Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Week 4 --- ($78.48 ... I might still have a drugstore to visit?)

Well, this week wasn't a big stock up week.  Most of the deals out there were pretty generic (other than chocolate chips - best price we will see until the fall!)  We did add to our stock pile this week (always great to add 4 more containers of laundry soap for a good price) and we will be eating steak one night this week (which we haven't had NY steaks in a long time!)

Albertsons

2 - Wisk Laundry Detergent (on sale for 5.99 each)
   - used (2) 2.00 off coupons
   * received (2) 2.00 Catalina's for my next purchase

10 - Propel Zero (on sale for 1.00 each)
     - received 5.00 instant savings for buying 10
     - used (5) 1.00 off 2 coupons

6 - Nestle Morsels (on sale for 2.29 each)
2 - Dole Pineapple (on sale 1.29 each)
2 - Dole Mandarin (on sale 1.29 each)
   - received 5.00 instant savings for buying 10 (mix and match)
   - used (3) 1.00 off 2 Nestle coupons

2 - NY Steaks (on sale for 6.99/lb - 13.70)

Albertsons Total:  $33.08 (estimated savings $44.32 - or 57.3%) and still have (2) 2.00 Catalina's for next week.

Fred Meyer

1 - Franz Bread (on sale for 2.00)

2 - Oreo Cookie Snack Packs (on sale for 1.00 each)

1 - Herbal Essence Shampoo (on sale for 2.69)
1 - Herbal Essence Conditioner (on sale for 2.69)
2 - Herbal Essence Mousse (on sale for 2.69)
   - used 1.00 off 2 Herbal Essence coupon
   - used (2) Buy Herbal Essence Shampoo/Cond Get Styler FREE coupons

2 - Ricola Cough Drops (on sale 1.00 each w/in-ad coupon)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon

1 - Bunch of Bananas (.54/lb - 1.03)

4 - Apples (on sale for .78/lb - 1.59)

1 - Bag of Red Potatoes (2.79)

Fred Meyer Total: $14.79 (estimated savings $8.76 - or 37.2%)


Safeway

4 - Nabisco Wheat Thin Sticks (on sale 1.88)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

2 - All w/Oxy Detergent (on sale 3.49 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.50 off coupons

2 - Digiorno Pizzas (on sale 4.49 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

1 - Loaf of Garlic Bread (1.99)

1 - Crab Rangoons (7.99)

1 - Head of Lettuce (1.18)

1 - 10lb bag Potatoes (2.98)

1 - Salad Kit (on sale for 1.99)

2 - Croutons (on sale for 1.00 each)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon (peelie on bag)

   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Safeway Total:  $30.61 (estimated savings $28.94 - or 48.6%)

Week 4 Total:  $78.48 (estimated savings $82.02 - or 51.1%)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $11.56 (valued at $12.86)
Meat ($15/wk goal): $13.70 spent (valued at $17.62)
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $78.48 (under budget unless I hit a drug store?)
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200):  $391.55
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $50.80
Total Savings (weekly): $82.02
Total Savings (quarter): $568.08
Money added to Walmart Card: $20

Monday, April 25, 2011

Saturday Early Bird Special at Fred Meyers (glad they consider early until 1pm!)

Fred Meyer had a pretty good sale this weekend and I think I picked up quite a bit (at some great discounts).  Here's the deals I got:

Board Games (B2 G1 FREE)
  *PLUS there was an online coupon for 25% off

1 - Candy Land (8.99)
   - used 25% off (saved 2.25)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

1 - Chutes and Ladders (8.99)
   - used 25% off (saved 2.25)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

1 - Go Fish Game (7.99)
   - FREE

So my total for 3 board games was $9.48 (originally $25.97)

V-tech Mobigo

1 - Toy Story 3 game (19.99)
   * on sale for 13.99
   - used additional 10% off (saved 1.40)

Clothes

1 - Dark Brown Men's Carhart Pants (49.99)
   * on sale for 39.99
   - used $10 off $39.99+ Carhart Men's/Woman's Clothes purchase
   - used additional 25% off (saved 10.00)

