Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly goal follow up, baking day and some news!

So how did I do with my weekly goals? Not so great!! 
I only got a few things done! I did do the laundry twice! (with a little help from my husband! ) I did do a baking day! But those were the only two goals I actually made it through this week :( 
Here is my goals for this week:
1. Read at least 2 books to Jane twice a day 
2. Start 13 week couch to 10k running program! 
3. Make French Bread. 
4. Continue doing laundry on a regular basis and making bed every day. 
5. Keep coupons organized! 
My baking day was great! I tried out a recipe for making home made lattes, and pulled out my old recipe for french bread! Both of these are great ways I use to save us a little french bread recipe makes 2 loafs and is easily doubled (Although it is quite time consuming...) I slice it up and throw it in a large plastic bag in the fridge and we have our bread for the week! It's cheap to make as long as you have yeast and flour! The latte turned out great! The coffee syrup and Caramel melt was a little expensive but I've made 3 more lattes and they've already paid for it's self :) Now I can get a latte for cheap instead of spending $3 plus every day! 
Now for that news! ;) 
I got a seasonal job at Target today!!! I'll start some time in the next 2 weeks! I love being a Stay at home mom but we're needing a little more money these days, especially with Christmas coming up so it's a great opportunity for me to make us a little extra money! I'm looking forward to getting out of the house a little bit but I'm really going to miss spending all day with my baby girl! 

Friday, October 7, 2011

My first coupon post!

I thought I'd share a little bit about a great way I use to save money! Coupons! Here is a picture of this weeks weekly CVS shopping trip:
I paid $24.77 for 2 packages of Huggies, Febreze fabric refresher, Febreze air refresher, 3 Febreze Set and Refresh and 1 package of razors.
Normally every week I give myself a $15 spending limit and only allow myself to go over when it's time to buy diapers or formula.
Here's how I did it!  The diapers were on sale for 7.99 each and I used (1) $1.50 off coupon, CVS had a deal if you bought $15 worth of select house hold items you get $5 in ECB which can be used on your next purchase like cash.  So I used $1 off coupon on the febreze fabric refresher, a $2 off 2 coupon for the febreze Set and Refresh (they were on sale for 2.99 so I paid full price for one) The razors were  orginally $8.28 but I had a coupon for free razors! I had $5.79 worth of ECB from last weeks shopping trip. With out coupons I would have paid $41.30! I received the $5 ECB from the febreze and $3 for the razors which I used to get some candy and wipes for $0.42 later this week!
Almost all of these coupons I found in the Sunday paper. The free razor coupon I received for letting the Schick company know that my razors were falling apart.
Letting companies know how you feel about their products is a great way to get coupons, in my expreince most companies will send you a coupon or two for giving them your opinion (good *and* bad!).
Normally Sunday morning I plan out my coupon trips by finding sample shopping trips on a couple blogs. This week I was not as great as planning out my trip. I had several plans in mind which ended up not working out...I actually forgot a couple coupons I had and was not able to get a few things we needed because of that!  I spent a good hour or so today cutting out coupons from last weeks paper, arranging my coupon binder, and throwing out a lot of expired coupons. Couponing is so much easier when I'm organized!!
Also just a little note this month P&G is donating 2 cents to The National Breast Cancer Foundation for every coupon you use!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekly Goals

The author of my favorite blog Money Saving Mom always posts a weekly goal list of hers and goes over last weeks goals, I've been doing this on mine own since I started reading her blog, but today I was going through the comments on her post and noticed others saying they kept track of their goals on their blogs! So I decided to give it a try!
Here are my goals for this week:
1.Read at least 2 books twice a day with Jane
2. Do Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred at least twice this week, and walk 30 minutes every day.
3. Finish reading Twisted by Andrea Kane
4. Try one new recipe! (I'm thinking cookies!) Also I hope to try and fit in making French bread but it's  a whole day process so I don't know if it will happen!
5. Do the laundry twice! I've been doing laundry once a week, but that is just NOT working out for us! by the end of the week there is dirty laundry every where and a little takes me all day to do one load I forget about the laundry and only remember to switch things around every couple hours, and once it's out I usually don't fold it till the next day so adding onto this goal would be to actually finish it when I start!
6. Make bed every day. Things just look nicer this way!
7. Write a blog post about my CVS trip
8. Finish organizing my coupons that are all over the place!
9. Be more encouraging to my husband! I've been noticing lately I'm not very encouraging. I point out his flaws too much and ignore the fact that he's so great....most of the time ;)
For those of you reading this I challenge you to make a list of goals this week, the list can have 1 goal on it if you wish (that's how I started mine out!) or 20! It really does help!