Friday, August 18, 2017

Frugal Friday......the August 18th Edition

Vacations on the whole are NOT frugal in the least and we have been away from July 18th through August 15th.

Spending money is NOT frugal on it's own but by making spending choices you can be more frugal on vacation.....or not.

Here are some things we did the last 2 weeks or so that were frugal in one way or another.


Making a stop at Rite-Aid for an rx, the freebies and discounted beer.  I got 4 packs of light bulbs for free although no photos were taken before I gifted them along the way home.  Then I discovered that in Idaho you can sell beer/wine in most stores(including drugstores)so I bought a 6 packs and then discovered that yes, my 20% Wellness discount at Rite-Aid also worked on beer!



Taking full advantage of "good" motel breakfasts when we got one(so hit or miss).  We'd fill up and not have to eat lunch that day(or just have some car snacks instead of a full meal), thus saving some cash for other things.



Taking advantage of free food along the way(popcorn and coffee), when sometimes we didn't feel like eating the snacks we brought along on the trip.



And nearly running over a turkey along the highway and getting a free dinner out of it. lolz




Shopping at discount liquor stores for souvenirs/gifts because what's better than showing up somewhere with booze?


Finding offbeat activities and sights.  Hey!, free is FREE!!!


Before housekeeping threw out the Sunday papers in the public areas at the motel in Fargo, searching those newspapers for the coupon inserts.
Not buying newspapers and getting the coupons for Free?  Yes please!


Thrift store shopping with your cousin and finding a bank in the likeness of another one of your cousins......always a trip!


More historical free activities.


And an end of road trip splurge at the outlet shop.
60% off so I bought two!

Next week will be back to regular frugality stuff....blah, blah, blah.  Not as much fun but nobody can stay on vacation forever.

What did you do lately that was frugal?

Sluggy

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Food & Toiletries Spending....July Update

*I'm a bit late getting July's food spending wrapped up due to our trip.  But here it is now.*

Onward to July's food spending report.......



Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for JULY 2017.

I have posted July's totals on the Total Grocery Savings Page located HERE and have updated the Totals there.
I am listing subtotals for each store I purchased from in July.  If you aren't interested in that much detail, just skip to the bottom for the Totals Sum.  My spending includes Food, Toiletries/HBA, Cleaning Products, Paper Goods & tax where applicable. We are a family of 3-4(4 at home this month). No kids under 21.

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BREAD OUTLET
OOP  $4.75
Value  $15.36
Savings  69.08%

RITE-AID
OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/PPs  $390.51
Value  $390.51
Savings  100%

SHURSAVE MARKET
OOP  $85.18
Qs/Ads  $29.42
Value  $114.60
Savings  25.67%

WALMART
OOP  $49.25
Qs/Ads  $23.48
Value  $72.73
Savings  32.28%

WEIS MARKETS
OOP  $186.29
Qs/Ads  $152.52
Value  $338.81
Savings  45.02%

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My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, the Bread Outlet at 69.08% and Weis Markets at 45.02%.  My WORST savings rate was at that Shursave Market at 25.67%.

I shopped at 5 different stores this past month.  Or rather my Daughter and I shopped at 5 different stores this past month.

TOTAL Out of Pocket..........$325.47
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$216.03
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$541.50
TOTAL Savings of ..................................39.89%
Total Value of Items Purchased w/Rite-Aid....$932.01
TOTAL Savings with Rite-Aid items..........65.08%

This closes out the July food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I went into July wanting to spend $250 the first half of the month and left the Daughter $120 for the rest of July, making my goal $370 for food spending for July.  I spent $224.42 in July before leaving for our trip and Daughter came in at $101.05 for the rest of the month.
We came in under $370 spent by $44.53.
Rah.

The monthly food spending savings percentage went DOWN by 1.08% in July to 65.08% compared to June's 66.16% savings average.

With 7 months accounted for, I have spent a Grand Total of $2,426.40 on food/toiletries in 2017 which is a 70.64% savings rate for the year to-date and averages out to $346.63 per month spent in 2017. 8-)


LOOKING AHEAD To August........
Hubs and I weren't home half of the month.  I assumed the Daughter would spend the other $120 I left her for groceries in August before we got home.  I will probably have to restock some items in August.  I am going to say $300 for the second half of August so $420 total for the entirety of the month to spend on food.
It would be good if I spend less than $300 this month but we'll see how things go.  There are only 15 days left in August so how many trips to the grocery store can I really make? lolz


If you have other ideas or guidelines you follow please leave a comment and share yours with us all.

