Friday, February 29, 2008
What do you have planned for today?
I am going to work out, make my cake for cake class tomorrow, clean house and then tonight we are going out w/ friends to celebrate my completion of classes!
Here's how I did w/ my February grocery/walgreen's budget:
Would have been $481.57 without the coupons/sale price combinations :)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
And I came home to these a sweet note from Brandon :)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I learned a simple trick from our class instructor:
When measuring Crisco- tear off some plastic wrap, and smush it down into your measuring cup. Then measure out your Crisco.
When level, pull @ the plastic wrap, and it comes straight out.
Also, you don't have any greasy mess to clean up!I've used this trick with other sticky/messy ingredients too, and it works like a charm.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I feel like this grocery price hike hasn't really affect our budget, but I figure even with coupons it will eventually. I wonder if more people will start couponing, stockpiling so that they can afford to eat what they usually do? Do you think it will affect your budget?
Something to keep an eye on while we're shopping frugally @ the store.
I got up early and drove over to Stillwater for the LAST time (at least for classes) this morning. I was a little freaked out on how to get organized for these upcoming 3 finals- but as usual, my friend Melissa helped me get squared away.
I've been in a funk all day- I am just needing to be more trusting that God brought me this far, and I just need to do what needs to be done to wrap up this semester.
I got an email from my professor- the 8:45am Thursday final- she sent us the 1st 8 essay questions to review before the exam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't believe it! It's a finals week miracle :)
I haven't been a computer where I can upload my photos.....I'll update my project 365 photos once I get back home.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I didn't do much couponing this past week- I feel like a bit of a frugal failure. The grocery store I go to across town didn't have much, so Brandon and I just went to Target and got what we needed. I still saved $10 @ Target, but it's not as fun as my $40-$70 savings at the grocery store.
What do you do on your off-couponing weeks? Do you stockpile? Do you meal plan?
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
You can read Jennifer's take on $ management, couponing and being frugal here: http://allthingsfrugal.blogspot.com/2008/02/my-reasons-for-all-things-frugal.html
Why am I frugal?
Well, back in July I discovered couponing. Since then, I've cut our monthly food and necessities budget from $80 a week down to an average of $30 a week. (keep in mind- some weeks are better than others! Like, $9.82 on groceries last week, when the week before I spent $50)
Since I started couponing, we've made other simple lifestyle changes to become more frugal:
- we order water to drink when we go out to eat
- we wait for clothing to go on sale before purchasing (ex- old navy and gap sales!)
- we plan more of our trips around town to save gas
- we usually eat out on 'special' nights- ex- 3.99 enchilada night
- both of us only have lunch out 1x a week (if that) w/ work friends, etc.
- We have a set budget we follow for all expenses now
Reasons why we want to remain frugal?
- we'd like to buy a house this year, and we are saving for the down payment
- we are credit card debt free, and plan to stay that way
- we will need to buy Brandon a new car when his dies :(
- I'm ALMOST done w/ graduate school- and we will have to start paying the student loans back.
Our main goal $ wise for the future is to never live above our means. Once I start working full time, I think it will be easier to over-spend and become a little bit more relaxed on our budget. But, we'll evaluate that when the time comes :)
So, why do you coupon? Or why are you frugal?
Monday, February 18, 2008
Here's what I got tonight:
6 Loreal True Match make-up products- 5.99 each after instant coupon
2 Jane eye shadows- 4.49 for 2
Total before sale/coupons: $72.39
- 5 $2/1 Loreal Manf. coupons
- $1/1 Loreal manf. coupon
- 2 $2/1 Jane coupons
- $3.30 rebate gc
- $2.86 rebate gc
Total spent? $23.74
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Total before coupons & sales: $45.35 (78% savings)
6 boxes of Kellogg's cereal- FREE to $0.42 each
6 boxes of Pillsbury cake mix- $0.09/box
2 pot pies- $0.44 each
Cheez its- $1.49
Milk- (used my last $1 peelie) $1.98
2 Hershey's Kisses- 1.29 each (i love this flavor!)
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Before we left Stillwater, we had lunch w/ my Grandbob and Grandbe. They've been married over 50 years! And we just love spending time with them.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
This would go great with Target's .75/1 Hostess coupon :)
(I think you may have to register w/ Hostess to acess this coupon, but it's free to register and then they'll send you these coupons)
I signed up for a promotion like this one! So, here's the link- go and sign up for free stuff......
From their site:
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Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Only downfall is the ziplock bags are all Christmas/Winter themed- but I'll save 'em til next year.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Here's how I did today:
Spent $54.33 for:
5-Macaroni and Cheese- .29 each
2 Sister Schubert's rolls- $1.50 each
1 Ragu- $1
2 Hot chocolates (not on sale)
3 Dole fruit cups- free and $1/2
2 boxes cheez-its- $1.49 each
4 glad bags- .89 each
3 lbs of ground beef- $4.20 (all the meat I got was marked down for quick sale)
1 lb. of extra lean beef already chopped up for stew, etc.- 2.57
4 boneless sirloins- $3.74
2 quaker oatmeals- free!
2 pillsbury cookie doughs- $1 each
2 pillsbury brownies- $1 each
pudding cups- $1
Eggs- 1.55 a dozen (organic)
table salt- .49
Real Simple Magazine- $2.50
Total before coupons? $106.70
Thursday, February 7, 2008
The construction side of the football stadium- the sheer magnitude of it blows me away. Where the bowl-ed out portion is, used to be a street I'd walk down to get to class, games, concerts, etc.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
My most favorite site to visit while online is http://www.hotcouponworld.com/ . I don't actually shop from this site, but I get all my information about my weekly shopping trips from it- so I think that counts. I look up Target, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and my local grocery store, Homeland to match my coupons to their weekly sales. I love it! Check out other parts of my blog to get more couponing info if you are interested.
My favorite online scrapbooking store is http://www.customcrops.com/ . I don't order much from the internet, but they have the best prices on the Cricut cartridges that I am interested in. They have very speedy shipping and I just love their customer service!
What are you favorite online stores?
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Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
My photo of the day is of the football stadium. Campus has changed so much since I was a freshman- they have almost completed the football stadium upgrade, and have changed many of the buildings on campus. It makes me sad, but also makes me appreciate OSU and where I've come from. I also can't wait for football season! :)
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I think my problem is I'm just so burnt out.....I know that graduation is right around the corner. I'm just frustrated- I really felt like I did better than that.......