Monday, July 9, 2012

Today I am thankful for so much.  My husband actually has appointments today! Yay!  On Saturday, we participated in a community yard sale/flea market that was waaaaay too hot for any sane people to attend, and yet we made a little bit over what we paid to be there, so we came out a wee bit ahead, and got rid of some stuff we didn't need.  We also got to meet some new people. 

While hubby was baking at the yard sale with the little guy,  I was with a friend picking blueberries.*  Talk about HOT, man was it hot.  We sweated in places we didn't know could sweat.  Best part of that-the blueberry fields belong to a family from our church,!  And the friend I was picking with?  Gave me her old (working) sewing machine.

Then yesterday, we had our quarterly family get-together with my husband's siblings, and my awesome SIL gave me her old (working) treadmill.  We had a wonderful dinner together, great conversation, lots of laughs.

Before the weekend began, I emailed our landlady, who is the sweetest landlady EVER, and explained our situation.  She is so patient, and she told me that she knew it would work out somehow, and if she could, she'd tell us to just not worry about it at all.  I am feeling a little more at peace.....

We are truly blessed.  God is good.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalms 37:4

* those awesome sweet blueberries made some amazingly wonderful dishes - I made blueberry donut muffins from this recipe at The Finer Things, and a blueberry cobbler to take to SIL's.  Both delicious.  How happy am I to live in the blueberry capital of the world.  Sorry no pics, but I can attest that the muffins are every bit as good as she claims!  (And we kept them home for us!)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

11 Reasons My Husband Rocks

1.  He is a good man, and always wants to do what is right.
2.  He has a never-say-die attitude.
3.  He loves me.
4.  He tells me my hair looks great when I'm having a bad hair day, and he doesn't tell me that it looks great when it does look great, because then I wouldn't believe him on those bad hair days. 
5.  He mostly has me figured out.  (See #4.)
6.  When I ask him to heat up the coffee maker, he makes me a cup of coffee.
7.  He makes the best cup of coffee!
8.  He is a great Dad.
9.  He lives with a crazy woman, and puts up with my irrational obsessions, and even complies with them.  (I'm not totally nuts, but I don't want my comforter to be lop-sided, and it shouldn't touch the floor, ever.  I don't think that's asking too much.)
10.  He sings.
11.  He loves to cuddle.

Twelve years ago today, we met in person for the very first time.  It was an evening that changed our lives forever, and I am so thankful to God for bringing us together.  Even when it's bad, it's good.  Happy anniversary, babe!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Two days in a row!

How 'bout that???
So today is a very depressing day for me.  My husband is a salesman, and works solely on commission.  The rent is due by Thursday.  We have $0.00 coming in this week.  My check is only enough to pay the bills, and buy health insurance (1/4 of my salary!)  So I can't even juggle any money; there is none.  This recession has hit us hard.  First we lost our business, then our home, now we are living paycheck to paycheck, and not even making it.  I am trying so hard to trust in God, to have faith that he will provide.  Somehow, it's easier when we're not in such dire straits.

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 

I could use your prayers.  Thank you.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I am a miserable failure.........

Look at this, it is the END of JUNE.  I am only here because someone stopped by, and I linked back to my pitiful blogsite and read my last post.......from JANUARY. (I didn't even realize I was still linked through my comments.)   Just for kicks, here is the progress I've made thus far:

coffee table - same condition as 6 months ago
headboard - what headboard?
dining room chairs - re-covered!  YAY!  (and I lovelovelove them!)
attic - (insert maniacal laugh)

I did caulk the vanity top in my bathroom, which took all of 1/2 hour, so I hardly think that deserves a pat on the back.  And I almost finished my bible-verse-chalkboard-made-from-an-ugly-yard-sale-painting project, but I taped over the painted frame too soon so that I could chalkboard paint the inside, and now I have to sand and repaint the frame.  Live and learn.  That was about 2 months ago......

