Sunday, August 30, 2009
My little dare-devil crawled to the top of that ladder several times, and back down all by herself-much to mommy's chagrin. Daddy thinks its a good idea to let her try new things since she will be an MK someday.
She's also climbed the entire dark crawlspace with her dad. I won't even get close to the entrance-its scary in there!
You can get a little idea of our kitchen from these pics hopefully-at least the top half:)
Sick Mama's frugal chicken soup in the crockpot
Here is the short-cut I used: 2 cans of progresso chicken noodle soup from my spring stockpile! It was about $0.33/can so its a cheap way to start the soup. I chopped some veggies on their way out of freshness (tomatoes, carrots, zucchini) and added some chopped frozen chicken breast from the freezer (about 1 1/2 cups). More water, and a few whole wheat noodles about an hour before dinner and we'll be good to go! The great thing about this is that it doesn't taste canned. Nothing against canned soup, but well-it tastes canned.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Sprite: $0.87 each wyb 3, used $2 off coupon
Cheeze-Its (whole grain) $1 each after $0.75 off coupon
Hefty bags free after doulbes
slow churned yogurt $0.99
Bare Solo Plates $0.99 after doubles
Dannon Yogurt reduced to $1 for 32 oz.
All Bran $0.99 after $2.00 coupon
Mott's applesauce $0.29 after $1 IP doubled
Rhodes frozen rolls $0.69 after $1 doubled
2 containers Knudsen Cottage cheese marked down to $1 each, $0.50 after $1/2 coupon
Safeway finally has some deals worth looking at this week. See a good round up at Abundant Food Savings. Yes, I used to round them up for you-but two under two has just about messed up the last remaining brain cells I have;) We have plenty of free/cheap cereal around here, but there is one cereal I can never keep in the house because we love it so much-Kashi! Any flavor, we love it. So getting several boxes for under $0.50 a box was great for us. Unfortunately my computer just ate the picture I took (edited: it came back-here it is below!), but I bought 4 boxes of Kashi Honey Sunshine and 1 box of Kashi U cereal for $1.50 total. We also got 10 coffee flavored Dannon Yogurts for $0.10/ea, free Smithfield bacon, and reduced bacon for $1.99. Yes, we are stocked on bacon, and no we don't eat that much bacon all the time! ;)
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Friday, August 28, 2009
One of the biggest ways we've cut costs in this department is to look for alternate places to buy things, such as Habitat for Humanity ReStores. We didn't realize this until halfway through our house project, but many towns have a "store" that sells used building materials/supplies that have been donated and its run by Habitat for Humanity. Sometimes they go by other names such as "builders bargains", but either way, it can be a lifesaver to your pocketbook!
Some of the things we've gotten there include:
~cabinets (for the bathroom and others)
and lots more. The prices have been comparable to Craigslist without the hassle of driving all over the place and potentially getting a dud. If the dryer would not have worked for example then we could have taken it back for store credit.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Here are some pics of our recent visit with friends from Illinois at our new house. Their youngest boy and O are pretty much going to get married someday. He was enamored and we love the family so its all official:)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Here is dinner cooking in the crockpot. A friend gave us baggies of leftover onions & mushrooms plus we still have tons of zucchini from my parents. So I added that,some leftover cooked moose-burger plus a jar of Ragu from the stockpile and pasta also from the stockpile (goes in last minute).
My "new" washer and dryer! The dryer is Kenmore and came from Habitat for Humanity for $50 and the washer is from a local garage sale (Whirlpool) for $50. Two loads and they've done a great job-yay!
Our stove-craigslist for $75! Not hooked up yet, but its in super nice condition (tip-buy used stuff from rich people who are remodeling:)
My "kitchen"-Daniel is modifying cabinets etc. this week, so I have the crockpot sitting on our sink (craigslist for $10!) which isn't hooked up yet. I just love the crockpot-its helped so much in not having to eat out even with no real kitchen yet. Its amazing how little inconvenience I feel relatively because of one little appliance (no I don't get kickbacks from the crockpot company-I wish!)
My BATHROOM cabinets-aren't they cute? Daniel got them at Habitat for Humanity also. Right now they are installed in the bathroom, but filled with food! My stockpile has been saving us lots of money and we still eat reasonably healthy most of the time:)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Monday: Chili (from the freezer) with fritos, cheese and salad
Tuesday: Bacon and Moose Meat burgers (didn't make this last week),
grilled zucchini and fresh tomatoes
Wed.: Soup(using leftovers to make) and homemade bread (am hoping my bread machine works!)
