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!

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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.

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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 ;-)

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Weekly Totals 11/21 – Share Your Savings + Update On Happy

bc66b814d8d9105f2f4ef8d104eeb7b2Happy Friday everyone!

It’s been a busy week and the weekend will be super busy too. My mom and my aunt are here right now and my dad and brother will be here tomorrow. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving…well at least here at my house :-) I can’t wait for the turkey, dressing, mac & cheese and more! My mouth is watering thinking about it!

You know that means I had to do some shopping this week! Now, I wish I could blame my dinner on my shopping extravaganza but…as you’ll see I bought much more than I’d use for just one dinner. The sales this week are amazing. Should I admit that I shopped three days this week–tee hee!

I always look forward to the sales this time of the year. It’s when I do a stockup on many items…some things for the whole year! Other things I grab enough to hold me through Easter. The past couple of weeks I have been able to really fill my pantry with lots of stuff at some amazing prices! I am up 6 turkeys in my fridge and freezer. We will cook two this weekend…one fried and one roasted –YUM!

Also, so many of you have emailed wanting to know how Happy is doing. I don’t have a ton of new info to share but I do have some good news. Happy has made some progress…it’s not huge but it’s the best news I have received so far. It will be a long and slow recovery but there are some improvements including movement of toes and fingers, as well as following small commands (squeezing hand, and shaking head a little).

Please keep Happy in your thoughts and prayers. I know we all wish Happy was back and I have my fingers crossed that will be soon. I hope to hear more news of increased progress and I will keep you guys updated as I get any news!!

So here’s what I bought this week. I know it looks like I spent a ton of money but I was able to get things at a super price and I’d rather spend a little money now instead of having to pay full price later!

Thomas’ English Muffins x 4 = $8.38
Publix Water x 2 = $6
Orville Redenbacher = 40¢ ($2 IP)
Pioneer Gravy x 4 = 90¢ (two $0.55/2 IP)
Swanson Broth x 6 = $5.07 (three $1/2 IP)
Lipton Tea x 2 = $1.65 ($3/2 IP)
Lindsay Olives x 2 = $1.19 ($1/2 IP)
South Beach Bars = $0 ($2 IP + $2 PQ)
Carnation Evap Milk x 10 = $4.75 (five $0.55/2)
Mueller’s Pasta x 6 = $2.07 (three $1/2 Insert)
Regina Vinegar = 65¢ ($0.50 hangtag)
Pam x 2 = $1.69 (twp $0.50 IP)
Cajun Injector = $4.99
Peanut Oil = $12.99
Domino Sugar x 2 = $2.64 ($0.75/2 IP)
Prizmie Pita = $1.75 ($0.75 peelie)
Sargento Cheese x 4 = $5.80
Publix Deli Meat = $3
Alouette = $3
Gouda = $6.28
Goat Cheese = $2
Philly Cream Cheese x 3 = $3.50 ($1/3 PQ)
Publix Butter x 10 = $21.50
Milk = $4.13
Simply Orange = $3
Sabra Hummus x 3 = $0 (three $1/1 IP + three PQ)
Sargento Tastings x 6 = $5 (four $0.75 IP)
Jimmy Dean Crumbles = $3.50
Farmland Bacon x 2 = $3.98 ( two $1 IP & PQ)
Turkey x 4 = $22.21
De Wafelbakkers – $2.89 ($1 IP)
Bridgford Rolls = $1.74 ($0.55 IP)
Birds Eye veggies x4 = $3.96
Green Onion 50¢
Green Beans = $2.94
Kale = $1.50
Mushrooms = $1.99
Carrots = $2.49
Onions = $2.69
Cranberries = $1.50
Red Potatoes = $3.99
Fresh Express Spinach x 2 = $4
Sweet Potatoes = $1.84
Tomatoes = $2.83
Bananas = $1.13
Apples = $3.99
Brussel Sprouts = $1.99
Garlic = 79¢
Celery = $1.10
Eggs = $0 (free wyb OJ)
Vanity Fair x 2 = 35¢ ($1/2 tearpad + $1/2 TQ)

I am not sure of my exact to the penny total but I am marking it as $200 from my grocery budget. I shopped three times and had a few items that were for my mom and/or coming out of my entertainment budget. My store is also doing a promotion where you donate money for the community food bank and I did that a couple of times too. So I just did some quick estimations rather than pulling out the calculator.

I know that sounds crazy high but I saved massive moolah with the sales and coupons. If you look at what all I got for that money, I think you will agree that is was a very successful week!

So any of you guys have as much fun as me? How did you do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments or link up.

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Weekly Totals 11/14 – Share Your Savings

friday cold

Happy COLD Friday!

I hope you guys are staying warm! I am not a big fan of this kind of weather. My husband just laughs at me and reminds me that, “it is winter after all”. Yeah…I live in the South for a reason ;-)

Well, it’s been another pretty standard week here at my house. I am gearing up for next week when my family comes to visit. We will do Thanksgiving early with them here and then spend Thanksgiving day with my husband’s family. Maybe at some point in my life I can finagle it so that everyone comes to my house on Thanksgiving day and we can all enjoy the day together! In talking with my friends I know I am not the only one who deals with family and holiday schedules. Do you guys have horror stories? I have heard some doozies here lately of family chaos around the holidays–yikes!

