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3rd Time Going Through FPU

September 22nd, 2014 at 08:54 am

The girls and I are attending FPU again. This is my 3rd time, DD1's second and I'm bringing DD2 because they were supposed to have child care available but didn't have the numbers in children to have a staff member watch them. Another couple brings their 9mth old and if he gets loud they will walk out with him. Everyone is very understanding. They have water, tea and coffee, cookies and brownies. We love getting a little treat. DD2 brings a book and is very quiet.
We enjoy going!

In yesterdays class alot of the people there were surprised by how much money they are spending on food. Just the small day to day outings for lunch. One lady commented that when she goes to the grocery store and pays over $100 on groceries she gets mad at herself because in her head she wasn't wanting to spend that much but if she goes to dinner and spends $100 she's okay with it because it feels like a treat. Another couple mentioned that if they would just take their lunches how much that would help.

After class we went to the grocery store and got stuff for lunches. Last night we packed our lunches and included a snack. As you can tell, I was paying attention in class.

I helped DD1 go over her budget and tweak a few things. She had her gifts and vacation budget a bit high. Other than that everything looked pretty good. She is really understanding how living at home while working and taking college classes helps.

Farmers Market Run

September 17th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Today was the first day of the City of Houston bringing back the Farmers Market at City Hall. YAY!
It was my first time going to this farmers market. I've had it on my calendar and have been counting the days. I have meat at home but need veggies!

I work on the other side of downtown from this location but they have a bus to use that services the downtown area for free during business hours in the work week. Part of Go Green Houston initiative. I walked over there then used the bus to return back to work.

There were only a few tents and only one that had a good selection of veggies. Others had homemade candy, nuts and bread. There were about 6 food trucks there and pop up tents with vendors selling food.

Since I was meeting an ex co worker and he was being 'good' so I decided not to get food to eat in front of him.

We had a nice time chatting and walking around. It was good to get out of the office.

I had a budget of $34 and ended up paying $6 for the vegan cream cheese pumpkin loaf and $23 for the veggies. I got okra, squash, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and potatoes. Total spent $29 with $5 bucks to spare!

On the way back the strap to my bag broke. Next time I will have to take my moms small grocery cart if she still has it.

Kohl's Shopping

September 11th, 2014 at 01:04 pm

I went to Kohl's last night and bought some work clothes. The cashier let me use a 20% off coupon and two $10 rewards that I received in emails.

I spent $157.53 saved $223.47 and got back $20 in Kohl's cash.

I wasn't looking for clearance stuff to buy I just went in and tried on everything that I liked and felt comfortable to me. Not really looking at the price tag.

I was pretty excited that I was fitting into size 10 and not 12's.

I'm going to give my sister a bunch of my clothes over the weekend. I will only be keeping 1 pr of blue, black, gray and brown slacks. That's all I really need anyway. We have jean day Friday's here at work.

I saw a few other things that I wanted but didn't get. Pillows, rugs and bedding.


September 8th, 2014 at 02:13 pm

I've been couponing again! Here are a few pictures of things I have picked up over the last month. I don't hit every deal (life gets in the way) and we don't eat and use everything pictured.

The things that I am most excited about are the organic beef and organic chicken (not pictured).

The stores that I've been shopping at are CVS, Walgreens, Kroger and Target.

This past weekend I went to my Kroger to get items from the Mega Event and was so shocked that the shelves were cleared. Then I turned to go down another aisle and saw who was clearing them! Ticked me off. I got other items and just left. The store will only give you rain checks for items in the ad so I was only able to get 2 rain checks. I plan to go back at another time.

I'm currently receiving 5 Sunday papers at my house. I pay for the subscription. This is after I sent out a Facebook post on the neighborhood website and no one responded. lol

SA Selling Challenge Update #7

September 8th, 2014 at 10:49 am

My totals for the challenge to date are

4 Wii Games $15
Microsoft License $25
Bag $100
Shelf for $5
Mini fridge for $50
Nike football $5
Cupcake stand $5
Airfreshner $10
4 Mens deodorant $5
10 bags of pens and 5 bags of pencils $10
Crockpot $5
Cooler $8
Rug $5

Total $248

I feel like I've sold more but didn't track it.