Thurs: BLT's, crackers, tomatoes possibly on the road
Friday: plans for the weekend are still up in the air!
Saturday: " "
Sunday: " "
Breakfasts: cold cereal & milk, PB toast, zucchini bread
Lunches/snacks: leftovers, fruit, cereal, crackers w/cheese or PB, granola bars, cherry tomatoes and ranch
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Sunday, August 23, 2009
1. Chili and Cornbread (or some other bean based meal with cornbread)
2. Turkey Tetrazinni
3. Hamburgers, garden burgers, or bean burgers with spicy fries
4. Stuffed green peppers- fresh and crispy style (but I usually make these with spicy ground sausage, not quinoa and beans:)
5. Meatballs and Rice
6. Whole Wheat Easy Pizza and veggie sticks/dip
7. Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet
9. Taco Soup and Garlic Cheese Bread
10. Eggplant, Zucchini, or Chicken Parmesean with Garlic Bread
11. Really Good Beans & Rice
12. Crockpot BBQ Pork Roast
13. Taco or Southwest Salad
14. Crockpot Perfection Baked Potatoes with all the goodies on top
15. Crockpot Enchiladas (or in the oven works too!)
What family favorites would be on your list that I forgot?
Notice how O and Auntie Bev look cute and normal in all three pics-but M only looks normal in this one because she doesn't know I'm taking the picture:)
What a goon my toddler is!
Yes, that's a cow sticker on her mouth.
But I love them:)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I was getting a little discouraged recently because it seems like whenever I plan to do some deal, the store is out of something I was going for. My coupon-diva (and smart!) friends have been pre-ordering and going to the sales on the first day to make sure they snag bargains, but I haven't been in a place where I can do that so I've often missed some of the really good deals. Luckily I have nice friends that often share their free stuff with us;)
But this week I got the goods! I happened to be in other towns that had walgreens so I got 10 packs of diaper wipes for less than $0.79 each and some other great deals:)
Also pictured is Fred Meyer, where I spent $20.xx for food and diapers
Lastly was a garage sale where I got 8 pieces of toddler clothes/shoes for $1 total!
Because I had no Register Rewards to start with and needed diapers anyway, I started out with the Pampers deal/spend $25 get $5 back. I spent $27.xx on my first transaction for two packs of diapers, 1 pampers wipe (free), a hair brush and body wash. I got $13 back in RR. I used $6 RR to buy 8 wipes, 3 starbucks, 5 packs of highlighters, a gallon of milk (which my dad paid me back for and is not pictured) and got my free 20 prints. I spent around $4 for that and have $11 to spend in RR's. Not sure of my exact expenditure because my dad was handing me cash and some of the coupons weren't working and the line was getting super long!
Baby O is crying so that's about it for now:) Visit Money Saving Mom and Grocery Cart Challenge for more shopping trips!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
So...here's our menu for this week, plus a picture of last nights Albertson's run!
Monday: Crockpot Cauliflower and Cheese-am hoping this will be a little like mac n cheese in taste? Still looking for a recipe:)
Tuesday: Bacon and Moose Meat (from a friend's hunting trip) Hamburgers on the grill and whatever sides we can scrounge in their trailer--at my parent's campsite
Wed.: Steaks, Baked Potatoes and grilled corn at campsite again (our kitchen is pretty torn up this week for renovation)
Thurs: probably PB&J on the road to E.WA-we'll be traveling to get my tooth fixed and to talk to the missions committee at my parents' church
Friday: packed meal on the road from my parents' house
Saturday: Tuna Sandwiches and leftovers from the freezer (still a few individual freezer meals from when Daniel was here w/o the kiddos and I)
Sunday: Mac N Cheese in the crockpot(yes-the second cheesy recipe this week;), but we have a ton from the Kraft Deal:) with green beans on the side
Breakfasts: cold cereal & milk, PB toast, instant oatmeal ( no baking for me--yet)
Lunches/snacks: leftovers, fruit, cereal, crackers, granola bars
Here is my $0.20 trip to Albertson's last night (I spent $9 in catalinas and got $6 back)
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Sunday, August 16, 2009
Anyway, today is the big TWO-EIGHT and we are both now closer to 30 than ever before. Fun times. Happy Birthday Honey!!
We're going to Red Robin for his free bday burger and then heading to Bainbridge Island to look at a used stove for our in-process kitchen. We've been given 2 free stoves from wonderful church friends but both of them have had unexpected issues (to them as well-they didn't know about the issues either) so they haven't worked out. Anyway, rambling on-here are the rest of the Mt. Pilchuck pics from last weekend.
