Saturday, April 24, 2010

Random Coupon Update

So I have been posting about my thriftyness as of late. I have an open desire to be that insane lady in front of you in the grocery that gets $300 worth of groceries for $5. A pain in the ass for you, I am sure - I know that person is a pain in the ass for me - but oh well. My mission is to save as much money as possible and to be able to help myself, my family, friends and community as much as possible.

Today, with husband and baby in tow, armed with internet coupons, some store coupons and a couple of sales fliers I began my mission. Starting off small, not thinking I would get *amazing* results, but good results we headed to CVS to pick up some needed items.

**Note - I KNOW I am not saving money if I am buying things that I do not need - so my mission is to stick to paying for the needed items and get the luxuries for freebies (or next to nothing)**

Around the store we go, shopping list in hand, putting things in the cart - giving monkey things to hold, Ken keeping the coupons of things we have added to the cart. (yes, I am keeping the whole family involved) We head to the check out. Subtotal before coupons - $76.80 - coupons added - Grand Total - $16.02 -- CVS dollars printed out on my receipt - $4.00 off diapers/$5 off next purchase (not including scripts)/bogo on Hershey's candy/bogo on Godiva

Not to shabby!!

Next stop - Super WalMart - Shopping list, coupons, etc in hand, Family in tow -- this, that and the other thing - including things like greek yogurt, baby yogurt, juices, milk, organic eggs, organic beef, toilet paper, laundry and dish liquid, fabric softner, etc. (no veggies because their veggies are horrible - we go to the real grocery/farmers market for those) -- Subtotal - $128.42 - Grand total - $32.68

More randomness - We had a children's clothing swap this morning. 22 ppl showed up bringing TONS of kids clothes, swapping and good conversation. We are planning one for the fall too and I think we will make the Spring one the w/e before Earth Day every year. I think we would get more publicity.

All clothes not swapped were donated to a local homeless shelter.

It was a WONDERFUL day!!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

HAPPY EARTH DAY!! Changes and more....

Happy Earth Day!, Everybody!!!

This is a really cool website -- http://1smallchangeblog.blogspot.com/

Is there anything that you do on a regular basis to make changes in your life? Gardening is great, yes!! But what else do you do?

In our house we are making small changes -- Ken grew up in NYC. So I think there is an "everything is disposable" mentality. He is QUICK to catch onto the changes tho.

Here are a few things we do and are getting into the habit of doing.

**Don't leave the water running when you brush your teeth.
**Don't leave the water running while you are washing dishes
**Use cloth napkins as often as possible
**Use dishtowels as much as possible instead of paper towels
**Use reusable bags at the grocery
**We don't just "go for rides" anymore - we always run several errands if we go out
**Owning 1 car and making it work
**I do not buy "things" anymore unless they are at least 75% off - things like clothes I buy at thrift shops, appliance type things come from freecycle or craigslist, groceries are bought with coupons, LOTS of coupons
**I make things like curtains out of recycled fabrics
**This summer we will have a BIG garden
**We are going to go in with friends and buy a cow/pig to be butchered

I am even in the process of talking to someone about bartering cooking for a barn roof repair.

These are just a few of the changes we are trying to make. Hopefully you are making some too!!

Keb, Lilly and Ken