft Cheese x 2 = $6.58 (two $1/2 IP)
Milk = $3.99
Hefty x 2 = $10 (two $1/1 IP)
Frank’s x 2 = $1.19 (two $0.30 IP)
French’s Mustard x 2 = $0 (two $0.50 IP)
Fiber One Cookies x 2 = $1.20 (twp $0.50 IP)
Dole Squishems x 2 = 80¢ (two $1 insert)
Mrs Butterworth x 2 = $1.99 (two $0.75 IP)

I was right at $40 after gas card coupons, my gift card and coupons. Not a bad week after all discounts.

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Weekly Totals 1/16 – Share Your Savings

c434600e59458c34448227073c1553dfHappy Friday everyone! I hope you guys have been able to stay warm this week. It snowed a bunch yesterday and it’s been crazy cold! Today is the first day we have seen the sun in quite a while.

My little guy came down with a fever on Tuesday so he was home with me Wednesday and Thursday. By last night he was feeling fine and he was to go back to school today. Well…last night I get the text that school had been delayed for 2 hours due to weather. Then, at about 5 am my phone starts buzzing letting me know that school had been cancelled. Plus, the boys are also off school on Monday for MLK so they are VERY happy kids!

Of course I thought I was going to start getting back into my routine…guess that will have to be next week–tee hee!

Other than that it’s just been cold. My boys and my dogs are going a bit stir crazy. None of them want to stay outside for more than a few minutes at a time. I am ready for some warm weather to come back. Yeah…I know, it’s still a bit early. I’d take just a few days of sun rather than the dreary overcast that we have had lately!

I did get some shopping done. Nothing too exciting and not really great deals but it was stuff that we needed. I noticed a comment a while back asking me why I never used too many coupons and never had all the great deals on my list that I share here on the site. Well..honestly it’s because I have a pretty good stockpile. At this point I am in maintenance mode. So I really only have to buy most things when they are a really low price. Most of the stuff that I buy week to week will be perishables and veggies.

My freezer is almost about to bust with protein at the moment. I have picked up 40 pounds of beef, 40 pounds of chicken breast and 50 pounds of fish from Zaycon over the past couple of weeks. All of  that should last us quite a while. I also still have a couple of turkeys, a bunch of the chicken thighs from a while back and some beef cuts from my farming buddy.

I also have a crazy full pantry. My parents grow a big garden each year and I am always happy to reap the benefits. I have jars of canned tomatoes, fig preserves, jalapeños and more. Many companies also send me lots of products to try…so those go in my pantry too.

All of that combined means that I only have to buy what we need and grab any super deals to replenish my inventory. I learned a long time ago that buying stuff just because it is a good deal is not always a good thing. I don’t want to deal with excess food — or worse…letting food expire before I can use it.

Also keep in mind that I have been couponing for a long time. I tracked our consumption on many things that we regularly use so that now I only buy what we will use. That means that here at my house we only need at most 3 jars of yellow mustard every year–tee hee.

So the things you see in my shopping lists each week is just what we need…no more and no less. Of course I make mistakes here and there but I have gotten pretty good at this shopping business ;-)

I got a little help this week thanks to a Publix gift card I got for a promotion (Remember you can win one too…go HERE).

Lemons x 2 = $1.33
Limes x 3 = $1.20
Mushrooms = $1.79
Red Onion = $1.12
Avocados x 2 = $3
Celery = $2.99
Spinach = $1.50
Cilantro = 99¢
Cucumbers x 2 = $1.49
Tomato = 76¢
Bell Pepper = $1
Philly Cream Cheese x 2 = $1 (two $0.50 IP)
Milk = $4.13
Hormel Pepperoni x 2 = $1 (IP + TQ)
Tyson Grilled = $5.99 ($1 DQ)
Publix Purified Water = 83¢
Pork Roast = $7.15
Le Sueur Peas = $1
Campbell’s Soup = $1
Publix Worcestershire Sauce = $1.99
French’s Worcestershire Sauce = $1.69
Quaker Chewy Bars = $1.40
Del Monte Fruit x 4 = $3 ($1/2 PQ + DQ + IP)

After my gift card, I was under $4 for the week. I’ll take that!

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Weekly Totals 1/9 – My 2015 Budget

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I hope you guys have had a great week. We have been trucking along just fine.

