Saturday, December 28, 2013

Week 51 of 2013

Monday, December 16th - Bountiful Basket - $ 17.50
                                            Food 4 Less - $ 35.76

Tuesday, December 17th - Target - $ 11.70

Wednesday, December 18th - Albertson's - $56.45


Monday, December 16, 2013

Week 50 of 2013

Monday, December 9th - Bountiful Basket - $17.50

Wednesday, December 11th - Albertson's - $50.07

Not sure what day - Food 4 Less - $34.92
                                 Target - $7.49


Yes it was one of those weeks where I was super busy. Hopefully in a couple week I can start posting like normal. Two more full weeks to go. I guess the last 3 days are a freebie. :-)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Week 49 of 2013

Monday, December 2nd - Bountiful Basket - $17.50
                                         Albertson's - $4.30

Wednesday, December 4th - Albertson's - $70.39
                                             Target - $34.91


Monday, December 2, 2013

Week 48 of 2013

Monday, November 25th - Food 4 Less - $45.55

Wednesday, November 27th - Albertson's - $97.38


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Week 47 of 2013 - 6 more weeks of 2013

Sunday, November 17th - Vons - $1.50

Monday, November 18th - Bountiful Basket - $17.50

Wednesday, November 20th - Albertson's - $89.64


Monday, November 18, 2013

Week 46 of 2013

Monday, November 11th - Albertson's - $9.90
                                            Bountiful Basket - $17.50

Wednesday, November 13th - Albertson's - $64.88

Friday, November 15th - Food 4 Less - $19.94


Monday, November 11, 2013

Week 45 of 2013

Wednesday, November 6th - Albertson's - $93.01
                                              Walgreen's - $5.80

Thursday, November 7th - Target - $2.64
                                          Food 4 Less - $9.98


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Week 44 of 2013

Monday, October 28th - Zaycon bacon order pick up - $125.64 YUM!! 36#

Tuesday, October 29th - Bountiful Basket - $17.50
                                        Food 4 Less - $55.25

Wednesday, October 30th - Albertson's - $55.04


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Week 43 of 2013

Monday, October 21st - Bountiful Basket - $17.50

Wednesday, October 23rd - Albertson's - $59.10

Thursday, October 24th - Target - $32.66


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Week 42 of 2013

Monday, October 14th - Bountiful Basket - $21.25 - pumpkin

Wednesday, October 16th - Albertson's - $60.22
                                              Food 4 Less - $90.54


Remembering how this blog came to be.

Recently I read a post by another blogger that I follow Amber Dusick at Crappy Pictures (just to warn you sometimes she can be vulgar in her language) and her funeral post reminded me about our experience and how we came to help take care of my MIL especially the funeral itself.

My boys loved their grandpa (Pa). He is really the only grandpa that they remember. My dad passed when I was pregnant with my youngest and my oldest was 3. My oldest somewhat remembers my dad. Both my boys thought that my hubby's step-dad practically hung the moon. He loved being with our boys and playing in the dirt (gardening), looking through Toys R Us (shopping) or having them come over to his and grandma's house to play or just visit.

The day of his funeral we tried to help our boys prepare. Our oldest mostly just sat there and was quiet and reserved (he was 12). Our youngest cried hard (he was 8). We had a nice private viewing for the family in a room at Pa's church. Our youngest went up to the casket for viewing. I have never been able to do that. For me it is just an earthly body and my loved one is already gone. After the family time we were moved to the chapel where the casket was closed. The service progressed and then we moved to the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery for the military service and interrment. What a wonderful time where unprepared family and friends were encouraged to speak a few words. Our nephew spoke about how his grandpa loved unconditionally and showed him how much he cared. They asked if anyone else wanted to speak and my youngest said he wanted to go up there. Now let me tell you it was a struggle for me. Let my little boy talk in front of all these people? What is he going to say? What if he breaks down and I have to go up there? There was also this part of me that thought what if I refuse to let him do this? Will he ever forgive me? It's what he wants, let him do it. I did tell him to go ahead and walk up there to tell others about his Pa. He did so well and spoke about how his Pa let him talk to him about everything and he knew his Pa was special and made him feel special.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Week 41 of 2013

WOW Week 41. Only 12 weeks until the end of 2013. This year experiment to try to spend only $100 a week has not turned out as I had hoped but that is okay. I am more aware of what I am spending and it will be nice to have a record of my purchases in the years to come (at least that is what my dear blogger friend Camille keeps reminding me).

Monday, October 7th - Bountiful Basket - $17.50 - They have increased their handling fee by a dollar. Not too shabby if you ask me for all of the produce that we get each week.
                                      Food 4 Less - $58.19

Wednesday, October 9th - Albertson's - $57.43

Friday, October 11th - Food 4 Less - $16.96 - hubby was almost out of his grape soda.

Saturday, October 12th - Albertson's - $2.89 - we were out of milk. - had to dispose of half a gallon yesterday


Monday, October 7, 2013

Week 40 of 2013

Monday, September 30th - $16.50 - Bountiful Basket
                                            $32.13 - Food 4 Less

Wednesday, October 2nd - $69.02 - Albertson's

Friday, October 4th - $71.51 - 40# Zaycon chicken


Monday, September 30, 2013

Week 39 of 2013

Monday, September 23rd - Bountiful Basket - $16.50

Tuesday, September 24th - Food 4 Less - $75.02 - rump roast for $2.87 a #

Wednesday, September 25th - Albertson's - $82.46
                                                  Vons - $14.37


Friday, September 27, 2013

Week 38 of 2013

Monday, September 16th - Food 4 Less - $65.73
                                           Bountiful Basket - $16.50

Thursday, September 19th - Albertson's - $40.29

Monday, September 16, 2013

Week 37 of 2013

Monday, September 9th - Vons - $18.96
                                         Bountiful Basket - $16.50

Wednesday, September 11th - Albertson's - $47.71
                                                Target - $12.28 - our Target is under construction to make room for fresh grocery items. Found some Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix on sale for .73 each.