*  How much did you spend on food/toiletries in June?
*  Do you track your yearly food spending?
*  What was your savings percentage buying on sale and/or with coupons vs. buying at regular retail price last month, if you track that sort of thing?
*  What are your methods for keeping your food spending in check?

Is anyone out there up for tracking expenditures and trying to spend less but still eat well?


Sluggy

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quick Update-Mostly About July's To-Do List

We made it home yesterday afternoon.
So glad to be home in many ways, but then again..........lolz

There is so much work to be done and all I want to do is go to bed. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

And I LOVE my bed!  Especially after 28 nights of sleeping in other beds, some not so bad but others not so good.
I need to figure out a way to bring my bed along on my next trip.....or start paying for expensive hotels that have Tempur-pedic mattresses. Ha!, like that will happen.  ;-)

So I remembered that third book I read in July.
It was this one..........
It's a hardcover album of rarely or never before seen Kennedy Family Photos.  Not much text but enough to make it interesting.  The photos range from Rose Kennedy's youth to just before JFK won the Senate seat for MA in 1952.
A couple of interesting families them Fitzgeralds and Kennedys.

And that's all I got now.
Still slogging through receipts and such.
Might have the July Food/Toiletries Spending Update ready for tomorrow.
Stay tuned.....

Sluggy


Monday, August 14, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The  "Rating Breakfasts" Edition--


We've spent this trip rating our daily breakfasts.  Most have been provided at the various motels we've stayed at but we've had a few at friends' homes.  This was Monday morning's meal at a reader's home.  By far rated as a 5 Star Offering and better than any motel breakfast we've had on the trip.  There was another 5 Star rated breakfast at Kim's house as well.

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Huhot 
2. Monday--Home cooked meal at SAM's house?
3. Tuesday--Something at Sonya Ann's house?
4. Wednesday--Ditto or Eating Out
5. Thursday--Ditto or Eating Out
6. Friday--Taking Hubs' sister out to eat
7. Saturday--Something in OH where we are staying

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Huhot(Mongolian BBQ)
2. Monday--Chicken Sandwiches, Bean/Pasta Salad, Sweet Potatoes
3. Tuesday--Roast Chicken, Brown Rice, Corn on Cob
4. Wednesday--Pork Tenderloin, Salad, Mashed Taters, Mixed Veg
5. Thursday--Greek Salad, Bread
6. Friday--Steak, Salad, Baked Potato
7. Saturday--Chinese Buffet 

Last week saw 2 nights of home cooked dinners(Monday and Tuesday), 0 nights of leftovers and 5 nights of Eating-Out.

I made 0 trips to the Weis Markets or any other store at home and I didn't buy anything at grocery stores while out on the road last week.

My savings percentages last week and for the month so-far?    No clue. 

Leftovers going into this week........again, no clue.  We don't have leftovers while traveling, we just have to dump or leave what we don't finish.

Here is this week's "food plan"....not that I am cooking any of it anyway. lol......

1. Sunday--Meal at Chris' house
2. Monday--Eating-Out
3. Tuesday--Easy Meal at Home
4. Wednesday--No Clue Yet
5. Thursday--No Clue Yet
6. Friday--No Clue Yet
7. Saturday--No Clue Yet

This week will see ? new meal cooked, 0 nights of leftovers and ? nights of Take-Out/Eating-Out.

What I need to buy for this menu?  No clue.  I'll probably get to the grocery store on Thursday after accessing what we need.

A full update on grocery spending, etc. probably next Monday once I've had some time to catch my breath and get updated.

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?


Sluggy

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Almost Home......3 More Sleeps!




We are closing in on the tail end of this Awesome Summer 2017 Road Trip.  Only 3 more sleeps and we will be home in our own bed!
The photo above sums up how I've felt many days lately, being trapped in a car hurdling down the interstate. ;-)

After leaving Hubs' sister last night, we spent the night at a motel nearby, then drove 5 hours today and then did a Hubs activity.

An OUTDOOR activity, but luckily the temperatures haven't climbed into the triple digits the last 10 days or so.
Rah.

Another Hubs activity tomorrow morning and then it's onward to meet and spend some time with a blog reader of mine and her DH and then on Monday meeting another blogger and her family.
Then just one more sleep and we set off for home on Tuesday.

We haven't chanced Chinese food for meals(except for the night in Fargo ND when we ate Mongolian BBQ)but we threw caution to the wind tonight and ate at one of those buffet deals near the tiny town we are staying this evening.
I say "chanced it" because Chinese type foods seem to have an affect on my digestive tract that necessitates being near a restroom an hour or so afterwards and beyond. lolz

I also have a long history of being very susceptible to food poisoning while traveling.(Oh, the stories Hubs could tell!)  So I am often wary of eating establishments, even chain restaurants.
Knock on wood we have avoided any "incidents" thus far.

