August 22, 2014
Once again, it’s been a crazy busy week! We have had something every single night this week after school. By the looks of it the next couple of weeks look to be the same crazy chaos.
Fall ball has started up…so – paired with karate, that’s going to be 4 – 5 nights taken up right there. Add in play dates, parties and other random to do’s and the week is slammed. I am really not complaining…as I am not the kind of person to just sit around bored. Although I do look forward to those rare evenings where relaxing is all that’s on the plan.
Well, I don’t want to jinx myself but it looks like my house in Georgia will be sold by the end of next week. We just couldn’t get ourselves together to get that thing on the market until last weekend. Well…we put it up for sale and one day later we had a cash offer! The craziest part is the folks want to close next week. Talk about fast! We beat our record for the first house my husband and I lived in…it took a week to sell–tee hee.
It really is a great house and perfect for a family so I am hoping the folks who are buying it have lots of kids who will enjoy that basement and backyard that we worked so hard to finish!!
I did a trip to Publix yesterday. I dropped my husband and Jake off to baseball practice and Jeb and I did a quick run to Publix. We only had an hour so I didn’t get to stroll down the aisles but we were able to grab what we needed. I did forget to pick up the Superpretzels. I just don’t want to pass up 10¢ boxes of pretzels. I also want to go back on a day when I can get the rotisserie chicken and use it that night…so I am thinking I might run back on Monday before I pick up the boys!
I was on the ball last night and already entered my receipts for the Conagra rebate, Ibotta and Checkout 51 –done- CHECK!! I spent a little more than I had hoped but I was very happy to be able to stock up on my english muffin/Laughing Cow breakfast combo! Yes, I did buy 6 tubs of Laughing Cow and I am considering going back for more…I love that stuff!! I also took the opportunity to stock up on other super deals…some nice prices this week!
Here’s what I got this week -
Thomas’ English Muffins x 4 = $8.38
Laughing Cow x 6 = $7.96 (six $1/1 IP)
Perdue Chicken x 2 = $2.30 (two $2/1 IP)
Oscar Mayer Beef Franks x 2 = $4.69 ($1/2 IP)
Amish Country Cheese x 4 = $7.58
Mini Babybel x 2 = $3 (two $1/1 IP)
Yoplait Greek = $0 (free prod DQ)
Milk = $4.13
Safest Choice Eggs = $0 (free prod Q)
Crunch Pac = $0 (free prod Q)
Birds Eye Veggies x 6 = $8.45
Celery = $1.99
Carrots = $1.69
Ginger Root = $1.88
Bananas = $1.59
Idaho Spuds = 89¢ ($0.50/1 IP)
Gogo Squeeze x 2 = 79¢ (two $1/1 insert)
Mrs Butterworth’s Syrup x 2 = $3.49
Peter Pan PB x 4 = $3.18 (four PQ)
Hunt’s Pudding x 3 = $1.80 (PQ & two Insert)
Dole Fruit x 2 = $2 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Kool Aid Jammers x 2 = $1.78 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Kaft Mayo = $1.45 ($0.50/1 IP)
I had a couple of things on my list that fall under a category other than grocery…so I am estimating my tax and calling this $80 from my grocery budget. Not the best week ever but I am stocked up on some items that are typically quite expensive so I am a happy camper!
How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up!
August 15, 2014
This was a big week at my house – my baby turned 7 years old this past Monday! I know…he’s not a baby anymore. It’s crazy to look at that picture and see how big he is.
This was also the boys’ first full week of school. I’ll admit that it’s been a rough one and I haven’t quite mastered our schedule yet. There just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done!
The boys get home at 4:00 and I try very hard to get them in bed by 8:30. We haven’t made it to bed on time yet this week. The problem is…I have to fit too much in that 4.5 hour span!
We have to fit in homework, dinner, karate and soon there will be fall ball. All of that is supposed to take place in a mere 4.5 hours. Guess what…it’s not happening! Jeb’s homework has been taking at least an hour each day. I never had to help Jake with his work so I could do dinner while he was working. Jeb needs much more assistance and a lot of coaxing to work through his assignments each day.
As a result we have eaten out twice this week. That’s unheard of at my house. I was just overwhelmed trying to do homework and keep up with our schedule. Even with that, the boys were not in bed until after 9 pm every night this week!