Thursday, September 12th - Food 4 Less - $30.83 - found out my MIL needed to stay with us this weekend so had to pick up her kind of eggs and oranges.

Friday, September, 13th - Target - $15.00 - soda and coffee for my MIL
                                         Bread store - $10.00


Monday, September 9, 2013

Great Pumpkin cookies

Okay I did it I made my first double batch of Great Pumpkin cookies or as they are called in our house pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. The recipe I have is a little different than the link (I only use 1 cup oats, put chocolate chips in, do not add raisins and do not use nuts). I have had this recipe for over 20 years. I am always on the lookout for something that my family could like. (I LOVE a crunchy cookie my hubby likes soft and chewy.) These cookies are my oldest's absolute favorite. He loves to take them in his lunch and is always excited when he sees me making them.  They freeze well. In fact that is the way I keep them. They are a moist cookie and it helps to separate them with plastic wrap. Hmm I wonder how long they will last. Fall is in the air and we have had lots of rain the past two weeks. I'm sure allergies will be flaring up soon. Have a great September.

Week 36 of 2013

Tuesday, September 3rd - Bountiful Basket - $16.50
                                          Food 4 Less - $25.53

Wednesday, September 4th - Albertson's - $67.36


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Week 35 of 2013

So this week I am hoping to photograph all of my purchases.

Monday, August 26th - Food 4 Less - $36.45 - 5 dozen medium eggs for $1.50 - if I had more room I would've gotten 2.

 Bountiful Baskets - $53.50 - coconut oil finally WOO HOO!!

Tuesday, August 27th, Walgreen's - $5.97 - 3 bags bbq chips
                                    Amazon order - $33.66 - 20 pkgs pasta
                                                             $8.50 - 5 boxes granola bars

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Wednesday, August 28th - Albertson's - $59.49

Target - $7.17 - almond butter


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Week 34 of 2013

Monday, August 19th - Bountiful Baskets - $16.50
                                     Walgreens - $5.98
                                     Food 4 Less - $24.48

Wednesday, August 21st - Albertson's - $53.47

Thursday, August 22nd - Zaycon - $12.50 - milk
                                      Whole Foods - $5.99 - coconut oil

Saturday, August 24th - Albertson's - $5.99 - bought pectin

Can you see all those plums that I received in my basket? I decided to make freezer plum jam because there was no way I was going to eat all those plums especially since I still had 8 from last weeks basket. This is my first time making freezer jam. I think I am going to make green chile sauce with those green chilies plus the ones I have in the freezer. I see green chile chicken enchiladas in my future. YUM!!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cooking up some goodies

If you know me at all you know I love to bake. Baking to me is therapy. It is very hard during the 105 plus degree weather here in the Southwest during the months of June, July, August and on into September for me to justify heating the house to bake. So in case you haven't guessed I am in need of my therapy. (Ha ha). Seriously there are so many recipes I have been wanting to try and truthfully I have baked a few because I just couldn't wait. So I will be posting some of my favorites here soon.

My hubby's sister is gluten intolerant and since I am the unofficial baker in the family I have been looking and trying out recipes to help her enjoy more of our family feasts. Here is a recent one that we will definitely make again: Pao de Queijo-Brazilian Cheese Rolls. You can find it in this book. They are so good that my youngest ate most of them within 20 hours of making them. I had to quickly grab the bag and take them to his Auntie so she could try them (there were only 6 left out of 24). By the way I ate 3 or 4 of them.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Week 33 of 2013

Monday, August 12th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50 - I really wish they would offer thier no scent coconut oil. Might have to order some from somewhere else.

Wednesday, August 13th - Amazon order - $21.86 - cocnut flour and tapioca flour for gluten free baking
                                          Albertson's - $53.08
                                           Fresh & Easy - $16.47


Friday, August 16, 2013

Technology is it good or bad?

As I type this my oldest is on the other computer playing roblox (his obsession for over 4 years), the hubby is sleeping and my youngest is enjoying watching TV as he watches videos and plays games on his ipod. Technology is a huge part of our lives. I sometimes weigh whether it is good or bad for us. Today I think it is good. Rest assured we are not total tech people. We do not own smart phones and do not access the internet on our phones. We do have several devices we use at home though. It is very helpful (but sometimes frustrating too) to be able to pull up websites on our devices and find out pricing, hours and numbers to stores not to mention answers to questions that come up in conversations. Today the best thing about technology and the internet is the connections I have been able to make due to Facebook and blogs that I have come across. Facebook has allowed me to stay connected to long term friends and keep me updated with family events throughout the country not to mention keeping me posted on community events. Bloggers I follow have enriched my life with their posts. I mean it is unbelievable to me that I can have true relationships but have never even met some of these fellow bloggers. We read each others blogs and help each other live our lives with advice, compassion and love in our comments. So I just wanted to take a moment and thank those of you that read this.