I guess the perk is that I get two Thanksgiving dinners. Plus this year we get to visit Jim’s brother rather than having to make that long trip down to Mobile. That makes me a very happy gal!!

Well, I grabbed some turkeys in preparation for the dinner and am actually planning to go back tomorrow to grab a couple more. Turkeys are not difficult to cook and you get so many meals from them. It really is a great thing to have a few tucked away for meals throughout the year. I typically grab the smaller birds and still get 3 – 4 meals from them. With the price at Publix, I can pick up a bird for $8 – $10. That means I have meat at around $3  per meal…now that’s my kind of deal!

My totals are high again this week but I did another stock up. In all honestly my totals will be likely be high several times until the end of the year. This is a big stock up time for me. I am A-OK spending my budget on these items that I will use later. Stocking up now while the price is super low, allows me to save more of my 2015 budget!

White Lily Flour x 4 = $9.95
Dixie Crystal Sugar x 4 = $5.36 (two $0.75/1 & two $0.55/1 IP)
Quaker Oats = $3 ($1/2 PQ)
Bumblebee Clams = $2 ($1/2 IP)
Lipton Tea x 2 = 80¢ ($3/2 IP)
Pepperidge Farm Stuffing = $2.50
Sweet Potatoes = $1.45
Apples = $3.99
Spinach x 2 = $3
Brussel Sprouts = $1.96
Onions = 88¢
Pineapple = $1.80
Bananas = $1.46
Frozen Spinach =$1.29
Pepperidge Farm Pastry Sheets = $3.59 ($1 PQ)
ICBINB x 2 = $2.19 (two $0.55/1 IP)
Milk $4.13
Publix Blue Cheese = $2
Pillsbury Pie Crust x 2 = $4 ($0.50/2 IP)
Farmland Bacon = $2.99 ($1/1 IP)
International Delight x 2 = $1.85 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Publix Turkey x 2 = $15.79
Salmon = $10.45
Ground Chicken x 2 = $7.98

So this week I was right over $100. Yep…it’s a bit more than I like to spend but I stocked up on baking essentials, got some meat for my freezer and all the fresh ingredients that I needed for our meals this week. The turkeys that I grab tomorrow will go on next week’s totals.

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Weekly Totals 11/7 – Share Your Savings

thanksgiving mantleHappy Friday everyone!

Last week was crazy hectic so I was happy for a fairly quiet week. We’ve just been chugging along with our normal routine this week. I did get a chance to put up the Halloween stuff and set up for fall/Thanksgiving. I need to find some fun rustic-type things to add to my fireplace but I thought it was a nice start.

In a couple of weeks things will get crazy again. We have my family Thanksgiving then we will head out of town to visit my husband’s family and do Thanksgiving with them. I am going to take this opportunity to relax a bit this weekend. My pansies are planted and the house is in decent shape. I might do a few loads of laundry just to get ahead of the game but that’s about it ;-)

Many of you have emailed asking for an update on Happy and I am afraid I haven’t heard anything in a week…so I have no news to report. I emailed the family again today so I am hoping that I might hear something soon. I promise to update you guys as soon as I know anything!

As for shopping this week…I did a little baking stock up! This is one of my favorite times of year as we see some great prices on baking supplies. I need a butter deal to come along as my freezer stash is almost gone! I can’t decide but I just might go back for a little more sugar and flour. I need to take a peek at my pantry to double check but I think I need about 3 – 4 more bags of each to get me through to the Easter sales!

Oh and you will notice that I grabbed a couple of pound cakes. I got an email from Publix basically calling for me to do it as my Try Me Tuesday…so that’s the plan for next week! I also went ahead and grabbed the following week’s items too…can you spot them in the list? Lots of yummy treats in my freezer right now!

I pick up my Zaycon order tomorrow but I was out of chicken breast so I took advantage of the BOGO sale and grabbed two packs while I could get them on sale. I also had a Publix gift card that I have been holding in anticipation of this baking sale. I know my total is still kind of high but the deals were worth it!

Sara Lee Pound Cake, $4.99
Publix Pound Cake, $3.99
Tyson Chicken x 2 = $8.99
Mayfield Fudge Bars, $2.99
Publix Fudge Bars, $2.99
Toaster Strudel x 2 = $3 ($0.50/1 insert)
Publix Chicken x 2 = $20.68
Ritz Toasted Chips x 2 = $3.69
Fiber One Cookies x 4 = $2.40 (four $0.50/1 insert)
Keebler 100 calorie boxes x 4 = $6.38
Kikkoman Hoisin Sauce = $3.65
Stove Top x 4 = $3.58
White Lily Flour x 5 = $9.95
Dixie Crystal Sugar x 5 = $6.60 (three $0.75/1 & two $0.55/1 IP)
Domino Brown Sugar x 6 = $2.94 (three $0.50/2 insert)
Mrs Butterworth’s Syrup x 6 = $7.44 (three $1/2 insert)
Progresso Broth x 8 = $8.32
OJ = $3.69
Eggs = $0 (free wyb OJ)
Milk = $4.13
Mushrooms = $1.50
Apples = $3.99
Squash = $1.97
Oranges = $2.57
Kale = $1.99
Brussel Sprouts = $1.52
Clementines = $5.99

Even after gift card, I paid right over $80 for everything. If you had seen my kitchen counter when I unloaded all of this you’d realize I still scored big time!! I’ll be enjoying that savings as I whip up a few loaves of bread this weekend ;-)

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Weekly Totals 10/31 – Happy Halloween

busy week

Happy Halloween everyone!!