My oldest son has had a buddy here for a couple of days. His mom is having some issues that the docs can’t quite figure out. They are now thinking it might be her gallbladder. While she is in the hospital, we are more than happy to let one of her kiddos hang out here so she can focus on getting better. Jake was thrilled that he was able to have a sleepover on a school night…quite a rare treat!

Other than that, we’ve just been trying to stay warm – holy moly it’s been so cold! The boys finally went back to school this week which is a good thing. They need to learn and I need to get back on my schedule. I love them dearly but I really need some time without constant interruptions in order to get all of my to-do’s done!

This was also the week that my husband and I sat down and finalized our 2015 budget. If you have been hanging out with me for a while you probably know that I am a category budget person. That means that I set specific budgets for various spending categories. Heck, in some cases I even have subcategories. Once my goals are set, it’s just a matter of data entry each week. My husband and I record everything. I have found that it is the only way to really see where the money goes. I also like to see those graphs and watch my progress.

Now sometimes I have to split the spending over several categories. For example, those times when I go to the grocery store and pick up snacks for baseball, classroom parties, etc… I pull those fund out of my grocery budget and those go into the “Kids Extracurricular” budget. That can be tricky but I still find that it makes the most sense. Split category spending can also be my way of evening out some excess spending. In the end I guess it really doesn’t matter…I mean the money is gone but week to week, month to month and year to year it is a VERY eye opening to really see where the money is going.

I also see it as a critical component to formulating the budget for the new year. It just doesn’t make sense to randomly make up numbers and hope that they will work. Being able to work off previous numbers helps me ensure that the budget I come up with is successful. Now that doesn’t mean I am always spot on and as you will see…many times I end up going over what I set up. The good thing is that often I end up under budget in other areas so it often evens out.

For 2014 we were over budget in almost every category. While it doesn’t thrill me, it was a big eye opener and really made us think about the reasons and what it would mean for 2015.

First, we entertained a LOT this year. Entertaining at our home in Georgia meant that we’d have a couple of friends over for dinner but rarely more than 6 – 8 people at a time. Well, we have a pool at our new home in Tennessee…we could easily have 15 – 20 people over on the weekends in the summer. I love to entertain and wouldn’t change a thing…but I didn’t plan accordingly when I wrote my budget back in January of 2014.

Another cause for an increase in spending just has to do with my kids getting older and bigger. It was much easier to “control” them when they were little. Now when I say control I just mean that they really didn’t have opinions on their clothes, foods, and the like. Now that they are getting bigger they often give me feedback and make many more requests than they ever did in the previous years. My boys are both very good kids and I want them to feel like their opinions and requests matter. Allowing those small choices allows them to have their own voice and hopefully will help them be more independent. Now that doesn’t mean that they get everything they want but I have been conceding to certain requests and in doing so I am spending more money. Heck just adding their $5 weekly allowance to my budget is $520 PER YEAR!! See I told you those little amounts add up quickly!

I know this is just the beginning…soon I expect them to want cell phones, designer clothes and cars–YIKES!! Guess I’ll deal with all of that when the time comes.

This past year my grocery spending was $3246 which is almost $400 more than I anticipated. Now that is only $62 per week which is really not bad but remember I have separate categories for entertainment which also includes some of our meals. While it’s not a terrible number, it’s the most we have spent in many years.

Some of the blame is on me. I have been very busy this past year and often not able to be on top of things like I would normally would. As we were going over the numbers I felt guilty for about a minute. Then I stopped and said…no way! My husband and I both agreed that my time is valuable. I am not one to sit around watching TV or just being lazy. I am in constant motion all day long whether it be with the sites, kids, dogs, household chores, cooking, shopping and more. I am super productive and don’t need to spend all of my time worrying about pinching every single penny. I am content with being frugal. That means that I try my best to save money but still allow myself the freedom of a splurge and/or give myself a break every now and again. My sanity is important and you know…life is short so I am not going to beat myself up over money.

This year we are increasing many of our budget categories. In all honestly about 90% of them. Not by a ton but I need to make sure that my goals are realistic. If I am going to be successful I have to make sure I am not setting myself up for failure from the beginning.

I’d love to hear how you guys did this year. What are your goals for the new year? If you don’t have a budget, I’d encourage you to sit down and just start small. Maybe work on an area that you’d like to improve and set a small monthly goal.

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Weekly Totals 1/2 – Share Your Savings

happy new yearHappy New Year! I can’t believe it’s now 2015…time flies!