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,
 Philemon 1:4

Monday, August 12, 2013

Week 32 of 2013

Sunday, August 4th - Vons - $51.19

Monday, August 5th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50
                                   Target - $77.40

Tuesday, August 6th - Food 4 Less - $51.91

Wednesday, August 7th - Albertson's - $114.78

Friday, August 10th - Vons - $36.73 - $5 tp yes please, $5 for 3# strawberries yes please, and the hubby is ADDICTED to this - Mrs. Happy Homemaker recipe.

$348.51 - Okay oldest is in band camp this week and he needs all this stuff (gatorade mostly).

School officially starts on the 26th.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Week 31 of 2013

Sunday, July 28th - Albertson's  - $57.21 - meat on sale and needed soda and some produce for MIL

Monday, July 29th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50 - volunteered this week so I received a couple extra things.

Wednesday, July 31st - Albertson's - $107.26


Week 30 of 2013

Wow only 22 weeks left for the year. Next year I will only count food not toiletries too.

Monday, July 22nd - Albertson's -

Wednesday, July 24th - Albertson's - $56.64
                        Happy Birthday to my mom!!!!!!!

Friday, July 26th - Zaycon - $137.60 - 40# of 93/7 ground beef at $3.29 a pound. (Had $2 credit from referrals.)

Friday, July 26th - Smith's - $5.49 - had to pick up my free toothpaste and granola bars.

$197.73 plus - okay I lost a receipt I think I spent about $25 though

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Week 29 of 2013

Monday, July 15th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50

I ordered Zaycon milk today to try. Cannot pick it up until August. $6.50 a gallon but I'm sure the taste will be better.

Tuesday, July 16th - Walgreens - $8.97
                                 Albertson's - $20.00
                                 Fresh & Easy - $16.70

Wednesday, July 17th - Albertson's - $84.02

Friday, July 19th - Food 4 Less - $26.34

Saturday, July 20th - Big Lots - $6.49


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Week 28 of 2013

Monday, July 8th - Target - $ 55.38
                               Bountiful Basket - $ 29.50 - Strawberries
                               Albertson's - $ 9.28

Wednesday, July 10th - Albertosn's - $ 67.04
                                     Food 4 Less - $ 14.54

$ 167.38

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Week 27 of 2013

Monday, July 1st - Food 4 Less - $ 16.17
                             Bountiful Basket - $ 16.50

Wednesday, July 3rd - Albertson's - $ 62.89
                                     Fresh & Easy - $ 23.07

$ 118.63

Monday, July 1, 2013

Week 26 of 2013

Sunday, June 23rd - Albertson's - $28.55

Monday, June 24th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50

Thursday, June 27th - Albertson's - $90.75

Friday, June 28th - Amazon delivery - $40.28
 My oldest's fave. pasta.

Saturday, June 29th - Winco - $31.50

Total - $207.58

Friday, June 28, 2013

Week 25 of 2013

Monday, June 17th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50

Tuesday, June 18th - Vons - $53.87
                                 Albertson's - $ 15.45 Mmm .99 for my fave cake for my b-day YEA!! plus 3 - 12 packs of Crush grape soda for the hubby

Friday, June 21st - Albertson's = $4.97

$90.79 - WOO HOO now that is 3 times I have kept my weekly spending under $100 for groceries.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Week 24 of 2013

No Bountiful Basket this week. Must do a yard sale.

Monday, June 10th - Walgreens - $ .21- thanks to my Walgreens Balance rewards and in ad coupon.

Tuesday, June 11th - Target -$69.14
                                 Albertson's - $ 9.99

Wednesday, June 12th - Albertson's - $ 73.19

Friday, June 14th - Albertson's - $29.70


Yard Sale on Saturday and made $110 - sold about 65% and took the rest to the Goodwill truck for donations. My boys cleaned their rooms and we had lots of toys and things for kids 10 and under.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Week 23 of 2013

Monday, June 3rd - Albertson's - $54.04 - snacks galore for the hubby - his birthday is in 2 days.
                                Bountiful Basket - $16.50

Tuesday, June 4th - Target - $47.77 - kleenex and puffs stock up

Wednesday, June 5th - Albertson's - $56.44
                                     Fresh & Easy - $21.75 - ice cream and some snacks for party on Saturday. Oldest turns 14 (how can that be?)


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Week 22 of 2013

Monday, May 27th - Happy Memorial Day - Bountiful Basket - $16.50
                                      Albertson's - $13.97

Tuesday, May 28th - Walmart - $20.02

Wednesday, May 29th - Amazon - $16.07 - a great deal on TP

This is probably going to be a small week. Took my mom to the airport today. She is going to see her brother and cousins in Northern California. I really wanted to get on the plane with her.

I did order my Zaycon ground beef today. I will not post that total until I pick it up in July.

If you want to find out more follow this link:

Thursday, May 30th - Food 4 Less - $24.59


Oh maybe I should have added my Zaycon total. Oh well. Second time I have stayed under $100 this year.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I am all jumbled.

 It has been a while since I have posted about what is going on with us and our crazy lives. The hubby's mom is doing pretty good. The boys are excited for the last day of school in one week. The hubby's job has not changed and he is still struggling with despising it and not being fulfilled there along with his continued ups and downs of depression. I am just trying to keep swimming and make sure the bills get paid, everyone eats and the house stay relatively straightened. I am also trying to plan everyones birthday celebration.
Not too much has changed with the hubby's mom. She is staying on her noninflammatory diet and has lost 36 pounds. That is a blessing. It is not too difficult to cook for her. Just need to remember light on salt and sugar and no wheat. Sort of the paleo diet. I went over to see her today at my sis-in-law's (where she is when she is not with us) and brought her some clothes from her home that she had stuck in her closets. She was thrilled to find some clothes that she had forgotten about and do not just hang on her.

