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.