Not only is this trip winding down but so are Hubs' and mine energy and enthusiasm.

A full month out of our comfort zone.....it's been fun, scary, tiring, thrilling and about 50 other adjectives all at once. lolz
Hubs and I are both in agreement that 4 weeks together in a car traveling probably won't happen again.  It got ugly a couple of times. ;-)
2 Weeks appears at this time to be our limit and staying civil and sane.  Thank goodness we had folks to spend time with(and act as a buffer at times)so we didn't kill each other. 8-)))

I am looking forward to regular blogging again as soon as I get caught up on financial things, laundry, cleaning, dog wrangling, Weis(PMITA)Markets and Rite-Aid frequenting.
I've got a backlog of FIVE, Count 'em Five, trips of various sizes to blog about now(from last July, last August, last September, this May and this Summer).
Between all that and my regular nonsense I've got plenty of ammunition for the blog.

Here's hoping everyone is having a good Weekend and I'll talk to y'all soon. 8-)


Sluggy


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

To-Do List....July Update

Let's peek at how July's To-Do List  went, shall we?

* Pay Bills  DONE  Everything got paid and on time.  I just don't want to even SEE August's credit card bill however. lolz

* Pack for Trip!  DONE  I am sure I overpacked but oh well.  Better too many clothes than not enough.

* Go on Trip  IN PROGRESS  Havign a wonderful time, wish y'all were here.  Seriously!  I need someone other than Hubs to talk to. lolz

* Plan CB's Fall Housing/Food  DONE  Housing is set(and much cheaper than the last 3 years)and we've got a plan for the foodstuffs.

* Mail Eldest's Birthday Present  DONE  I mailed it out so that he got it the day before his birthday.  I sent him some craft beer nuts and a Birthday check....plus a bag of Smarties as that was his favorite candy as a kid and I always send him those now.  8-)

* Read 1, 2, 3, 4 Books  PASS  I read 3 books.  Didn't get to the 4th book though as I didn't have enough reading time in the car as I thought I'd have.


This was a quick read.....a short novella of YA fiction.  Interesting.



This novel got finished on the road last week.  Funny and dark.

And I can't for the life of me remember the first book I finished in July way before we left on this road trip.  Being on the road for so long just does things to your brain.  I'll have to wait until we get home and then I can find the book and list it.

* Inventory Freezer  DONE  I pawed through and added to the list I made for Daughter when I went to VA in May(after crossing off what she/they cooked then).  The kids are well stocked plus I gave them cash for what they needed to buy.  It will be interesting to see once I get home what actually got used/spent.  I suspect there will have been many nights of Chinese take-out knowing my Daughter.  ;-)

* Repair LA House  IN PROGRESS  Like everything else in Louisiana, nobody down there does anything with ANY sense of urgency.  So dealing with Lowe's and their installer through our real estate agent is taking FOREVER!!!  Lots of phone tag and nobody but the realtor gets back to us.  Frustrating is an inadequate word for this process. ugh.  But we are working on it as we travel across the country and now back toward home.

* List LA House  DONE  The house is listed and on the market even though there is still work to be done on it.  Anybody seeing the house is told what we plan to fix/update and SOME DAY it might get finished.

* Transfer LA House Utilities  DONE  Again, it took FOREVER and a day to get the utilities in our name.  The water people cashed our check but still no word on whether they actually turns on the water.  Will have the realtor check next trip she makes to the house. ugh.

* Pick Up New Glasses  DONE



Here are my new "readers".  If you can't tell they are purple on the outer edges and clear toward the middle.
And here are my sunglasses.........

Again, purple frames, if you can't tell the color, as it was dark in the car.

Happy with what got done(or started)though it wasn't a very long list in July.
August's list will probably be just as brief.

What did you get accomplished in July?  Any big projects or just "regular life" stuff?
What didn't you get crossed off your list that you wished you had gotten finished?