I had planned to do my yearly wrap up today but we have been so very busy. We ended up having a New Year’s Eve bash here at my house. The prep and clean up took a little time as we also had friends over for New Year’s Day dinner and of course to watch the bowl games. I am still trying to recover and catch up on my sleep. I am looking forward to maybe working in a nap tomorrow at some point.

With all the festivities, I am having a hard time keeping track of what day it is. I went to the store several times this week but really it was to check prices and get some pictures. I grabbed some things but many of them were party supplies that will come from my entertainment budget. In all honesty I just haven’t had time to separate the receipts yet.

I am hoping to get it all figured out this weekend as I will be finalizing my 2015 budget. I have a feeling I was over budget this year so that may impact what I do for this coming year. No decisions have been made yet but the numbers that I end up with will definitely help me make my decisions.

It’s funny because now that the boys are getting older I think I am going to have to re-evaluate how I structure my budget. I have also been entertaining more since we moved to Tennessee. I know for fact that I blew that budget this year! The fun thing will be deciding if I am going to just increase my overall budget or try to steal some funds from other areas and have to tighten the money belt a bit?!

We have lots of long term and short term goals and so the decisions we make over the next couple of days are very important! The key is balance and hopefully we make some good choices so that 2015 is a successful year!

Nothing really exciting shopping wise for me…my store was out of cheese so I didn’t get to stock up. I forgot my DiGiorno pizza coupons yesterday so I will be going back to actually shop for the coming week.

I’d love to hear your totals and also any goals and budgeting plans that you guys have for the new year. Share it in the comments or link up.

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Weekly Totals 12/26 – Share Your Savings

weekly totalsHappy Friday everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful week and a very merry Christmas! My boys were so excited that I think they didn’t fall asleep until after midnight on Christmas Eve! Well…they fell asleep around 9 pm but then my oldest got up at 11:30 pm thinking he had slept all night! He was very bummed that he had to go back to bed…he just knew it was already morning.

We have been relaxing a good bit this week and enjoying some down time. We have watched several movies and I hope to be able to sleep in a little bit tomorrow.

Our new puppy is getting much better about needing to go out in the middle of the night. She actually made it to 6 am three nights this week! Those middle of the night wake ups have been really messing with me. I love to sleep and can be a little bit grumpy when I don’t get enough rest.

I am not sure what our plans are tomorrow but I have a feeling my boys are going to want to go spend some money. They got several gift cards from relatives and they are burning a hole in their pockets. While I am tempted to make them hang on to the cards for a while…I know that they could get some good deals right now. I’ll make my decision tomorrow…they may forget about them by then- tee hee!

I really didn’t need to pick up too much this week. We had a bunch of leftovers from my family Christmas get together last weekend and I made a ham for dinner yesterday. As you can imagine there have been lots of casseroles, pot pies, pasta dishes and sandwiches. No need to waste that food! I did have to get some produce and milk today. My little one has been demolishing apples and bananas so I had to restock.

I also grabbed a Try Me Tuesday and our New Year’s Day dinner fixins’.

Apples – $3.99
Bananas – $2.29
Watermelon – $3.18
Strawberries – $2.99
Broccoli – $2.85
Onions- $2.69
Milk – $4.13
Collard Greens – $1.25
Black Eyed Peas – $1.85
Salad – $2.50
Eggs – $2.79
Publix Popcorn Chicken – $7.99
Perdue Popcorn Chicken – $8.99

I was over $50 for that small list but with the boys home from school the chicken will come in handy at lunchtime!

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Weekly Totals 12/19 – Share Your Savings

holiday goodiesHappy Friday everyone! Oh my it’s been a super busy week here at my house and I don’t think things are going to slow down any time soon!

There were so many school activities to deal with. All fun…but all requiring a lot of effort. As you can see by my photo, I spent a bit of time in the kitchen creating holiday treats for the boys’ parties. I also made Grinch Kabobs but those were made at the last minute and I was in such a rush to get out the door that I forgot to snap a pic. I do love being able to provide treats but, talk about time consuming. I made enough for both boys’ classes so it took me a while to get them all done.

Then there was a field trip for my little one and my oldest son was in the Spelling Bee. Jake did a great job and made it to the 5th round. He was very bummed as he didn’t quite hear the word and panicked. Instead of asking the man to repeat the word or request the definition, he just started spelling what he thought he heard.  I could see that he was upset but once you start spelling you can’t stop. After it was over, he ran over to me asking what his word was. When I told him, he said “h-a-y-l-o-f-t…I know how to spell hayloft, awww man!!” It was a good learning experience for him and if he makes it in next year, I think he’ll remember to stop and get more info if he needs it.