So, I have decided that this weekend I am going to get organized and write out my schedule each day. I usually have a general to-do list that I go by each day – but I think I am going to have to get much more detailed if I am going to make it through the next few months!
Now, I am not going to beat myself up about not having a perfect week. Things happen and I do the best I can. As long as I can get back on track, everything will be fine. Sometimes you have to mess up a bit to help you get where you need to be. This was my week to mess up– tee hee.
As you can imagine…I did not shop this week. I actually ran into Publix yesterday for about an hour gathering prices for the Advantage Buy flyers but I had an appointment immediately after that so I couldn’t even grab things that I needed. I hope to make list and shop while I can take advantage of the gas card coupon this weekend.
Hopefully you guys have had better success than me this week. If not, it’s ok…hopefully we can all get back on track!
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August 8, 2014
Yes…it’s seems crazy early but summer vacation is officially over for them. I was beyond tickled when my little one got in the car yesterday and exclaimed – “I had an incredible day!” If you guys have been hanging out with me for a while you might remember that my little Jeb-a-doo has struggled a bit. He still has to have a little support at school with speech and OT — so to hear that he is excited about school just makes me want to get up and dance. School is often difficult for him, he will have to work twice as hard as the average kid and some days that can just be tough. But he is a trooper and is off to an “incredible” start.
Now my oldest one is quite the opposite. Jake loves school. He is a social butterfly who is loved by all who meet him. He is also extremely intelligent and in the advanced placement program. I have never once had to worry about him as far as homework or his reading or anything like that. He was very happy with his teacher and thrilled to find some of his friends in his new class. He was also happy to be able to reunite with other friends on the playground.
Funny how things work isn’t it? Having both ends of the spectrum means that life is never boring For now, I am happy that they are excited about school and I’ll admit…I am happy to have a few hours of quiet to do what I need to do.
This is what I got this week… a few necessities, some lunch box items plus a few treats too! Can you figure out what the upcoming Try Me Tuesdays might be–tee hee!
Publix Sugar Cones – $2
Joy Cones x 2 = $3 ($1/2 IP)
Publix Topping – $1.19
Cool Whip $1.89
Frito Lay Variety pack – $4.99 ($1 PubDigQ)
Del Monte FruitBurst x 4 = $4 ($1/2 IP = $1/2 TQ)
Ritz Bits Multipack = $3.24
Yogurt Raisins – $2.69
Mahatma Yellow Rice – 84¢
Publix Yellow Rice – 59¢
Smuckers Jelly x 6 $4.50 (five $0.50/1 insert)
Sparkle x 4 = $19.96 (4 IP & 2 PQ)
Magnum Bars x 2 = $0 (two $1.50/1 IP + $1/2 TQ)
Chungs Spring Rolls x 2 = $1.76 (two $0.35 IP)
Eggo Waffles x 4 = $0 (Free prod Q)
Prosciutto – 74¢
Bananas – $1.32
Grapes = $2.37
Figs = $3
Goat Cheese – $2.99
Milk – $4.13
Now I had a couple of little gift cards so my actual total was $44 and change but I think I was at about $65 + tax if I wouldn’t have had those to help out. I will be submitting for my Sparkle rebate and my ibotta milk cash back
How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up.
August 1, 2014
It’s insane how fast this year has flown by. My boys start school next week! That’s so crazy early in my opinion…it feels like summer break just started. I think they are ready to go back…well at least a little bit. They aren’t looking forward to the homework apparently. We have plans to have as much fun as we can this weekend as a sort of final push. Tonight the boys have karate then we’ll go out to dinner (their choice) and then we are headed to see the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Of course you know I will get my ibotta cash back –tee hee.
Tomorrow if the weather allows, we will swim and have a little cookout. I figured we’d do as much as possible before we get back into the school routine.
I did a little bit of shopping earlier in the week and plan to go again to do the gas card deal. I was bummed that my store was completely out of Ziploc bags so I am hoping they have restocked when I go back. Maybe it will work out better for me since it will help me get the totals up for the gas coupon.
