Proof that you can save money AND eat healthy

So after church today we trekked over to Froberg Farm. It’s always such a treat to go there because it is kind of far from us. At least 30 minutes away. Well worth the drive though. We walk around with the kids and they point out all the different fruits and veggies and help us pick the freshest ones. It’s pretty educational.

As we walked around we put anything in our cart that looked good and fresh. I picked up some herbs to freeze and plenty of salsa making supplies (for our freezer burritos! more on that later). The kids got to sample some watermelon so of course we had to buy one!

I also found poppy seeds and sesame seeds in bulk for only $3 a bag! A great find since they are super expensive at the grocery store.

Total we spent $28 on produce. Some of it will be eaten this week, some frozen, some used to make broths. That is about triple the produce I can generally get at the grocery store for the same price.

Kroger and Randall’s were good to me today as well. I walked out saving 36% and 30% respectively. This wasn’t a big coupon trip though. Mainly necessities and taking advantage of the chicken deals ($1.88 chicken breast, $.77 chicken thighs).

Kroger…not pictured 2 gallons of milk

Randalls

All together we spent $104 on groceries this week. We have a fridge bursting at the seems with fresh produce and plenty of supplies for scratch cooking. In fact I’m about to put the ingredients for our bread in the bread maker right now.

I also did some freezer cooking today:

  • burritos made with sausage, egg, cheese and green onions
  • chicken broth
  • shredded chicken for several meals
  • salsa
  • froze some fruits, veggies and herbs

I used to STRUGGLE to keep to our $150 a week food budget. I’d come home sheepishly and admit I spent $180…and it wouldn’t even last us the whole week. To be honest, I didn’t even NEED to go grocery shopping this week. I could have gotten some milk and we would have been just fine. We have fruit, veggies, and meat frozen. We have a pantry filled to the brim with staples.

You can save money and eat healthy!

Part 1: I Have a Confession….

I’m a slob. There I said it. If you know me though, you probably know this already.

I’m not unsanitary. I am just cluttered and messy and things that bother other people, simply don’t bother me. I wish I could be OCD about something…anything…in regards to organization. Sure I have my quirks (I make the bed RIGHT BEFORE I get into it), but I can easily even let those go in the name of sleep, hunger or …squirrel! (An UP reference…get it? in other words, I am very easily distracted).

Lately though, my cluttered house (and cluttered mind!) have been really making me think I need a change. It’s not very frugal if you keep buying the same thing 10 times because you simply can’t find where the old thing was. Nowadays, I don’t just have my own stuff to keep up with. I have a husband and two kids with stuff…plus my stuff of course and there is just stuff stuff stuff everywhere.

The other day I was scouring Amazon for a book (that’s my answer for everything by the way…I don’t know? I’ll read a book about it!) that wasn’t made for the OCD cleaning types, but instead was made for someone like me. Someone who only cares when things aren’t neat and organized when they can’t find something or when company knocks on the door.

I decided to order this book:

The name seemed right up my alley and the reviews I read seemed pretty good. So I ordered it and now I’m waiting on it (hopefully it will be here Monday! I’m not used to waiting for books anymore since I got my Kindle)

For now though, I’m taking baby steps. I reorganized the kitchen today and threw out a LOT of junk. I cleaned off the bar area and I’m not kidding you…

Yep, that is now taped to our bar area. It is the worst place for build up in our house and I’m hoping the reminder keeps it nice and tidy. So far so good, but it’s only been a few hours.

In preparation for the book that is going to change my life (a girl can hope?) I also purchased these tonight:

An index card box and some multi colored index cards.

The book has you file your daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly duties on index cards in a box. So now when I get my book, I will be fully prepared to jump right in!

I’m hopeful. Although it’s not my first time to try and get organized, I really feel like my lack of organization is starting to hold me back. Holding me back from my full potential in so many areas of my life.

So, anyone ever read this book? Anyone want to read it along with me? I’m going to blog my way through the steps, and would love if any other bloggers/readers joined me!

Begone clutter!

5 Question Friday-Bet you didn’t know this about me!



Hello old friends and new! Today is Five Question Friday over at My Little Life . I’m so excited to participate!
Well here goes!

