Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekly Spending Report: 06/19-25/2016

This week just seemed to fly by.  I worked a good bit, and when I wasn't working, we were always on the go.  I am hoping that next week will have a slower pace; I could use the rest.  We are still hunkered down in the RV while the renovations are being completed in our apartment.  This has pushed back our potty-training timeline, so diapers were on the grocery list this week - at least I got a great deal on them!  I am pleased with what I was able to purchase for my money this week, even if it is more than I like to spend.  I am also very grateful for all the previous months when we were under budget for groceries, since that is providing us with the cushion we will need to stay within our budget for June.  Below are the deals I scored this week...
  • Sunday's CVS Trip: $14.07 oop, Earned $25 ECB's ($10 diapers, $5 lotion, $2 drinks, and $3 Ziploc), and $3 Checkout51 Rebate (Pamper's Cruisers)
  • Sunday's ALDI Trip: $32.12 oop (included, but not pictured in 4 gallons of H2O, and 1 package of organic chicken breasts which were already in the crock-pot)
  • Sunday's Giant Trip: $34.74 oop, Earned $1.50 Checkout51 Rebate ($0.50 Luna Bar x 3), $0.10 Mobisave Rebate (frozen pizza), and $1 Saving Star Rebate (Mama Celeste Pizza)
Total OOP: $80.91
Total Earned: $30.60
Total Remaining for June: $112.64

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Menu Plan Monday - 06/27/2016


We should be able to move back into the apartment this week!!!!  I love staying in the camper, but I'm ready for a very long, very hot, 'real' shower.  Tomorrow is the final inspection of the renovations, and if everything goes as planned, I should be able to clean tomorrow night and get us moved back in on Wednesday!  I'm just a little excited in case you couldn't tell.  I'm still keeping things super simple this week menu-wise - I am so looking forward to having a full kitchen again - RV cooking, while good, is getting a little redundant for me.  Here's what's on the menu this week...
  • Breakfasts: Fruit, and PB Toast for Me; Pop-Tarts for Joe; Turkey Sausage Links, Mini Muffins, Fruit, Fruit and Grain Bars, and/or Peanut Butter Fiber Bars for Howard
  • Lunches: Leftovers, Canned Soup, Salad, Misc. Frozen TV Meals, and/or PB and J Waffle Sandwiches
  •  Dinners:
    • Sunday - French Bread Pizza
    • Monday - Burgers
    • Tuesday - Subs (from the Amish Market we are going to that day - yummy!)
    • Wednesday - Take-out
    • Thursday - Crock-pot Pork Chops and Mushroom Gravy, Jasmine Rice, Steamed Broccoli
 
    • Friday - Crock-pot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, Baked French Fries
    • Saturday - Crock-pot Pasta and Meatballs, Foccacia Bread, Green Beans

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Frugal Finds: June 2016 Edition

This month, along with some yard sales, we got to stop into the thrift store - twice!  I didn't find a whole lot, but I was able to pick up quite a few clothing items and a couple of books for Howard, as well as a few pieces of clothing for me.  We also found him a Dino train set, which he LOVES to play with in the trailer.  Howard hasn't quite figured the track part of the train yet, but he lines the cars up like a pro. 
Here's some of the AWESOME deals we found while thrifting....
Trip #1:
 1 Dino Train Set in the bag for Howard (this is basically a complete set!) $4.99
1 pair 3T Gray Sweatpants for Howard $1.99 - 50% off Sale = $0.99
1 pair 4T Jeans for Howard $2.99 - 50% off Sale = $1.49
1 pair 4T Blue Pants for Howard $2.99 - 50% off Sale = $1.49
1 4T TMNT Short Sleeve Tee for Howard $1.99 - 50% off Sale = $0.99
1 3T Green Short Sleeve Tee with a Pocket for Howard $2.99 - 50% off Sale = $1.49
1 5T Red and Gray Striped Short Sleeve Tee for Howard $1.99 - 50% off Sale = $0.99
 1 3T Orange and Blue Short Sleeve Tee with a Pocket for Howard $1.99 - 50% off Sale = $0.99
1 Blue-Gray Ruffled Sweater for  Me $4.99
1 4T TMNT Long Sleeve Tee for Howard $2.99 - 50% off Sale = $1.49
1 4T Blue Race Car Long Sleeve Tee for Howard $1.99 - 50% off Sale = $0.99
+ $0.30 Tax (for train set)
Total OOP: $21.19
(Saved $11 or 34%)