Our oldest will be attending band camp this summer in August and then he will start high school. It is amazing to me that almost 14 years ago I was holding this little baby (that came 6 weeks early) and now he is nearly as tall as I am and growing into a young man. Our youngest just celebrated his 10th birthday and he will be taller than his brother before too long. He reminds me so much of my brother and my hubby it is so cute but also aggravating at the same time. Oh there are some of my traits in him too. I guess that is why he gets to me so easily.

Hubby's job is at a stand still there seems to be no way to move up or across. It is very hard for him to not be able to provide like he thought he would be able to. He will not receive a raise for at least another 18 months (has already not had any for 2 years) and they are talking about another 2 percent cut. We have discussed the possibility of me finding more work (I currently help at the family business for 2 hours a day during lunch) but know that it is best for our children if I am available for them. We are making ends meet and we are thankful to our Lord that He is providing for us. Hubby keeps having lows and it is hard to not be able to help him. He is such a hard worker and to not be able to work to his full ability is very hard for him.

Well one week from today is the hubby's birthday then three days later the oldest's then 13 days later mine. Vacation Bible School is just 26 days away. Whew what a fast June it will be.

I look forward to July and some swim time and fun.

Hope you have a great time the next three months.

Enjoy the summertime.

Week 21 of 2013

Monday, May 20th - Bountiful Basket - $36.50 - cherries YUM!!

Target - $18.01

Wednesday, May 22nd - Albertson's - $95.89


Friday, May 24, 2013

Week 20 of 2013

Sunday, May 12th - Target $5.08 - I hardly go out on Sunday except for church and this was Mother's Day but I had to get the rest of my youngest's birthday present.

Monday, May 13th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50

Tuesday, May 14th - Food 4 Less - $14.68 - Happy Birthday to my youngest he is 10 now. He requested tacos for dinner.

Wednesday, May 15th - Albertson's - $81.28
                                       Target - $22.93 - out of TP and expensive toothpaste that is recommended.

Friday, May 17th - Albertson's - $33.70


There was a good deal on chips and hubby was craving them.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Week 19 of 2013

Monday, May 6th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50

Tuesday, May 7th - Target - $50.54

Wednesday, May 8th - Albertson's - $117.22

Thursday, May 9th - Whole foods - $16.97
                                 Orowheat bread outlet - $4.75


Week 18 of 2013

Monday, April 29th - Bountiful Basket - $35.00 coconut oil of course as soon as I buy some they offer it again.

Tuesday, April 30th - Albertson's - $37.            I went and bought 2 more roasts to put in the freezer. The hubby really likes the homemade bbq beef.

Wednesday, May 1st - Albertson's - $84.89


I think I may have to give up the fight. Prices are high, coupons (for what we use) are scarce and picky eaters remain.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Week 17 of 2013

Monday, April 22nd - Bountiful Basket - $16.50

Tuesday, April 23rd - Food 4 Less - $21.03  BUTTER well, only $10 of it.

Wednesday, April 24th - Albertson's - $97.92
                                        Target - $18.37
                                         Fresh & Easy - $24.10

Friday, April 26th - Smith's $2.39
                               Albertson's- $15.15

Online Amazon order - $44.99 coconut oil

$240.45 oh boy! Getting ready for parties for Mother's Day and youngest's birthday. I also bought 2 roasts this week. Tried out a recipe for bbq beef and the hubby really liked it. This next week will be big too we are planning a trip to Costco.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Week 16 of 2013

Monday, April 15th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50
                                  Smith's - $36.20

Wednesday, April 17th - $75.08 - note to self do not let hubby go with you

Total $127.78

Monday, April 15, 2013

Week 15 of 2013

Monday, April 8th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50

Tuesday, Aprill 9th - Target - $68.04

Wednesday, April 10th - Albertson's - $33.09

Thursday, April 11th - Food 4 Less - $20.75

Saturday, April 13th - Walgreens - $25.60

Total - $163.98

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Week 14 of 2013

Monday, April 1st - Target - $23.26
                               Bountiful Basket - $16.50

Wednesday, April 3rd - Albertson's - $47.21                                    
                                      Walgreen's - $8.25

$95.22 - made it. 2 weeks out of the year so far.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

90 days - busted

So remember when I posted this 90 days well, I did not make it. I seem to go through spurts where I will read for hours on end and then hardly read at all. I still plan to go through the Bible this year but obviously it will not be in 90 days. Have a great springtime.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Week 13 of 2013

Monday, March 25th - Smith's - $1.98
                                    Bountiful Basket - $29.50 - strawberry add on - my oldest's favorite
                                    Fresh & Easy - $20.88

Wednesday, March 27th - Albertson's - $94.09
                                         Walgreen's - $16.35 - Easter candy and band-aids
                                         Fresh & Easy - $5.40

Thursday, March 28th - Food 4 Less - $18.29 - Okay a total splurge because they had sugar, flour, bottled water and dried cranberries on clearance. 12 pounds of sugar for $2.97

Friday, March 29th - Walgreen's - $4.99 - splurge on Resse's peanut butter eggs


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Week 12 of 2013

Monday, March 18th - Vons - $52.80
                                    Bountiful Basket - $16.50
                                                   Super excited for my boys to learn about coconuts and look at those potatoes YEA I am making a turkey this week. Some homemade zucchini bread will be made too.