Sluggy

Monday, August 7, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The  "Still Eating on the Road 2.0" Edition--


We stopped in Missoula MT on the way back to Idaho last week and went to one of Kim(sorry she was blurry but she never sits still!lol) and her Hubs' favorite eating places in that town.  That's a chicken fried steak that they shared for dinner.  The thing was HUGE!!! lolz  This should have been a prelude to the burger joint we went to two nights later.  They grow entrees large out here in the West.  ;-)

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--an Elk Burger w/Fries
2. Monday--Home cooked meal by Kim's sister?
3. Tuesday--Effie Tavern burger(split 4 ways probably-I hear they are massive!)
4. Wednesday--Something on the road-Montana
5. Thursday--Ditto-Wyoming
6. Friday--Ditto-Wyoming
7. Saturday--Ditto-South Dakota

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--an Elk Burger w/Fries
2. Monday--Hamburgers, Corn, Jello w/Fruit Mold
3. Tuesday--1/2 an Effie Tavern burger(Hubs wouldn't share his WHOLE burger.....I still can't believe he ate that whole thing!lol)
4. Wednesday--Salad, Turkey and Dressing, Cranberry Relish(a late Lunch and we didn't have dinner)
5. Thursday--Salad, Pizza
6. Friday--Steak Fingers, French Fries(I ate about half of what I was served)
7. Saturday--Salad, Pizza again

Last week saw 1 nights of home cooked dinners, 0 nights of leftovers and 6 nights of Eating Out and all of it was done while on the road. 2 nights of salad and pizza, a day apart....no pizza for weeks on end at home and bam! Some places we've stayed at on the way back are in very small towns and there are not many choices for meals(Thursday and Friday).  4 days we didn't eat lunch(or ate a late lunch and no dinner)and one day I ate very little lunch(the night we had Effie burgers).

I made 0 trips to the Weis Markets or any other store at home but I did browse through Rite-Aid and Big Lots and Shopko in Idaho and bought drinks and some other foodstuffs to bring home which I will report on after we get home.

My savings percentages last week and for the month so-far?    No clue. 

Leftovers going into this week........again, no clue.  We don't have leftovers while traveling, we just have to dump or leave what we don't finish.  Two slices of pizza got left behind at one motel.


Here is this week's "food plan"....not that I am cooking any of it anyway. lol......


1. Sunday--Huhot 
2. Monday--Home cooked meal at SAM's house?
3. Tuesday--Something at Sonya Ann's house?
4. Wednesday--Ditto or Eating Out
5. Thursday--Ditto or Eating Out
6. Friday--Taking Hubs' sister out to eat
7. Saturday--Something in OH where we are staying

This week will see ? new meal cooked, 0 nights of leftovers and ? nights of Take-Out/Eating-Out.

What I need to buy for this menu?  Daughter will be grocery shopping for the next few weeks so it's not in my hands again this week.

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?


Sluggy

Sunday, August 6, 2017

2017 Road Trip......Day 20 Ahead

Day 19 of this Summer Road Trip is in the books.  As we begin Day 20 there are 10 days left until we get home.

Yesterday we crossed off another state on our dwindling list of "Never Been To"s......


It was a stressful day between the traffic....South Dakota-who'd a thought that?.....and being alone in a car with Hubs for almost 4 days.  As the pioneers who crossed this land use to say, "today  I saw the elephant".  I snapped and wanted to just get out and walk home at that point.
Well, I didn't though.

One more day of driving and being alone with Hubs and then I get a reprieve as we get to hook up with SAM in Minnesota.
Then it's on to Sonya Ann's house for a few days, plus another 4 meet-ups with Family, Friends and Bloggers mixed in with another four nights in motels too.
I hope I can hold it together for another 10 days.

I don't see how folks who work on the road do it for extended periods of time and stay sane.  This different motel room game every night is tiring.  Between schlepping all your stuff into a motel and out the next day and the never knowing how bad/good the motel will be(it's been quite the wide variety of establishments!)it is unnerving and not conducive to staying calm and getting a good rest each night.
Add in all the time zone changes we've been through too plus some days we don't know what time or DAY it is.
Both Hubs and I are a bit cranky at this point.

Day 20 ahead and we cross off the last "Not Been To" State we are slated to hit this trip from the list and then it's all familiar real estate we've seen before(pretty much).

My poor camera has gotten a work out as well.  I am approaching 4 Thousand photos taken.  I sure will have my work cut out for me once I get home with tons of editing of those.

Ok, I've got to get moving here.  A mystery breakfast awaits once I get dressed.  I wonder what it will consist of?  Such a crap shoot each morning with the vittles.  We've always got our dinner leftovers tucked in the room fridge we can reheat if the offerings are sparse and/or inedible. lolz

I'll try to post again tomorrow or Tuesday if I am still alive/can function/can get online.

Have a great Sunday and pray for me that I don't lose it today on the boring drive East. ;-)

Sluggy

Friday, August 4, 2017

Frugal Friday......the August 4th Edition

This one will be short as we are on vacation and my brain is sort of scattered with driving and moving around so much.....and being with the dynamo called KIM for the last 7 of 9 days of this road trip adventure. 8-)
There is no "we stayed home and didn't spend" type frugalness this week, sorry.