Trip #2:
1 Short Sleeved Purple T-shirt for Me $2.99 - 50% off Sale = $1.49
 1 Denim Skirt for Me (NEW with Tags!) $5.99
1 pair 3T Olive Shorts for Howard $1.99 - 50% off Sale = $0.99
1 pair 3T Fleece PJ's for Howard $3.99 - 50% off Sale = $1.99
1 4T Long-Sleeve Gray and White Thermal Shirt for Howard $2.99 - 50% off Sale = $1.49
1 4T Long-Sleeved Gray and Black Thermal Shirt for Howard $2.99 - 50% off Sale = $1.49
2 books for Howard $0.99 each = $1.98
1 package of Sun Shades for the Car Windows $1.99
+$0.24 Tax
Total OOP: $17.66
(Saved $7.50 or 30%) 

Summer Decor Peek

 This year I kept my Summer decor super simple - with a rambunctious, two-year-old, little boy running around I figured it was a smart move on my part.  I love decorating, but little touches here and there to freshen things up is rapidly becoming my new style.  Above is my china cabinet; all I did was add some greenery sprigs, and a flag star, but those little touches really make a difference in how 'fresh' things look.  Below are a few more spaces in our home that I 'freshened' up for Summer.  I hope you enjoy these peeks into our decor and can glean some inspiration from them...
Also in the kitchen, I switched the flowers in my little rooster pitcher.
Right outside the kitchen in the hall, I changed my shelf decor a little.  I switched the porcelain flower arrangement that was my grandmother's for a cute little wooden patriotic house.  Oh, and that shelf, handmade by me circa 1997.
Howard's room got a little sign my mom painted added to the shelf above his crib (which, by the way, I have had SO much fun decorating these past two years).  
Lastly, by the front door we have an antique wardrobe that we keep our coats in.  On top, Joe displays some of his lanterns, and I add a little bit of seasonal decor in front of them.  The two Heinz tins were my mom's.  I especially love the one with the condiments on it - cracks me up every time I put it out for some reason.  

Have you put out any Summer decor yet?
What have you done recently to 'freshen' up your decor? 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: 06/20/2016

We are still trailer-bound this week due to renovations in our apartment - whomp, whomp.  But we are making the best of the situation, and Howard is LOVING all of the outside playtime he's getting.  I am trying not to 'cook' too much because it heats the trailer up so bad, so I tried putting the crock-pot outside and it works wonderfully, plus the trailer stays cool.  Full-time RV living has quite the learning curve.  We are use to vacationing in the trailer for about 10 days, where we mostly eat out or have easy things like sandwiches, bagels, and grilled food, so RV meals that require actual cooking but are easy and require few ingredients are a bit foreign to me.  I'm starting to get the knack of things, but if you have any advice or recipes to share, please leave them in the comments below, because I need all the help I can get.  Below is the menu for this week, I kept things simple again, cause that's how I roll...
  • Breakfasts: Fruit, and PB Toast for Me; Pop-Tarts for Joe; Turkey Sausage Links, Mini Muffins, Fruit, Fruit and Grain Bars, and/or Peanut Butter Fiber Bars for Howard
  • Lunches: Leftovers, Canned Soup, Salad, Misc. Frozen TV Meals, PB and J Waffle Sandwiches, and/or Ham or Roast Beef and Cheese Sandwiches
  • Dinners:
    • Monday - Chicken Fajita Dip (made from leftovers), Fresh Tortilla Chips
    • Tuesday - Leftovers -- clean out the fridge!
    • Wednesday - Take-out
    • Thursday - Crock-pot Pork Chops and Mushroom Gravy, Jasmine Rice, Steamed Green Beans
    • Friday - Leftovers
    • Saturday - Pizza Night!
 