But what was going on instead of all the crazy housekeeping and D-I-Y-ing?  I was working 2 jobs (delivering papers and my "real" job) so I was T I R E D all the time.  And my thyroid medication is still not right, I believe.  Or at least I'm going with that.......  Anyway, I quit the delivery gig, since the price of gas was going up, making it stupid to get up at 3 a.m. for the net pay.  Of course, NOW gas goes back down, but I'm betting it won't stay down.
Also, we learned that my son is allergic to corn, soy, rice, peanuts, walnuts, and almost every tree there is.  The blooming allergies we deal with-Claritin and Singulair daily.  But the food allergies have rocked our world.  Of course, there is corn and/or soy in virtually everything that is in any way processed.  In looking for foods without these allergens, I discovered how disturbingly prolific GMO corn and soy is, and so now all three of us are eating organically.  So that's been a bit of a time thief.  And I've been cooking/baking more, since whole foods are in order, and I defy you to find a cookie or twinkie-type product that doesn't contain corn, soy, or rice.  So now I am periodically baking the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever, thanks to EnjoyLife chocolate chips and King Arthur flour (from whence the recipe comes.)  Those chips are seriously the bizzomb - such a better flavor than those "enhanced" fakey ones.
And last but certainly not least - we got a Guinea Pig.  His name is Patrick, because we were supposed to get him on March 17, but he was too new and we had to wait until March 21, and I don't know any famous person who has a birthday on March 21 (not that I looked) so we kept it.  He is thecutestlittleguineapiginthewholewideworld and I tell him so every day.  He's abbysinian, which means he has a bad hair day every day, but he wears it like a rock star.  Maybe I can find a picture of him.  That's what this blog needs, more pictures, less words.
Patrick Pooper

Thanks for reading.
Have a wonderful 4th of July.  And Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving......I kid.  I hope.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I will, I will, I WILL post this year.

I don't do resolutions.  I try to do better, though - continuously.  Last year our bible class was reading the bible in chronological order.  I couldn't keep up. So I decided to do it on my own this year.  So far, I'm not keeping up.
Last year, I was keeping notebooks on my drugstore spending & saving.  That ended sometime before summer.  I thought I'd pick that up again.  So far, not so much.
Last year, I had a list of projects to get to.  For the most part, they didn't get touched.  This year, I think I will tackle a project and see it through before I start another.  That means I have to paint or stain my sad found-on-the-side-of-the-road coffee table, and THEN start my headboard.  Or vice-versa.  They are both taunting me from different areas of the house.  Oh, yes, and I need to organize the attic.

Today, I am just going to pat myself on the back because all of Christmas is finally put away.


Friday, September 16, 2011


It's been 7 months since I've posted.  Surely I've had SOMETHING to say.

Be back soon.

Monday, February 21, 2011


I am on a money-saving high, don't mind me.
Technically, this should be split into 2 posts.  Maybe I will, maybe I won't.  I'm kinda lazy that way.....
On Saturday I went to RiteAid. As you know, Saturday is the end day for most sales (as far as I know, everywhere except Acme) and on Sunday morning I went to ShopRite.  I do have a picture of my RiteAid booty, but of course it's on my SD card still in my camera at home, and I'm here working hard at my place of employment.  Maybe I'll come back and insert it later;  read that thing about lazy up there...
So here's what I bought:

2 Colgate Sensitive (the big 6.0!)  $3.50 ea.
2 Finish Quantumatic starters BOGO, $10.99 (they were supposed to be $3.99)
1 Almay concealer (love these!) 40% off = $4.79
2 Bags dark chocolate Chex mix 2/ $3.00
1 Lays Stax $1.50
2 Stayfree maxi-pads BOGO, $3.99
1 50ct. Excedrin $4.99
1 80 + 20 ct. Advil $10.99
1 Uncle Ben's ready rice $2.29
2 Snickers PB2 .88 ea.
2 Palmolive dish liquid BOGO, $3.39

2 Colgate coupons (.35 each)
2 Finish coupons (3.00, 1.00)
Almay (2.00)
Chex (.50/2 +.50VV)
Stayfree (BOGO, 1.00)
Exedrin (Free, in mail)
Advil (1.00 in ad, 1.00)
Uncle Ben's (1.00 + .30VV)
Snickers (BOGO)
Palmolive ($1.00, .50)

