Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In Which I continue to hemorrhage the moolah...

Another $7.05 out the door. It bought me:

  1. 1 8 pk of girls nail polish kit
  2. 1 baby toy
  3. Rummikub (used, but all the pieces are there)
  4. 2 books (used. Gotta love Love, Inc.)
  5. 6 pks of Zany bands
  6. 2 dish towels
  7. 4 Andes mints (not pictured...the kids already scarfed those down)

So that makes my total for this week so far $84.14. Yowza! Total for the month is $267.78. That means if I stick to my $300.00 for the month, I only have $42.22 left...if my math is correct, anyway. :)

I think I am going to totally blow that $42.22 though since I totally forgot about Black Friday in there and there are some great deals at CVS and Wags. And you know I can't stay away from the deals!

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The day I blew my budget...big surprise, right?
Here is the pic of what I got.

And here is the list of what I got:

  1. 12 packs of Huggies diapers
  2. 10 Right Guard deoderants
  3. 1 caramel candy (filler)
  4. 6 cans of MSG (just kidding)
  5. 2 packs of batteries
  6. 1 rotisserie chicken
  7. 1 package of celery
  8. 1 20# bag of potatoes
  9. 1 bag of potato chips
  10. Hummus (not pictured because I broke the container on my way to take the picture...grrr)
  11. Pickles (not pictured because I didn't want to break this too)
  12. Potstickers (not pictured....because I was too lazy to get it out of the freezer)
  13. 2 Hellman's mayo
  14. 2 Kid-Eeze medicine
  15. 4 Vick's Synex
  16. 2 Zantac (I sell this to my neighbor for $3.50 a piece)
  17. 4 Ecotrin
  18. 3 Gain dish detergent

Between Costco, Meijer, Walgreens, and Rite Aid, I spent a grand total of $77.09. Huge ouch! But my total savings was $204.59...at least according to all the reciepts. You could also look at it as I bought 12 packs of diapers at $8.99 which would have been $107.88 without coupons. So maybe not too terribly bad? Hopefully? Maybe if I keep looking at the savings the actual cash out of pocket won't be so terrible.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

My new toy!!!
Yeah! It finally came in the mail today. You can subtract another $56.00 from the budget. But so far, I am considering it money well spent.
video

I am working on figuring out how to upload to You Tube. So much fun! :)

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Budget Update

How much do I stink at taking pics of everything I buy?!? Good grief! As the second week of the budget is done, I thought I would update you on my spending. Not to mention, updating helps keep me aware of just how much I have spent.
Week 1 totals were: $39.07! Yeah! $10.93 under budget.
Week 2 totals were: $88.57! Ouch! But, I got a TON of stuff!

What I bought in week 1(sorry for the very, VERY long list):
  1. 2 Play-doh toys $.06

  2. 1 Leap Frog game $.63

  3. Matchbox cars $1.00

  4. Necklace chew toy $.47

  5. 2 ceramic snowmen dishes $.90

  6. 2 ceramic santa dishes $.90

  7. 4 Andes mints--free

  8. 1 pair of earrings $.30

  9. 12 pkgs. of tissue paper $3.74

  10. 1 bell--free

  11. 2 pkgs. Zany bands $1.84

  12. 1 Melissa & Doug train paint set $.51

  13. 1 Melissa & Doug car paint set $.51

  14. 2 caramel candies--free

  15. 2 pkgs. cards-5 in each pkg.-$.60

  16. 4 wrapping papers $2.63

  17. 1 pkg bows $.34

  18. 1 pkg. of ribbon $1.00

  19. 1 Fructis conditioner

  20. 2 Fructis shampoos

  21. 1 Nivea body wash

  22. 1 pkg. gum

  23. 1 pkg. candy sticks

  24. 1 Garnier hair color

  25. 1 Crest toothpaste (#'s 19-25 were nothing out of pocket, used $3.46 on gift card, $3.00 wellness cpn, and got back $8.50 in wellness cpns.)

All of those purchases were from Kohl's, Rite Aid, and Hallmark for a total of $15.43.