1 - 3T Carhart Bib Shorts (26.00)
   * on sale for 20.80
   - used additional 25% off (saved 5.20)

1 - 3T Oshkosh Jean Shorts (22.00)
   * on sale for 13.20
    - used additional 25% off (saved 3.30)

2 - 3T Oshkosh Shirts (14.00)
   * on sale for 8.40 each
   - used additional 25% off (saved 2.10 each)

1 - 3T Oshkosh Plaid Shorts (18.00)
   * on sale for 10.80
   - used additional 25% off (saved 2.70)

1 - 3T Toy Story Swim Trunks (16.00)
   * on sale for 9.60
   - used additional 25% off (saved 2.40)

1 - 3T Hibiscus Swim Trunks (16.00)
   * on sale for 7.99
   - used additional 25% off (saved 2.00)

I think overall I got a good start to summer clothes shopping for Easton and its always nice to stick away a GOOD/NEW pair of Carhart pants for the hubby (especially when something comes up and we have to go somewhere that I would prefer him not wear old/burnt up pants).

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Stopped at Walmart yesterday!

So, Easton and I had to run to town yesterday afternoon to pick up my paycheck ... so we decided to stop by Walmart and see what we could pick up.  Here's what we got:

Non-Budget Items:

Classic Wood Hangman Magnetic Game (regularly $10 on clearance for $4 ... will put away for when Easton is older)

Sesame Street Fizzy Tub Colors (.98 - Easton wanted them for his bath)

Budget Items:

5 - Frigo String Cheese, individuals (.33 each)
   - used (5) .50 off coupons

3 - Bic Sensitive Disposable Razor Packs, 12 + 6 bonus (2.57 each)
   - used (3) 2.00 off coupons

1 - Bic Silky Touch Disposable Razor Pack, 10 + 4 bonus (2.94)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

1 - Vaseline Hand Lotion, travel size (1.47)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

Total Spent:  $7.25 (2.27 for budget items) and estimated savings of $17.50 (13.50 for budget items - or 85.6%)

*I did add $20 to a Walmart card for Black Friday shopping also.



***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:
Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $10.15 (valued at $29.02)
Meat ($15/wk goal): $13.81 spent (valued at $21.23)
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $95.99 (finally under budget!)
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200):  $313.07
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $50.80
Total Savings (weekly): $219.22
Total Savings (quarter): $486.06
Money added to Walmart Card: $20

Monday, April 18, 2011

Week 3 --- $93.72 (Finally under budget!)

I think we got some good deals this week.   Here's what we bought:

Rite Aid

4 - Nivea For Men Body Wash (on sale 3.99 each)
   - used (4) 3.00 off coupons
   * received 5+Up for $15+ Nivea Purchase

1 - Sesame Street Toothbrush (3.29) ... all I can say is ouch!  I need to watch for sales and stock up on kiddo toothbrushes.

   - used $3.00 off $15.00 purchase Survey Coupon

Rite Aid Total:  $4.25 (estimated savings $21.00 - or 83.2%) and have $5 +Up for future purchase.

Albertsons

Transaction #1

4 - Captain Crunch Cereals (on sale 2.25)
   - used (4) .50 off coupons
   - received Quaker $3 instant savings for buying 4

2 - Tropicana Orange Juice (on sale 2/5.00)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

   - used (3) Twice the Value Coupons (2.50)
   - used (3) 1.00 Catalina's from last week

Transaction #1 Total:  $1.50 (estimated savings $26.84 - or 94.7%)

Transaction #2

2 - Bisquick (on sale 1.50)
   - used (2) .50 off coupons

4 - Del Monte Green Beans (on sale .50)

4 - Oreo's Fudge Dip Cookies (on sale 2.49)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

10 - Quaker Granola Bars (on sale 1.99)
     - used (3) .75 off 2 coupons
     - received $5.00 instant savings for buying 10

1 - Gallon Whole Milk (3.59)
   - used Free Milk Catalina from 2 weeks ago cereal sale

   - used (3) Twice the Value Coupons (3.00)
   - used 5.00 Catalina from last week
   - used 1.00 Catalina from last week

