Friday, August 21, 2009

Inventory

Yesterday my SIL and I took all the food out of hiding and reorganized- here are the pictures of it sprawled out in my daycare & dining room. This is an area of approximately 12 foot wide by 26 foot long. (There was still food in the kitchen, too.) By the way, she is awesome in stuffing things and I have a lot more room now. That means more shopping!!


This is from my front door towards the back...



and this is from my back door toward the front.

And all of this is stockpiling from only $300.00/ month including toiletries (not pictured) and feeding a family of 4 plus a daycare.

BELLE

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Budgeting and Breakdowns

I have two subjects I want to touch upon...

Budgeting- In January I started the $300.00/ month for food, toiletries, everything consumable... And I have consistently stuck to the budget, most months I have even come in under budget by $10-30.00 dollars. So I am debating on dropping our $300.00 budget down each month and seeing if I can still do it. I would probably drop it by $20.00 each month and maybe try to get it down to $200-250.00/ month. This will not be happening for a couple of months (Probably after January at the earliest.)

Breakdowns- Well I think I had a semi-nervous breakdown yesterday. Beast has went back to truck driving- his real passion in life. And it has down been a total of 11 days since I have seen him except through videocam online. And the fact that I was missing him more than I could realize kind of hit me and I cried more or less all day- even went so far as to say that I did not like being married to him. But in the light of the morning I can see that I love him so much more and our relationship is a little better without him here because when he is here we don't argue at all and that makes him happier. So if we can just get all of the $$ kinks worked out of our lives and get where we need to be I think we will be doing all right.

BELLE

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bible Time- Love and Respect

I am starting a book and will be doing this in place of the actual bible- for atleast a little bit of time.

Our young married couples class at church has just started a study book called “Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. I know as a wife that sometimes I disrespect my husband without meaning to and sometimes he is unloving towards me without meaning to. This is one of those times.

Little Beast is being obnoxious for whatever reason and Beast starts to yell- maybe even spank- regardless, because in my opinion, Beast is being way too hard. {This is where I feel unloved. I feel that if he loves me he would be more understanding with our kids.} So at this point because I am a big mama bear I feel the need to step in and protect my cubs no matter what. I believe that this makes Beast feel disrespected because I am arguing with him when he is disciplining the kids. Thus the “Crazy Cycle” is started in our home. The book that we are reading is to try to help us to learn to respect when we don’t feel loved and for husbands to love their wives when they don’t feel respected- this is very hard on both parts.

BELLE

Friday, July 31, 2009

Bible Time

Jeremiah 13

God is going to allow Israel's "allies" to become Israel's captors. And he is going to turn Israel into a useless belt that has been buried and hidden.

BELLE

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bible Time

Jeremiah 12

This chapter is how Jeremiah complains to God about those who speak of God but do not truly have God in their hearts. God answers to say that he will uproot all who do not truly love him and when he finally brings them back to their land if they do not truly love them he will uproot them again to destroy them at that point.

BELLE

Monday, July 27, 2009

Bible Time

Jeremiah 11

God had a covenant with the forefathers of Israel. That they would obey and do everything commanded and he would take care of them and be their God. When a covenant is broken it allows both parties to get out of the agreement therefore God no longer has to take care of them.

BELLE

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bible Time

Jeremiah 9 and 10

At the end of Jeremiah chapter 10, Jeremiah says a prayer that God will deal with him justly and not in anger, it is a wonderful peace of mind that God does deal with us justly and out of love. If God our Father did not love us he would not discipline us when we are unruly. And even though little Beast sings "Mama's gonna spank me, Daddy's gonna spank me..." If I did not love him and want him to learn right from wrong and bad from good I would not discipline him and teach him. But I do love him with all my heart and I will tear his tail up if the situation calls for it. However, there are times that do not require physical punishment, like this morning when he spilled a bowl of cereal all over the kitchen, even though he was goofing around and should know better than to do that, I can not spank him or yell at him because it was nothing more than him being a child.

BELLE

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bible Time

Here is my post from today...

Jeremiah 8

The one who loves you more than anything else in the entire world is Jesus- He DIED for You!!! And we cannot even live for him, we always go whoring after the things of the world. We need to stop and evaluate our lives are we following Jesus' footprints whether they lead through sunny pastures or lead through cold dark mountains??

BELLE

Bible Time

This post was supposed to be up yesterday....

Jeremiah 7

We read this chapter and think of how horrible this nation had to be for Gof to turn his back on his own people... Remind you of another nation that we know? When the United States was founded, fought and died for, God was a part of everything our forefathers did... Now if you go to church you're liable to be shot and Heaven forbid a child says a prayer in school, How did we go from a nation founded on God's principles to a nation that can't find Him anywhere?

BELLE

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bible Time

Jeremiah 6

"They are called rejected silver, because the Lord has rejected them."

To be rejected from the Lord, to have him throw you to the wolves- what a terrible fate. We as Christians are not above persecution or what we consider bad things happening to us but most of the valleys we walk through God will carrying us if we just ask him to. To have God reject us would be a worse fate than even death- because that means that when we need Him most he will not be there because he has turned his back on us.

BELLE

Friday, July 17, 2009

Bible Time

Jeremiah 5

No one is upright, no one is truthful or does right. An entire nation is corrupt and serves false gods. Lord help us to know right from wrong lead us down the path of righteousness. Help us to truly know you because to know you is to know truth. Help us to be filled with your spirit which is righteous and upright.

BELLE

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bible Time

Jeremiah 4

Why can we not put away our false idols and turn back to the Lord? Why must we continue to go after things of the world instead of after our Creator and Savior? Lord, save us and steer us on the path you want us to be on.

BELLE

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bible Time

Jeremiah 3

In this chapter God explains that Israel has been like a woman unfaithful to her husband, but that if Israel will only admit their guilt he will forgive. That is exactly what we must do when we ask for forgiveness from sin- we must first admit our guilt of sinning and then God is just to forgive us of our sins.

BELLE

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bible Time

Jeremiah 2

In this chapter the Lord has Jeremiah bring the charges against Israel to explain why he is going to turn against them. These charges are because Israel has forsaken God and because they have dug their own cistern. Now God will bring destruction upon them from the North.

BELLE

Monday, July 13, 2009

Bible Time

Jeremiah 1

This is the call of Jeremiah- God is calling him to warn Jerusalem that he is going to pour out disaster upon them from the North for worshipping idols. He has commanded Jeremiah to not be afraid because He will be with him and keep him safe.


On another note, and I would love any feedback...

Yesterday, I was approached by my Pastor and he asked me if I would like to take over and be the Nursery Coordinator? I would be responsible for making sure people are in there, making sure the rules are being followed, as well as being responsible for any renovations or other stuff to be done in the Nursery. I would actually be part of the "Staff" which means I would probably need to attend staff meetings as possible and would be paid a small amount of money (300-450/month). He asked because he wants someone who knows about the DCF rules and regulations and since I run a daycare I know about them. The paying amount would actually be good since Beast is probably going back to driving and if he does and makes enough for us to live on I will probably shut down the daycare to homeschool full time... So the money would provide me with a small income?? What should I do- it will be a lot of work but if I shut down the daycare I will be looking for something to do with kids.

