I just saw a video that could potentially pull me away, eventually, from my leopard print coupon binder…it has at least challenged me to think. Perhaps I could accomplish the same thing with some folder inserts.
This chick is using a binder we already have laying around that my son used last year for school. This year, they aren’t using binder’s, so I can use it if I want. Anything no longer used is obviously Mom’s.
I’ve found that on rare occasions when I do find myself needing to shop at Wal*Mart, I am not prepared with the necessary salebills and this would fix that problem for me quite well. I don’t look at inserts for sales well enough to do well at Wal*Mart. With this folder, you keep them with you. I could see where that would be especially handy, even if I could only muster, initially, the energy to check it for colas. The family is getting picky about what they like, so I end up buying it if we are out whether it’s on sale or not just because gas is so high, I might as well.
I haven’t been doing all that well with my couponing lately, mainly because I hit a “purge” season and I’m dropping in stores a lot to just get necessities rather than one big shopping trip. But, this post has me amazed at how much I spend and how little I potentially could spend, once again. She does a great job of motivating, that “Money-Saving Mom”.
I just bought a few consignment items today–a hug Pampered Chef, divided bag I hope to use to do better with green bagging. I have looked at the Kroger bags several times, but they don’t seem big enough and I’m thinking I’d need about 20 of them. This will at least handle some things…perhaps I can put all my soft and refrigerator items in it to carry it to the second fridge more easily? We’ll see how crazy that drives me and the bagger people.
Also, I’m currently in a recipe purge mode, trying to get myself motivated for fall weather and new menus. I am NOT a recipe book collector, however, I’m really working hard on my attitude in the kitchen. I am finding that I have brought with me into adulthood that the kitchen just means a lot of work and that food is about sustenance, which I can get from a nice bowl of cereal without all the hassle. My husband has brought with him into adulthood that food is spelled L-O-V-E. His mother was Aunt B. That is a high compliment to her.
Finding the healthy version of Aunt B. and finding a new rhythm to my kitchen is something on my mind a lot…something I’ve not had time or motivation to do until my kids are old enough to sit down at a meal and for us to enjoy that time together.
I got the Contessa book for $12.00 (what’s a Contessa, anyway?). Many recipes looked like stuff my family would actually enjoy. It is listed at $35 new on Amazon, and $15.40 used, plus you have to add S&H. The second, I bought for a quote in the front I liked mainly. It was $.50. Amazon, it would have been $.47, so I was robbed three cents…but again, you’d have to add S&H. Finally, the last I bought for $4.00, $8.80 used on Amazon, saved there. I am interested in having at least a few meals frozen ahead so that I can enjoy the kitchen more and not have every day taken withcooking and cleaning all day on those harried days. I’ll have to clean both freezers and plan to make this work, but I think I’m up for that perhaps. A friend of mine really enjoyed a few seasons a year doing this. It would give me a nice break in the kitchen.
Finally, I played my Navy brother a good game of tennis today. We haven’t done that in a LONG time. He said, “Sis, it is very good to be back home close to family. I’ve missed it a lot. I couldn’t wait to get home that last leg.” He brushed up fairly quickly, remember his topspin/backspin, and kept me on my toes. A great game. It was tied at 4 to 4 and our dueces lasted long enough for me to have to retie both shoes three times. He finally beat me 6 to 4. Seeing as how my serve is still in recovery mode, I didn’t do half bad. Good venting…I love a good game of tennis. The weather was PERFECT for it. No sun, gentle breeze, nice Penn balls a few games old. Nothing better.
I had five children here yesterday while so many were without power and torn every direction trying to make schedules work, they were great fun, but the quiet is very nice today, too. The highlight of the day was a bird burial the kids had with a bird they’d found who’d been shot. I’m not sure I can capture it in words…I’ll have to blog those photos this week sometime.
Gearing up to try to teach my first scrapbooking class for MOPS tomorrow! I’m excited about that and prayful about how much to say and what to do.
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