Tuesday, March 19th - Smith's - $12.95

Wednesday, March 20th - Albertson's - $4.52

Friday, March 22nd -  Target - $14.36

Total $101.13 Darn, I though I might be under $100. One time in the last 12 weeks under $100. Hard to believe the year is one fourth gone already. We are gearing up for Easter and then we have anniversaries and birthdays and the end of the school year then VBS. Busy next 3 months ahead.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Week 11 of 2013

Monday, March 11th - Target - $47.14 - We were out of Paper towels and bar soap. Sale on juice buy 2 get 1 free. Needed nuts and balance bars for Jury duty and son's band trip in May.

                                     Bountiful Basket - $16.50 plus broccoli that I gave to my mom.

Tuesday, March 12th - Food 4 Less - $7.98 - 2 loaves bread and 5 dozen eggs.

Wednesday, March 13th - Albertson's - $48.54 (-$9) ? Can I subtract $9 because I gave my mom a coupon for $9 off when you spend $90 and she gave me the $9? FREE bananas!! A coupon printed out after my transaction for free 2 lbs of bananas when you spend $10 so I gave it to my mom to add on to her transaction.

Albertson's - $3.29 - Hubby went to store to get buns for burgers and they were out of store brand.

Thursday, March 14th - Albertson's - $7.74 - Special on mayo and chips.

$131.19 or $122.19

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Time for a change.

Today is the start of Daylight Savings time. Like it or not we deal with it every year. As with any change there are pros and cons. In our family we have several changes going on and we are dealing with them.

Back in October my hubby put a stop to our weekly caravan over to his mom's house. Our doctor told him we needed to do what was best for our family. We want what is best for her and our family. She now comes to stay with us for a few days once or twice a month. She loves spending time with the boys and we have a room set up for her so we all have our own privacy. I know it is hard for her to go back and forth and sometimes she gets confused. It is still a process and I feel in limbo most of the time.

My brother is having some problems with his back and has three bulging discs. I will be taking him for his procedure later this month. I pray it will help him with his back pain.

My mom has recently discovered through tests that one of her valves in her heart will be in need of replacement. When we are not sure. She will have a repeat of the test to see if it is worse in about 6 months. Her aunt had the same procedure when she was 6 years older than my mom is now.

Later this week my hubby will be changing to the graveyard shift with Wednesdays and Thursdays off. This is by far the biggest change we will deal with. I am a planner and I like to know what is going to happen and when. I also like to keep to somewhat of a schedule. This shift changes a lot of things for me particularly. I usually walk with my hubby's sister at 5:30 in the mornings. Now I have to stay up late (past 9 pm) to make sure he gets up to get ready for work so I will be sleeping in. I usually grocery shop throughout the week in the mornings and take my mom with me to Albertson's every Wednesday. Not sure if we will change but will probably go back to Fridays. I will be getting my Bountiful Basket by myself on Saturdays or with my little one. It was time for me and the hubby to just be together. I will miss my all alone Monday mornings when I watch shows from ON DEMAND and wash the sheets. I will get to spend time with my hubby in the mornings and he will get to attend the little ones school programs. The boys and I will have the evenings while hubby is sleeping maybe we can do some dinners with my mom. The boys and I will have the summers late afternoons and early evenings to spend with their Auntie swimming. That will be fun. The hubby will get to spend the days with the boys during Easter break and summer. As I have said before whatever happens we will make it work. Anything worth anything takes work and our family is worth it. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Week 10 of 2013

Would this coupon be a budget helper or a budget buster for you? Well for me it would be a bust. I spent most of my allotted $100 before 3pm on Monday and I did not use this coupon. I did contemplate using it though but $30 on kleenex was just too much to spend this week.

Monday, March 4th - Bountiful Baskets - $16.50
                                  Target - $34.85
                                   Vons - $16.85
                                    Food 4 Less - $5.00

Wednesday, March 6th - Albertson's - $70.48

Total for week: $143.68

So maybe I need to stop including TP in my total. We go through a lot. I did pick up a couple of items I usually do not buy this week. Steak on the clearance meat (saving for an anniversary meal for me and the hubby) bottled water (I have jury duty on the 14th and the oldest has a weekend school trip to Disneyland in May).

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Week 9 of 2013

3 weeks ago I purchased coconut oil with my Bountiful Basket. WOW! It is great!!! I have used it in place of butter or margarine (use Smart Balance usually) for peanut butter cookies, grilled cheese, frying eggs, popping popcorn, buttering pasta and toast. Here is a pic see how much I've used in these 3 weeks.

Monday, February 25th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50
                                        Albertson's - $15.92

Tuesday, February 26th - Target - $12.40
                                        Albertson's - $19.12

Wednesday, February 27th - Albertson's - $67.37
                                              Target - $13.54
                                              99cent store - $2.00

$146.85 totally messed this week up. Nearly $50 over.

Yes I went to Albertson's 3 days in a row. I was hoping to get the Lay's special buy 2 for $6 get one of the 3 new flavors for free. They were out and promotion ended on the 26th.

New week next week hope to pick up my oldest's fave pizza at Vons.

I have a friend that is doing this too. She has 5 to feed instead of 4 I hope she is doing better than me.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Whole Grain Pancake Mix

Over 20 years ago I bought a cookbook titiled "Shortcut Cooking - The Earth-Friendly Energy-Saving Cookbook"

There are several recipes in it that I have come to love.

This recipe make 12 cups of mix but I usually halve it because we do not eat a lot of pancakes.