Transaction #2 Total:  $13.61 (estimated savings $52.78 - or 79.5%)

Albertsons Total:  $15.11 (estimated savings $79.62 - or 84%)

Fred Meyer

3 - 18 pack eggs (on sale 3/$5 w/in-ad coupon)

1 - Bunch of Celery (.78/lb - 1.49)

2 - Cool Whip (.99)

2 - All Detergent (on sale 2/$7 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

4 - Farmland Bacon (on sale 2/$7 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

3 - Wheat Thins (on sale 3/$5 w/in-ad coupon)

   - used .50 e-coupon Super Savings

Fred Meyer Total:  $27.97 (estimated savings $10.78 - or 27.8%)

Walgreen's

Transaction #1

2 - Huggies Pull-ups (on sale 8.99)
   - used (2) 1.50 off coupons
1 - Huggies Wipes (on sale 5.99)
   - used .50 off coupon
   * received 5.00 Register Rewards for purchasing $20+ Huggies products

1 - Russell Stover Candy (on sale .39)
   - used 2.00 off Register Rewards (from 2 weeks ago)

Transaction #1 Total:  $18.86 (estimated savings $10.70 - or 36.2%) and have the $5.00 Register Reward

Transaction #2

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor (on sale 9.99)
   - used 5.00 off coupon
   * received 4.00 Register Rewards

1 - Russell Stover Candy (on sale .39)
   - used 5.00 Register Reward from Transaction #1

Transaction #2 Total:  $.38 (estimated savings $11.20 - or 96.7%) and have the $4.00 Register Reward

Transaction #3

2 - Osteo Bi-Flex (B1G1 Free - 19.99)
   - used (2) 6.00 off coupons

Transaction #3 Total:  $7.99 (estimated savings $31.99 - or 80%)

Walgreen's Total:  $27.23 (estimated savings $53.89 - or 66.4%) and still have the $4.00 Register Rewards for next week.

Safeway

Transaction #1

2 - Reynolds Foil (on sale 2.49 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) .75 off coupons

2 - Fresh Express Salad (on sale 1.00)
   - used (2) .50 off coupons

   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Transaction #1 Total:  $2.48 (estimated savings $11.49 - or 82.2%)

Transaction #2

1 - Milano Cookies (on sale 1.99 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used .50 off coupon

2 - Kens Salad Dressing (B1G1 Free - 3.99)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

1 - McCormick Pure Vanilla (on sale 50% off - 3.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

2 - Lucerne Cream Cheese (on sale 2/3.00)

1 - Hot Dog Buns (1.49)

6 - Buddig Lunch Meat (on sale .50)
   - used .75 off 4 coupon

1 - Whole Chicken (on sale .89/lb - 3.81)

1 - Bunch Red Grapes (on sale .99/lb - 1.66)

1 - 1 lb Baby Carrots (on sale 1.00)

   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)
   - Misc. coupon deducted from total? (1.00)

Transaction #2 Total:  $16.68 (estimated savings $28.94 - or 63.4%)

Safeway Total:  $19.16 (estimated savings $40.43 - or 67.8%)

Week 3 Total:  $93.72 (estimated savings $205.72 - or 68.7%)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $10.15 (valued at $29.02)
Meat ($15/wk goal): $13.81 spent (valued at $21.23)
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $93.72 (finally under budget!)
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200):  $310.80
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $50.80
Total Savings (weekly): $205.72
Total Savings (quarter): $472.56
Money added to Walmart Card: *** looks like I need to make a Walmart trip pretty soon ... or it won't have any money on it before Black Friday!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Week 2 --- ($102.63)

So, I went over budget again this week, I guess I really need to start watching a little closer and start cutting down on my spending ... but here's what I got.