* We have been able, while traveling alone and staying in motels, to eat only two meals a day on some days.  We stay in motels that served "breakfast" so the cost of one of those two meals is rolled into the price you pay at the motel.  Although each motel has a different definition of "breakfast" so you never know how good or wretched that meal will be. lolz

* I asked Kim, the night before we left her house, to please print me out a coupon for Shopko(a smallish discount department store in her parts). We stopped before leaving Idaho so I could use it to get a few things.  I saved $10 on my $32 order that way and I now have 3 Christmas presents tucked away(well in the car trunk until we get home).

* Speaking of Kim, she took me up to her Rite-Aid to fill a prescription and we both got free or better-than-free light bulbs using the deal this week on GE products.

* Speaking of Rite-Aid, the ones in Idaho sell wine and beer.  I picked up a 6-pack of beer for my kids(both legal drinking age now)and since it was Rite-Aid I also got 20% off on the purchase.  I figured the 20% Wellness discount wouldn't work on liquor but I was wrong.  Go me!


* At one point traveling from Twin Falls to Ashton Idaho we made a stop for lunch with Kim and her Hubs Joel.  They chose Applebee's.  I brought along a gift card so we paid for all our meals and used that gift card which meant only $22+ OOP.  Woohoo!

* There have been so many souvenir temptations along the way.  Overall I have been pretty good about not overspending on them.  Places like Yellowstone Park and the place we were yesterday were fairly outrageous in their prices so I haven't bought much at the big sites/parks/museums.  My best souvenir scores have been at highway travel plaza stores. lolz  I have a soft spot this trip for t-shirts and books it seems.

* I haven't bought any groceries since I haven't been home and haven't been cooking at all!  I have bought some drinks for using while traveling however but that's a small cost compared to buying groceries at home.  At least I am picking up drinks by the 6 pack or at discount places(Big Lots/Walmart)instead of paying $1.89 or so at gas station convenience stores or even more at motel vending machines.

So what did you do that was frugal this week?

Sluggy

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Halfway Done!



Tomorrow we leave Kim's house and start the journey back East to PA.

We are at the halfway mark on this trip and I have to say, I am kinda tired.   And I am not the one doing all the driving(so far)!!

Being on the go-go-go every day(until today)for 2 weeks in this extreme(for me at least)heat has been sapping my energy.  I have tried not to let it make me less than charming company but it has been hard.

I sure wish the gods hadn't decided to make the latter part of July so warm wherever we've gone so far.  And it looks like the first part of August will be just as brutal as far as temperatures go.

It's 102F as I type this here in Idaho and we are "getting out of Dodge", as they say, just in time before it hits 106F later this week.

We've had some good times so far, even in the heat.....along with a near death experience. lolz

We'll mark another state off my "Never Been To" List tomorrow and then head back through Montana, before dropping back down into Wyoming for a couple of days and then off to another "first"-South Dakota.  The day after that North Dakota also gets crossed off that list as well.

In 6 days we'll be in MN to see SAM and the day after that, we'll be at Sonya Ann's place, then in OH 4 days later to see Chris and Rachel and home another 4 days after hitting OH.

I figure when I do finally get home, after doing a mountain of laundry and catching up on all my financial book work, I'll prolly sleep for a week!

Then the real fun beginnings.....editing photographs that will likely number about 2000+.  Gulp.

Then I have to blog about last August's trip before I can recount THIS Summer's crazy adventure.

And yes Anne, I have finally gotten to see the "infamous deck" and have photographic proof to share about it. lolz

Sluggy

Monday, July 31, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The  "Eating on the Road 2.0" Edition--

It's been a real mixed bag of meals this week.  From home cooking 4 times(steak twice, Reuben sandwiches and a cowboy dinner)to two restaurant meals to fast food once.  Above is my plate at the B&B cowboy dinner cooked in a cast iron dutch oven. I also got a rib & a biscuit after this shot was taken.
So glad we could eat "real cooking" and not just take-out/eating out all week!

