Thursday, February 24, 2011

Birthday and Basketball

Jackson on the left, #40

Jackson's been playing basketball this winter with other 4th-6th graders from his school. He was excited that he scored 4 points in his first game, and although he didn't score in the second game, he did play well defensively and had several rebounds. The kids and I watched his game in Two Harbors. I think Ollie wanted to take a nap instead.

Remy turned 4 on February 16. He picked chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. He was thrilled to get some new Super Hero toys (and shirt from Grandma).

The temperature soared to 55 degrees on his birthday, so we took a walk around the block after lunch. It was a much needed respite in the middle of a long winter!

Recent Shopping

Super One recently had a General Mills deal to buy 10 products, save $5.00.
I bought two Pillsbury crescent rolls: $1.69-$1/2 coupon-$0.50 promotion=$0.69 each
Two Pillsbury Sweet Moments brownie bites: $2.49-$1.00 coupons-$0.50 promotion=$0.99 each. I've been wanting to try these, but not at the regular price of over $3.00. They were sooooo good that I can not buy them on a regular basis--too much temptation!
and six Green Giant Steamers: $0.99-$0.50/2 coupons-$0.50 promotion=$0.24 each.

I also bought Snack Pack pudding on sale for $0.99-$0.60/3 coupon=$0.79 each

Ragu on sale for $0.88-$1/2 coupon=$0.38 each

Hunt's tomatoes on sale for $1 each-$0.45/3 coupon=$0.89 each, plus got free chili seasoning

Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix was FREE for buying two Reddi Wips.

The next week Super one had a few $0.25 deals:

Betty Crocker pizza crust
Hunt's tomato sauce
Land O'Lakes yogurt

And at Pamida I found winter coats on clearance. I bought a size ahead for Raina ($10), Remy ($10) and Ollie ($6, plus $3 for pajamas).

Saturday, February 5, 2011

2011 Goals, February Update

I set my 2011 goals a month ago. I've found some goals easier to attain than others.

Spiritual Goals:
I started reading Proverbs. I only got through chapter 4 in January. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs, so I hope to get to the end by the end of February.
I haven't done anything specific with the kids. I guess I'm overthinking, wanting to pick the right devotion book or readings, but I just need to pick something.

It's Barry's busy time of year for work, so I don't see a weekend getaway in the near future. Probably in the summer, when I can send the kids to grandma's for a night or two!

We haven't had a family game night since I posted my goals. I guess tonight's the night!

Still working on my 40 by 40 list. Hopefully more on this soon!

I set aside my coupon savings for January, and have $32.78 as of 1/31.

Health and fitness
I exercised 10 days in January (plus shoveled snow on a couple days), a little short of my goal of a minimum of three times per week. It can be a challenge because while Ollie sometimes likes to "exercise" with me, he also likes to use me as a jungle gym.

I did not lose any weight.
Still working on the sweets.
Have been eating more fresh fruits and veggies.
Losing weight is hard anytime, but it seems especially hard in January, the dead of winter, after the holiday excess.

I followed the JustMommies task calendar and in January I wiped down kitchen chairs, wiped down baseboards in the living room, kitchen and bathroom, cleaned the kitchen sink area, replaced the furnace filter, vacuumed the insides of the couches, cleaned my oven, dusted the light fixtures in the living room, cleaned my refrigerator and microwave and washed out the trash can.

Super Bowl Shopping

Go Packers! Okay, I'm not a big football fan and we're not having a big Super Bowl party or anything, but a lot of the sales at Super One this week were based on food for the big game. I save 39% or $117.84 by shopping the sales and using coupons. Here are the best deals I found:
Lot of snacks,Like crackers--
Triscuits and Wheat Thins, $1.99-$1/2 coupon=$1.49 each
Wheatables, $1.66-$1/2 coupon=$1.16 each
Planters peanuts, $2.50-$1.00 peelie (coupon on product in the store)=$1.50
M & M's, $1.99-$1/2 coupon=$1.49 each
Chex Mix/Bugles, 3 for $5 used $0.50/2 coupon=$1.50 each

Cereal--General Mills cereal, $1.66-$0.75 off Golden Grahams=$0.91, $1.66-$1/2 Cinnamon Toast Crunch=$1.16 each

Ortega products--Taco shells, $1.67-$0.50/2=$1.42
Green chiles and refried beans, $0.99-$0.50/2=$0.74 each
Taco seasoning, $0.75-$0.50/2=$0.50

Dole canned fruit--$0.99-$1/3 coupon=$0.66 each

Printable coupons--Filippo Berio olive oil, $3.99-$1.00=$2.99
Gold'n Plump drumstick, $3.33-$1.00=$2.33

Lipton/Knorr sides-- 10/$10-$0.50/2 coupon=$0.95 each. Raina's class collects food for the local food bank, so some of these will go to school with her.

Freebies--Coke 2 liter, free for buying 3 Chex Mix/Bugles
Gold'n Plump chicken, free for buying 10 Lipton/Knorr sides
Oral B toothbrushes, $0.99-$1 coupons=$0.01 overage (these coupons came from a Proctor and Gamble coupon book I got for sending in receipts totaling $50 in P & G products. I didn't buy anything special to get this, just went through my receipts and found Pampers, Luvs, Dawn dish soap, Pringles, and Tide that added up to $50.)