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1. How many pets do you have?
 we have two. Noah and Elizabeth. They are children. They are pet enough for right now 😉 . Seriously though, we probably will get a dog when the kids are old enough to participate in the puppy’s care. 

2. If you could switch places with anyone in the world for one day, who would it be?
hmmm, my husband? Don’t get me wrong, he’s great. He’s totally not one of those men that thinks stay at home moms do nothing but eat bon bons and watch soap operas all day (by the way, what is going on on General Hospital right now?)
But I’d love for him to have one day in my shoes and for ME to be the one that leaves in the morning to go hang out with adults for 8 hours a day. I’d probably come home more worse for wear than he would be because he is super dad and I am NOT a computer programmer. It would be nice to swap roles (and I would remember to take out the trash!) for a bit! 

3. What is your favorite money saving tip?
Favorite money saving tip….that’s a tough one. Ha! Actually the best and easiest thing you can do is vow to never pay full price. You might have to delay gratification for a bit, or even haggle a bit! I’ve haggled on furniture, video cameras, even leasing contracts. You never know until you ask, and even though my husband cringes he really appreciates the outcome of my boldness!

4. What do you want your kids to be when they grow up?

I’ve got this all planned out. Noah will be a vet. Because how cool to have a vet named Noah? Elizabeth will be a teacher. She’s got a lot of her mama in her!

Seriously though? I just want them to be happy and healthy and love God and still love us. If they are overall GOOD, PRODUCTIVE people when they leave our home…we have done our job.

5. What is your favorite quote?
I LOVE this one:
Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone
Nothing could have prepared me for my heart leaping up into my throat when my baby would cry. Nothing could have prepared me for what it would be like to hear I love you come out of my child’s mouth for the first time. It wasn’t until I had children that I REALLY understood the meaning of the word bittersweet. 
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From 2010-08-26 outside

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Calling all Astro’s fans!!!

The Houston Astros will be holding their second Faith and Family Night of the season on September 19th!
 

The Faith and Family Night program will begin after the 1:05pm Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds game. The event will include a post-game concert with eight-time Dove Award winning Christian group, Mercy Me.
I LOVE Mercy Me!
Tickets for the game start at $7 for the View Deck. During the game your are required to sit in your ticketed seat. But once the concert starts you are allowed to move into any open seat.

For more info on Mercy Me click here.

For tickets to the game click here.

Thankful Thursday

I’ve been spending the morning going through my daughters baby clothes deciding what to sell, what to donate, what to keep for her, and what is stained beyond all stain removers capabilities.

About 3 days old

Close to a Year

Almost 3 1/2 years old!

 

It’s a bit overwhelming when I think of how fast they are growing. I look at some of the clothes from when she was 3-6 months old and it’s practically in pristine condition. Probably because she only wore it a handful of times before growing out of it! I feel like I’ve had my kids forever, and like it’s going by in a blink of an eye. I try to stop many times throughout the day and “Click! Take a Pic!” (that’s a Diego reference there 😉 ) in my mind of them right now. Of the sweet moments, the frustrating moments, the quiet moments and the (more common) loud moments.

Today I am thankful for so much, most of all though I am thankful for every day I have with my babies. I suspect they will always be my babies. Even when they are grown and gone. I am thankful that we keep our life simple and uncomplicated while our children are small so we can enjoy them. Most of all I am thankful that God chose me to bless me with them.

Brand New!
6 months
18 months

It took me 2 hours to type this post thanks to the kids I am so thankful for! It might seem frustrating when I’m trying to get work done, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
What are  YOU thankful for this Thursday?

Please Post in the comments! I’d love to hear!

One week of blogging

So today marks one week of blogging. I hope you are enjoying my blog. I know I am enjoying writing it.

When I think about helping people save money, it makes me so happy. Paying forward the knowledge I’ve gained is so incredibly satisfying. I’m aware that I’m just one of many in the sea of “mommy bloggers”, but one thing I’ve learned VERY quickly this week is how supportive the blogging community is.