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--a Cowboy Supper
2. Monday--No Dinner
3. Tuesday--No clue
4. Wednesday--Probably home cooking but not sure
5. Thursday--Ditto
6. Friday--Might take everyone out?
7. Saturday--No clue

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--a Cowboy Supper
2. Monday--Taco John(a quesadilla)
3. Tuesday--Corn Chowder, Fish Fillets, Baked Potato, Mixed Veggies
4. Wednesday--Steak, Corn on Cob, Fruit Salad
5. Thursday--Dinner Buffet in Nevada
6. Friday--Steak, Cantaloupe, Broccoli
7. Saturday--Reuben Sandwiches, Cole slaw, Homemade Pie and Ice Cream

Last week saw 4 nights of home cooked dinners, 0 nights of leftovers and 3 nights of Take-Out/Eating Out and all of it was done while on the road.

I made 0 trips to the Weis Markets or any other store at home but I did browse through a Winco in Idaho and a Shopko in Utah and bought some drinks for the road and a bag of candy(for a gifty).  Oh, we also bought some items in a Mexican market which I'll blog about when I get home.

My savings percentages last week and for the month so-far?    No clue. 8-)))

Leftovers going into this week........again, no clue.  We don't have leftovers while traveling, we just have to dump or leave what we don't finish.


Here is this week's "food plan"....not that I am cooking any of it anyway. lol......


1. Sunday--an Elk Burger w/Fries
2. Monday--Home cooked meal by Kim's sister?
3. Tuesday--Effie Tavern burger(split 4 ways probably-I hear they are massive!)
4. Wednesday--Something on the road-Montana
5. Thursday--Ditto-Wyoming
6. Friday--Ditto-Wyoming
7. Saturday--Ditto-South Dakota


This week will see 1 new meal cooked, 0 nights of leftovers and 6 nights of Take-Out/Eating-Out.

What I need to buy for this menu?  Daughter will be grocery shopping for the next few weeks so it's not in my hands again this week.

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?


Sluggy

Sunday, July 30, 2017

12 Days Done, 16 Days to Go!



Just a quick check in as I haven't been online much the last few days.  Kim is keeping us hopping(and walking)so there's been little time to blog.

We still haven't made it to her house yet in Western Idaho.
2 Days in Twin Falls and beyond.
2 Days in Ashton and other places nearby.....nearby being a relative term. lolz

We'll be leaving the ranch here in Ashton later this morning.
The photo above is Hubs eating cherries while Benjamin Button "Bennie" the dog eyes him and waits for cherries and/or rubs.

At one point yesterday I didn't think we'd see Sunday.  8-0
But we survived with a whopper of a story to tell(as my Facebook page alludes to)and are heading out to Missoula Montana before heading back to Idaho and "Kim's Nut House".

I'll try to check in another day soon if I can sneak on while Kim is distracted and pouring another Diet Coke.

Now I am off to shower and take some farm pics while we wait the return of our hosts(and Kim)from Church.

Sluggy


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Idaho or Bust!

I woke up this morning in a two bit motel and looked in the mirror..............


I guess 9 days of sleeping in strange beds has had a cumulative effect on me.
Lovely bags under my eyes now.

But we finally arrived today to Idaho.
Rah.....go me!

We have already toured around here a bit.
This crazy lady kept following me around and even wanted someone to take her picture with me.....


At least she didn't try to push me off the walkway into the falls after this shot.

I get to sleep in a real bed tonight!
Woohoo!!!
Maybe the bags will start to recede soon.

Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.......

Sluggy

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table....Or Is It??

The  "Eating on the Road" Edition--



It's been interesting so far on the food front.  Some days we've stuck to our plan of eating Breakfast(supplied at the motel)and then just eating one main meal late afternoon/early evening.  And some days we've needed two meals during the day.
At one point I bought applesauce cups to keep in the car so I know I can get fruit along the way in my diet.  Veggies have been a struggle tho.

And staying away from national chains and going with local or regional restaurants  instead has been hit and miss.
It's a real mixed bag out there when you avoid McDonald's, Burger King, etc. both in cost and quality.

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Breakfast for Dinner
2. Monday--Not Sure, something using up the leftovers
3. Tuesday--No clue
4. Wednesday--No clue
5. Thursday--No clue
6. Friday--No clue
7. Saturday--No clue

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Breakfast for Dinner(French Toast, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs)
2. Monday--Chinese Take-Out(Hadn't had in awhile, the natives were going to revolt if we didn't get it. lol)
3. Tuesday--a Cranberry Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese
4. Wednesday--a Pork Tenderloin sandwich, Fries(only ate a few fries)
5. Thursday--a Chicken "Salad" sandwich and "Salad"(I only ate half the sandwich.)
6. Friday--a Runza sandwich(It's a Nebraska thing. I only ate half the fries.)
7. Saturday--a Cowboy Hamburger with hand cut fries

Last week saw 1 night of home cooked dinners, 0 nights of leftovers and 1 nights of Take-Out and 5 nights of Eating on the Road. 

