Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday's Giant Trip

It felt so good to do a little coupon shopping, it feels like it's been forever since I've gone to the grocery store.  Pregnancy sickness, and tiredness is probably to blame for that.  Those symptoms are not completely gone, but I do feel better, and can eat a little more!  Here's the deals I stocked up on...

6 Betty Crocker Cake Mixes $1.79 ea - $0.54 ea Sale - $0.85/2 MC doubled, - $0.75/2 MC doubled x 2 = 6/$2.80 ($0.47 ea!)
1 dozen Large White Giant Eggs $2.49 - FREE wyb 5 Betty Crocker Items store promo = FREE
2 bags Florida Crystals Raw Sugar $2.99 ea - $0.50 ea Sale - $0.55/1 MC doubled x 2 = 2/$2.78
1/2 lb VA Baked Deli Ham $3.43
2 pkgs Simply Mashed Potatoes $3.69 ea - $1.70 ea Sale - $0.75/1 MC doubled x 2 = 2/$0.98
2 pkgs Kraft Fresh Takes $3.19 ea - $0.20 ea Sale - $0.99/1 MC doubled x 2 = 2/$2.02
4 bottles VO5 Shampoo $0.99 ea - $0.10 ea Sale - $1/4 MC = 4/$2.56 ($0.64 ea!)
+ $0.22 Tax
Total OOP: $40.36 - $25.79 Savings/Coupons = $14.79 oop, Savings of 64%!!!!

Christmas Tour - 2013

This year we decided to take the whole Christmas decorating a little easy.  With being well into my second trimester, I felt like decorating a lot, but I wasn't sure how I'd feel tearing everything down come the end of January.  But the house feels Christmasy enough for us, and that's all that matters.
First off is the kitchen, I put my gingerbread garland over the sink...
 Changed the table linens, and candle topper, and added a snowman my mom made to the wall.
 You can't see it very good in the photo, but I added some berry bunches inside the china cupboard, and put my Christmas magnets on the fridge.
 At the museum, every year during the Christmas tours, we have a different theme.  They also have an ornament to go with the theme.  Joe and I have one for each year he's been here as the caretaker.  Right now they are all on this wreath, but I think we are going to have to upgrade before next year; it's pretty full!
 I switch out the 'art' in this frame for every holiday/season to keep things fresh.
 We decided to just do a 3 foot tree this year to keep things simple and easy to put away later.  Since I'm pregnant, we decided to decorate it with our baby ornaments from when we were little.  It turned out adorable!
 Tree shot #2
 Lastly, I added some poinsettias to my old bucket, and put my Christmas hippo out, he is definitely my favorite!
I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season so far, I know we are!  Now, off to bake more cookies!  :)