Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Feeling the Love

On Saturday after hauling College Boy back to school there was a card waiting for me in the mailbox.
On Monday there was another card in the mailbox.

Birthday wishes from distant family members?

Both were from online blogger/friends........

I just want to thank Lorraine and Rachel for their thoughtfulness and good wishes for the day.
So unexpected and so appreciated!

I very rarely get personal snail mail and these were a thrill to receive. 8-)


Monday, January 23, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The "It's Ma Birfday!" Edition--

I spent my birthday driving College Boy back to school, taking him to Walmart for items he forgot,eating take-out food in his dorm room and returning home around 5 pm.
And the weather was crazy bad in a strange way.....no snow or sleet but warmer than normal temps and dense fog that never lifted, except for the last few miles near College Boy's school so 90% of the trip there and back was in pea soup.

Not the way I planned on celebrating my day.

When I got home nobody had made/thought of dinner so I paid for 2 nasty bad take-out pizzas(the only place that delivers here because Daughter and BF couldn't even go pick up pizza!)and then we had store bought birthday cake(that I had to pick up and pay for on Friday).

Yah, it was quite the party and celebration of ME. 8-(

Moving on......

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Meatloaf, Spinach Salad, Parmesan Noodles
2. Monday--Chicken Parm, Caesar Salad, Rigatoni
3. Tuesday--Country Fried Steak w/Gravy, Baked Potatoes, Asparagus *
4. Wednesday--Shrimp Scampi w/Linguine *
5. Thursday--Leftovers
6. Friday--?
7. Saturday--Fend for Yourself

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Meatloaf, Spinach Salad, Parmesan Noodles
2. Monday--Chicken Parm, Asparagus, Rigatoni
3. Tuesday--Chinese take-out
4. Wednesday--Country Fried Steak w/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Caesar Salad * (I had leftover soup)
5. Thursday--Spaghetti w/Meatballs and Sausage, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread(I had salad and bread only)
6. Friday--Beef Stew, Rolls
7. Saturday--Nasty take-out Pizza

6 meals cooked at home, 0 of them nights of leftovers or Fend For Yourself, and 2 nights of Take-Out.
Scampi didn't happen, Take-out on Tuesday and Daughter made Wednesday's meal as I was sick.  I added the leftover mushrooms from the Marsala from last week into Friday's stew.

As for the grocery spending.....1 trips to Weis bought the food spending last week to $98.18 and brought my January food spending Total to $383.58 for the month.
There is $116.42 left in the January food budget with 8 days left.

My savings percentages last week was 53.75%.  Anything over 50% is awesome.

Leftovers going into this week.......mashed taters, bbq boneless pork ribs, spaghetti w/meats and beef stew.

Here is this week's "food plan"....
* Denotes "complicated" meals
1. Sunday--Birthday Steaks, Baked Potato, Caesar Salad
2. Monday--Fish, Cole Slaw, Sweet Potatoes, something Noodle for BF
3. Tuesday--Baked Potato Soup
4. Wednesday--Homemade Pizza
5. Thursday--Beef Pie
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 5 new meals cooked, 0 nights of Take-Out/Eating-Out and 2 nights of Leftovers.

What I need to buy for this menu? Not much for dinners but Daughter needs bunches of lunch type food for school so that is on my list.  Maybe some carrots. And as always milk.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Rite-Aid Haul Porn

This week at Rite-Aid, Buy/Spend $30 on select items and get a $15 Visa Gift Card.
I wasn't going to shop Rite-Aid this week but then Coupons dotcom release a $4/1 Almay Q and various $3/1 Gillette/Venus Qs,
Add in that the BOGO50% Sale on Almay items this week is also ringing up as 50% off for each item(until they fix it!)so instead of every 2 Almay items purchased being a .07¢ moneymaker they are a $2.72 moneymaker.  I printed off some Qs and jumped up to Rite-Aid today and bought this stuff in two transactions........