So now my boys are out of school for about 3 weeks. Today was my first taste of the chaos. There were three dogs and three boys running around all day and I have to admit, I was really questioning my sanity! What was I thinking adding a new puppy to our crazy mess–tee hee. The extra kid will go back to his house today but for the next three weeks I’ll be chasing dogs and boys ALL DAY while still trying to get everything done. I have a feeling that laundry and some housekeeping may not get done as often as usual. I am really not complaining too much…I have to admit that a part of me likes having them all around. I just wish they’d all pick up after themselves a little more ;-)

My family will be here tomorrow so I have been trying to get ready for them. I think once tomorrow is done, I’ll be able to relax a bit. You know how much there is to do to get ready for company. I have almost finished my Christmas to do list. I have to get to Target to find some stocking stuffers and do a little wrapping tonight but then I am DONE! My hopes are to relax a little bit next week…fingers crossed!

I did pop in to the store a couple of times to shop for a few things but I already picked up my turkey a few weeks ago and I am opting for a fairly simple meal tomorrow. Here’s our menu:

My husband takes care of the turkey and I’ll do the sausage balls and watergate salad tonight. I can throw the mac and cheese together early so that I really just have easy stuff to deal with.

I spent a chunk this week and some of it really needs to come out of my entertainment budget but I don’t feel like separating it out right now.

Nilla Wafers – $3.89
Velveeta – $2.89
Marshmallows – $1.99
Jello – 75¢
Bananas – $2.16
Strawberries – $4.99
Grapes – $4.42
Tomatoes – $1.63
Potatoes – $3.99
Onion – $1.07
Brussel Sprouts -$6.89
Half & Half – $1.83
Milk $4.13
Brie – $10.29
Sargento Cheese x 2 = $2.50 (PQ + insert q)
Sorrento Cheese Sticks x 2 = $13.98
Jimmy Dean Sausage Roll x 2 = $5.50 ($1.5 IP)
Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage x 2 = $7.98
Cool Whip = 95¢

I was over $80 for the holiday goodies and a few things I needed for the week. There weren’t many coupons for the things I needed but I was able to save $10 by exchanging some cash for a gift card thanks to the Publix coupon. The party was a success and our dinner should be too. In the end, it should all work out great!

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

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Weekly Totals – Share Your Savings

gretaHappy Friday everyone! I hope you guys had a nice week.

I shared earlier this week that we got a new puppy. I am not sure what we were thinking bringing another pup into the house but we are now a 3 dog family–YIKES!! For the most part Greta has been pretty good. She is a little spoiled as she is the only puppy that gets to sit with me on the couch. I really just got tired of cleaning up her little accidents…it is just easier to let her sit beside me so I can monitor her a bit more. She had one rough night where she woke us up twice but otherwise it’s been fine. We have a long way to go before she is house trained but as I tell my very impatient husband…she will get there, but it will take time ;-)

I didn’t run around as much as I usually do during the week as she can’t go outside with my other dogs unsupervised yet. Plus, I can’t leave her in the crate for too long. As a result, my trips out of the house have been much shorter this week. Probably for the best as I have so much to do to get ready for the holidays. I am pretty stocked as far as food so I just did my trip to Publix for the unadvertised deals and grabbed just the few things we needed.

I picked up some beef and waffles from Zaycon this week. I also picked up chicken from them not too long ago…so my freezer is packed with protein at the moment. I think I have a pick up for fish at some point in the beginning of the year. Guess I am set for a while…here’s hoping I can keep my spending low for the next few weeks at least. I have had some high totals recently!!

Watergate-Salad-2The BOGO Cool Whip had me craving some Watergate Salad so I grabbed a few things and made a batch. The recipe is over on my other site (I Heart Kitchen) if you need it. Forewarning this stuff is addicting–tee hee!!

Here’s what I got this week –

Pretzel Crisps x 2 = $3.29
Brussel Sprouts = $1.64
Bananas = $1.45
Cool Whip = 95¢
Jell-O = 75¢
Milk = $4.13

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Weekly Totals 12/5 – Share Your Savings

nativityHappy Friday everyone! We welcomed December this week and that meant it was time for me to start pulling out my Christmas decorations. I have been pulling out a few boxes every day trying to get everything set up. I have so much stuff that I have collected over the years so it takes me a while to decorate. I am still searching for a few things that I seem to have misplaced. I have yet to find my stocking hooks and I still need to dig through and find the boys’ Santa pictures. Guess that might be on the agenda for this weekend when all my guys will be home to help me!