8 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups nonfat dry milk
3 Tablespoons baking powder
3 cups oats (quick cooking)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 Tablespoon salt

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container.

To make pancakes:

Combine 1-1/2 cups mix with 1 egg, 1-1/4 cups milk, 1 Tablespoon honey (or sugar) in bowl. Mix well. Bake on hot greased griddle. Yield 12 pancakes.

My youngest requests these often. I like them with peanut butter and maple syrup.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Week 8 of 2013

Monday, February 18th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50 - no pic this time

Wednesday, February 20th - Albertson's - $75.57

                                             Target - $19.51

Thursday, February 21st - Food 4 Less - $14.60

Saturday, February 23rd - Smith's - $7.18

Total - $133.36

Grr maybe I need to increase my limit to $120 since that is what I stay close to. It is quite hard when I have picky eaters and the hubby loves his junk food (candy, chips). Remember this does not count the hubby's chocolate milk or his ice cream. He drinks about 3 or 4 gallons a week at $5.15 a gallon. That comes out of his fun money ($20).

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Week 7 of 2013

Monday, February 11th - Target - $26.51

Food 4 Less - $5.00

 Bountiful Basket - $35.00 add on coconut oil

Wednesday, February 13th - Albertson's $24.10

Walgreen's - $19.61 - for MIL

Smith's - $11.65 - my Albertson's is no longer carrying popcorn.

Thursday, February 14th - Bread Store - $12.64 - warning do not go there when you are hungry. I just went for the Boboli for Valentine's night pizza.

Friday, February 15th - Vons - $.89 - bananas for MIL

Total $135.40

What do you eat? Saturday, February 16th


Hubby - Chocolate milk, 3 powdered donuts, banana

Me - pineapple, popcorn, cinnamon donut

Oldest - 1 glazed buttermilk donut, Tyson chicken nuggets with Heinz ketchup

Youngest - popcorn, banana, apple danish

MIL - coffee, half a banana, scrambled egg, pineapple, cutie


Hubby - Crush grape soda

Me - peanut butter cookies, grape tomatoes

Oldest - triscuits

Youngest - grilled cheese, grape tomatoes, pear

MIL - deviled egg, cole slaw, apple


Hubby, Oldest, Youngest - leftover candy


Hubby, Youngest, MIL - bacon and eggs,  toast for hubby, cutie for MIL

Me -  sweet potato, salad with iceberg lettuce, canned chicken (Costco kirkland), green beans and Ken's Rasp Pom lite vinaigrette dressing


Hubby, Me, Oldest, Youngest - leftover candy

Ok there it is a week of what we eat. Pretty normal week except for Willy Wonka day.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Willy Wonka

My hubby LOVES candy. He can remember candy from when he was a little boy and describe how he would go buy it at 7-11 or Sprouse-Ritz. One day about 6 years ago he said he would love to watch the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and eat candy the whole time. I suggested that since Valentine's day was coming up we should make that a new tradition to do with our boys. We have been following that tradition ever since. Our boys love the chance to go pick out some candy from Party City. I ask them a few weeks in advance what they would like so I can start stocking up on several varieties. We celebrate on one of the weekend days so the sugar high does not interfere with school.

What do you eat? Friday, February 15th


Hubby - Chocolate milk, leftover pizza

Me - cinnamon donut and apple danish (bread store $2.50 for 12 and $2.89 for 4)

Oldest - 2 glazed buttermilk donuts (bread store free with full punch card) and Tyson chicken nuggets with Heinz ketchup

Youngest - powdered donut, banana and 2 pieces leftover pizza


Hubby - Crush grape soda

Me - spinach salad with bacon and hard boiled egg (bountiful basket, Ken's Raspberry Pomegranate lite vinaigrette dressing - free with coupon, Zaycon bacon $3.29 a pound, Land o Lakes cage free brown eggs $2.94 Albertsons)

Oldest - peanut butter sandwich, fruit snacks, juicy juice juice box, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Youngest - leftover pizza, tostitos chips, juicy juice juice box, fruit snacks, pumpkin chocolate chip cookie

MIL - spinach salad with bacon and hard boiled egg, 1 whole deviled egg and cutie (bountiful basket) Diet Dr. Pepper (4 - 12 pks for $11 Albertsons)


Oldest - 2 glazed buttermilk donuts

Youngest - pumpkin muffin (Smith's clearance $1.99 for 6 large muffins)


Hubby - tomato soup with milk and saltines - stockpile do not remember but did get on sale

Me -  asparagus, popcorn

Oldest - Bariila Plus with margarine and parm cheese

Youngest - chicken noodle soup

MIL - leftover meat loaf (made with veggies from bountiful basket), asparagus, sweet potato (bountiful basket)


Willy Wonka night so we shared a bunch of candy. See Willy Wonka post.

What do you eat? Thursday, February 14th - Happy Valentine's Day


Hubby - Chocolate milk

Me - biscuit with rasp jelly (Albertson's 10 for $10 used coupon so $.80 a can Pillsbury Grands and jelly from bread store can't remember how much it was) egg burrito (2 eggs, sour cream & shred cheese on corn tortillas)

Oldest - biscuit, Tyson chicken nuggets and Heinz ketchup

Youngest - 2 biscuits and a banana


Hubby - Crush grape soda

Me -

Oldest - peanut butter sandwich, juicy juice juice box, fruit snacks, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Youngest - peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich, juicy juice juice box, fruit snacks, tostitos chips, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies


Oldest - 2 donuts

Youngest - pumpkin muffin


Hubby - pizza (boboli pizza crust with Prego, mozz cheese, black olives & onions)

Me - pizza crust (the best part!)