I made 0 trips to the Weis Markets or any other store at home but I did browse 2 grocery sources while on the road(and bought a few things, mostly snacks and gifts).  All totaled all the food spending came to "I don't have a clue".   I'll have to delay this keeping track feature until I get home.  I am having Daughter keep all receipts for her purchases and of course I'll keep all mine and tally the sad, sad truth when I get home. ;-)

My savings percentages last week and for the month so-far?    No clue. 8-)))

Leftovers going into this week........again, no clue.  We don't have leftovers while traveling, we just have to dump or leave what we don't finish.


Here is this week's "food plan"....not that I am cooking any of it anyway. lol......


1. Sunday--a Cowboy Supper
2. Monday--No Dinner
3. Tuesday--No clue
4. Wednesday--Probably home cooking but not sure
5. Thursday--Ditto
6. Friday--Might take everyone out?
7. Saturday--No clue


This week will see ? new meals cooked, ? nights of leftovers and ? night of Take-Out/Eating-Out.

What I need to buy for this menu?  Daughter will be grocery shopping for the next few weeks so it's not in my hands until later.

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?


Sluggy

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Further West....Playing the Wicked Witch

Just a quickie in case I can't update for the next two days as I don't know what the internet situation will be at A-the mom and pop motel this evening and B-the rustic accommodations booked for Sunday evening.

Deciding to stay in an authentic Western tipi for a night sounded real good back in April/May from Pennsylvania.....but that was before the weather out here decided to hover around 100 F degrees for days on end.
It's suppose to be a "mere" 95 F Sunday in Wyoming and the authentic Western experience doesn't have a/c.
Oh lord......what have I done!?!?


Pray for me folks, pray for me.

Back on the grid Monday afternoon if I live.......8-0

Sluggy

Friday, July 21, 2017

It's Just Not for Breakfast Anymore

As we are traveling at this point I've got nothing to add really to the blogging conversation.
I am off today(as I am most days!lol)experiencing new stuff and most of it will be revealed later, "In the fullness of time" when we get home.
I'll try to post a little something on here now and again until then and I'll be posting a few tidbits on Facebook so you can catch updates on there(after you friend request me).

Let me share my breakfast on Wednesday.  Ok, maybe not breakfast but it was waaaay before lunch time.

The crazed look on my face here is because I had already gotten soused at a Kentucky Bourbon tasting and was now eating ice cream laced with Bourbon Balls.


Sluggy eating Balls. *snort*
I think I slept the entire way to Missouri.......
Yesterday the temps topped 103F with a heat indexx of 110F.
Guess where that was?

Back with more as time/energy permits.

Sluggy

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Best Deals Last Week at Weis(PMITA)Markets


Last Friday during the Fantastic Friday Deals I bought two ready made pizzas at the Deli counter at Weis.  They make a pretty good cheese pizza and on Fridays they are reduced to $6 for a 16" pie.
I took Hubs with me so we each bought 1 pizza so I could use two $1 off Weis Booklet Qs so our pies were $5 each after sale and Q.
Nice.
When we got them home I defrosted some pepperoni and threw it onto the pies and warmed them in the oven quickly.
It was a LOT of pizza as we still had some left on Tuesday(even with various folks eating on it over the weekend).

Remember this Q I got in the mail a few weeks back?


For a free bottle of Nestea.
It was also good for $1.79 off a multi-pack of Nestea.
This is how I used it last Friday, on a multi-pack as my grocery store didn't have single bottles available for purchase.

I had gotten on one of my trips to Weis a Catalina for $1.25/1 multi-pack of this product.
Nestea packs were on sale this past week for $2 each so I bought two packs for $4, used my $1.79 and $1.25 Qs and paid .96¢ OOP for both packs or .48¢ per 6-pack.
We haven't tried this tea yet but will let y'all know what we think of it once we have.

That's about all the noteworthy buys lately.
Pretty pitiful......

Sluggy

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Index Card-9 Rules of Personal Finance



Back in 2013 Harold Pollack, a social scientist at the U of Chicago, while interviewing a UK personal finance writer, Helaine Olen, struck upon an idea that all the Personal Finance advise you ever need could be written down on an index card.
After blogging about this idea, and getting requests from readers, he actually set down his 9 rules for Personal Finance on a 4 x 6 inch card.

The article I read about this can be found HERE.