The boys were very excited to put the tree up. The one I have now, I have had for years but I think once the sales start up I am going to splurge and get a new one. The current one was perfect at our other house where we needed a tall skinny tree. Here at my new house, I have plenty of room in my window for a big fat tree and I think it would fill the space so much better. You can see that I also have my Lenox Nativity set up. I have been collecting pieces for many, many years. My mom gives me a new piece every year so it keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday and he already has it planned out. A few months ago, some friends took us to this hole in the wall place to get fried chicken. He loved it…and has requested to go for his birthday meal. It’s a very popular place here in Chattanooga so we will do lunch or a very early dinner in hopes that we don’t have to wait too long. I have to admit I was fine with his choice. I never, ever fry chicken so this is a rare treat for all of us! I’ll make him his favorite cheesecake and some snacks for his football game and he will be a very happy camper!

It’s been a busy week but I did manage to squeeze in some shopping. I opted to go on Wednesday and while I was price checking the new ad plus knock out my list and shop for a family member as well. It was a very necessary trip as we ran out of milk and creamer…two things my guys just can’t function without! I did OK…not the best trip ever but I did get everything we needed. I did manage to pick up the wrong coffee filters so I will be taking those back for the right size! Who knew that there were two sizes–tee hee!!

I went ahead and grabbed a couple of Try Me Tuesday items and I also had to restock my boys’ snacks. We were very low and I like to vary the stuff I put in their lunch boxes so they don’t get bored. Those items put me a little big higher than I wanted but the food will definitely get used so it’s OK. The only help I had was a $20 reward card that I earned from a blogging project. Hey…I’ll take any help that I can get!!

Brussel Sprouts = $1.37
Squash = $1.73
Bell Pepper = 98¢
Fresh Express Spinach = $2
Fresh Express Salad = $1.99
Mushrooms = $1.69
Apples = $3.99
Bananas = $1.46
Danimals = $4.99
Jimmy Dean Crumbles = $3.50
Jimmy Dean Links = $5.49
Bailey’s Creamer x 2 = $4.38 (two PQ)
Quaker Cereal x 2 = $3.89 ( $1/2 peelie)
Goldfish x 3 = $5
Yogurt Raisins = $2.49
Hunt’s Pudding = $2.99
Flipz x 2 = $3.49 ( $1/2 IP)
Fig Newtons = $2.50
Oreo = $2.50 ($1/2 tearpad)
Publix Onion Soup Mix – 99¢
Lipton Onion Soup Mix = $1.29
Publix Coffee Filters = $1.39
Quaker Oatmeal = $3.41
Publix Oatmeal = $1.50
Better Chips x 2 =$3.49
Milk = $4.13
Airwick = $1.75 ($1 IP)

I was a little over $60 after my Publix gift card…not the end of the world since I was able to get everything we needed. I am a little curious how my totals will come out this year. I feel like I may have gone a bit above what I estimated. I attribute some of that to me being crazy busy but also some of it is due to my boys growing and eating quite a bit more than they used to. I am almost afraid to think what my budget will be like when they are teenagers!! I make a ton of things from scratch so that is probably all that is saving me at this point.

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

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Weekly Totals 11/28 – Share Your Savings

black friday

Happy Black Friday. I hope you all had a wonderful day and also a great Thanksgiving too!

We are hanging out with my husband’s family for the next couple of days. So the boys have been busy getting a little extra attention and completely blowing their bedtime schedule. Should be interesting trying to get them back on track!

This is always a super busy time of year. We have lots of family functions, gatherings with friends and just the typical holiday craziness. I am already trying to get myself geared up for a little less sleep for a while – tee hee!

I didn’t shop any of the Black Friday deals…that is just not my cup of tea. I have learned that shopping online is the way to go. I’ll be browsing a bit tonight then also again on Cyber Monday. I typically shop for holiday gifts throughout the year so I don’t have a ton left to do this year. Makes things a little less stressful and it’s such a hard hit to my wallet!

I didn’t grocery shop this week either. I think I shopped enough last week to last me a while! I did hit Publix this morning but only grabbed pictures to share with you guys. Once we are back on our schedule, I’ll take inventory and see what I need then hit the store. At this point, I feel like we’ll have leftovers for ever ;-)

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

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