If only I did this hike every weekend-I would be so in shape! ;)
Anyway, that was me last night so I did something I never do-shopped at night. I am NOT a night person. I turn into a moldy pumpkin around 9pm, so it was a stretch for me to even think about using my brain for deal-hunting at that hour. BUT...no diapers and an expiring deal on diapers at Freddies gave me the motivation I needed. I put both girls to bed while daniel worked on our kitchen cabinet situation and he agreed to keep an eye on them while I shopped.
I went to Fred Meyer and Albies and spent $9.07 oop after coupons, sales, and catalinas. Even my night-hater self was energized by such great deals!
Rice Krispies (free after Vocal point coupon)
bananas(use $1 off fruit when you buy rice krispies coupon)
activia w/fiber ($0.88 after coupon)
cinnabon bars ($0.99 after coupon)
Kroger diapers $3.99 after sales and coupon!
12 kraft naturals cheeses for 3/$5 (used $1/2 coupons for each)
1 Crackerful for $2.50 used $1/1
4 Velveeta cups use 2 BOGO
4 Post Select cereals (sale for $1.50 when you buy 4) used 2 $1/2
Total $21.50- I paid w/ $21 in previous catalinas $o.50 oop. I got $9 back which I will use to buy more Kraft stuff today! Plus there are doubles today so I can use those as well-I am planning to buy more crackers, some cheese and coffee, all things we use all the time:)
Good thing I had all that deal-seeking energy because daniel wanted my help with the kitchen cabinet placement until 11pm last night! ;)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
My sticking-to the WW core plan has not happened. But I have been watching what I eat most of the time. Our home remodel/renovation has gone over budget (although I still think we've done a really good job with the money we had!) and one easy place to cut it grocery money. Because of my stockpile, free food from friends and fresh produce from my parents and friends we are eating pretty well in our non-kitchen.
Here are some things we've eaten this past week (all in our crockpot):
Zucchini, Chicken, marinara and pasta with parm.
Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread
Mexi meat and beans made into tacos (turned out well-I put ground beef, chili beans, tomato sauce and a cup of salsa in the crockpot on low all day and we ate them with lettuce and cheese on corn tortillas)
Sausage, fresh potatoes and zucchini
homemade macaroni and cheese and salad (really really good)
Tonight I am giving the crockpot a rest and we will grill or microwave hotdogs (we got a microwave but it isn't installed quite yet) with salad and sweet potatoes.
We have cereal for breakfast most mornings, but have also had zucchini muffins, bagelfuls or toast w/PB from the freezer.
Lunches have been leftovers or PB&J/tuna sandwiches
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
It really was fun-and I have to mention that great grandma Byrne made the cute hats on the girls! We hiked about 6 miles total, which is about 4 1/2 miles more than I've walked on any given day since having O-so I've been sore but I was excited to make the trek! I'll try to post more pics later, but blogger is given me pains so I will quit with one now:)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
One cool thing has been that between a stocked freezer, a bunch of food my friend has given us, zucchini from my parents and a bunch of non-perishables I packed before our move we've hardly had to buy anything. I have been doing a pantry-challenge of sorts this month and it looks like I can go through most of the month without buying more than a few dollars worth of dairy, produce and maybe a little meat towards the end of the month. That's a huge praise because in addition to the crown I will be getting, I also may need a root canal on the same tooth $$$! You'd think I never brush my teeth and eat candy all day for all the dental work I am getting:)
Friday, August 7, 2009
Its been a little challenging figuring out sleeping arrangements (no doors on any rooms except the bathroom right now) but we're making it work. We bought a fan at a thrift shop and are trying to teach the girls to sleep in the same room (the living room last night). Its gone suprisingly well-I've only had to get up with the girl(s) once each night. So that's why I've been gone. We have internet at the house now so I will be here regularly again soon:)
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I can't understand (except for the fact that I am sinful!) why I am so mean, ungrateful, cranky, impatient with those I love the most sometimes. Do you ever get close to the point of being broken because of your own ugliness of heart/sin-but just not quite there yet? Something seems to hold me back from change and yet I feel like I want it so badly.
Blaming it on my circumstances or personality would be easier-but I know that's not it. Not sure why I am sharing this on the blog, but there it is. I guess it makes sense that this is coming up with us starting our Wycliffe training now and all. I wonder what's next?!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
See my cute shirt in the picture? I got that polo ($3) and several other things for MYSELF!! at the old navy 50% off already reduced clearance sale this week. Nice to have a few things that fit until my other clothes fit again:)