Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July Groceries : 2nd Check In

I can't believe it's been almost a full week since I posted last!  It doesn't seem like there is ever enough time in the day - especially during summer break!

Anyway....

So, as I try to curb this month's groceries to $450, let's see how it's been going....

Last time  I updated the tally I had spent...
$118.83

Money left in July budget...
$331.17

Big Y:  $26.03
4 blocks of Cabot cheese
1 roll of Jimmy Dean sausage
1 pint of blueberries
1 large green pepper
3 passion fruit

Big Y:  $19.72
1 (4 pack) raspberry turnovers
1 boneless strip steak
1 large package (store brand) frozen corn
1 bundle firewood (for birthday S'more making)

Stop & Shop:  56.83
1 container of oatmeal/raisin/pecan cookies (reduce bakery item)
1 loaf Vermont white bread
1 lb American Cheese
3/4 lb Boars Head Honey Maple Chicken (deli)
1 package (12 rolls) toilet paper
1 box Ritz crackers
2 bags UTZ chips
2 containers of frosting (1 chocolate, 1 funfetti)
1 pouch of peanut butter cookie dough
1 package of Perdue chicken nuggets
1 Halo ice cream
1 container of chicken noodle soup

Big Y:  $24.00
1 canister whipped topping
1 dozen large eggs
1 vegetable korma prepared entrée
1 pint lobster bisque
1 box store brand complete pancake mix
4 lbs onions
1 (5lb) bag of potatoes
1 lb of yams

Big Y:  $64.72
1 tub of chocolate chip cookie refrigerated dough
1 large can of store brand whipped cream
1 (4 pack) premade Jello pudding cups
1 quart of store brand milk (to tide us over until farm market time)
1 half gallon Hood cookie dough ice cream
1 bag store brand cheese tortellini
1 bag Ore Ida fries
1 (8 pack) Gatorade
1 package of store brand ice pops
1 (38 oz) Heinz ketchup
1 jar of chocolate sundae syrup
1 container of chocolate sprinkles
2 store brand water "enchancers"  (like Mio)
1 container of Marie's blue cheese dressing
1 (8 oz) container of mushrooms
2.25 lbs of cherries
1 lb red onions
1 lb green beans
.5 lb yellow squash
1 lb zucchini
2 lbs sweet potatoes
1 lb eggplant


Whole Paycheck Foods:  $31.55
We were out and ended up near my all time favorite Whole Foods - about 40 minutes away from home.  So, of course I had to stop in.  LOL  I don't think we did *too* badly, all things considered.

1 package of Pumpkin Sage ravioli
1 lb green beans
1 Odwala shake (for Papa - he NEVER asks for drinks in the store so you know he was dying of thirst!  Haha!)
1 small package of sage
2 lbs of cherries
1 bunch of mustard greens
1 HUGE red grapefruit
1 large French baguette
1 container of Artisan lettuces mix


Total Spent:  $222.85
Left for July:  108.32

Yowzah!

Yup, it's going to be a close one to the finish this month!  I still have a pretty good amount of stuff left in the kitchen and pantry so, barrng any extra craziness, I should be able to do this.

How are the July groceries fairing on your end?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Happy Birthday G2!



Today my littlest, G2, turns 15!

As cliché a saying as it is....

Time really does fly!

I love the wonderful young woman she is turning into and I can't wait to see where the next year takes her!

Now, onto setting up for the festivities!

Another sleepover tonight - with a bunch of kiddos....I think we are up to seven friends at this point!

Dinner will be:

A bucket of Honey "dirt" Wings from G2's favorite wing place  (J Timothy's for anyone in CT who is curious where we go)
1 plain pizza
1 pepperoni pizza
1 bacon pizza
1 ice cream cake from G2's favorite local shop in her two favorite flavors (Oreo and Cookie Dough)
1 dozen cupcakes
Various soft drinks
Various snacky items (like potato chips, doritos, etc)

And, since the weather is supposed to be kind of yucky....

We are going to do a fire in our fireplace (as opposed to a fire pit outside) and do S'mores.


I really hope she enjoys her day!


Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

First Aid Kit....




Guppy 1 has set a soft date of leaving for her gap year - the first week of October!

Last weekend, Papa & I took her & Ramsey over to REI to start looking at some of the gear they will need - like decent backpacks.

But, I am also "being a mom" and thinking of other things she will need....

Like a decent first aid kit!

The inspiration hit when I got a CVS freebie -

A nice rather large (5 x 7 ish?) zippered first aid case!

Too bad nothing was included inside!  Haha!

My plan is to scour everywhere I can think of for deals to get as much as I can as cheaply as I can and fill this case!

What do I want to put inside?

Here's a rough list - and if you can think of anything to add please let me know!

Band-aids (in various shapes/sizes)
Moleskin
Gauze
Medical Tape
Neosporin
Hydro-cortisone
A few feminine supplies (in case of emergency/she is out of her supplies)
Travel packs of Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Benadryl, Immodium
Travel sized sunscreen & aloe
Travel sized baby wipes/anti bacterial gels
a few "break to activate" ice packs
CVS gift card


Have a great Thursday all!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Quick Weigh In Wednesday Post...



I have been running around like crazy this week with doctor visits and getting ready for G2's birthday on Friday!

But, I wanted to do a quick post since it's weigh in day for me.

Last time I posted, I was

175.9

This morning, the scale surprised me with...

173.9!

So, a loss of

2 lbs!

I wish I could tell you guys it was a result of hard work in the eating department but I can't.  Truthfully, I have NOT been eating as well as I should be!  This loss again comes from all the movement I have been doing recently - and probably the two hikes Papa and I took over this past weekend.

I am planning on getting my act together (and sticking to it this time!) after this weekend is over.  I'm not going to completely overindulge until Monday or anything....I just know I won't have the time to focus on strategy and prepping for success until then.