BELLE

Friday, July 10, 2009

Bible Time

1 Samuel 31

Saul is dead. He asked his armor-bearer to kill him and he refused so Saul killed himself and then the armor-bearer followed suit. End of the Book.

BELLE

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bible Time

1 Samuel 30

In this chapter David realizes that his wives and everything else that he and his men own have been taken away. He goes after the Amalekites and the Lord hands them over to him and his men. When they go back from wining the fight, the men who fought did not want to share with those who did not fight but David says that all will share equally.

BELLE

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bible Time

1 Samuel 29


I think it is kind of ironic that the Philistines sent David and his men back from fighting against Saul and that Samuel said that Saul would die in that battle- now David can't be blamed for hurting Saul because he won't even be there ;)

BELLE

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Bible Time

1 Samuel Chapter 28

In this chapter Saul has a medium wake Saul (his spirit) from the dead because God will not answer Saul when he asks for advice. Samuel tells Saul that God will take his kingdom, army, and life away from him the next day.

BELLE

Monday, July 6, 2009

A Shopping I will go... A Shopping I will go...

Tonight I went shopping for over 6 hours- My feet are KILLING me!!!!


Publix- This is my total shop from three different Publix stores and then I have several upclose pictures to see what all I got. Total Cost $42.84 Total Saved $226.14
I got 40 boxes Mac N cheese, 10 boxes velveeta, 6 A1, 12 lunchables, 12 ears of corn (not pictured) and a lot more!




Target- Total Cost $2.95

Kmart: Double Coupons Transaction 1- Total Cost $21.49 $17.00 out of kids account for diapers

Kmart: Double Coupons Transaction 2- Total Cost $10.73 $6.00 out of kids account for diapers

This was my Walgreens trip- cost $8.35.... $2.35 cash $6.00 RR

CVS- Total cost $1.70 and some ECB that did not roll over.

Kmart- Toys cost $15.27 out of kids account

Walmart- Total Cost $3.52
Total Cost tonight $68.58 July Grocery Budget and $38.27 from the kids' account.
Not too bad if I may say so myself.
BELLE

Bible Time

Sometimes when you step out of the will of God he whispers like a mouse and says "That's not what I want you to do..." Then after a while of whispering if that doesn't work he usually uses someone {occasionaly himself} to roar like a lion and tell you that you are not doing what God wants you to do... Sometimes you justify it by saying "It's not that bad" or "I don't have time" or "Here I will do this instead" But most times you need to just say "yes" and step back into the will of God... so here goes...

1 Samuel 27

This chapter gives an overview of David's life in Gath and how Achish thought that David had become odious to the Israelites and David would forever be his servant... I wonder what he thought when David became King?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Another Publix Trip

Last night Beast, Little Belle, and I headed to Publix...

6- 4pk green giant veggies 14.97
4- ritz crackers 7.38 minus $4 Q 3.38
4- trail mix cereals 8.38 minus $8 Q 0.38
1- Wheat thins 3.49 minus $3.49 Q 0.00
6- BBQ sauce 3.87 minus $6 Q 2.13 over cost
2- French's mustard 1.89 minus $.75 & $.50 Q 0.64
1- Cling Wrap 1.59 minus $1 Q 0.59

Also had $10 off $40 Q

Total price OOP $6.99
Total saved $70.43

Beast yelled at me b/c it was not under a $1 (he really likes to bug me :P )

BELLE

Monday, June 29, 2009

Publix June 27, 2009





I went to Publix this past Saturday to stock up on some excellent deals.

This is what I got:

4 ritz crackers 7.38

4 trail mix 8.38

4 french's mustard 3.78 (gave one to my mom)

6 kraft bbq sauce 3.87

2 hawaiian sweet rolls 5.00

1 glad cling wrap 1.59 (not pictured)

4 wheat thins 13.96

2 oscar meyer hotdogs 3.99

I used these coupons:

$10 off $40 Harveys 10.00

$1 off glad Food Lion 1.00

4- Buy ritz get wheat thins free 13.96

4- $1 off ritz 4.00

4- .75 off french's 3.00

6- $1 off kraft bbq 6.00

4- $2 off trail mix 8.00

1- $1/2 hotdogs 1.00

Total competitor coupons $11.00

Total vendor coupons $35.96

Total advertised savings $24.39

Total savings $71.35

As we were checking out and I was watching the screen I realized they were going to owe me money after all the coupons I asked the cashier if they did that and she said no. So I told Beast to go get another Hawaiian roll- we only planned on buying one. If I had realized that we were going to be $1.40 over in coupons I would of had Beast grab another cling wrap and then I would of only paid $.19 for my total but I said the first thing that I thought of and that he would know where to get it and so my total for everything was $1.10- I was so happy when I saw how much I saved. I was jumping up and down in the parking lot while Beast was pretending he did not know me...

BELLE

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

All for only...

Sorry I have not been around- I got a pretty nasty infection. But it is finally starting to get better- so of course I went shopping ;)

Publix



Yoplait (6) B1G1 Free 2.50= 7.50 minus 7.00 Q= .50/6
Honey Maid B1G1 Free 3.99= 3.99 minus 2.00 Q= 1.99/2
Perdue Chicken Nuggets B1G1 Free 4.39= 4.39 minus 2.00 Q= 2.39/2
Starbucks Ice Cream(4) B1G1 Free 3.79= 7.58 minus 8.00 Q= +.42
Bananas 2.91lb @.69/lb=2.01 minus 1.00Q= 1.01/3lb

Also used a $5/$25 Harvey's coupon (thanks Southern Savers)
Total cost $.13 Holy Cow I was so happy when I walked out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CVS



Always 4.99 minus 4.00Q= .99
Bayer 4.99 minus 4.00Q= .99
Huggies 8.99 minus 1.50Q= 7.49
Also used $5/15 and 3.99 ECB

Total OOP: Cash- .69 ECB 3.99 Didn't roll my ECB but I did get diapers and those are always handy...

Walgreens



This was in four transactions but I'm not going to break each one down they were all the same.

Aquafresh (4) minus (4) .75 Q= 9.00
Aspirin (2)= 1.00
Lip Care (1)= .50
Big Roll (1)= .50
Royal (4)= 1.00

Total 12.87 (tax) minus 12.00 RR equals .87 so all I paid for was the tax!! And this time I did roll my RR!!!!!!!

Total Cash spent tonight (Drum roll please.....) $1.69
Total ECB/RR not rolled tonight $3.99

Today I got my list all ready and said OK I don't want to spend more than $20 then I thought it would be cool to only spend $10 but I did not even spend $2 in cash!!!!! This was one of my best shopping trips ever and I saved over $99.05 at all three stores.

All in a day's work,
BELLE

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Look @ what I stole from Walgreens!!!