Oldest - freschetta pizza ($3.99 Smith's)

Youngest - tombstone pizza with black olives added


Oldest - rainbow sherbet

Youngest - rainbow sherbet with caramel sauce

Thursday, February 14, 2013

What do you eat? Wednesday, February 13th


Hubby - Chocolate milk

Me - pineapple (Bountiful Basket)

Oldest - Tyson chicken nuggets with Heinz ketchup

Youngest - banana (Bountiful Basket), whole wheat bagel with margarine (bread store $2)


Hubby - Crush grape soda

Me - granola cereal with milk (Albertson's cereal 2 for $4, Albertson's milk $2.99), popcorn, M & M's snack mix.

Oldest - peanut butter sandwich, juicy juice juice box, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Youngest - peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich (Welch's 2 for $4), totitos, juicy juice juice box, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies


Hubby - banana

Me - pineapple

Oldest - banana, fruit snacks (Smith's $1.34 used $.40 off digital coupon and $.50 off  2 printed)

Youngest - fruit snacks


Hubby -  leftover chili

Me -  leftover chicken with sour cream and cheese in corn tortillas

Oldest - Barilla Plus angel hair with margarine and Kraft parm cheese

Youngest - leftover chicken with Heinz ketchup


Hubby - Chocolate milk, gum balls (Christmas gift, Yard of bubble gum from Cost Plus World Market $9.99)

Oldest -  rainbow sherbet

Youngest - rainbow sherbet with caramel sauce

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What do you eat? Tuesday, February 12th

You  may have noticed my hubby likes his soda. He is a sugar fanatic. Soda everyday and candy all the time or at least as much as he can get or find. I do have a cup of coffee every morning and it is a homemade recipe for International Cafe' - Cafe' Vienna.


Hubby - Chocolate milk

Me - oatmeal (2 for $4 at Albertson's) with raisins (stockpile) butter, sugar and milk

Oldest - Tyson chicken nuggets with Heinz ketchup

Youngest - leftover spaghetti with Prego


Hubby - Crush grape soda, Lifesavers gummies

Me - tomato stuffed with chicken salad and green beans, sweet potato, M & M's snack mix

Oldest - peanut butter sandwich, juicy juice juice box, fruit snacks, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Youngest - peanut butter sandwich, juicy juice juice box, fruit snacks, pumpkin chocolate chip cookie


Oldest - Triscuits (stockpile, I think it was $2 with a $.75 off coupon)

Youngest - granola bar ($.25 for box of 8 on clearance at Kmart), grape tomatoes (Bountiful Basket), string cheese (Albertson's don't remember price but used coupon)


Hubby - leftover chili

Me - chicken salad and tricuits

Oldest - Barilla Plus angel hair (Target $1.89) with Albertson's brand smart balance and Kraft Parm cheese (Albertson's $3.49) - This is his favorite meal, he will eat this 9 times out of 10 for dinner.

Youngest - leftover pizza (Boboli crust bread store $3, Prego, mozz cheese, olives half a can Food 4 Less $1.38, onions Bountiful basket)


Hubby - nothing

Me - popcorn (Alberston's brand popped in canola oil with butter and salt on top)

Oldest - popcorn, rainbow sherbet

Youngest - popcorn, rainbow sherbet with caramel sauce

I ordered some coconut oil from Bountiful Baskets and am anxious to try it with my popcorn.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What do you eat? Monday, February 11th


Hubby - Chocolate Milk

Me - 2 scrambled eggs with cheese and sour cream and grape tomatoes

Oldest - Tyson chicken nuggets with Heinz ketchup

Youngest - donuts


Hubby - Crush grape soda

Me - chicken salad with veggies (bell pepper, cabbage, tomato, green beans - Bountiful Basket)

Oldest - peanut butter sandwich (Skippy peanut butter $4.81 at Food 4 Less for 28oz), juicy juice box ($1.59 with coupon at Target), fruit snacks, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Youngest - peanut butter sandwich, juicy juice box, fruit snacks, tostitos chips (stockpile), donut


Me - M & M's snack mix (Target clearance $1.38)

Youngest - M & M's snack mix, grape tomatoes, yogurt


Hubby - leftover chili and mac & cheese

Me -  sweet potato and apple (Bountiful Basket)

Oldest - leftover mac & cheese

Youngest - leftover mac & cheese


Hubby: Chocolate Milk

Oldest - rainbow sherbet

Youngest - pumpkin cookies

Monday, February 11, 2013

What do you all eat? Sunday, February 10 2013

I do not know about you but when I watch extreme couponing or see the deals that couponers get I always wonder what do they eat? I am going to attempt to post each day what we eat and let you know where it came from and/or the cost. Just for this week. This is a typical week for us except for Valentine's Day. This picture is what my hubby bought with his $20 that I give him to get the things he really wants each week. I think the total was $7.28 used a $2 catalina. I do not include this in my weekly $100 budget. Let's call it entertainment budget since we do not go out very often.

I have very picky eaters with my hubby and oldest so some call me a short order cook.

So starting with Sunday:


Me - yogurt (yoplait light very cherry) (Vons 10 for $7 but used coupons with Just 4U - can't  remember final price each) with granola cereal (Albertsons brand 2 for $4).