Albertsons

10 - Fuze Vitamin Drinks (on sale for 1.00 each)
     - received 5.00 instant savings for buying 10
     - used (5) 1.00 off 2 coupons

2 - Bounty Basic Paper Towels - 8 pk (on sale for 4.99 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
   * received (2) 1.00 Catalina

2 - Danimals Yogurts (on sale for 1.59 - I thought they were all 2.00?)
2 - Danimals Yogurts (on sale for 2.00)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons
   * received (2) 1.00 Catalina

1 - Gallon Whole Milk (3.59)
   - used FREE milk Catalina from cereal last week

1 - Huggies Pull-Ups Case (on sale for 19.99)
   - used 1.50 off coupon
   * received 5.00 Catalina

   - used 2.00 off 25.00 purchase (found on-line)

Albertsons Total:  $27.65 (estimated savings 40.67 - or 59.5%) and have $9.00 worth of Catalina's for next week.

Fred Meyer

5 - Barilla Pasta (on sale 10/10.00)

2 - Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kits (B1G1 Free - 2.98)
   - used (2) .50 off coupons

1 - Whole Chicken (.99/lb - 5.66)

2 - White Onions (.69/lb - 1.06)

4 - Gala Applies (.78/lb - 1.09)

2 - Snapple Peach Tea - 6 pks (on sale 4.99 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
   * Submitted mail in rebate for 9.98 (sent to my parents)

9 - Birdseye Steam Vegetables (10/10.00)
   - used (3) 1.00 off 3 coupons

6 - Bananas (.54/lb - 1.34)

Fred Meyer Total:  $30.11 (estimated savings 6.00 - or 16.6%) + mail in rebate

Safeway

Transaction 1 (Todd)

4 - Toll House Morsels (on sale 1.89 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.00 off 2 coupons

2 - Herbal Essence Shampoo (on sale 2.99 each)
2 - Herbal Essence Conditioner (on sale 2.99 each)
   - used (2) B1G1 Free coupons (took off 8.58)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Transaction 1 Total:  $3.94 (estimated savings $25.59 - or 86.7%)

Transaction 2 (Melissa)

1 - Lucerne String Cheese (2.99 w/in-ad coupon)

1 - Gold 'n Soft Margarine (on sale .99)

3 - Freschetta Pizzas (3.99 each w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (3) .00 off coupons
   - used 1.00 e-coupon

1 - Garlic Bread (1.99)

1 - Twinkies (1.99 w/in-ad coupon)

2 - Franz Bread (B1G1 Free - 3.19)

2 - Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs (on sale 1.99)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

4 - Buddig Lunch Meat Packs (on sale .50 each)
   - used .75 off 4 coupon

1 - Beef Top Round Roast (1.99/lb - 7.60)

1 - Crab Rangoons (7.99)

1 - Buitoni Spicy Beef Pasta (4.99)

   - used Safeway Double (2.00)

Transaction 2 Total:  $40.93 (estimated savings $38.70 - or 48.6%)

Safeway Total:  $44.87 (estimated savings $64.29 - or 58.9%)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $11.47
Meat ($15/wk goal): $15.24
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $102.63 ($2.63 over this week - but mailed in Snapple Rebates totaling: $9.98)
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200): $217.08
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $19.32

Total Savings (weekly): $110.96
Total Savings (quarter): $266.84
Money added to Walmart Card:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Well I added one more shopping trip in Week 1 - New Total: $114.45

We ran to town on Thursday and I decided to make a stop at Fred Meyers, here's what I picked up:

8 - Oral B Advantage Toothbrushes (2.59 each)
   - used (4) B1G1 Free coupons
   - used (4) 2.00 off coupons
   - used 2.00 off e-coupon

2 - Snapple Peach Tea - 6 pks (on sale 4.99 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
   - used .55 off e-coupon
   * Submitted mail in rebate for 9.98

Total:  $7.84 (estimated savings $20.36 - or 72.2%) + mail in rebate.

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:
Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $10.76 spent (valued at $16.51)
Meat ($15/wk goal): $13.94 spent (valued at $31.64)
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $114.45 ($14.45 over this week - but mailed in Snapple Rebates totaling: $9.98)
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $19.32

Total Savings (weekly): $155.88
Total Savings (quarter): $155.88
Money added to Walmart Card:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Week 1 --- Total: $106.61 (and don't forget to watch Extreme Couponing tomorrow night at 6pm on TLC)

Today we finally made it to into town and finished our weeks grocery shopping.

