Saturday, March 31, 2012

Super Savings Saturday - March 31, 2012

Another shopping trip without a camera.  Seriously, I do so need to get that battery replaced! 

Anyway, we still had a few extra dollars leftover from the previous weeks this month, so we "splurged" a little on some Easter Candy and store-bought jam.  Buddy has an aversion to my homemade (it's a texture thing for him), so it's a "treat" to have store-bought jam in the house for him!  We also stocked up on some chicken this week - I went over my "buy" price for chicken from $1 to $2 to have some boneless, skinless breasts in the house right now! We have about 4 whole chickens, a turkey and a jumbo pack of legs but no breasts, so we thought we'd take advantage of our "extra" money this week.

Here's what we bought, spending $50.87:

Store #1:
Smucker's Simply Fruit Spread: 2 @ $2.34 = $4.68
Starburst Jelly Beans: 2 @ 3/$7 = $4.66 - $1 = $3.66
Bagged Garden Salad: $0.99
0.93lbs Yellow Sweet Onion @ $0.99 = $0.92
2.43lbs Braeburn Apples @ $0.99 = $2.30
2.20lbs Navel Oranges @ $0.99 = $2.18
Cucumber $0.59

Total Store #1 including tax: $16.56 (Saved $1 according to receipt.)

Store #2:
Kellogg's Cereal 5 @ $1.88 = $9.40 - $2 - $2 = $5.40
Cadbury Dark Chocolate Eggs, Hershey Chocolate Eggs: 3 @ 2/$6 = $9 - $2 = $7
Hallmark Easter Cards: 3 @ $0.99 = $2.97 - $2 = $0.97
Gold n' Plumb Split Chicken Breasts 2 20oz packages @ $6.99 B1G1 = $6.99 - $1.50 = $5.49
1 Whole Chicken @ $0.88/lb = $4.21
1.94lbs Green Grapes @ $1.29/lb = $2.50
Grape Tomatoes 1 pt: $2
Store Brand Gallon Milk: $2.89

Total Store #2 including tax: $34.31 (Saved $36.78 according to receipt)

So I spent $50.87 and saved $37.78.

Did you get any goo deals this week?  Link up to share at Money Saving Mom.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Healthy Habits in 2012 - Calories Count!

Okay, so this is probably a big DUH but calories do count.

I share before how much I like MyFitnessPal and how it's helped me work on my weight goal.

Since the end of January I haven't logged in.
Bad, bad me.

While I haven't really gained anything, I haven't lost anything new either.

And that's frustrating.

And I haven't been eating as well as I should be.  No idea who's "watching" me on there as I haven't shared with anyone, so it's not like someone is really checking up on me.

But I can feel it.  And I know that if I don't watch it I will start gaining back some of this weight I have lost.

So back to counting calories for me!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week of March 25th, 2012

A typical Sunday lunch - Oatmeal Muffins, Baked Eggs, Bacon, and Fruit! Yum!

We have a busy, busy week here.  Evening events every single day.  John preaching at Lenten worship this week and being on call for most of the week as well. Crazy prep for Holy Week.  The kids having a day off school on a day when neither one of us can stay home with them.  It's a wild and woolly week for sure! 

What does that mean food-wise?  "Easy peasy, lemon-squeezy", as my kiddos would say!

So, what are we eating?

Sunday, March 25, Annunciation of Our Lord:
   Breakfast: Cereal and Milk
   Lunch: With Friends
   Snack: Popcorn
   Dinner:  Tuna Sandwiches, Slices Apples and Pears

Monday, March 26:
   Breakfast: Pancakes and Strawberries
   Lunch: Leftovers for Mom and Dad, Hot Lunch for the Kiddos
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner:  Chili, Cornbread, Tossed Salad, Strawberry-Apple-Melon Salad

Tuesday, March 27:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon
   Lunch: Leftovers for Mom and Dad, Hot Lunch for the Kiddos
   Snack: Veggies and Hummus
   Dinner:  Homemade Pizza and Bread sticks, Tossed Salad, Orange Wedges

Wednesday, March 28:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins, Bananas
   Lunch: Apples with Peanut Butter, Carrots or Cherry Tomatoes, Yogurt
   Snack: Veggies with Hummus
   Dinner:  At Church

Thursday, March 29:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Raisins and Almonds
   Lunch:  Sandwich Kabobs, Applesauce, Yogurt
   Snack: Pretzels
   Dinner: Shrimp Stir Fry, Rice, Orange Wedges

Friday, March 30:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon
   Lunch: PB&J, Applesauce, Yogurt
   Snack:  Pretzels
   Dinner: Beef Stew, French Bread, Apple-Pear-Banana Salad

Saturday, March 31:
   Breakfast: Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits, Bananas
   Lunch: Soup, Tuna Sandwiches, Apples and Pears
   Snack: Popcorn
   Dinner:  Chicken Flavored Rice with Onions and Mushrooms, Broccoli, Apple-Banana-Grape Salad

What are you eating this week? Check I'm an Organizing Junkie! to share and be inspired.

