A little joy to share with you!

A little joy to share with you!

Friday, November 25, 2011

My parents...

I grew up with people everywhere.  Friends, neighbors, family.  Especially at holiday times.  The holiday rule was always to invite anyone!  Well... this year we might have pushed the envelope a bit for any regular household.  We called my parents at 9:00 the night before Thanksgiving to let them know we asked a couple more people to dinner. Did I mention that I grew up somewhere between the Waltons and Little House on the Prairie?  Dad's response was, "hey!  So did we!"     
I'm thankful for this crazy crew that shares my life!  Thanks Mom and Dad for always filling the house with warmth and joy!  (Mom is at one end of the table and Dad at the other!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gearing up for the holiday season!

Holiday card printed... check!  Address labels printed... check!  Christmas letter written... sigh.  Not yet.  No check...  (But don'tcha love the photo???)

Favorite elf dressed for character day at school!  Note that Santa (above photo) might wind up sitting in the elf's lap this year...

Part of our coupon crew!  We clip, gab, and drink too much coffee a couple times a month.  Love it! 

Little Man helps clip coupons.  His favorite find, so far, is the very entertaining bag of stuffing mix on his tray!

Sooooo... how is the coupon clipping going?  We have successfully cut our grocery bill by more than half!  I spend less than $100 a week on groceries for a family of seven!  This includes all the soap, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry detergent, etc.  And a fringe benefit is that meal planning has gotten much, much easier!  This week, ham steaks were on sale, buy one, get one free.  One went into a mac & cheese this week.  Five are set aside for the coming months.  Boneless, skinless chicken breasts were a fantastic price.  One package made two meals this week, three packages are in the freezer.  A turkey went directly to the freezer.  A small package of burger (half off a couple weeks ago) came out of the freezer.  So did a marinated pork loin (buy one, get one free a few weeks ago).  And we don't always eat meat....  We had vegetarian stew (plenty of good deals on beans, diced tomatoes, celery, carrots, and even spices lately) and ever-popular Honey Muffins (baking supplies are on great sales this month) for dinners, as well.  With so much in the freezer (meats, soups, vegetables) and pantry (couscous, pasta, beans, vegetables, cereals), most of next week's meal planning is taken care of.  I'll just need a few basics and use the grocery budget on the best buys for future meals.  Staying home with Little Man is actually paying for itself!  I'm thrilled :o)     

Just a quick photo... this is what 75 cents worth of groceries looks like!

Have a happy day!