Monthly Archives: February 2009

Green Bay Savers

My friend Shelly from GBAMOM (one of the ladies that got me started on this whole money saving endeavor) recently invited me to contribute to a blog she started called Green Bay Savers.  It’s where she and a couple other ladies from GBAMOM share the great deals they find and share advice on saving money.  Check it out for Shelly’s notes on how to use coupons, save money on groceries, and get started at CVS.  She also has links to several online coupon sites if you’d like to find more coupons to print at home.  It’s been a nice resource for me and now I get to share my experience as well!

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Good deals at Copp’s this week

I stopped into Copp’s this morning to pick up a few things.  They had a lot of good items in their 10 for $10 sale, so I got quite a few of those.  Stocked up some produce, bread, and cheese that was $0.99 on sale as well.  The only coupon match-up I had for the dollar deals was the Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers.  I love these.  If you have the coupons, you can get them for $0.50 this week.  I spent about $20 and saved almost the exact same amount, so I basically got everything half off.

Didn’t do as well at Festival, but that was because I bought a few things that weren’t on my list (store sale items) and I really didn’t have many coupons to match up with sale prices.  I also did the chuck roast deal, which cost almost $13, but got me free onions, potatoes and carrots.  I spent $60 at Festival, so my total shopping for this week was $80 again.  I’m really well stocked up, so I’m going to try very hard to buy the bare minimum the next few weeks and really focus on getting only the best deals.  I hope there are more sale/coupon match ups coming soon.  I really didn’t find much the last two weeks.  Crossing fingers for super deals!!

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Baking on hold?

I’ve just been handed a big project for my at-home job, so my baking time just became quite limited.  I’ve enjoyed about 2 months w/o any work in the afternoons, so I could do things like bake and blog, but the break is over for a bit.  If I do any baking during this time, I’ll have to keep it short and sweet!  My hubby’s been asking me to attempt eclairs… maybe on a weekend!  It will be nice to make a little money again though, so I won’t complain about that.  I was planning out some recipes for tomorrow, but I might have to skip it.  Maybe I could just make one thing… some more of those banana muffins would be nice for breakfast this weekend!

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Still saving…

Things have been a bit busy lately but just wanted to make note that I’m still doing pretty well on the money saving front.  I got some great deals at CVS the last couple weeks, although I did spend some money there since it wasn’t all ECB deals.  I’ve been stocking up on Pull-Ups since they had some good sale prices and the boys are starting to potty train.  So, even though I haven’t been walking out of there only spending $2 for 3 bags of stuff, I’ve still been getting more for my money than if I’d shopped elsewhere.  On the grocery front, I spent about $80 last week.  A bit more than I expected, but I restocked some items we’d run out of and bought a few extras for the freezer.  That’s still a good $30-40 less than I normally spend, so that was fine with me!  I’m planning to do my grocery shopping tomorrow, but still have to make a list and figure out some meals using what I already have on hand.  That will keep my busy later tonight!  I’m not expecting any huge bargains this week, but I think my grocery list is going to be pretty short, which is always good!

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Playgroup

A friend of mine from the Y recently invited me to join her playgroup.  I’m so glad I did.  Being a new girl in town, it’s a nice way to meet people, and just get out of the house with the kids once in a while.  I hate to admit this, but I never think to just take the kids out somewhere, just for fun.  In the summer, there are days that we’d go to a park, or just take some time to enjoy the yard, but I’ve never been one of those moms who just schedules time to go out with the kids, especially in winter.  The to-do list is always so long that I never think to take time out from the usual routine.  Being in a playgroup is changing that.  Now that I have invitations to do these things, I make the effort to fit them into our weekly schedule.  The kids are loving it and I’m enjoying spending time with other moms as well.  Here’s what we’ve done so far…