Here’s what I got -
Publix Sliced Cheese x 2 = $5
Chobani Yogurt – $1.34
Eggs – $2
Milk = $4.05
Sabra Guac = $2
Feta = $2.60
Bananas = $1.72
Basil Plant = $3
Lemons = 67¢
Cherries = $1.52
Grape Tomatoes = $2
Cucumbers = $1.29
Garlic = 42¢
Cilantro = $1.29
Green Onion = 75¢
Jalapeño = 67¢
College Inn Broth x 3 = $5
Kandoo x 2 = $2 ($1/1 IP)
Quaker Granola Bars x 2 = $2.79
Cheez It x 2 = $5
Mt Olive Pickles = 45¢ (75¢ hangtag)
Publix Pineapple = $1.49
Dole Pineapple = $1.79
Watermelon = $1.20
Chungs Spring Rolls = $1.65
Shrimp = $11.11
Flowers = $12
I purchased a few other things that were for a friend so I can’t pull the total from my receipt but I estimated that I spent $80 after tax. I am over my average but I really felt like treating myself to some of those 3/$12 flowers. I am not the best flower arranger but I did ok.
Ok we are off to our fun filled family night. How did you guys do this week? Share your totals in the comments or link up.
July 25, 2014
It was a crazy busy one for me. As I mentioned earlier in the week, I spent a couple of days in Virginia at the Sabra factory. It was a blast – I met some great people and had lots of yummy food as you can see in the picture above. I am not a huge fan of traveling especially now that I have to fly from the tiny Chattanooga airport. Don’t get me wrong…it’s a great place. Super clean and easy to navigate but I lived in Atlanta my whole life and was so used to getting direct flights almost everywhere. So the whole layover business is just not my idea of a good time.
In addition to that fun, this was also my birthday week. I loved turning 21 Ok well…you might have to double that number but it was still nice to celebrate another year. My boys were so excited to give me my presents and they did a really great job this year. I got a beautiful owl sculpture as well as a handmade bowl and tree picture. I have them all displayed throughout my house.
Since traveling took a good chunk of the week, I didn’t really shop much. I had set up my guys for the time while I was gone. My husband did great. He grilled chicken, hot dogs and did great sticking to the suggested menu. He did end up at Chili’s one night after karate. Did you guys know that they have little iPad type things on the table? He sent me a picture of the boys with them having a blast…it’s now Jeb’s favorite place. He is already asking to go back!
I did do a quick trip for some items that I needed for a recipe I am making. You guys will find out more about it soon. I think you are going to be very excited as it comes with a great giveaway!
I am currently in the car headed to finish up some back to school shopping. It’s hard to believe that my boys will be back in school in less than two weeks. I figured I’d go now so that I didn’t have to deal with crowds this weekend! I don’t have my receipt so I don’t have exact numbers but it was a small trip and I was under budget. I just pulled this from my shopping list that I had here on the site -
Safest Choice Eggs
Thomas’ English Muffins
How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments or link up.
July 18, 2014
It’s a rainy day here in Chattanooga. We haven’t had much rain lately but I am kinda bummed that the rain decided to come this weekend. I was hoping to spend a little time by the pool this weekend and relax a bit. I am loving the temperature outside though. I think when I was coming home this afternoon the temp was 70 degrees…AWESOME!
As you can see by my picture above…we had a visitor this week. I walked out into my garage and was startled by a HUGE snake just sitting by my car! It took my husband and I almost 45 minutes to coax him back out into the yard. He was huge–we estimate around 6 1/2 feet. Based on what I found online, we think that it was a grey rat snake! As you can imagine, I have been very diligent about making sure the garage door is CLOSED now
As far as shopping, I have done several small trips this week. I wasn’t very organized and stopped couple of times while I was out and about. My dad also stopped by this week and came with several huge bags of produce from his garden so I will be working on cooking up all those yummy things over the next few days. I had to pick up one of my husband’s medications this afternoon and he requested grilled fish for dinner. The gentleman at the seafood counter suggested I try Baramundi…so that’s what I got. Here’s hoping it turns out as it wasn’t cheap! If I had been prepared, I could have shopped my list and got another gas card. I didn’t realize I’d be over a quarter of the way there with just that fish – oh well…
Here’s what I grabbed at Publix over this last week –
Zucchini – $2.33
Shrooms – $1.79
Onions – $3.29
Bananas – $1.81
Asparagus – $1.78
Cherries – $3.44
Avocado – $1.66
Watermelon – $1.91
Lettuce – $1.99
Capri Sun x 4 = $2.91
Publix Ice Cream = $3.50
Milk – $4.09
Cabot Cheese x 2 = $ ($1/2 IP)
Pillsbury Melts – $1.50 ($1/1 IP)
Publix Lunch Meat – $4.99
Quaker Bars x 2 – $2.79
Cheetos – $3.49
Publix Cheese Snacks – $3.19
King’s Hawaiian Bread – $3.19
Baramundi Fish – $15.59
How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up.