I went to Walgreens with Little Beast in tow last night. {Not the wisest idea since he tends to bug me the whole time with "You don't need that stuff" "Let's go home" "You always get too much stuff" etc. Which he gets mostly from his father. I actually said that "I went to the store to get away from him" after he said one of his father's lines and Little Beast said "You can't get away from me..." he totally thought I was going to leave him and did not realize I was talking about Beast. Anyways I got lots of stuff that I stole from Walgreens, I did 8 transactions and this is what they look like. I had $10+ $3+ $2+ $2 in RR already.




#1
Lipton Tea (3) 7.50
Skippy PB (3) 6.00
Ragu (2) 4.00
Dry Idea (2) 7.58
St Ives (1) 2.99

Coupons
Dry Idea Ad -5.60
Dry Idea Printable -2.00
Skippy -.40
Skippy -.40
Ragu -.75
St Ives -1.50
Lipton -.75
RR -2.00
RR-3.00
RR-10.00

Sub: 1.67
Paid: 2.02

#2
St Ives (1) 2.99
Reusable bag (2) 1.98

Coupons
Green Bag in ad -1.31
St ives -1.50
RR-2.00

Sub: .16
Paid: .42

#3
Oreo Cakester (2) 5.00
Green Bag (1) .99

Coupons
Oreo Cakesters -2.00
Green Bag in ad -.65
RR -3.00

Sub: .34
Paid: .37

#4
St Ives 2.99
Pocket pack tissues (4) .56

Coupons
St ives -1.50
RR -2.00

Sub: .05
Paid: .30

#5
Oreo cakesters (2) 5.00
Travel pack seat covers (1) .49

Coupons
Oreo Cakesters -2.00
RR -3.00

Sub: .49
Paid: .53

#6
Carmex 3.29 {This was supposed to be 2.99 so I overpaid and bought the tissue when I did not need it, had I known this I would of not gotten the tissues and would of only paid .29}
Chips Ahoy (2) 5.00
Pocket Tissue .14

Coupons
RR -8.00

Sub: .43
Paid: .44

#7
St ives 2.99
Cookie icing .99
Crystal light to go .59

Coupons
St ives -1.50
RR -3.00

Sub: .07
Paid: .33

#8
St ives 2.99
Cookie Icing .99
Crystal light to go .59

Coupons
St ives -1.50
RR -3.00

Sub: .07
Paid: .28
{I have no idea why the #7 and #8 transactions were different in total paid when they were the same transaction?}

I spent a total of $4.69 cash, $17.00 RR and left with $14.00RR
Total loss: -$7.59

I actually said to the cashier when I left "Thanks for letting me steal all your stuff."

BELLE

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Menu Plans

Well I went through both freezers and planned out everything we are going to eat for the next month and a half {more or less} I am hoping if I stick to this I will be completely out of food and the food that has been in there forever.......and ever will get eaten. I have quite a few nights that don't have anything planned but I will be searching for good meat sales and will buy accordingly. We have been sticking to our $300.00 budget really nicely each month and hopefully will continue to do so. If for whatever reason a meal is not used it will be put on the menu at a later date. Also, the meat we will lose is pretty much the only thing listed not the meal I will make it into.

Lunch/ Dinner
15. peanut butter/ chili bake
16. chicken nuggets/ beef fajita meat
17. breakfast burritos/ Salisbury steak
18. pepperoni rolls/ cooked chicken
19. ground turkey/ Beach???
20. / Beach???
21. / porkchops
22. pork sausage/ cooked chicken
23. cooked chicken / ground beef
24. eggs / chicken nuggets
25. hotdogs / ground beef
26. chicken nuggets / chicken pot pie
27. /
28. / NY Steak
29. eggs/ roast
30. ground turkey/ chicken sandwiches
1. chicken / ground beef
2. hotdogs/ GA???
3. / GA???
4. / GA???
5. / GA???
6. pork sausage/ ground beef
7. cooked chicken / ribs
8. eggs / chicken fajita meat
9. dried beans/ ground beef
10. hotdogs/ NY steak
11./
12. / chicken
13. cheese/ ground beef
14. chicken nuggets / ribeye steaks
15. eggs/
16. BE peas/
17. peanut butter/ chicken fajitas
18. / ribs
19. /
20. dried beans/ chicken
21. chicken nuggets /
22. eggs/
23. cheese/ chicken
24. hotdogs/
25. / ribeye steak


Lunches planned are for the daycare- I usually use leftovers for luches on weekends so I don't plan those {although I probably should?}

BELLE

Monday, June 15, 2009

This week has been really hectic my SIL and I went double couponing twice and other shopping as well. I had a CPR/FA class all day on Saturday then church and a birthday party on Sunday then Beast and my dad put in our new window unit on Sunday during church {our regular AC can't compete with this heat} However, the house stayed a cool 76 degrees all day yesterday.

I actually may be losing a daycare child today and it isn't my fault or the mom's fault it is just the people who pay for his child care may stop doing so? We should know later today for sure.

We bought a 15x4 ft pool put it up and everything and now we have to drain it- it is too uneven to risk leaving it up all summer. But we will be putting it right back up after we make it level. We have been in it twice and it is absolutely wonderful- we will be in it a lot this year because it is so hot!!!!

My SIL and I have also decided to start donating some of our extra stock and freebies to different people who need it. We just donated 4 boxes of stuff to my best friend because they are struggling right now and they really needed it. I think our next donation will go to the local Battered Women's Shelter. That should be in a month or so. It is a great way to help others through our couponing and to worship the Lord through it as well.

I have to decide if I am going to order Angel Food today- I did not order last month and can't decide if I should this month- we have a lot of food and I am trying to decide if I need it or if I can wait another month- I really need to clean out my freezer so that I know if I have enough food to get through about 40 days till the end of July.

I also have not washed laundry in like more than a week so I think that is what I will be doing today along with some other cleaning throughout the house? Maybe {Maybe Not}

Also come to find out the awesome Kraft coupons are back- my SIL and I got some awesome deals with these coupons. So it is awesome that we get to do it again.

Publix is going to start being one of our new stores to shop at I've been there twice this week for some great deals. First was for 8 Breyers YoCrunch at BOGO for .80 and I had (2) .50/4 Q so I got 8 yogurts for $2.20 that is only .275/ yogurt which is a lot cheaper than the 2lb tub from Walmart that is $1.98 the second time I went to Publix I did the yogurt again and I got 2 packs of Sandies cookies for .99 each after sales and coupons.

All in all last week was pretty good- got lots of shopping done, got new stuff, helped a friend and didn't do a lot of housework ;)

BELLE

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 25:

What a mean man Nabal was. But Abigail, his wife was kind and understood the force that David was bringing and wanted to stop it before people died. Now my question is did Abigail not respect her husband and obey him? Or did she do what God wanted her to do even if it went against her husband?

Belle

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bible Time

Sorry I did not post yesterday- Little Belle was sick and I had to tend to her.