In one week I have guest blogged at Budget Savvy Diva, I have had the opportunity to share my blog links at Money Saving Mom , Southern Savers, Frugality is Free, and We are THAT family. A fellow blogger/blog designer has helped me with the look of my blog (isn’t it pretty!) Angie @ Strosgirl Designs.

I have felt incredibly welcomed into this wonderful blogging community, and I just want to say Thanks!
And to my dear friends who have supported me (Katie R…that’s you!), you have no idea how much you mean to me!

My Favorite Baby Must Haves

I get asked often what kinds of products/books/items I felt were essential when my kids were first born. I think most “veteran” (and can I really call myself a veteran? My kids are 3 and 18 months….oh well I digress) moms get asked this a lot. So I decided to just blog about it, maybe in the future when someone asks I can just refer them to this post! Now a little disclaimer here…these are the favorite things for MY family. What was essential for us, might not have been essential for you. Every baby is different, these were just some things that worked for us with both kids. We don’t subscribe to any one rigid form of parenting. We do things that would make attachment parents cry and things that would make die hard ferberizers call us hippies. We’re a little bit hippy, a little bit old school, a little bit tough, and a little bit soft. And it works for us. So without further ado..these are a few of our favorite things:

The Happiest Baby on the Block

! When Noah was about 4 weeks old, we were seriously at the end of our rope. The kid would not sleep. One day he stayed up so long that honestly, it felt like child abuse. But we could NOT get him to sleep! The pediatrician recommended this book and I read it in an hour. This book should cost hundreds of dollars and is truly worth its weight in gold. Many of my other “favorite things” stem from using the 5 s’s that are outlined in this book.

The Miracle Blanket

. Okay I know, it looks like a baby straight jacket. I remember when I was pregnant with Noah, someone on my birthboard linked to it and I scoffed saying MY baby would never need such a contraption. Well even the nurses remarked on how he could bust out of their super de duper double swaddles. He was STRONG! We bought this blanket and it was like magic! We used this with both kids until they were around 4 months old.

Fisher Price Rainforest Swing

Actually any swing will do, but a swing that plugs in will save you a ton of money in batteries. My kids both had reflux. Which means they needed to sleep propped upright. I don’t even want to admit how long my kids slept in their swings…a long time. Lizzie slept through the night at 5 weeks old swaddled up tightly in this swing. It was great because we could keep the swing in our room so we could keep an eye on the kids all night long.

Prefold Cloth Diapers

Prefold cloth diapers make excellent burp cloths. Lizzie didn’t spit up much. She had “silent” reflux. Noah spit up BUCKETS. For hours and hours after he ate. We had a ton of these since they were the only thing thick enough to keep our shoulders dry! A note on these cloth diapers…they are great for burp cloths, but not so great for actual cloth diapering. We cloth diapered both kids for a time and these are not even comparable to the quality that is available out there for cloth diapering. I highly encourage you to look into cloth for your baby. Cheap, economical, and environmentally friendly.

Moby Wrap

A moby wrap. Now I did not pay full price for my moby. My SIL and I bought about 6 feet of cotton interlock fabric…cut it in half and bam…instant wrap. The moby is awesome and much more comfortable for baby than your typical bjorn.

Snap N’ Go Stroller

I LOVED this stroller when the babies were little. It was small and easy to push around. The bottom basket is HUGE! I was so incredibly spoiled by this stroller in so many ways. I, to date, have never found a stroller I like as much. Which is unfortunate because this stroller only works as long as your child is in their infant seat. Well worth it though. Being able to take a sleeping baby from car to stroller without waking them up AND without lugging around a huge travel system? Priceless.

Playtex Binkies

Playtex binkies. Both my kids took the same kind of binky. We tried out several different kinds with both kids and this is the one that both of them were able to keep in their mouth from very early on. We took Noah’s away at 2 and it was no big deal. We will do the same with Elizabeth.

So those are just a few of our favorite things. We considered them essential and I’m happy that I can share our experience with others. Some of these products I had never even heard of before I had children, so I know how hard it is to walk into babies r us and be overwhelmed with your options! Next I’ll have to compile a favorite things list for toddlers, but I’m still working on that one!

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