 
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Weekly Spending Report: 06/12-18/2016


We had to quickly move into our trailer this week because of some renovations that are being done in our apartment, so my pictures are missing quite a few items because they were already unloaded into the trailer.  I am hoping to be more thorough next week.  There weren't a whole lot of deals this week, but I needed produce, as well as easy lunch (sandwich fixings), and breakfast (muffins, bars, fruit) foods for eating in the trailer.  I was surprised by how much I spent this week, but that is the cost of convenience sometimes.  Now that we know the duration of our 'vacation,' shopping should be a little easier and cheaper next week.  Below you can see all the great deals I did snag this week, including money-maker Dove dry shampoo, grapes that were only $0.89 a pound, and many other items...
  • Sunday's CVS Trip: $9.50 oop, Earned $5 ECB's (Dove)
  • Sunday's ALDI Trip: $44.31 oop (Included, but not pictured are 8 gallons of H2O, 1 jar salsa and queso, 3 boxes of PB Bars, 1 box Pop-Tarts, 1 block colby jack cheese, 1 box mini muffins, 2 packages of sandwich flats, 1 bag chocolate covered pretzels, 2 packages of sliced cheese, 1 box of deli ham, and 1 box of popcorn)
  • Sunday's Giant Trip: $30.12 oop, Earned $0.20 Mobisave Rebate ($0.10 each for Apples and Bananas), and $1.50 Checkout51 Rebate ($0.50 each x 3 Luna Bars) (Included, but not pictured are 1 package of 'day old' cookies, 2 bags chips, 1 bag of goldfish, 4-12 packs of soda, 2 packages of marked-down italian sausages, 2 apples, and a bunch of bananas)

Total OOP: $83.93
Total Earned: $6.70
Total Remaining: $193.55

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: 06/13/2016


This week we are hanging out in the RV while some renovations are going on in our apartment, so my meal plan is a little loose to say the least.  This is a new to us trailer, and it's the first time we've stayed in it, so I will be spending most of the week getting things organized and set up for the long-haul.  Because of this I kept the menu super simple and added in more take-out than usual -- but sometimes you just have to be real with yourself, and not over-reach on your expectations.  We also won't find out the duration of these renovations until tomorrow, so I'm not really sure how much I need to bring with us -- I'm certainly not going to bring out extra appliances and clothes if it's only going to be a week or two.  We'll have to wait and see.  So, below is my loosey-goosey-tentative menu plan for this week...
  • Breakfasts: Fruit, and PB Toast for Me; Pop-Tarts for Joe; Turkey Sausage Links, Mini Muffins, Fruit, Fruit and Grain Bars, and/or Peanut Butter Fiber Bars for Howard
  • Lunches: Leftovers, Canned Soup, Salad, Misc. Frozen TV Meals, PB and J Waffle Sandwiches, and/or Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
  • Dinners:
    • Sunday - Leftovers - clean out the fridge
    • Monday - Chick-fil-a at the Playground!
    • Tuesday - Grilled Hotdogs, Pasta Salad, Veggies and Dip
    • Wednesday - Take-out
    • Thursday - Leftovers
    • Friday - Pizza night!
    • Saturday - Crock-pot Fajitas, Mexican Rice, Salad
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Weekly Spending Report: 06/05-11/2016