Samuel 24:

David has the ability to kill Saul and yet he does not and on top of that goes and shows himself to Saul. And only by the grace of God does Saul not kill David when he shows himself but instead asks for forgiveness and leaves. Is this the end of the fight between the two?

BELLE

Friday, May 29, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 23:

Saul is very persistent in his pursuit of David- and the only thing stopping him is that God will not allow it. God knows everything that will and won't happen and even though He gives us free will He still has the ability to allow or prevent things from happening as He sees fit. It is amazing.

BELLE

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bible Time

It seems that I have been gone for a week- I knew I had not been keeping up with my Bible or my Blog but I did not realize it had been a week. Sorry- but it has been a nice little vacation. So moving back into the flow here is Samuel 22:

You can tell even now that David will be king and on top of that he will be a great king- he feels for and wants to protect his people. He holds himself personally responsible for the death of the priests at Nob not everyone would take a responsibility so great especially when they had not particularly caused the travesty to occur and only in a roundabout way are they responsible.

BELLE

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Homeschool

Does anyone out there homeschool? If so I would love to know how you do it, what curriculum you use, how many kids you homeschool, ages, and anything else you would like to share. We will start Little Beast in kindergarten homeschool next year ahead of when he would normally start in Aug 2010- he is definetily ready and so are we but I would love any suggestions. We used K4 Abeka this year and will probably be using K5 Abeka next year or most of it anyways but I would like to incorporate other stuff as well.

Thanks,
BELLE

Bible Time

Samuel 21:

I am truly thankful that I live in America- a place that normally you do not have to run from people or be scared that people are out to get you. For David this was not the case- Saul was after him and only the Lord could keep him safe. For that matter only the Lord can keep any of us safe.

BELLE

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Daily Shopping Totals

This past Sunday I went to Walmart... I got a lot of stuff that I would not normally of gotten but had good coupons for and it was stuff that I would use. I got free bbq sauce and toilet paper and lots of stuff for around $1.00 after coupons. My total went from $130.xx to $52.xx I can't believe it- normally I don't have good coupons for shopping at Walmart like that but thanks to hip2save and dealseekingmom and their extensive list I was able to find all those great deals.

BELLE

Bible Time

Samuel 20:

Johnathon and David must say goodbye, but they made a pack that David would not harm Johnathon's family and through that pack Johnathon's son will be saved when David becomes king.

BELLE

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 19:

Saul is continuously trying to kill David- I mean how many times is he going to try? We all know that David is known as Israel's greatest king {besides Jesus} but Saul just keeps trying to kill him. Well hindsight is 20/20 and I know that God wanted it to happen {Saul to try at least}.

BELLE

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 18:

Jealousy has a way of eating you alive- that is why it is said in the bible to never let the sun go down on your anger. If you are always angry you will 1. have a lot of physical health problems and 2. be consumed with jealousy, revenge, and anger. If you are jealous of something or someone {remember not to covet any thing or one...} then pray and ask God to remove the jealousy from your heart.

BELLE

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 17:

A sling and a stone- and God Almighty. The recipe for killing a giant. All things no matter how impossible they seem can be done through Jesus Christ our Lord.

BELLE

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 16:

"...but the Lord looks at the heart." How true this statement is- and I am guilty of it just like everyone else we look at the outside and judge, but God looks at a heart to judge and only he truly knows a heart.

BELLE

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Mother's Day to all that are out there!!

Today I spent Mother's Day with my little Beast and my little Belle out at the flea market- I got 2 new reverware copper bottom pots- 2 qt and 1 qt for $20.00 and a 3- drawer cart for $5.00 not too bad... I have spent the last hour trying to decide and research a pool for the four of us. It needs to be affordable and fun for all of us. I am looking at a $299 15ft x 48 in deep pool. It is supposed to come with everything it needs except the chemicals- so it isn't that bad of a price- if I fill it up to 46" it will give me 20" of height above the pool level- little Beast and little Belle will be under that height and Beast will be 28" above the water. Obviously we can't dive or anything but living in FL without a pool has gone on long enough- it is early May and already over 90+ degrees outside- the daycare cannot use it but we could and they have a sprinler toy for them.

BELLE

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Today...

Well today I took a pregnancy test- there was a slight idea that I might be although neither Beast nor I are in any mood for more children right now- it was negative. That was a relief but in the time that you are thinking What if?? You tend to start liking the idea of another baby in my tummy- but it is just not the right time- I don't want anymore children until I start thinking that I might already be pregnant.

In other news- I have to decide what I am going to order from Angel Food ministries this month- I have until May 17. But, I am not sure what to order... My sis-in-law and I have been doing OAMC with the AF order so I will atleast order 1 box but I am trying to decide if that is it.

BELLE

Friday, May 8, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 15:

How hard it is for us as God's children to listen to his instructions- He tells us to do A but we think that B looks and sounds so much better. Isn't he the God of the cosmos that created life- doesn't he know what is best? God please help us to know you better and to listen to your instructions.

BELLE

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 14 Part 2:
Israel routs the Philistines:
It is amazing how God works- instead of Israel really lifting a finger God made the ground shake which caused the Philistines to panic and then kill each other while the Israelites just watched. When God wants something done- he does it!

BELLE

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 14 Part 1:

To me it seems as if Johnathon would get slaughtered because he did not pray and ask for God's guidance he just went and did it- and still God delivered the Philistines into his hands. But, God is all knowing and all powerful I guess if he wants to do it it will be done.

BELLE

End of April Grocery Budget Total

We ended the month of April yesterday with:



$21.00 in cash

$10.00 in ECB

$10.00 in RR

$4.65 in CVS Giftcard

and $2.44 in Walmart giftcard



For a total of $48.09 left over, everything but the cash will transfer to May however the cash will be spent at Sam's club- which cost $24.68- will take the extra $4 out of May's budget.



BELLE

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 13: Saul disobeys Samuel and the Lord- but who would think that making a sacrifice to the Lord would be going against him? When you are called to do something by the Lord- you better do it or else! But.... If you do something {even if it is good} for the Lord but against his instructions you might as well not do it at all- because going against the Lord, no matter how good the cause, is still sin.

BELLE

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 12: In this chapter Samuel says goodbye. He tells the people to witness against him if he has done wrong- they say he has not. Then he tells them of their history and the sins they have commited. Then he shows them the awesome power of God when he prays for rain and it happens just like that. God created the cosmos and he hears each and every one of our prayers. AMEN!!

BELLE

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 11

What is the proof that people need to believe in God? When Saul fought against the Ammonites- the Holy Spirit filled the Israelites to believe in Saul and to follow him and to eventually declare Saul as King. But in modern times even though we have the Bible to read and see what has happened which coincides with history. And the Holy Spirit fills us {when we let it} to be able to see and hear from God. But there are so many people who refuse to even acknowledge the possibility of or the reality of God.

BELLE

Monday, April 27, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel 10: Saul is made King- I can imagine that from the swiftness of this kingship that Saul's head must be reeling. He went from a man looking for 3 lost donkey's to king of God's inheritance in a week or two. Him hiding in the baggage was very reasonable- he did not feel right for the part. But God knows what he is doing even if we humans do not.