Weekly Goals Update - Week of March 25, 2012

Ah, yes. My weekly goals. 

I've actually been doing pretty well of writing these out and getting to them, even if posting them here hasn't been such a high priority.
So what are my goals for this week?

Here they are:

Work:
* Submit my mid-term grades
* Solution sets for this unit
* Update the course web page
* Notes for daily classes
* Lab for this unit
* Equipment list for my new course for this fall
* Stay caught up on grading

School:
* Meet with my advisor
* Finish with data through question #5

Jazzercise:
* Learn 3 new routines
* Set for first class
* Set for second class
* Organize my paperwork (again)

Home:
* Clean out bottom drawer of filing cabinet
* Organize recipe collection (I pared this down a while ago)
* Catch up ironing (again)
* Six items from the mending basket
* 30 minutes of cleaning out

Family:
* Family night this week - Celebrate the Annunciation of Our Lord
* Twig craft with the kids
* Cake decorating for my daughter this week
* Date "out" with my daughter this week (John and Buddy have 2 evening things this week so I get two "dates" with Missy!)
* Daily 10/10 with John

Ministry/Faith:
* Prepare for Holy Week (schedules, items, mentally)
* Start Resurrection Eggs with the Kids
* Continue work on Memorizing The Sermon on the Mount
* Mail Compassion Child's letter
* Review John's sermon for Lenten worship for him (he asks me to do this)

Personal:
* Wash face nightly
* Home pedicure
* Polish boots

What are your goals this week?  Check in with Crystal to share!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things - Spring!

A very fuzzy photo of my lilacs (and a pink air rocket!) from last spring!

It's hard for me to believe that spring is already here - almost a whole month (or more!) early compared to usual.  One year we had our church's annual Easter egg hunt in 4 1/2 feet of snow in April!  One year we had freezing rain on Mother's Day. 

All the perennial flowers are popping out of the ground.
My lilacs and my rhododendron are budding out.
The daffodils and tulips are up.
My chives are back up.
The grass is soft and green.

A bird "family" is making a nest in the bird house Buddy made at scouts (and he is so very excited about that!).
Another bird "family" has reclaimed the nest it had last year in the far eves of our house.

The sun is still up after my evening class (though just barely).
The kids run for the swing set in the backyard as soon as they get home.
The shoes get lost outside under the shrubs.

Yes, spring is really and truly here.

And I'm lovin' it.

It does make it hard to stay inside and get school and housework type things done, but I'll take it!  And reward myself for my "other" work that gets done with time getting my garden prepped and and the winter debris cleaned up. Or maybe playing with my children or pushing them on the swings.

Yes, Spring is truly one of my favorite things! 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Super Savings Saturday - Today's Shopping Trip

My camera battery is on it's last legs so, unfortunately, I don't have a photo of the groceries for you.  We had approximately $70 to spend this week - we've been under budget the last 3 weeks.  And it was time to re-stock on so many things too.

Today's shopping was done at two stores and cost a total of $64.12

Store #1:
Palmolive Dish Liquid 25oz: $2.50 - $0.50 = $2
Lindt Cocoa Bar: $1.50
2 Packages Celestial Seasonings Tea: $5
4lb Naval Oranges: $2.50
1lb Strawberries: $2
Bananas 2.48lbs @ $0.54 = $1.39
Green Pepper: $0.59
Green Cucumber: $0.59

Total Store #1 (including tax): $20.80

Store #2:
5 Kellogg's Products @ $1.88 ea = $9.40 - $4 = $5.40
Store Brand Oyster Crackers: $1.09
Crisco Oil 48oz: $2.68
Tide 50oz: $5.99 - $2 = $3.99
Premium Oyster Crackers: $3.43
3 Steamfresh Veggies @ $0.78 = $2.34 - $2 = $0.34
Bic Soliel Razors 4pack: $4.99 - $2 = $2.99
Suave Body Wash 3@ $1.66 = $4.98 - $1.66 = $3.32
Cantaloupe $2.50
2.34lbs Fuji Apples @ $0.88/lb = $2.06
1.94lbs Bosc Pears @ $0.88/lb = $1.71
2lb Baby Carrots: $2.49
Celery: $0.99
1lb Strawberries: $1.99
2 Store Brand Skim Milk @ $2.89 = $5.78
Gogurt 8pk: $2.50
Greek Yogurt 4pk: $2.50 - $1 = $1.50

Total for Store #2 (with tax): $43.32

According to store receipts I saved $42.30

How did you do this week?  I'd love to hear!