The cupboards were looking a little bare this week - we needed food for snacks, breakfasts, and lunches, as well as fresh produce.  I also decided to cash in on quite a few mobile-app-rebates.  I think I am finally getting the hang of how to use these new app rebate programs to my advantage by pairing them with sales and coupons.  They are also nice because they offer rebates on milk, bread, and produce - things we never really get coupons for.  I just wish that Ibotta would work with ALDI since we get most of our produce and dairy there, but you win some and you lose some.  I also cashed in a giant coupon for FREE iced coffee - yum-o!  Below you can see how my shopping went this week.  I spent more than I would have liked, but I am pleased with the amount I was able to purchase.
Did you get any great deals this week?
  • Sunday's CVS Trip: $10.10 oop, Earned $11 ECB's ($5 Pharmacy Rewards, $3 Ziploc, $2 Powerade, and $1 Hershey's)
  • Sunday's ALDI Trip: $54.74 oop (included but not pictured are 8 gallons of H2O), Earned $0.10 Mobisave Rebate (Sandwich Flats)
  • Sunday's Giant Trip: $25.88 oop, Earned $10 Saving Star Rebate (Smart Ones), $1 Ibotta Rebate* (Power Bars), $2 Mobisave Rebate (Power Bars), $0.50 Checkout51 Rebate (Luna Bar)

Total OOP: $90.72
Total Earned: $24.60
Total Remaining for June: $277.48
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: 06/06/2016


I have a full work schedule this week, we have a work meeting to attend, Joe has a dentist appointment, and I am trying really hard to get some household projects knocked off my list.  Our week isn't as crazy as some we have around here, but it is still plenty full.  I planned out meals using mostly what I had on hand, and I even worked in a summertime favorite (chicken salad) since the weather has warmed up and seems to be behaving.  We also tried something new last night - pasta in the crock-pot - which worked fairly well, but needs some tweaking.  I am hoping to share that recipe with you all the next time I make it, barring it turns out like I want it to.  Anyway, below is my menu plan for this week; I hope you can draw some inspiration from it!
  • Breakfasts: Fruit, Eggs, and/or PB Toast for Me; Pop-Tarts for Joe; Turkey Sausage Links, Fruit, Fruit and Grain Bars, and/or Peanut Butter Fiber Bars for Howard
  • Lunches: Leftovers, Canned Soup, Salad, Misc. Frozen TV Meals, PB and J Waffle Sandwiches, and/or Tuna/Chicken Salad Sandwiches
  • Dinners:
    • Sunday - Pasta, Marinara Sauce, and Meatballs in the Crock-pot, Garlic Bread, Salad
    • Tuesday - Fruited Chicken Salad, Chips, Salad
    • Wednesday - Crock-pot Pork and Sauerkraut, Crock-pot Mashed Potatoes
    • Thursday - Day working at Pap's --> Out :-)
    • Friday - Pizza, Veggie Dippers
    • Saturday - Crock-pot Meatloaf, Salad, Baked French Fries
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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Weekly Spending Report: 05/29-06/04/2016


This week began our June grocery budget, with a bonus $123 leftover from May!  Having the leftover is especially helpful for June since there are 5 weeks - the extra basically covers the fifth week, so that worked out pretty well.  I didn't really need a whole lot this week other than some produce, and chips for our taco salads, so I decided to stock up on some awesome coupon and sale deals, like grass-fed beef, organic chicken breasts, Benefiber, and Joe's espresso coffee.  I spent more than in the past few weeks, but it all balances out over the course of the year.  Below you can see how my spending broke down this week...
  • Sunday's CVS Trip: $7.23 oop, Earned $8.75 ECB's ($4 x 2 Benefiber rain check, and $0.75 Snickers)
  • Sunday's ALDI Trip: $40.94 oop (included, but not pictured are 8 gallons of H2O)
  • Sunday's Giant Trip: $46.10 oop, Earned $0.25 Mobisave Rebate (apples), $0.25 Ibotta* Rebate (apples), and $0.50 Checkout51 Rebate (Luna bar)
  • Tuesday's Dollar Tree Trip: $11.42 oop (included, but not pictured is a 4th bottle of powder)

Total OOP: $105.69
Total Earned: $9.75
Total Remaining for June: $368.20
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