BELLE

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bible Time and 100th Post

Yea! This is my 100th post. I used to think that blogging was dumb- but then I started looking for ways to save money in our household by looking at others' blogs. Then a friend helped me start my own my 2 goals for a blog were 1. Share the gospel. And 2. keep our family in check on our new grocery budget by reporting to everyone on my blog. And so far since January- Now I have kept us at $300.00 or less each month which is really helping our overall budget.

Now on to Bible Time: Samuel 9:

In Samuel chapter 9 the Lord tells Samuel that Saul will come to him looking for donkey that he lost and cannot find- the Lord told Samuel when Saul comes that will be the man to rule and govern over Israel although Saul does not see himself as worthy to do so.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bible Time

Today I am reading Samuel 8 which is when Israel asks for a king... Which is a really bad idea because a king will steal their sons and daughters and their fields and servants and will oppress them. But the part that really sticks out to me is how the Lord spoke to Samuel when he said that they were rejecting him as king like they had done the entire time since he took them out of Egypt. The words that he chose sounded like he was a human not God and sounded like he was sad that they had rejected him. And to tell the truth he is sad when we reject him as we do on almost a daily basis when we sin.

BELLE

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bible Time

Since I did not read yesterday- I read Samuel 6 & 7 today.

This is the story about the ark of the Lord being returned to Israel. The Philistines returned trying to get rid of their curse and sent with it 5 gold tumors and 5 gold rats representing the 5 rulers that were in Philistine. Then the Philistines were going to attack the Israelites at Mizpah but Samuel cried out to the Lord and the Lord delivered the Israelites from the Philistines.

BELLE

Monday, April 20, 2009

Daily Shopping Totals

I went to the Kmart Super Doubles yesterday, here's what I got:




6 Vitamin Water
5 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
3 Oust Sprays
1 Dove Conditioner
1 Axe Body wash
2 Dial Hand Soaps
1 "Congratulations" Banner- Dollar Tree
2 8 Roll Scott Papertowels
2 12 Double Roll Scott TP
5 Hormel Compleats
3 Maruchan Noodles
2 Renuzit Triscents starters
1 Box Mashed Potatoes- Grocery Store
1 Tub Butter- Grocery Store
3 Renuzit Super Odor Neut. Spray
2 Quaker Mini Delights 6 pk
1 Fruit Loops
1 Apple Jacks
2 Ziploc Twist N Loc Containers
1 wet ones wipes
2 Newspapers- Not pic, grocery store
4 Box Poptarts
1 4 pk Tidy totes- Dollar Tree
1 Cheese Grater- Dollar Tree
2 Glade Carpet pwdr
6 Pringles Super stacks
2 Revlon Eye Shadow
1 Kraft Mayo
6 Kotex Pantiliners
5 Betty Crocker Icing
3 Kraft Ranch Dressing
4 Ziploc Bags
1 10 pk gauze pads
1 Diego Bandaids
3 Halls Cough drops
2 French's Mustards
Total is Worth: $245.79
Total $$ Spent: $79.73
Total Saved: $166.06 or 68%

Not bad for stuff that is nice to have (like junk food) but that I rarely buy because it is so expensive.
At the Flea Market this weekend I got:

Capn' Crunch Crucnch Berries $2.00
Dog Treats $.75
Poptarts $1.25
Chewy Granola Bars $1.00
Fruit Chillers $1.00
Chocolate Molten Lava Cake $1.50
2 Applesauce cups $.50

Total $8.00- Not Bad for what I got- I love Discount Food Stores and the only food we have ever had trouble with is Taco shells- and sometimes when I get them from the store they're not even fresh- but that's another story.


Total left in April Budget:

Cash: $83.88
RR: $8.50
ECB: $14.47

Total: $106.85 for 11 days or approx. $9.71 per day.


BELLE

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read 1 Samuel Chapter 5

What a mighty God we have! To the Philistines who were being afflicted and killed because they took the ark. No wonder they wanted to give it back so much. And poor Dagon (yeah, right!) who had his feet and hands broken off and was put face down in worship. No one can compare to the awesome power of God!

BELLE

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bible Time

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. We decided to surprise my mom in GA for Easter and left in kind of a hurry. It's been tough getting back on schedule.

Samuel Chapter 4:

This chapter is about the Philistines and the Israelites fighting and the ark of the covenant being brought out to the battlegrounds. The Philistines won the battle and took the ark. Eli's two sons Hophni and Phineas died and when Eli received the news he died too. Also Phineas' wife went into preterm labor, gave birth to Ichabod, and died.

Belle

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel Chapter 3:

The Lord speaks to Samuel. It is so hard for us to hear God when he speaks to us, some of us never try to even listen. But God stands there calling our name wanting us to speak to him- and listen as well. What is God saying right now?

BELLE

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bible Time

Samuel Chapter 2:

The Lord is so gracious- Hannah gave her first born son back to the Lord and the Lord gave her 5 more children to raise. The Lord is also righteous and just he said that Eli's line would be cut off and that all the people would die in the prime of life, and that Eli's two sons would die on the same day.

BELLE

Monday, April 6, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

I have not done a menu plan in such a long time and it is really costing us in time, money and sanity. Every night Beast and I look like two of the vultures from the Jungle Book- what do you want to eat? I dunno what do you want to eat? Back and forth- we are both fed up with doing it so here is my Menu Plan Monday:



Monday
B-Kix Milk Juice
L-PB Sandwich, Green Beans, Strawberries
D-Sweet and Sour Meatball Stirfry

Tuesday
B-Toast Apple slices Milk
L-Black Eye Peas ??
D-Chicken Spaghetti

Wednesday
B-Cheerios Milk Juice
L- Eggs Tatertots Toast ?
D-Salisbury Steak ?

Thursday
B-Oatmeal Raisins Milk
L- Bag Lunch @ Zoo- Daycare Field Trip
D-

Friday Daycare Closed
B-Cereal? Might make a big breakfast
L- Free for all or L/overs?
D-Steak or Pizza

Saturday
B-Cereal
L- Church Easter Extravaganza
D-

Sunday?? No Ideas.

The menu is not complete but atleast it is something right?

Check out other MPM here.

April Food Budget Update

Well we are on Day #6 of this month and we have already spent a lot of money. But My sis-in-law and I are doing OAMC so we had to go out and buy the stuff for that plus I had to get newspapers yesterday.

Here's the rundown of what's left:

Cash:248.01
ECB: 13.46
RR: 8.00
Plus GC to Walmart and CVS? Unknown amounts but approximately $50.00W and $9.00CVS.

BELLE

Bible Time

Samuel Chapter 1:

All I want to say is Thank you, God for my 2 wonderful children. Our children are not really ours God has loaned them to us to teach them His way and guide them down the path of life. My spiritual side knows this while my sinful human side says that I would literally die if my children were taken away from me. So Samuel's mother did a very brave thing by letting her little boy go back to the Lord voluntarily. She had more courage and strength than I will ever have.