  • Today we visited the Neville Public Museum and let the kids enjoy the Discovery Room for a while, and quickly strolled through the exhibits.  The kids run through the exhibit area, so there’s really no time to stop and look at anything, but they like it anyway!  The Discovery Room is great though.  There are lots of fun learning toys and the kids pretty well occupied themselves so the moms could chat (definitely a plus!).  My three had a great time and are already asking when we’ll go back.
  • Last week we went to Chuck E. Cheese’s.  This was the FIRST time I’ve taken the kids there, with the exception of Emily going when she was about 1 yr. old.  It was a challenge keeping tabs on my kids in there and it was for the other moms as well (thank goodness for the kid check system!).  Luckily my kids all sat and ate nice at the table.  When it was time to play though, Josh would take off running and it was easy to lose him among all the games and rides.  Sam was a bit overwhelmed by everything so he stuck close to me and asked to be held a lot.  Emily really liked it until she went up into the tunnel system mounted on the ceiling.  She was too afraid to come down the slide and didn’t see me standing 10ft. away when she climbed back down the entrance.  She got scared and asked someone for help.  Suddenly I was being paged to the salad bar to collect my daughter.  She was pretty upset after that so we didn’t stay much longer.  I’m very glad that she knew what to do when she got “lost” though!  I think we’ll have to visit CEC’s again, but with Dad along next time to help keep tabs on everyone!
  • We also visited our local library for the FIRST time with our playgroup.  Sad, but true, I know.  They occasionally have a preschool story time with activities, so the kids really enjoyed that, and then we checked out our first set of books.  The boys are constantly asking to go to the library now.  My kids love books, and they also like the little playroom in the children’s section.
  • Our local mall has a little play area, that we’ve never taken advantage of.  I never thought it would be such a big treat to let the boys run around in there, but it sure was!  It’s a nice enclosed area with lots of seating for the parents to sit and chat and watch the kids climb around on giant foam shapes.

Overall, being in the playgroup has been great.  We’re getting out, exploring our city and all it has to offer.  We’re meeting new people, making new friends, and just having a great time.  A very big thank you to Carol for inviting me.  I really appreciate it!!!

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Baking days 2/5-2/7

This was a big week for baking.  Thursday I made strawberry bread using the strawberries I got on sale that week and banana muffins with some bananas I’d previously mashed and frozen.  I also made some turkey noodle soup w/ some leftover turkey and veggies I had on hand.  I totally winged it and it turned out great!  Friday was my hubby’s birthday, so I baked a chocolate cherry cake using a recipe I got from my friend Carol.  Saturday I also made a chocolate chip cheesecake to take over to my in-laws’ on Sunday.  After baking all my yummy treats I took pictures as usual, but I realized these pics are kind of boring.  So, I decided to start trying to make them a bit more appealing.  Let me know what you think…

Boring pictures of strawberry loaves and muffins…

Strawberry bread

Strawberry bread

Banana muffins

Banana muffins

Delicious looking breakfast!

Banana muffin and strawberry bread

Banana muffin and strawberry bread

Boring cake in a pan…

Chocolate cherry cake, fresh from the oven

Chocolate cherry cake, fresh from the oven

Tempting dessert!

Chocolate cherry cake a la mode

Chocolate cherry cake a la mode

So, which pictures do you like better?  I definitely think the serving pics are much more appealing.  Who knows, maybe it will lead to a new career as a food stylist!  Ha!  😉  I’m pretty baked out from last week and I also have a bad cold, so I think I’m going to take a baking break this week.  Might have to make a yummy Valentine’s treat over the weekend though.  We’ll see…

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Quick grocery stop

Okay, so I had to stop and get a couple things at the store, but I ended up saving big time on milk.  I needed a few ingredients to make a cheesecake for my hubby’s birthday this weekend, the kids were begging for Triscuits (idk, they’re weird), and we needed milk.  I went to Copps since I had that coupon for a free gallon of milk (up to $3.75).  I completely forgot milk was on sale for $1.68 this week (limit 2), so when I saw that I got three gallons.  When I turned in my milk coupon, I expected to get one gallon free, but it actually took $3.75 off my total.  Awesome!  So, I only spent $11 total for the milk and the few extra things I needed.  Pretty good since the milk alone would normally have cost almost $9!

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