This has proved so popular that he and Olen have collaborated on a book called The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated which came out earlier this year.  I guess personal finance wasn't as simple as listing 9 points on an index card after all, since they seemed to need to explain/elaborate a full book's worth of information.  ;-)

Here are the original tips Pollack wrote out--
1. Max your 401(k) or equivalent employee contribution.
2. Buy inexpensive, well-diversified mutual funds such as Vanguard Target 20xx funds.
3. Never buy or sell an individual security. The person on the other side of the table knows more than you do about this stuff.
4. Save 20% of your money.
5. Pay your credit card balance in full every month.
6. Maximize tax-advantaged savings vehicles like Roth, SEP and 529 accounts.
7. Pay attention to fees. Avoid actively managed funds.
8. Make financial advisers commit to the fiduciary standard.
9. Promote social insurance programs to help people when things go wrong.

So what do you think of these rules?

Sluggy

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Another Pillage at Rite-Aid

For some reason(maybe because I returned some Pantene last week and rebought it?)I had $9.95 toward another $30 Spent/Get $15 Back in Plenti Points on my Daughter's card.
So only $20.05 needed to be "spent" to get $15 back in PPs(that monthly P&G Deal).

I had Hubs take me to Rite-Aid on Sunday to buy all this...........



2 x Tampax on sale $3.99=$7.98
3 x Pantene 'poo 20% Wellness discount $3.99=$11.97
1 x Puffs tissue 20% Wellness discount=$1.83
SubTotal........$21.78

Coupons Used
1 x $2/2 Tampax IPQ=$2.00
1 x $5/3 Pantene IPQ=$5.00
1 x $2/2 Pantene RAQ(CatalinaQ)=$2.00
1 x .50¢/1 Puffs ManuQ=.50¢
Coupon Total......$9.50

$21.78-$9.50=$12.28 + .42¢ tax=$12.70

I paid with $12.70 in Plenti Points and earned $15 in new Plenti Points.....


So I got "paid" $2.30 to bring all this stuff home.  8-)

Sluggy


Monday, July 17, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The  "Barbecue Pork 2.0" Edition--
You know those "Taco Bake Rings" folks make with crescent roll triangles and taco filling?  Well I had rolls of crescent roll dough and leftover pork barbecue so I made a BBQ Bake Ring last Sunday for dinner.  BBQ, add cheese and voila!
This baby disappeared very quickly!

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Leftovers(leftover Barbecue in Calzones)
2. Monday--Eggplant Parmesan
3. Tuesday--Hubs is cooking hahahaha
4. Wednesday--Ravioli or Pasta(using leftover sauce)
5. Thursday--Breakfast for Dinner
6. Friday--Daughter is cooking
7. Saturday--Marinated Beef Kabobs

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Leftovers BBQ in a Baked Dough Ring
2. Monday--Eggplant Parmesan
3. Tuesday--Ravioli w/Sauce, Green Bean, Garlic Bread(Hubs cooked)
4. Wednesday--Kielbasa on Rolls, Onions, Potato Salad
5. Thursday--Marinated London Broil Sandwiches
6. Friday--Pizza, Salad
7. Saturday--Roasted Chicken Thighs and Veggies(Daughter cooked)

Last week saw 6 nights of home cooked dinners, 0 nights of leftovers and 1 nights of Take-Out.  The menu changed as the week went on.  the Ka-bobs didn't happen but London Broil did.
Hubs DID cook one night but I have to plan it for him and he can't do anything "complicated" so in the end, it's better if I do the cooking. sigh.
Maybe as time goes on he'll feel my adventurous and want to try something outside his "wheelhouse"(aka pasta). lolz

I made 2 small trips to the Weis Markets and 1 trip to the ShurSave Market, plus Hubs and I spent a little at Walmart and the Bread Outlet.   All totaled all the food spending came to $108.30 OOP.  This brings my July food spending total to $224.42.  There are 14 days left in the month. 

My savings percentages last week was 46.59% which brings the month's percentage to 46%. 

Leftovers going into this week........spaghetti sauce, 1 piece of London Broil, pizza, 1 chicken thigh, rice and stir-fry veggies.  All the 4th of July food is finally gone.


Here is this week's "food plan"....
* Denotes "complicated" meals

1. Sunday--Breakfast for Dinner
2. Monday--Not Sure, something using up the leftovers
3. Tuesday--No clue
4. Wednesday--No clue
5. Thursday--No clue
6. Friday--No clue
7. Saturday--No clue
Anybody see a pattern here? lolz

This week will see ? new meals cooked, ? nights of leftovers and ? night of Take-Out/Eating-Out.

What I need to buy for this menu?  Daughter will be grocery shopping for the next few weeks so it's not in my hands until later.

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?


Sluggy