BELLE

Friday, April 3, 2009

Update...

Well Little Belle and the entire rest of the family are finally better. Thank you for sticking around on this little blog break. It has been a very long week trying to get everyone better. So we will be going back to normal blogging on Monday and I will let everyone know what has come out of our April Monthly Budget of $300.00 so far. The March Budget was out of cash by 03/31/09 but we still had Reg. Rewards, ECB, and gift cards all with moolah on them so those will roll over to the April Budget.

BELLE

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Update...

Sorry, I haven't been around lately Little Belle has been vomiting with diarrhea since Friday afternoon and we had to take her to the ER last night because she got dehydrated. So please pray that she will take food/drink so we don't have to go back to the hospital.
Also please pray for Baby Stellan- that God will heal him so that he can go back with his mommy.

BELLE

Friday, March 27, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read the last chapter in Daniel which has information about the end of times. The "man" told Daniel that the end of times would come when "there is a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then." and those who "sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life and others to shame and everlasting contempt." There is much speculation as to whether this is the end of times? Well no one actually knows but God but I would make sure that I am prepared and know the true Creator of the cosmos.

BELLE

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read the end of Chapter 11 in Daniel. The king of the North exalts himself over all others. The king of the North will fight with everyone and will conquer almost everyone. Yet he will come to his end and no one will help him. God says that "for what has been determined must take place." Isn't it awesome how God knows everything the beginning, the end, and everything in between?

BELLE

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read part of Chapter 11 in Daniel The kings of the North and the South. Basically it seems to me that the kings of these two sides will continuously go after one another until the end of times which we will read in a couple of days.

BELLE

Monday, March 23, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read Chapter 10 Daniel's vision of a man. Daniel sees a man whom he is terrified from but the man gives him strength to face his vision and the interpretation. Tommorow I will read of the kings from the north and south.

BELLE

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Daily Shopping Totals

Today we went to the Flea Market, Walmart, and CVS.

Flea Market
3.92# bananas $2.25
Reese's Puffs $1.75
Dog Treats $.75
Dog Leash and Harness $1.50
Fruit Chillers $1.00
Lunch $13.00
Total cash $20.25



Walmart
Butter $2.50
2 BBQ sauce $2.36
Kraft dressing $1.58
Applesauce $1.86
Total cash $8.30
CVS
2 Lucky Charms $3.33
1 Cin. Toast Crunch $1.67
$1/3 Coupon
$2.99 ECB
Total gift card $1.01
Leaves $8.10 on gift card
FREEBIE!!
I got home and recieved my free sample of pantene pro-v shampoo and conditioner!
BELLE

March Food Budget Update

So, really sorry but I have not been keeping up with pictures and posts of everything we have bought so I am just going to give an update of what we have left in our budget for the next 11 days.
I will say that I went to Walgreens to get the kids' easter basket stuff by using the money from the huggies deals I did last week. I had $59.96 in products including easter stuff and other stuff that we were getting. I had $5.95 in advertised savings and $23.99 in coupons which left $30.02 as my total before tax then I had $30.00 in RR from the huggies deals that left $.02 as my subtotal with $3.68 in tax for a grand total of $3.70 OOP. That was a savings of $59.94 or 99%!! That is my kind of therapy shopping!

On to the budget update:
Cash: $166.57
ECB's: $15.96
RR's: $16.00
CVS Gift Card: $9.11

Total $$: $207.64

So for 11 days we have $18.87 to spend each day {unlikely that we will spend anywhere near this much} but we have run out of a few things. I would like to end up with $50-$100 at the end of the month {without lacking for things we need} but we will see! ;}

BELLE

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read chapter 9 in Daniel- which was Daniel's prayer to the Lord to spare Jerusalem and the Israel people. Then Gabriel {angel?} showed a vision of seventy "sevens" to Daniel that were to take place. Including put an end to sin, atone for wickedness, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, etc.

BELLE

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read Chapter 8 in Daniel. It was about another dream- this one about the end of days. The bible said 2,300 evenings and mornings until the sanctuary will be reconstructed. I have had feelings that the end of days was coming very soon. No person knows the exact time, but I think it is close. And I feel I must say if there is anyone out there that does not know that they know that Jesus Christ died for them and have asked him to come into their life and live in their heart, please do so. You DO NOT want to be left behind when he calls us all home.

BELLE

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read Chapter 7 in Daniel. I will be honest the dream of four beasts that Daniel has in this chapter does not make much sense to me. It seems that the beasts are either Satan or kings on earth who are idol worshippers and that they basically kill each other out of greed and then the Most High comes in to reign forever and ever which makes me think of Christ's second coming and how everyone will worship him in the millennial reign and forever.

BELLE

Friday, March 13, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read chapter 6 of Daniel- The Lion's Den! Little Beast loves this story {well the cartoon version of this story} because God shut the lions mouths. To read this story as an adult and to perceive it as an adult makes you sit in wonder and awe at God's awesome ability to shut the lions mouths. It also makes me realize how I do not completely trust God at all times like I should. Daniel is being put into a lion den and is still praising God and I worry about everything. And normally I say that I just stress a lot over everything and it is just how I am but actually it is a sin that I need to ask God to help me with. I will probably always struggle with this sin, but if I realize it is a sin and ask forgiveness at least I can start to deal with it and move past it.

BELLE

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bible Time

Chapter 5 in Daniel is about the writing on the wall. Lots of people claim to see phenonemons such as ghosts and things. But here is a true "ghost" {actually angel from heaven} story. Imagine all of these people drunk and carrying on and then a hand appears and writes on a wall. I think I would probably faint {and that would be me sober} and the only person who can read it is Daniel. God uses Daniel in so many miraculous ways and really shines through his life. I plead with the Most High God to shine through my life and to show others himself through me.

BELLE

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read Chapter 4 in the book of Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar was removed from the thrown for seven years and cast out until he acknowledged the Most High God. God sometimes puts obstacles in our lives that can really humble a person and make you think of what is really important like God and our families. Right now there are a lot of questions surrounding our future, but I have to remember that God will provide and we will survive.

BELLE

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read Daniel Ch 3- The Fiery Furnace

It is amazing when you think of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abendigo being put into the fiery furnace and the Angel of the Lord coming into the fire to save them. Oh God, give me the strength to live for you. You do not even want us to die for You only live in your name, and how we cannot even do that? Lord, give me the strength and courage to live in your name.

BELLE

Monday, March 9, 2009

Daily Shopping Totals

Well I have been really bad- I have not posted about what we have spent so far in March from our Grocery Budget of $300.00. Glad to report that I actually had made my family $19.00 {which is not there anymore...} in one week from shopping the sales and getting RR and ECB.



So here is the rundown...