It’s been a crazy busy week at my house and I have a feeling it’s just the beginning. Halloween signals the beginning of the holiday season – so now through January will be chaotic. It’s the fun kind of chaos though!

As you can see by my pictures…we have been having fun in the kitchen. I was snack mom for the last baseball game of the season so I decided to surprise the boys with some fun cupcakes. The other snacks you see were made for the kids’ school treats and the Halloween party we are headed to tonight.

puking pumpkinI’ll also bring a puking pumpkin–tee hee. We had fun carving him. A little guacamole spilling out of the mouth with some chips and it’s a big party pleaser!

I will try to snap a picture of the boys once they get in their costumes and share it if I get a chance with the craziness going on here. We have the baseball team here tomorrow so I have been busy getting all that stuff together too. Tomorrow I will spend the day getting my house cleaned up–yippee!

I did a big shopping trip this week but haven’t had a chance to separate everything out yet. You guys know that I divide up my budget by categories. Many of the items I bought are coming from my entertainment budget. My receipt says $120.62 and I am estimating that half will go towards my grocery budget and the other half is party items (fingers crossed). I will try to update later if I get a chance but for now we are headed out to the party soon!

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Weekly Totals 10/24 – Share Your Savings

weekly totalsHappy Friday everyone! The weather here in Chattanooga has been just fabulous! It’s supposed to be sunny and in the mid 70’s this weekend. Now that’s my kind of fall weekend–tee hee!

Next week will be busy as we are wrapping up the final baseball games plus an end of the year party at my house where we’ll cookout and do S’mores! Of course Halloween is next week too. Lots of fun happenings next week so I think we will take it easy this weekend. We have no definite plans so we might just relax a bit. I am thinking that I might spend a little time digging in the dirt. It’s about time to put out some pansies!

I told you guys last week that I was somewhat trapped in my house because of our driveway pour. It’s been so nice coming home via a super smooth path. We endured that bumpy gravel driveway for over a year so I am now a very happy gal! I was able to go to Publix last weekend and finally shop. You will see that my totals are a bit high – even with a small gift card. The trip was necessary as I was overdue for a stock up on several things. We also needed fruits and veggies.

Have you guys noticed what hasn’t been on my totals for a very long time now? There’s no soda on my list anymore! I am so proud of my hubby. He has been drinking water instead of soda for months now! Now, he may get a Diet Coke when we go out to dinner but I no longer have to buy it to have on hand here at the house. Gotta love those fun changes that also help the ol’ budget too!

The only thing I missed last week was picking up my Scotties tissues. I have a pretty good stockpile but I had printed a bunch of coupons but left them in my printer when I left. Oh well…hopefully no one gets the sniffles too bad this season. And yes…that looks like a bunch of english muffins but they are so easy to do for breakfast with the Laughing Cow that I stocked up on a few weeks ago. The muffins freeze great so they won’t go bad!

Thomas’ English Muffins x 8 = $16.96
Dominex x 3 = $0 (free product coupons)
Mayfield Fudge Bars = $2
Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage = $5.19
Musselman’s x 2 = $2.29
Mt Olive Pickles x 2 = $1.30 (two $0.55 hangtags)
Publix Maple Syrup = $6.69
Swan’s Down Cake Flour = $2.89
Ritz Toasted Chips x 2 = $3.69
Maple Grove Farms Maple Syrup = $7.49
Sargento Cheese x2 = $5 ($1/2 PQ)
Goat Cheese = $2.59
Farmland Bacon = $3.24 ($0.75 PQ)
Publix Deli Meat = $3.34
Eckrich Sausage = $2 ($1/1 IP)
Whipping Cream = $2
Milk = $4.13
Publix Hummus = $4.99
Minute Maid OJ = $2 ($1/1 IP)
Marzetti Dressing x 2 = $2.50 (two $0.75/1 IP)
Oranges – $1.35
Plums = $3.65
Bananas = $1.78
Lettuce = $1.99
Grapes = $4.45
Sweet Potatoes = $2.77
Kale = $1.29
Squash = $3.39
Brussel Sprouts = $3.17
Onions = $2.99
Cabbage = $1.88

After a small Publix gift card, I was still at almost $95 this week. I needed some maple syrup for a recipe so I figured I’d knock out a Try Me Tuesday while I was at it. Some weeks are better than others I suppose. This one is a bit of a hit…but I got everything we needed and was able to add to my pantry. It will all work out in the end :-)

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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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