Safeway

18 - Mars Candy Bars (B2G2 Free - .89 each)
     - used (2) B2G1 Free M&M coupons

1 - Huggies Baby Wipes (on sale for 5.49)
   - used .50 off coupon

2 - Franz White Bread (B1G1 Free - 3.19 each)

2 - Oscar Mayer Carving Board Lunch Meat (B1G1 Free - 4.99)
   - used 1.00 off e-coupon

1 - London Broil Value Pack (on sale 2.29/lb - 9.94)

1 - Crab Ragoons (7.99)

4 - Bananas (.64/lb - 1.08)

1 - Head of Lettuce (on sale for 1.28)

1 - Celery (1.99)

5 - Fuji Apples (on sale for .78/lb - 1.64)

1 - Baby Carrots (1.99)

2 - Bags of Croutons (on sale 1.00 each)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon (found on the bag of croutons)

   - used Safeway Doubles (1.00)

Safeway Total:  $45.20 (estimated savings $38.53 - or 46%)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:

Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $10.76 spent (valued at $16.51)
Meat ($15/wk goal): $13.94 spent (valued at $31.64)
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $106.61 ($6.61 over this week)
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $19.32

Total Savings (weekly): $135.52
Total Savings (quarter): $135.52
Money added to Walmart Card:

My last thoughts for tonight are be sure and catch Extreme Couponing tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6pm on TLC ... I can't wait ... we will see how well I sleep tonight ... its like waiting for Santa Claus as a child!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Week 1 - the start of the second quarter and new goals

So ... my "second quarter" is starting today will all my goals stated in the previous post.  I got a little of my shopping done today, however, I still need to make a Safeway run (tried to squeeze it in today, but with all of us still on the sickly side we decided we would tackle that store later).  Here's what I've picked up so far:

Winco

1- Nabisco Saltine Crackers (on sale w/coupon for .78)
1 - MD Toilet Paper (on sale w/coupon for 3.98)
1 - 10 lb bag of potatoes (on sale for .78)
1 - Kosher Baby Dill Pickles (2.08)
1 - Mrs. Buttersworth Syrup (2.46)
2 - McCormick Brown Gravy Packets (.52 each)
2 - Idahoan Garlic Mashed Potatoes (.78 each)
1 - Heinz Ketchup (1.98)
2 - Cocoa Pebbles (on sale w/coupon for 1.48 each)
   * I'm sure most of you wonder why I buy so much sugary crappy cereal for my 2 year old, just to ease your mind its for my 34 year old husband!

Winco Total:  $17.62 (estimated savings $2.90 - or 14.1%)

Rite Aid (first time shopping here - the employees were SOOOO nice!)

Transaction 1

2 - Scrunchie Elastic Rubber Bands (on sale for 1.99)

Transaction 1 Total:  $3.98 (estimated savings $4.60 - or 53.6%), received (2) $1.99 +Up (which is a coupon off your next purchase)

Transaction 2

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor (on sale for 9.99)
   - used 5.00 off coupon
   - used (2) 1.99 +Up Rewards from Transaction #1

Transaction 2 Total:  $1.01 (estimated savings $10.28 - or 91.1%), received $5.00 +Up

Transaction 3

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor (on sale for 9.99)
   - used 3.00 off coupon
   - used 5.00 +Up Rewards from Transaction #2

Transaction 3 Total:  $1.99 (estimated savings $9.30 - or 82.4%), received $5.00 +Up

Rite Aid Total:  $6.98 (estimated savings $24.18 - or 77.6%) and still have $5 +Up for next week

Albertsons

2 - Rice Krispies (on sale 3/$5)
1 - Corn Flakes (on sale 3/$5)
3 - Frosted Flakes (on sale 3/$5)
   - used (3) 1.00 off 2 Kellogg's cereal coupons
   - used (3) Albertsons Double coupons (3.00)
1 - Bag of M&M
   - used peelie coupon for FREE M&M w/purchase of 2 Rice Krispies

Albertson Total:  $4.00 (estimated savings $28.03 - or 87.5%) and received (2) FREE gallon of milk Catalina's for my next purchase.