Items Pictured:
5 Garnier Fructis Free
2 Colgate Totals Free
2 Colgate Max Fresh Free
2 Cinnamon Toast Crunch $.68
1 Lucky Charms $.34
3 Huggies Wipes** $3.00
4 Huggies Diapers** $17.00
2 Gillette Fusion Razors Free
3 Cars Create a Story $6.00
1 Disney Princess Create a Story $2.00
4 Reach Toothbrushes Free
2 Sense and Sprays Free
2 CVS Vitamins {D} Free
2 Trial Size Act Totals Free
2 Hershey Kisses Free from profit on Sense & Spray
2 New Shoes for the kids** $19.00
1 5# apples $3.00


Items Not Pictured:

1 5# apples $3.00
3 Newspapers $4.50
2 Garnier Fructis- gave to Sis for B-day present {Hey, she's a college student} Free
1 Refill gas can for grill $18.00
1 Colgate Max Fresh Free
1 Blink Tears Free
1 Dress for Little Belle** $6.00- $5.00B-day $$ = $1.00


Items with ** paid for out of money for kids that we have a certain amount set aside each month for clothes, diapers, etc.

I may or may not of forgotten things but here is a rundown of money, ECB, gift cards, and RR in our possession.


Cash: $230.37
ECB: $12.98
RR: $28.00
Gift Card {CVS}: $11.40 I Bought this on Jan. 3, 2009 and put $25.00 on it.

Total $$: $282.75 Hard to believe that after everything I bought there is only $17.25 missing from our total Grocery Budget that doesn't even cover the $18.00 gas tank.
Pretty Good If you ask me....
BELLE

Bible Time

Continuing in Daniel, I read Chapter 2 today of how Daniel asks God to reveal the dream to him so that he can interpret it to the king and save his and his friend's lives. It is so amazing and awesome that God who created everything including the sun would care about each and every one of us. Yesterday in my Sunday school class I asked my pre-k's how to we thank God and for what. One little girl said "When we get a boo-boo we thank God for making it better." To know that a 5 year old would thank God for healing a boo-boo and most of us don't thank him at all it makes you sorry for taking everything we have for granted. So Thank you God for everything you have given me especially my husband and children and Lord, please help me to carry out your will in my life today and everyday and also Thank you for the sun. Without it or rather without You life would not be possible.

BELLE

Friday, March 6, 2009

I WON MY FIRST AWARD!!!

So cheapbychoice gave me my first award. Thanks!!



Here are my 7 things that I Love...


1. God


2. Beast


3. Little Beast and Little Belle


4. My friends and family


5. PIZZA


6. My church family


7. Sweet Tea!!!





Here are 7 of the 30+ blogs that I love and follow... Sorry, if I don't put yours I only have 7 to list.



1. http://cheapbychoice.blogspot.com/
2. http://grocerycartchallenge.blogspot.com/

3.http://adayin5.blogspot.com/

4.http://www.kingdomfirstmom.com/

5.http://jane4girls800dollarannualbudget.blogspot.com/

6.http://gettingfreedom.blogspot.com/

7.http://mommysnacks.blogspot.com/

Bible Time

Today I read Daniel Ch. 1- I think I will stick in the book of Daniel for a while- but God has the control, truly {Plus if it weren't for Him I wouldn't read the Bible to begin with...}
Ch.1 was basically about how Daniel and his 3 friends were taken {God allowed it} by the Babylonians to live in the kings palace and how they asked the guard to only let the eat vegetables and water, b/c they did not want to defile themselves with the king's food. The guard said ok {God made him} and the 4 men looked better after 10 days of just vegetables and water than the men eating the king's food {God made that happen too}.

Do you ever have a day when you just want to thank God for everything... My life, My family, everything because without fresh mercy and fresh grace everyday we wouldn't of even of woke up today- the mere thought of even blood pumping through our veins today {God controls that too} makes you want to Praise the Lord God Almighty. Praise God!!

Belle

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read Psalms 51- It was about blotting out our transgressions from the most Holy God. I pray that my transgressions will be blotted out- and I have the reassurance that my transgressions are as far from God as the East is from the West. And all because my savior, Jesus Christ, chose to lay down his life for my stinking flesh and sins. Thank you, Jesus for choosing me over yourself.

BELLE

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I'm Back

Well I think we may of gotten all of the kinks worked out of our computer now. It didn't take as long as I thought it would and it helped to prove to me that I can live without a computer- it is just very inconvenient. When you go to make something- and need a recipe- but OOPS- you don't have a computer- can't get the recipe- can't make the food. But- I can make it... I am not going to bore you with everything we bought in our grocery budget for February but I will say that we ended up with about $57.00 leftover which I used to buy various things including lunch on Sunday. We also just got a new baby in my daycare and I am providing all formula which is very pricey$$. So I have not decided if I will be separating the baby stuff from our budget, keeping our budget how it is and making due, or increasing the budget from $300 to $350 to accommodate the baby stuff.
But when I know you'll know. Till then talk to you soon...
Belle

Friday, February 27, 2009

It's Been a long time...

Sorry it has been so long- my computer is having to be worked on and it is taking longer than hoped for... I am hoping to have it back by next weekend although now would be best. I just wanted to let everyone know that everything is okay and if I get time to get to a computer I will fill everyone in on February Grocery Budget in detail but as of right now we have $73.00 in our budget and tommorrow is the last day of ther month. ;} Yeah! We came in really low this month so I am going to stock up on stuff I think. Let you know everything as soon as I get my computer back.

Belle

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bible Time

Tonight was the last night of the revival at our church- and boy has it been wonderful. Wayne Nelson was a wonderful speaker. Praise to God in the highest- our church gave Wayne and Hattie a love offering of $2800.00 and we didn't even beg. Pastor Lonnie just said to give what God led you to give and that was what it was. I know that money will be used to minister to others and for God to be glorified.

Tonight we read the passage Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." A few weeks ago I happened to accept a position in our children's church to help out because the regular teacher was hurt... Well I hate to admit it but I must be truthful... I have not been working at it with all my heart. I was more just doing it to get it done. I asked God tonight to please help me to work to please him... So with His help I will be able to teach this class and please Him doing it.

Daily Shopping Totals

Well I just wanted to clue everyone in... It is Friday February 20, 2009 and we still have $174.00 in our $300.00/month Grocery Budget. I have not been buying stuff without reporting or using other money instead of this money. Just somehow I have not needed to go to the grocery store for anything. I do however have about 4-5 things on my running grocery list {including a new stool for our dining table} So that will probably cost $50.00 or less.

And I have developed a grocery plan... I am going to try to buy 2 Angel Food Regular Boxes at $30.00 each= $60.00 plus one pick 5 for $19.99 {this is our grocery store special where you pick any 5 things for $19.99; it saves money b/c most of the time the items are regularly priced at $5+ } or I will purchase $20.00 in meat on sale if I can get more for the price- which ever is a good deal. And because we have a farmers market about 10 minutes from our church we are going to go there 2x month and buy fresh fruits and veggies spending $5-10 each time. This will total out to be about $90-100, and will be all of our meat for the month+ other stuff. Not too shabby when I would normally buy 3 AFM boxes for $90 and no fresh fruits or veggies :( So this way it is still the same amount of money and we have a little more variety in our meats and we have fresh food too. :)

Thanks for listening...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bible Time

Well today I am a little late on my posting- I woke up late this morning and when that happens the daycare kids make it very hard for me to steal a few minutes to read and post...