So, since April when I got my Fitbit and began tracking weight, I have lost a total of....

11.1 lbs!

I am not going to lie....

I wish it was more!  LOL  But, it's a good step in the right direction.  And, I feel SO MUCH BETTER than I did before I started seriously moving/exercising!  No more spasticity in my legs and calves either!  Woo Hoo!

If you are trying to lose weight, how's it going?

Monday, July 10, 2017

July Groceries


I know Mondays are usually for "Positive Monday" posts but, in an effort to start getting back on track, I have decided to post about groceries instead.  =)

Last month's grocery totals were, quite frankly, a blur.  I know I had decided to lower my budget but never "officially" decided what June's budget would be....That my friends was a recipe for disaster!  My inability to continue to post/track what I spent added to essentially a perfect storm.

So, I am determined to not have that happen this month!

I have decided to set my budget at $450 (including health, bath, & paper products) for July.  I wanted to go lower but G2's birthday is this month.  She wants to have her closest friends over for a sleepover on her actual birthday and then we are renting a cabin at Lake Compounce (most likely this month if I can get G2 to settle on a day!) before month's end which will add extra grocery costs in regards to drinks/snacks/etc.

Here's what I have spent up to this point:


CVS:  $2.05
I already posted about this but for the sake of keeping track...
5 bottle of laundry detergent
1 box Kleenex
1 bag mints


Farmer's Market:  $12*
*higher due to extra bottle deposit
2 quarts whole milk
1 pint of raspberry yogurt


CVS:  $6.69
1 Revlon hair dye (for Papa who is completely gray otherwise)
1 face mask packet (G2 to help with the issue on her face)
1 CVS brand package (10 count) of large bandaids (G1's big toe lost a fight with a bike pedal! LOL)
1 CVS brand Neosporin (G1)


CVS:  $5.49
CVS brand cortisone cream (G2's face)
1 king sized Kit Kat (trying to cheer up G2 with a treat!)


Big Y:  $65.97*
* total fail on my part!  Papa & I were out with Ramsey and G1 until way to close to dinner time without a dinner plan in place!  And, besides being hungry, I brought those two into the store with me - who decided "Pickies" were the way to go for dinner!

4 bags of Cabot shredded cheeses
1 can whipped topping
1 refrigerated pack of Jello chocolate pudding cups
1 (16 oz) container of ricotta
1 box potato skins
1 box bagel bites
1 P Farm garlic bread
1 bag tri-color cheese tortellini
1 box PF Chang's veggie egg rolls
1 box PF Chang's rice
2 Newman's salsas
1 large box of store brand tortilla chips
3 store brand Mio style water flavorings
1 deli sandwich

I cringed writing down this list!  ....BUT there is a LOT of stuff left over so at least it's not all gone, right?  haha


Big Y:  26.63
2 Cabot shredded cheeses - Wow!  We go through a LOT of cheese!
4 Friendly's ice cream sundae cups
5 Celeste frozen personal sized pizzas (sale)
1 bag store brand tortilla chips
1 6 pack of toilet paper
1 loaf of bread
1 jar of Newmans salsa (ditto on the salsa!)



Total Spent thus far:  $118.83
Money left in July budget:  $331.17

While what is left to spend isn't *bad*, I am unhappy with how I have spent grocery money so far!

Just reiterates that I need to keep track of my grocery expenditures and stay accountable!

And, with that, I'm off to at least two (possibly three) medical appointments!

Have a great Monday!






Sunday, July 9, 2017

July Medical Costs...





June was the month of animal medical costs....

Apparently July is going to be the month of people medical costs!

So, far here's what is happening or happened already.....


G1:  Dermatology consult, Neurologist follow up, GYN annual exam (this is free at least)

G2:  4 therapy sessions, 1 (probable, I will have to call the office tomorrow morning) pedi sick visit tomorrow for a red itchy warm patch on her cheek, 1 (possible) dermatology consult

Me:  Yearly eye exam and contact costs and 1 (possible) Neurologist appointment

Oh, and I forgot the three teeth cleaning session for the Guppies and me -which ended up being (I think) completely free since no additional work needed to be done on any of us.

Phew!  Fingers crossed nothing else crops up because, when I include all our pharmacy/prescription costs with the above appointments, I am looking at being out of pocket anywhere between $400 to $500 this month!

Even though I am complaining about the costs, I AM super grateful to have AWESOME health insurance through Papa's job.  I don't want to even know what to think about the out of pocket costs of all the above would be if we DIDN'T have great health insurance.




Saturday, July 8, 2017

CVS Score!




So, as I try to use July to reign some of the chaos in, I have to tell you about the sweet deal I got at CVS!

On Sunday,  I noticed we were running woefully low on laundry detergent!  I had maybe a load or possibly two left in the bottle I was using and that was it!  I *thought* I had one more bottle stashed away but I was wrong.

Rather than panic and run out to buy the first bottle I could grab, I took a moment and gave it some thought.....

I received an email recently from CVS about some extra care bucks I had earned, 9 to be exact!  So, I thought I would head over and see if there were any detergent deals.

Boy I think I lucked out!

There was a display of detergent - 51 oz bottles for...

$1.47 each!

I was a very happy girl!


Here's what I ultimately bought....

5 bottle of laundry detergent
1 box of Kleenex
1 bag of CVS wintergreen mints

All for the whopping total of $2.05!

Essentially the only thing I really paid for was the mints ($1.99 plus tax) which were bought for G1 -she has a blocked salivary gland and the dentist recommended hard candies/mints to help clear it.

Anyway, I hopefully have enough laundry detergent to get through the rest of the summer FOR FREE!

Starting with the little things here, guys!  =)


Have an awesome Saturday!