July 11, 2014
Happy Friday everyone. I have been a busy bee today. We finally decided it was time to clean out the garage. I have been doing a box here and there but that garage has been a HUGE disaster since we moved. Today I made a huge dent in the mess and am happy to say that most of the boxes are empty!I have 5 big boxes headed to the donation center and if I could just find someone to take all the trash, I’d be set
It’s crazy to think that we have been here almost a year now. We love it here more than I can tell you – we are all so happy. I was nervous about the move but now I am thankful that we made the decision to go. It was the best decision we could have made.
At some point I will get around to sharing some pictures of the house. There are still many things (like the garage) that are a work in progress –but we have come a LONG way over the past few months.
Now as for shopping this week…we didn’t. As I mentioned in last weeks totals, I blew my budget big time (think 4x what I normally spend). We had a fantastic party that ended up starting on Friday and ending on Saturday night. We had plenty of food for the 4th and then all my friends showed up with tons of food on Saturday. So, this week we ate some leftovers and worked from the pantry. To get rid of extra buns, we did grilled chicken sandwiches two different days!
We had plenty of extra fruit and so this week we just did not need to shop at all. Now, the gas card deal is this weekend and you guys know I have a hard time turning down $10 in FREE moolah…so I am probably going to stop by this weekend and at least do one deal. I may look to see what we need then go from there.
So how about you guys share your totals and if I have time, I’ll update with my gas card trip over the weekend. Share your weekly totals below in the comments or link up!
July 4, 2014
It’s most likely that I am currently outside enjoying the day with a bunch of friends out in the pool. But… I thought I would schedule a post for you guys to share your totals if you wanted.
For the record I am way over budget this week as we decided to have a party today. While the majority of the money for everything comes from my entertainment budget…I blew it AND the grocery budget for the week. I am not exactly sure the final damage but I know I am over. I am not going to worry about it today though. It’s time to relax and celebrate!
I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday!
If you want to share your weekly totals leave them in the comments below or link up!
June 27, 2014
I hope you all had a great week. I spent the beginning of the week getting back into the swing of things. We got back from our trip very late Sunday night so I was moving extra slow on Monday morning. I started the laundry and my husband was kind enough to go to the grocery store for me. I made a little list for him and gave him a $50 gift card that I got from a promotion.
I really just needed milk and fruit to get me through a few days as I have plans to shop tomorrow so I can take advantage of the gas card coupon. He’s usually pretty good about sticking to the list but I guess he couldn’t pass up the Nabisco variety packs as they have his favorite Nutter Butter cookies. He is so funny as he was so proud to point out that he got a great deal because they were BOGO. He also added in some coffee creamer and didn’t do such a good job with it. Apparently he just grabbed his favorite and didn’t notice if any of the others were on sale. He was also in charge of picking the Try Me Tuesday for the week. I suggested that he get yogurt and he came home with chips…I wasn’t shocked in the least bit–tee hee!
It was a pretty expensive trip as he spent over $40 of the gift card. I am not going to cry about it since it doesn’t impact my grocery budget AND I didn’t have to shop – win/win!
Publix Chips, $3.29
Lay’s chips $4.29
Nabisco Snack Packs x 2 = $6.49
Ronzoni Orzo, 75¢
Bailey’s Creamer, $3.99
Go-gurt x 2 = $2.55
Watermelon = $3.30
Bananas = $1.89
How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up!
June 20, 2014
I mentioned earlier this week that we are away this week visiting relatives and spending some time at the beach. So I have no totals to share as I haven’t shopped. There are a couple of perks to getting away…no shopping and I get a break from the kitchen too! Although I sure do wish I could take my bed with me when we travel
I’ll deal with shopping once we get back home but…I was smart and washed all the clothes and cleaned the house before we left. So I will come home to a clean house and then just dump our suitcases out and start knocking out laundry again.
Keep your fingers crossed that Chattanooga gets a little rain so I don’t go home to dead flowers and grass! It’s crazy hot already and it’s only June! I think we are in for a long, HOT summer!
I hope you all had a great week. Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up!