I can't remember if there were any specific VV coupons besides the ones I mentioned, but I did use my $4 off $20, a $2 VV and my $13 +UP from my last RiteAid excursion.
I probably wouldn't have bought the Advil if there had been a price sticker on the shelf.  I'd rather have my stuff for closer to free.  But it's something we use a lot of, so I took the chance.  Also a splurge was the Lays, since I didn't have a coupon. (I did, however have an 8 year old boy tagging along-bad for the budget.)  I was slightly perturbed that the Finish rang up at $10.99, since the shelf price said it was on sale for $3.99 (which would have utimately had me purchasing 2 for .99) but I decided to let it go, as I had the poor cashier boy all discombobulated with my coupons.

I saved $41.86 with coupons and R/A coupons.  My OOP was 14.82 + tax.  I got back $16  in +UP's, and the most exciting part is that I hit my $100 Winter Savings, so I got my $20 reward.  Woo-Hoo----I wasn't even going for that because I didn't think it was possible for me to do with my low-key spending.  But, not only did I get it, I only actually spent less than $40 OOP to get there.

It may not be possible to spend $20 at RiteAid in one trip.


A Brief Summary of ShopRite:
I don't have my receipt with me, but this is close to what I got:

18 boxes of Ronzoni pasta @ .74 each
4 jars Ragu pasta sauce @ 3/4.00
16 cans Progresso soups @ 1.00 each
1 Kashi cereal @ 2.69
2 Kashi cookies @ 2/5.00
2 Kashi crackers @ 2.500
1 box Golden Grahams @ 2.49
2 Chex Mix @ 2/4.00
1 Vlasic pickles @ 2.00 each
1 lb. Keller butter @ 2.99?
2 Eggland's best eggs @ 2.69? each
2 jugs Clorox @ 2/3.00
2 Horizon single serve choc. milk @ 1.00 each
3 blocks cheddar cheese (Macadam) @ 1.69? each
1 pkg. Borden swiss cheese @ 1.99 ea.
1 pkg. Borden provolone cheese @ 1.99ea.
2 Mama Rosie's ravioli @ 1.49 ea.
2 Boca burgers @ 3.59 ea.
2 Green Giant Valley Steamers broccoli @ 2/4.00
1 loaf Arnold double fiber bread @ 2.99 ea,
celery @ 2.99 ea.
strawberries @ 2.49 ea.
2 mangos (is it mangoes?) @ .99 ea,

I had one or two $1 coupons for the pasta, making those free, and a the rest were .48 for two after the 1.00/2 coupons.  I had 1.00/2 Ragu coupons. $1 Mama Rosie's coupons, $1 Vlasic, $1 Horizon (making them both free) $1 Clorox, $1 Eggland's Best, $1 Golden Grahams, $1/2 Chex mix, 4 @ $2 off any Kashi, $3 Kashi cereal, 4 @ 1.00/4 Progresso soup, and $1 off Green Giant vegs. Also, I had a $5 off any order over $40, and a ShopRite coupon for a free lb. of Keller's butter.

My total after savings card but before coupons was $104, and OOP I paid $62.00.  My cashier was more excited for me than I was.  I feel good about this trip--I bought the bread, cheeses and produce with no coupons at all.  AND I got $24 in Catalinas.

Since I only just recently started posting my shopping trips, there are a couple of things I should point out:
We are mostly vegetarian.  (I am completely, and my husband isn't compelled to eat meat.)
We have a lot of food in the freezer.  Our freezer is very small, but there are only 3 of us.
While I don't have a strict grocery budget, I try to keep it under $100/wk.
My husband is a salesman, and is usually not home for dinner :-(
Our church has a food pantry, and we donate regularly.
My son (8y.o.) doesn't eat much, but we stock up on things that he will eat, and to that end, I have enough Tyson's frozen chicken and Perdue fun shapes to last him quite awhile, all purchased with coupons at an awesome sale price.
For a long, long time I was a single mother with 5 kids and no child support.  Using coupons combined with sales was not a hobby, it was the only way I could feed my family. My husband's ex-wife wouldn't be caught dead using a coupon, so he is particularly pleased with my dedication to conserving family funds.