Friday, March 26, 2010

Update on the food budget...

I think I have been doing really good. I have gotten to the point where we only go grocery shopping every other week instead of once a week. Shopping every other week has cut our bill down but then when it is time to go shopping again we have no produce at all. I still need to go through all of the adds every week to see what store has the best prices. Today I went to Feista Foods. They had some store coupons in the mailer that they sent out for crazy good deals. They had bread for 39 cents and a pound of flour for 40 cents. Their produce is very competitive too. Bananas were 25 cents a pound and strawberrys were a dollar a pound when they are not really in season yet. I walked past the cerial isle and it was way over priced, like four or five bucks a box.

So here is the list of things that I got:

Bananas 25 cents a pound
Strawberries 1.00 a pound
Grape seed oil 5 dollars per two liter
bread 39 cents a loaf
tomato sauce 33 cents (canned food is cheaper in Utah. I would love to see a case lot sale out here in California)
Flour 50 cents a pound
Bacon 1 dollar a pound
clemintines 50 cents a pound
gala apples 50 cents a pound (we had some and I don't think they are going to last til tomorrow. They are really good)
milk two gallons for four bucks
Soda 4x12 packs for 8 dollars (Texas is going to be having his birthday party. Seperat budget just for that)

Thing I got that were not on sale:
cheese 3 dollars a pound
enchalada sauce 2 dollars (a large can cost less than the small cans, the small cans were 3 bucks.)
yogurt 2.90 but I use a coupon... it still cost too much.

I am proud of myself that I was able to get food for the two weeks and some things for food storage and I stayed in budget. The oil is going into long term and the tomato sauce. Yeah!
Texas is getting a bigger budget for his party than we are for groceries. We have cut enough on our grocery bill that we can do this. It's weird how that works but I don't want to cook for more than thirty people. So he is getting pizza and his green shark (watermellon carved into a shark for a fruit salad). If Texas wants a pinata, then I am making a cake. I am leaning more twards the whole giftbags more than the pinata because all of the big kids take all of the candy and the little ones get nothing.
I have been picking up some produce at the dollar store. I waited in line at the grand opening of the 99 cents only store and I got a scooter for 99 cents. They have produce and gormet food there so some boxed food that they have at the grocery store for three dollars. I got asperagus and mushrooms there and I went home and made some holindase sauce and an omlet to go with it. It really helped out with getting rid of the feeling of me just eating cheap food. I only spent two dollars on that.
Most of all I am SICK of chicken! I stocked up on it and we have so much chicken in the freezer. I would like a good steak. The other thing is that it is hard to make produce stretch for two weeks. Those strawberries are going into the freeser.

Baby Goats :D

So we have had two sets of baby goats the past few days. Both of the pictures of are the first set when they were about four days old. One set was born yesterday morning and the others were born on Saturday night. Spencer named one T-Bone and I wanted to name the other Rib-Eye but he calls Rib-Eye: Biria. On the second set of babies they don't have names but I think the fluffy one looks like a gremlin so I want it to be named Gizmo. Gizmo is also my grandma's dogs name.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Don't you hate it when...

Don't you hate it when you get the kids ready to go and put their shoes and socks but then you forget something small so you run upstairs to get it, you pack the kids into the car, drive 15 minutes to the more affordable grocery store to find out that both of your kids took off their shoes when they were still at home and you didn't even realise that they took them off because you just put them on their little feet. You don't have the time to drive back home for just the shoes so you go as is. Then you get some weird looks from people because both of your kids are not wearing shoes and both of the kids are crammed into the shopping cart.
I think if we lived in the country, children not wearing shoes would be ok to do. But we live in the city where there is more old gum and cigarette butts on the parking lot asphalt than asphalt itself.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bathroom Makeover


Before: I forgot to take a picture before I started painting but this is before I finished. All of the walls in the bathroom are black. It's only a half bath so the bathroom looks even smaller than it really is.

Before: Sorry for posting it sideways but this is the toilet with all of the junk that has no place or home living on top of it.

After: Voila: It looks better. I really do like to copper. It's not boring and not to out of control.

After: Here are some of the poppies. They do still need some touching up but they look way better than just a black wall.
A makover sounds so clique but that is what is is.