Last night at revival the passage "Be ye angry and sin not..." was brought up from Ephesians 4:26. This passage really spoke to my heart. God has been dealing with me and my sin from anger... From everything to calling bad names, to yelling at my kids and other various ways to sin from anger. Anger is not a sin we are expected to get angry when things happen that we do not agree with, however when we act upon that anger it is a sin and I have very little patience when I get angry so I sin a lot from anger. If I can begin to remember to think before I act and to ask God to take the anger from me- I can begin to learn not to sin in this area of my life. So those of you who love God... please pray for me to not sin from anger. It would be a real encouragement.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bible Time

Today I read 2 Timothy Chapter 3: This chapter is from Paul and he is speaking to the church at Timothy, the last of this chapter explains that the Bible is God's living word, it is "God- breathed" and is used for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. If we look at the Bible as the final authority and turn to it to make decisions and rely on God to help us make wise choices we can grow closer to him. Having these daily devotionals with God {and you} can help us to grow closer to him, to seek his face. My major downfall is not reading my bible, but is praying for guidance at the beginning of my day and throughout as well. I long to be closer to God and reading and praying are two things that we are commanded to do in order to have fellowship with God.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bible Time

We have already had revival meetings two times this week and we have another 4 more. We have a guest speaker, Wayne Nelson, who is really good. I am really enjoying being around my church family this week- and it is bringing me closer to God to build a better relationship with him.

Today I read Titus 2 & 3.
Titus 2 talks about mentoring the older to the younger... It says to teach the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands so that no one will malign the word of God. This passage really speaks to me because these are areas that I need to work on in my life and I hope to really get better at these areas especially the self- control.
Titus 3 talks about kindness and how to show kindness because God showed us kindness through Jesus dying on the cross. Jesus did not have to lay down his life but he did for me {and you, too.} And I have a hard time showing kindness to those who don't deserve it when Lord knows I did not deserve Jesus to die for me. When I think about it if I had more "self-control" I would be able to show more "kindness" even when those around me do not deserve it.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Here is my menu plan for the week, we have revival every night and will be eating dinner at the church so this is breakfast and lunch only. Check out organizing junkie for more menu plans.

Monday
B- Biscuits with Honey and Jam
L- Picnic at the park

Tuesday
B- Kix Milk Juice
L- Chicken sweet potatoes cantaloupe crescent rolls Milk

Wednesday
B- Cheerios Milk Juice
L- Eggs Tatertots Carrots Toast Milk

Thursday
B- Oatmeal Raisins Milk
L- Hotdogs green beans cabbage Buns Milk

Friday
B- Chex Milk Juice
L- Turkey Helper peas oranges Milk

Saturday and Sunday are up in the air right now waiting on the weather...

My day off...

Well I took today off because of the President's Day Holiday. When we got up this morning I rewarmed these biscuits, and put out strawberry jam and honey for breakfast. Then we decided to go to the park for our day off. I made a picnic lunch of sandwiches for Little Beast and I and sweet potatoes for Little Belle. I also took FREE ritz crackers and cheese and juice and cookies for our lunch. We only had 1 meltdown when I took Little Beast' s bike away because he pushed it down the huge drain pipe after I told him to stop and counted to three... But after he stopped crying and we put the bike up in the van he was fine and the rest of the time there was great.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Daily Shopping Totals

Well I had been planning my CVS and Walgreens trips all last week and after not spending hardley any money I decided to go ahead and get the stuff.
CVS
16 rolls Charmin 12.99 reg 9.99 sale - .25coupon= 9.74
2 Pantene shampoos 4.99 reg 3.33 sale- 1.00/2 coupon= 5.66 for both
2 Pantene conditioner 4.99 reg 3.33 sale- 1.00/2 coupon= 5.66 for both
2 ritz crackers 1.89 reg 1.00 sale -2.00/2 coupon= FREE
2 wheat thins 1.89 reg 1.00 sale -2.00/2 coupon= FREE
1 Madagascar 2 movie 24.99 reg 19.99sale -15.00 instant savings = 4.99
Had (1) $4/$20 coupon and $10 ECB

Paid $13.06 OOP
Saved $48.45 or 79% off total order. WOO-HOO!!

Walgreens :(((
1 Fusion Razor 9.49 reg 8.99 sale - 4.00 coupon = $5.62 after tax and got a $6 RR back... good so far then on my 2nd transaction... Saved $4.50 ~ 44%

1 KY Yours and Mine 19.99 - 5.00EasySaver coupon - 5.00 Newspaper coupon= $11.39 after tax tried to pay with my $6 RR from before to make it $5.39 OOP and they would not let me they said I already used 2 coupons and couldn't use anymore... but RR is money off my next order not a coupon right?? So I asked them to key it in and she said they were not allowed-- I WAS HOT!! But I paid for it anyways and left with $6 RR but paid more OOP. Paid $11.39 OOP Saved $10.00 ~ 47%

Grand Total OOP: $13.06 + $5.62 + $11.39= $30.07
Total Saved: $62.95 or 68% that is more than half off...

What I don't understand is why do they say RR is money off your next order if you cannot use it however you please {as cash.} CVS's ECB are not like that they are treated as cash that you can use as you please.
Sorry- no pics put everything up first before I wrote post.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Bible Time

Last night we went over to a friend's house and were going to order dinner. Charity and Beast are wanting to add peppers and onions to the pizza while Kiale and I are grossing out with having to share a bed with someone {our respective mates} that ate that stuff. Then Charity, Beast, and I all bust out laughing b/c my post from yesterday was to the T! We are all paired oppositely- but we wouldn't have it any other way.

Today I will be on pins and needles- My mother had spinal surgery on Wednesday which went good- but now they can't get her heart rate under 120/ bpm. So every time the phone rings I am freaking out thinking something might happen to her. I pray that the cat scan and everything comes back clean and they can get her heart beat under control.

Today I am reminded of the story {well so many stories} of when Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead. Today I read Psalm 23 {I got this passage out of the index under "when you are sick"} I was not aware that this is the verse everyone quotes on death beds, but anyways. I have talked to my mother before about her salvation and she told me that she was saved... so if this is her time to go I know the Lord knows what he is doing... I don't know how the rest of us will cope but she will "dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Daily Shopping Totals

Last night after church we went to the grocery store to pick up a few things on sale...

3 Del Monte Spaghetti Sauce Reg $1.19 each - $.40 sale = $.79 total x 3= $2.37
3 Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper $1.99 each- $.99 sale = $1.00 total x 3 = $3.00
1 Margarine $2.50 each - $.50 sale= $2.00

Total Paid: $7.37
Total Saved: $4.67
% Saved: 38.7% w/out coupons!!
Total Money Left: $264.81 for the next 17 days or $15.57 per day including Angel Food