6 x Gillette Custom disposable razors(sale price $6.29 ea.)=$37.74
2 x Gillette Mach3 disposable razors(sale price $7.99 ea.)=$15.98
1 x Venus disposable razors(sale price $7.99)=$7.99
4 x Tic Tac Mixers(sale price $1)=$4.00
6 x Almay eye shadow(sale price $2.64 ea.)=15.84

Coupons Used
6 x $3/1 Gillette Custom IPQ=$18.00
2 x $3/1 Gillette Mach3 IPQ=$6.00
1 x $3/1 Venus IPQ=$3.00
4 x .50¢/1 IPQ=$2.00
6 x $4/1 Almay item IPQ=$24.00
Coupon Total.......$53.00

$81.55-$53.00=$28.55+$2.89 tax=$31.44 OOP
I used $31.44 in Plenti points to pay.
I earned back $2 in Plenti points(2 x $1 wyb2 Tic Tacs) so I spent down $29.44 in Plenti points.
But really I just converted Plenti points to 2 Visa gift cards, each worth $15 so in reality between the points and the gift cards this was a .56¢ moneymaker.
Nice.  8-)


Friday, January 20, 2017

Frugal Wins

Not much going on here in terms of frugal stuff this past week, other than just not spending money and sitting home.

* I got some good deals at the grocery store this past week--.38¢ a can for Progresso soups(plus I got another $1 off the entire soup purchase on SavingStar), 38¢ a bag for frozen Birdseye veggies, 2 boxes of spaghetti on clearance for 64¢ each, 6.14 lbs. ground beef for $2.75 a lb. after sale and instant discount sticker.  My best score was 2 bottles of Lysol bathroom cleaner, 2 bottles of Lyson toilet bowl cleaner and 2 boxes of Finish dishwasher tabs for $
Reg. price for all was $20.14, sale price was $16.98. $5 off wyb $20 instant discount worked off of reg. prices too.  I had $8 in Qs to use so $16.98-$8=$8.98-$5 instant discount=$3.98 for all 6 products. 8-)))  They also had a Buy1/Get2Free Deal on London Broil so I picked up 3 hunks of meat which came out to $2.75 lb.

* I ordered College Boy's book for this semester.  Usually I just reserve them at his school's bookstore, pay and he picks them up there.  But this time around the price of a few of them about gave me a stroke so I shopped around for cheaper alternatives.  The big problem this time was that none of what he needed was available in a used version at the bookstore.  ouch.
So I saved $300 or so on his textbooks buying from other sources.  They have all arrived and are packed to go back to college with him tomorrow.

* I declined to buy one of my prescription medications as it was going to cost $616 as we haven't satisfied 2017's deductible yet(We have no drug benefit on this medical plan until we spend $3K OOP on medical).  If I bought all my medications at full price in January just those alone would cost us $1690.93 OOP in one fell swoop.
I know I need these drugs but some I fill ahead in December so we pay 10% of the U&C price instead(as the deductible was satisfied long ago in 2016).  There is one drug I get in a different form until the deductible is reached which costs $120 less than the one I usually get and I prefer.  Another drug I need I can get from a different manufacturer for free(through their loyalty card program)for a few months before going back to the similar drug from the other manufacturer my doc prefers(which costs $489.99 OOP before our deductible is satisfied and $45 after deductible is satisfied).
This juggling drugs helps so that we don't take such a large money hit in 1 month.
Between prescriptions and office visits, Daughter's back injections and now Hubs' PT visits we'll hit our deductible by at the latest March this year.  Just paying full shift on my drugs we'd be there by mid February. ;-(

* The daughter's BF has decided to move back to Louisiana and will be leaving next Friday.  Though we hate to see him go it will be a frugal win for me, as our grocery, water and electric bills will be going down with one less person in the house.

* I bought 320 postage stamps this morning when out running errands. The price is rising so I saved $6.40 over the new .49¢ price going forward.  Not a big win but a savings nonetheless.

And there was one Frugal Fail this past week was I couldn't make dinner one night due to pain so we got Chinese take-out.  $48.20  But at least some of us got two meals out of our entrees.