Monday, March 8, 2010

It's Been a Long Day

I don't know how many other people have days like these but today just started off with a bad start. We were planing on visiting one of my good friends that is in town this week. We were going to go to the beach and go to dinner. We were also going to go to a playgroup called Music Makers. None of that happened because Texas woke up, ran to the bathroom and puked! So with Texas sick I try to make him feel better. Give him lots of fluids and keep on watching him run to the toilet. Everything was an ok sick day until this happened:

When I was taking a shower Texas decided to grab the pair of scissors that I keep on top of the fridge and cut his sister hair. I was so upset at him that I didn't know what to do so I sent him to time out on his bed because at the moment that I said "time out", he started crying and I knew that he was tired.
Once he woke up I decided that a good punishment would be him doing chores to earn up money to buy a hat for his sister. Tried to do chores and he kept on sneaking off, so now he is on time out again. He is where I can see him from the computer but he keeps on sneaking off of time out. This has been going on all day!
On top of all of that I got a friend suggestion that was my ex boyfriend. I wonder if he got one for me. I really wouldn't mind if he did but it rattles my nerves that he's been on here.
I think all of this may be karma coming to get me. About a week ago I kind of laughed about one of my friends little daughter always cutting her hair. I thought it was a little bit funny because we would do that to my little sister when I was younger. Now that Texas cut Marilyn's hair it is totally different. And my little sister commented on how I was friends with one of her ex's; I deleted her ex but another one of my sisters said that it wouldn't be apporiate if she added my ex. whew. I need a breather.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Lesson in Life


I was thinking back to a time where I was in High School. One of the test that I had in English I got the lowest score and the girl that was sitting next to me had to announce it to the whole class. English was my worse subject. Everyone heard what she said. I was so embarrassed that I ran to the bathroom crying. The teacher followed me in and asked if I was ok. We started talking and all that I did was bitch about how evil she was and how unfair it was that she was able to have everything handed to her on a platter. I thought that it was so unfair that she was aloud to be so mean and such a bitch and get away with it. The girl that said it wasn't a pretty girl, she was just naive and so, so, so stupid. The teacher agreed with what I was saying about how my life and her life is so different that it was unfair to compare our work. The teacher pretended to agree with everything that I was saying. The teacher left the class to see why I ran out of class and I don't think this kind of situation would ever happen today.
I was so upset that this other girl had both of her parents living at home. She didn't have to have a job. She was able to do sports after school and she was able to do whatever she wanted over the summer. Those are things that I wasn't able to do. I think the Teacher thought that I was upset that I got the bad grade but it was really that the other girl was so naive and didn't realise how simple her life really was and that some people didn't have the opportunity to study.
Looking back now I don't feel spoiled but I feel like I learned more about understanding because I was so upset at this one situation at the time. The teacher seemed to understand where I was coming from even though she said that she didn't have divorced parents and she wasn't a teenager like I was. And looking back I understand how if some people need to learn by experience and some other people can learn from other peoples experiences. I don't think that girl to this day has been able to learn from other peoples experiences. The Teacher showed empathy. I just needed some time to learn my lesson.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Addictions



I know people that have shopping addictions and it gets to the point where they are in debt and and are a hot mess. I am not sure if I have a shopping addiction because mine is where I get coupons and shop all of the sales to find some unreasonable good deals. I just mailed out some coupons to my little sister to use on her niece from the store Carters. Carters has some cute clothes for little girls and their sizes run to toddler. The reason that I sent them to her is because all that I saw that I wanted there for Marilyn was one little dress. The coupon that I sent her was a 25% off of $40 and then on top of that they will give you are $10 cash card for every $25 you spend. I will admit that I do like buying clothes for my cute babies but with our budget I don't need to get them clothes right now. So maybe my mom will ask to have one of the coupons and get Miss Marilyn the dress. In my dreams. Well I sent my little sister about four coupons that are good for a while. Now those coupons will not be tempting me.

When I think of a shopping addiction that has gone too far I also think of the people that hoard everything. I have a hard time keeping my kids clothes in the gar rage for years to pass on to another child. But at the same time I feel like my house is turing into a mess because my husband feels that there is a need not to have a place for everything. This is one of the reasons that the office is so messy and another reason that I bought tubs for bolts, bits and screws out in the garage. Random thought, I would like more tubs and shelves out in the garage. I am earing the shelves slowly by budgeting groceries. So the money saved from one thing goes to another. By November Spencer should be able to get me some shelves. I don' think he will but because I am budgeting and I have even gotten to the point where the food and clothes are in the same budget he should be proud of how little I am spending. Two years ago I think we were spending at least four times the amount that we are spending now.

I don't hoard I buy 9 months in advance for clothes. Once I started to do this I have met lots of people that do the same thing. All that you do is by after the season is over and that 50 dollar jacket is now 10 dollars. Marilyn's Easter dress this year is from last years Janie and Jack collection. It was selling for $48 and I got it for about 10. I am really excited that she will fit into it this year. My husband looks at all of the clothes in her closet but he doesn't realise that there are only 12 outfits that fit her (I counted. I pulled out all of the clothes that would fit her because she was down to four outfits). Texas has a tub to grow into that is in our closet. He was climbing up in his closet and getting in to the new clothes and taking off all of the tags when he would play dress up. The down side to this is that if you kids has a huge growth spurt and you only bought one size up then you have a bunch of clothes that won't your child next year.

