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Holla For The Dolla!

28 May

I haven’t don’t any running since the John Thompson 5K due to pain in one of my shins.  Total bummer.  But, it doesn’t feel like the shin splints I’m prone to.  I decided to err on the side of caution because I don’t have health insurance.  I’m praying that rest will help and that it’s not a stress fracture.

What I have been up to, though, is saving money!  I’ve been clipping coupons and scoping out weekly sales.  Have no fear, I am still an advocate for eating as locally as possible.  But, sometimes you just have to restock your pantry.

Today, for example I snagged these awesome savings before the sales end tomorrow.

3 fajita size flour tortillas + 2 soft taco size flour tortillas


Regular Price: $2.19   Sale Price:  2/$5.00 ($2.00/ea.)

Coupon: $0.50 (doubled to $1.00)

My Price: $1.00/ea.   Savings:  $5.95

2 Sargento sliced cheeses  + 2 Helluva Good cheese blocks


Regular Price: Sargento $3.49 + Helluva Good $2.19

  Sale Price:  Sargento 2/$5 + Helluva Good 2/$4.00

Coupons: $1.00 off each purchase of 2 (for each brand)

My Price: Sargento $2/ea. + Helluva Good $1.50/ea.

Savings:  $4.36

2 jars Vlasic pickles


Regular Price: $3.79   Sale Price:  2/6 ($3.00/ea.)

2 Coupons: $0.75 (doubled to $1.50/ea.)

My Price: $1.50/ea.   Savings:  $4.28

3 bags of Twizzlers


Sale Price:  3/$6.00 ($2.00/ea.)

Coupon: $1.00 off of 3

My Price: $1.60/ea.   Savings:  $1.20

On Memorial Day, my mom gave me this jar of hot peppers – FREE & locally grown in a friend’s Italian garden!!


I spent a total of $19.80 on my items.  If I would’ve walked into the store tomorrow (when the sales are over) with no coupons in hand, I would have spent $35.89!

I froze a few packages of tortillas because I don’t think that we’ll be able to go through them before they go bad.  The rest of the items have an incredibly long shelf life, both before and after they are opened.  Looks like we’re in for some Mexican food over the next weeks!!

Home Grown

16 Jul

Visiting my parents over the weekend got me thinkin’….

Its weird how I grew up as such an “indoor person,” if you know what I mean by that.  I was never a tomboy, didn’t play sports, didn’t particularly like being out in nature (bugs, dirt, wildlife, etc. etc. etc.).  My parents, however, love to be outside.  They spend hours enjoying their yard, their garden, their patio – don’t really have to be doing anything in particular.

Gardening and landscaping is one of several activities that bring my parents immediately to mind.  Its one of the things they spend so much time doing, and doing together.

Last summer, my parents didn’t grow their garden.  My mom was adjusting to a full time job and numerous kids activities.  How did we go a whole summer without fresh veggies from the garden????  I certainly don’t have a green thumb – I can’t even keep herbs alive.

Last night, I baked chicken with some of the banana peppers my parents had planted, at my sister’s insistence.  Delish.  In fact, I’ll be making some of their zucchini tonight for dinner!

Enjoying my parents garden and the vegetables we are still eating from that garden makes me wish I had tried a little harder to grow veggies this summer.  I don’t regret joining a CSA, but next summer I will make it a priority to grow the veggie we love the most: zucchini!  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of their humongoid zucchini plants…oops!

Why shouldn’t I be able to enjoy my yard as much as my parents enjoy theirs?  Its just a matter of making the space irresistible!

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