Fred Meyer

1 - Pull-ups (9.99)
   - used 1.50 off coupon

1 - Always (on sale for 4.99)
   - used 2.00 off e-coupon
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Green Leaf Lettuce (on sale 5 for 5.00)

1 - Romaine Lettuce (on sale 5 for 5.00)

2 - French Bread loaves (on sale 2 for 3.00)

4 - Halls Cough Drops (on sale 5 for 5.00)
   - used (4) .75 off coupons

1 - Flintstones Vitamins (on sale for 4.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

Fred Meyer Total:  20.47 (estimated savings $8.50 - or 29.3%)

Walgreen's

4 - Purex Laundry Soap 50 oz (on sale for 1.99 each)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

2 - Wonka Carmel Candy Bags (2/$6.00)
   - 1.00 off store-coupon
   - (2) 1.00 off coupons

1 - Xtreme 3 Razor 4pk (on sale 6.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Scott's Natural 6 roll Paper Towels (5.00)
   - 1.00 off store-coupon
   - 1.00 off coupon

1 - Cadbury Mini Eggs (on sale for .39)

   - used 4.00 Register Reward from previous

Walgreen's Total:  $12.34 (estimated savings $33.38 - or 73%), received $2 RR from razors for next week.

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:

Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): 2.78
Meat ($15/wk goal):
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $61.41
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $19.32

Total Savings (weekly): $96.99
Total Savings (quarter): $96.99
Money added to Walmart Card:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Second Quarter Goals

As I have been sick most of the week (and THANKFUL for my stockpile of tissues, cough medication, cough drops, children's medications, and food - for Todd, since he is really the only one eating!!!), I have found myself thinking about setting some additional goals for my Second Quarter of Savings ... at first I just made a list for myself ... but I know that if I post in online I will feel more obligated to reach for them.

So, since its 10:35pm on Friday night and I'm unable to sleep, here they are:

* Do NOT spend over $1300, would prefer to spend under $1200 or less ($92.30/wk) on groceries, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products.
* Spend at least $15 of my weekly budget on fruits and vegetables.
* Spend at least $15 of my weekly budget on meat (chicken, beef, pork, etc) - I know we have deer and elk meat in the freezer but I really think that I need to dedicate a dollar amount to strive for.
* Spend less than $60/month at Walgreen's (you can easily get "sucked in" to the good deals ... I need to be able to step away!)
* Keep adding to our stockpile (which is nice to be able to share)
* In addition to my regular budget I want to add $5 - $10 dollars to a Walmart gift card every time we shop there - to be used at Christmas time (I saw this on-line and thought it was a great idea, if I shop there weekly I should have around $330 (at $10 a week) by Black Friday!) ... if you steal this idea it was actually on a post I saw over at http://www.iheartthemart.com/ .

On top of my financial goals for the second quarter, I also made some additional goals for myself ... if your interested:

* Bake bread at least weekly
* Bake or make a dessert at least weekly
* Try at least one new recipe each month
* Plan on hitting garage sales at least once a month (haven't set a budget for this yet - it will probably be $20-50 or so a month ... maybe more ... I'll have to put some thought into that)

I also came up with some household goals:

* Get Heat pump looked at/fixed (depending on money) --- and just so no one is wondering we are not freezing we also have wood heat that we have been using for the last month or so.
* Get flowers planted (calla lilies, day lilies, and sunpatients)
* Get chicken coop set up (only another 5-7 weeks and our babies will be ready to go outside)
* Get Kia's kennel relocated, get mats for the bottom of her kennel - she currently has a hug mud pit going, and a new dog house ***actually Todd did move her kennel this week and she got the mats, but she still needs the dog house.
* Have Todd fix the wooden front porch (some of the boards are rotting)
* Have Todd paint the metal railings that he installed.

So, now you all know what my goals are for the next 13 weeks!  I hope that we get some spring weather soon and that we can start enjoying our country living and get some of our goals accomplished.