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I get giddy about the most ridiculous things sometimes. About two months ago, I started couponing.. not the extreme kind (because no one needs 900 boxes of cereal or TP or whatever) but the normal kind where you usually just save money.

I swear, this week was like the jackpot of free and super cheap stuff. I spent $23 and got:

  • 2 boxes of Total Raisin Bran
  • 2 boxes of Wheaties Fuel (1.3 of the boxes were free, plus $5 gift card back!)
  • 1 box Ritz Crackerfuls (I don’t normally eat crap like this, but hey, they were free! The crackers are whole grain/whole wheat, so there’s not as much guilt there.)
  • 1 box Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain rice
  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 1 jug Purex laundry detergent (This stuff is seriously awesome, and so cheap everywhere, even without coupons)
  • 1 stick deodorant (free!)
  • 1 Nivea men’s body wash (free!)
  • 2 4-packs YoPlus yogurt (free!)
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • birthday card for brother in law
But wait. I didn’t hit up my fourth usual grocery store so when I go on Tuesday, this is what I have left to get:
  • 2 boxes Green Giant broccoli – free!
  • AA batteries – free!
  • Stove top stuffing – free! (Ok, before you hate on me, we really don’t eat crap like this often. But this is one of those childhood comfort foods my mom used to make once in a blue moon.)
I kind of like scouting out the deals, though I have to wake up earlier on Sundays to beat the old ladies to some of the better deals. Seriously though, this week my newspaper and the new print cartridge I need plus the gas it took me to get to these places paid for itself. This doesn’t happen all the time, but this week’s deals were great!
Do you coupon? What free stuff do you get? Do you want to teach me the art of CVS free stuff (I hear it’s good)? 😉
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For reasons I don’t really want to divulge, Friday I gave 2 weeks notice at work. It was a fairly sudden move (though we had discussed it – Chad knew it was coming) and honestly, scary as hell. It meant we had to go on a budget ASAP and figure out what our essentials are, and if we could afford them. Thank goodness Chad starts his new job in just a couple of months – it’s going to be a tight few months!

Aside from some very cheap eating out this weekend (we ate out twice for $30, mostly since my sis and her BF were visiting), we lived our new lives of “living simply.” Our A/C is out, but that’s a good thing… we got to keep the windows open to this nice weather all week. I don’t think I mentioned it before, but our cable has been out since some idiot screwed it up about two months ago… we get 21 channels, none of them being ESPN… and it’s nice. We watch some netflix, but mostly we don’t watch TV at all. I started couponing (not the extreme stuff… no, I’m just into the “get this for cheaper” type) a few weeks ago and it’s strangely nice to have a little project. We’re cooking lots of stuff ourselves from scratch and reading more. I’m making a list of (cheap!) baby projects I want to tackle, planning our move and all kinds of other stuff. I planted herbs and lettuce in a container garden today, too!

The only unfortunate thing about my new less-stress life is that we won’t be going to Charleston as much now – that gets expensive! – but that trade-off is well worth the things we’ll get in return… and Skype is free 🙂

Have you ever taken a major risk in quitting a job without a new one in sight? Any money saving tips you want to offer? 😉

for christmas! Seeing as I planned thanksgiving weeks early and Christmas is my favorite holiday… I think it’s acceptable. Here in the Morgan household, we went shopping for Christmas stuff starting this weekend. I’d been making small owl ornaments, but I decided I didn’t want to go that way. (Want 9 felt owl ornaments? Hit me up!) I always have a differently themed tree each and this year, it’s red/white with fun and funky ornaments. Want to see what I’m planning? Just pretend they’re all red and white…

All of these are from bhg.com!

what’s going on, office lovers? Trouble ahead for jim and pam?

SOOOO GLAD michael asked Holly out!! He needs to be nice to her though… really nice.

And Jan is a WEIRDO still.

SNL Thursday is GREAT!!!!!!! the Weekend Update–FABULOUS!

 

Anyways. Been getting better. Cooking more! Trying to eat less–that way i cook less, we spend less on groceries, etc… with just the three of us (Mandy, me and Chad), it’s not too hard to cook a family sized pack of chicken or pork chops and get enough for two days. And boxes of Rice a Roni and Mac and Cheese are good sized for six decent portions, too. I’ve also found that one of those frozen chicken breasts from the 2-3 lb. bag (walmart, food lion/bloom, bi-lo and ingles all have them) will make this while you’re cooking dinner for two nights…

Chicken Salad:

One frozen boneless skinless chicken breast, two eggs, one stalk of celery, mayo, salt, pepper and garlic powder

Boil the chicken for 5 minutes, add eggs and boil for another 15. Rinse both in cold water for 5 minutes, chop up both and dice celery and add it, mix in mayo and seasonings to taste. Refrigerate overnight.

I mean, that probably cost me $3 with bread.

 

I’m about to make some bread pudding with leftover bread i’ve been freezing to save for such an occasion… I love bread pudding! I’m excited, it’s so custardy and warm. 🙂

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