Redecorating addiction to make things look at least normal. Ok, we have a black bathroom at our house (people think that I am exaggerating when I tell them but everything is black. Black floors, black walls, black door). It was like that when we moved in. I have not gotten around to painting it. There is no place to hide toilet paper in that bathroom. It's a half bath so the black walls make it look smaller. So this is what I am going to do. Take before pictures of the nasty bathroom. I just got a coupon for Bed Bath and Beyond and I am going to get one of those space savers for on top of the toilet. I am going to paint it a red-orange-rust color. I am going to get a new mirror with a goddy frame that is silver and gold. I am going to use some of my skills that I learned in college and paint some poppies (red poppies with olive green leaves) on the black walls. I am going to buy a rust colored rug that is about the same color as the space saver. After all of this is done I am hoping that the bathroom will look like a normal bathroom. I have approval from my little sister that I face booked. She said that it would look good. In my head it is sounding ok. Now I need to save up 100 bucks to start this thing.
Food storage addiction. Wut? I think I am borderline. I think right now we only have about six months worth of food but I have learned how to use the food that we have and I find it fun to learning how to. It's like when you learn how to do a new thing that is really cool... wait, I just said almost the same thing twice. Ok, well you have all of this food will last 10-30 years, when you start to get tight on your money you go to the food storage and whip something up. We have even gotten some special freeze dried things for our food storage like freeze dried cheese and freeze dried fruit. Spencer bought me a pressure cooker too so I can bottle meats right after sales so our freezer is not over flowing. It's nice to have a little of everything. We have all of the baking needs, spices, meats, dairy, fruit, veggies, condiments... hum we have a bit of everything. We are not going to starve today. I love having it because we can seriously go for a month without going to the grocery store if we live off of that stuff and at the same time not get sick of it. I really want to get shelves so we can have a nice and organised food storage and there be enough room in the garage for a car or two because we do have a two car garage and that is what the thing was made for.
Caffeine addiction. I would really like an ice cold diet Pepsi. I don't want to go to the store and just get that one thing. Maybe I am craving it because my head hurts.
Marilyn has some addictions too. She is addicted to her soft baby doll. During her nap today she pulled her doll through the slats of her crib so she could watch Sesame street with her brother. She also likes a pacifier. She picked up the Binky when she quit the boob. Her dolly is kind of bad though. Tonight she had her doll in her crib but there were some other toys in there with her. About an hour after I tucked her in she started screaming. I go into her room to find her sitting up with a stuffed monkey clenched in her hands. She was so upset that a monkey was taking the dolls place.

If you wanted to know what I have made the past few days for dinner we have had chili dogs made with home made chili, creamy chicken chowder, and cheeseburger hambuger helper lol. Those have been the main dishes for our dinners. It's easy to cook veggies on the side. On my menu it says that we are suppose to have a sun dried tomato pasta but because I am being lazy I think Tuna helper will be fine.

Gosh.


So yesterday I did all of the running around and the cleaning like a crazy lady all while I have this nasty head cold. My day started at 3am because I couldn't fall asleep because I kept on waking up due to the head cold trying to drown me in my sleep. I did everything: dishes, vacuum, deep clean, park, shopping, cooking, paying bills, family night and more cleaning. I did all of this in one day because I was told that we were going to have company over today. Because one of the guys driving down is an eater, I think he doesn't want to stay over because we didn't feed him enough and he seems like the kind of guy that doesn't want to offend anyone so he is being polite and getting a hotel. The other guy that is coming down is Spencer's brother and he hears of all of the people that are always coming over and staying at our house and he doesn't want to be a burden so he is staying with the other guy. I really don't mind having people over. It gives me some kind of variety in my day and because they are coming down for work they are only here to sleep and shower anyways.
So I am thinking that I will do some more Spring cleaning today because I still have this head cold and I shouldn't be around too many people. Spencer is thinking that this head cold may be allergies. Who knows? I guess I will get back to cleaning. Tomorrow I think Texas is going to have some friends over. I should call the mom and tell their kids to wear grubby clothes because right now we have two goats in our back yard and I am sure that Texas is going to want to have his friends play with them. The goats are nice because they are protective of the children, entertaining for the children and they are getting rid of all of our weeds. Maybe all that is happening is just like the story Three Billy Goats Gruff. We even have the goats at our house to illustrate.
If you know the story the troll lives under the bridge hears the smallest goat crossing and yells at him saying that he needs to pay the toll or he will be eaten, because he is so small he tells the troll that he is small with out much meat on him and his older brotehr is coming to cross the bridge and he would be better to eat, so the troll lets him go. So the troll waits for the second goat. The second goat says the same story to the troll and then the troll lets that goat cross the bridge and he waits for the third goat. The third goat comes along and the troll says the same thing but because the goat is so large and strong he head buts the mean troll into the river and no one ever sees the troll again. Whahaha! I am the mean troll, all that I wanted was some barbecue! Just kidding. I think the moral of the story is about people taking advantage of others and learning what is right and wrong. Just like Star Wars and the forces of good and evil if that is more your language. Or the story is about the government and taxes. Hum, maybe I should stop talking.