Whew! Break for pics, and here is rest of list:
  1. 7 Neuragen--$20.00 moneymaker...each!!!!!

  2. 4 caramel candies (fillers)

  3. 4 cases of pop

  4. 7 floss

  5. 2 Revitalize contact solution

  6. 5 pkgs of M&M's (fillers)

  7. 1 Simply Orange juice

  8. 4 pkgs. Jell-O

  9. 2 Degree deoderant (Walgreens total was $18.78)

  10. 1 turkey breast--Costco $12.42! Ouch!

  11. 1 case of beer

  12. 1 pkg. romaine lettuce

  13. 1 pkg. organic tortilla chips (Costco total $33.85)

  14. 6 pkgs oat wafers $3.00

  15. 1 HUGE bag of salt water taffy $5.00

  16. 2 boxes of butter cookies $1.00

  17. 2 tins of honey candy $1.00

  18. 30 jars of Smuckers jam/jelly $3.50!!!

  19. bananas

  20. oranges

  21. bagels ($7.01 total from Meijer)

Total for Meijer, Walgreens, and Costco were 73.14! If I calculate in the money maker from the Neutragen though, that is a $140.00 money maker total! Woot! So if all of those work out properly, then I will come out more than ahead. I am coming to realize just how much I spend on deals though. I might have to look at really trying to budget seperately for that.


P.S. In the pic with the wallpaper, there are our 2 flooring choices. Both are real wood (hickory). I am having a hard time deciding between which one to go with. I am starting to lean towards the dark though.


Here is a link with our 2 choices next to each other. The dark hickory pictured is fairly close to the stain of the one we might choose.

So, take a peek and let me know what you think! I have until tomorrow--Monday to choose!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Little Helper



Ambry is the biggest help ever. She took it upon herself to read books to Kobe so I could get lunchy ready for everyone. She kept him happy and entertained. I am so thankful to have such a good helper like her! Upside to her reading out loud to him, is she is getting school done too. :)

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Monday, November 08, 2010

Random pics of Piper

This little stinker used to be such a sweetheart to take pictures of. Not so much anymore. She is far too active and a little goofball for me to get pictures of. I'm hoping this stage won't last for long. :)

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Ambry turns 7!!!

Where does the time go?!? I still can not believe that I have a 7 year old. No picture with a cake this year for Ambry. We baked a bunch of muffins and off she went to school for the day. I don't think she could have had a happier day. Just for fun, here are 7 little tidbits about Ambry:

  1. She is a little mother...she is more than willing to try to change a diaper or wipe her sister's buns. :)
  2. She is as sweet as they come. She LOVES her hugs--giving or receiving them!
  3. She is a reader.
  4. She likes to stay up late with her mom.
  5. Her idea of a good time is playing games with the whole family.
  6. Her favorite color is blue.
  7. Her favorite food is sloppy joes.

I love you Bry! Hopefully we will be blessed with many birthdays yet to come!

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

A couple more pics from Art Prize 2010
I thought these wire pigs were hillarious! They were in front of the library and the girls really wanted their picture taken with them. I think the piece was called "If pigs could fly" but I'm not sure. Also, love the girls posing!

And here they are...happier than bugs in a rug. They picked out a pile of books and could have probably sat there for an hour or more and read.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Some pics from Art Prize 2010


This was one of the girls and my favorite pieces. There were tons of canning jars filled with odd little items. I wish I would have taken a close up pic of some of them. We had so much fun looking at all the items in the jars!

Ambry and her funny face by the mermaid made of toothpicks.
Piper trying to reach the opening to the horn in order to yell into it.
There were some painted pianos all over downtown that said "Play Me" on them...or something to that effect. The girls thought these were so much fun!
This was one of my favorite pieces--a coffin made out of cigarettes.
The girls liked this bong thingy. I don't know what it was called but it sure was loud.







I am now regretting not taking the girls last year to Art Prize. But I do know that I will try to take them to it next year if we can. It was so cool checking out all the different exhibits.

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