Hubby - Chocolate Milk

Oldest - Tyson chicken nuggets (his usual) (BOGO at Vons $7.99) with Heinz ketchup (Albertson's 2 for $4)

Youngest -donuts, yogurt, leftover Tombstone (3 for $10) pizza


Me - 2 scrambled eggs ($1 a dozen manager special at Albersons) with cheese and sour cream (the special buy 10 get $5 off offer $1.50 each at Albertsons) and grape tomatoes (Bountiful Basket)

Hubby - Grape soda (3 for $9.99 Albertsons)

Oldest - Ritz bitz (stockpile - I think it was a buy 4 for $8 deal) Apple juice (Albertsons 2 - 2qt bottles for $4) ocean spray fruit snacks ($1.65)

Youngest - grilled cheese (bread Food 4 Less 3 for $5, kraft amer cheese Albertsons special $1.99, margarine Albertsons brand like Smart Balance), apple juice, fruit snacks


Me, Oldest and Youngest -  pumpkin chocolate chip cookies {homemade (cooked pumpkin from Halloween)}

Hubby - donuts


Me - apple pear (Bountiful Basket), Zaycon chicken - $1.69 pound cooked in olive oil.

Hubby - chili (Zaycon ground beef 3/4 of a pound - $3.29 a pound, McCormick low sodium chili mix Food 4 Less $1, 2 cans 14oz tomatoes stockpile - I think they were $.80 each, 1 can S&W low sodium kidney beans $1.50)

Oldest - Kraft mac & cheese (stockpile - I think I paid $.80, made with butter 2 for $4 at Fresh & Easy, milk Albertsons gallon $3.29 I like the flavor)

Youngest - leftover spaghetti (Anthony's $.50 with coupon at Albertsons with Prego $1 at Winco), apple


Oldest -  pumpkin cookies and rainbow sherbert ($3.00 Albertsons or Smith's)

Youngest -  rainbow sherbert with caramel sauce (full price on caramel sauce can't remember how much)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Week 6 of 2013

Monday, February 3rd - $5.87 - Amazon - subscribe and save 40oz Skippy creamy Peanut Butter. The boys have been on a peanut butter sandwich kick for lunch and we are going through a lot of peanut butter.
                                      $3.00 - Walgreens
                                      $21.46 - Kmart
                                      $7.99 - Fresh & Easy
                                      $16.50 - Bountiful Basket

Tuesady, February 4th - $16.18 - Vons

Wednesday, February 5th - $35.06 - Albertsons

Thursday, February 6th - $3.81 - Target


Yep, went over again. This is quite hard when you are trying to keep your kids and hubby happy and get them the things they love to eat.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Week 5 of 2013

Monday, January 28th - $31.38 - Food 4 Less
                                      $16.50 - Bountiful Basket - excited to try some cauliflower hummus for Super Bowl Sunday. And the little one asked for cole slaw. Green beans Woo hoo!
                                      $6.00 - bread store

Wednesday, January 30th - $51.37 - Alberstons
                                           $13.70 - Smith's - stock up price on                                                 kleenex plus we were out.

Thursday, January 31st -    $.57 - Dawn sale & coupon


Totally over again. The boys all know that I am working to do this and I am not buying some things. It is easier for me to go without than to tell them no, I cannot get this. It is especially hard to tell the hubby no. He has sacrificed so much career wise to provide for us. I sure am loving Bountiful Baskets. That is usually all of our produce for a week. The boys love to see what we get and are super excited for strawberries three weeks in a row.

 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 1 Corinthians 4:13

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Read the Bible in 90 days

Have you been wondering how I am doing with reading the Bible through in 90 days/ by Easter? Well, not too good. I am only into Joshua and have read Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. My list shows that I am on day 16. If I was reading on schedule I should be on day 31 now and in 2Chronicles. I will check back in a few days to let you know where I am at.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Week 4 of 2013

Monday, January 21st - $16.50 - Bountiful Basket
                                      $34.72 - Target - stock up on TP because they had $5 gift card when you buy 2 & used it to buy chocolate chips and juice boxes for kids.

Tuesday, January 22nd - $5.50 - Amazon - one of my favortie bloggers
posted about cheap GF flour had to get it so I could make goodies for my sis-in-law.

Wednesday, Jauary 23rd - $44.29 - Albertson's

$99.93 WOO HOO finally under $100 getting better even with buying 60 rolls of TP.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Week 3 of 2013

Monday, January 14th - Bountiful Basket - $16.50

 Alberston's - $14.97

Tuesday, January 15th - Winco (they sent me a $10 off coupon when you spend $50) - $44.76

Wednesday, January 16th - Walgreens - $11.16
                                            Albertson's - $44.39

Friday, January 18th - Food 4 Less - $9.88

$141.66 - bad week, hubby needed several things and MIL came to stay so had to stock up.   If I hadn't taken advantage of the Winco coupon I would have almost made it. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Week 2 of 2013

Well let's see if I was able to stay at $100 this week. Each week is new thank goodness.

Monday, January 7th -  Bountiful Baskets order $16.50

Tuesday, January 8th - Albertson's $16.09 - hubby was out of grape soda and I wanted to pick up more yogurt (on sale and used coupons) for the little one and me.

Wednesday, January 9th - Albertson's $57.56

Thursday, January 10th - Food 4 Less $27.05  Fresh & Easy $8.97

Friday, January 11th - Kmart $3.59

That makes $129.73 but my MIL gave me $20 to help with the unexpected family dinner that came up when a distant relative came into town.

So $109.73 is not too bad. We are all a work in progress right? I know I am spending less than last year.