Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What's on the Menu

I been a little lazy wth posting my menu....I do find it very helpful and huge money saver when we do have a menu.  So here is what we are eating this week

Tuesday 6/28:   Chicken parmesean with pasta

Wednesday:  Hamburgers, corn on the cob, broccoli

Thursday:  Grilled chicken thighs, orzo w/onions, green beans

Friday:  leftovers

Saturday:  Steak, mac & cheese, broccoli

Sunday:  Chicken fajita kabobs, rice, beans

Monday (4th of July): Hotdogs, hamburgers, chili, corn on the cob, salads

Tuesday:  Homeade pizza

Wednesday:  BBQ chcken, rice a roni, green beans

Thursday:  Marinated London broil, mashed potatoes, broccoli

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Staples coupons

You better hurry up and print these bd boys.  Staples has some really hot coupons on their own brand post its, binder clips, pens, copy paper  etc.  They expire on July 2nd
Go Here to print out the coupons

Thanks Frugal Living and Having fun for finding these coupons

Monday, June 27, 2011

Free sample of Honey Nut Cheerios with coupon

Who doesn't love Cheerios?  Head on over HERE to snag your free sample.  This freebie will go fast.  Thanks Couponing to Disney for posting this awesome freebie.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Today we celebrate 16 years of marriage

Today Mr. Amazing and I celebrate 16 years of marriage. I married the love of my life and my best friend.  Time is really flying by and I can't wait to see what the next 16 years has in store for us.  There are not enough words or ways I can express my love for him.  He truly amazes me in so many ways.

Sometimes I feel guilty because he does so much for me and our two beautiful kids.  There are many days he works long hours and loses sleep just to spend time with us. He cooks, cleans, always lends a hand to friends that need his help, makes me laugh, lifts me up when I am down and constantly tells me how beautiful I am and how much he loves me every single day (even with bed head and bad breath!).  What more can I ask for.

So Terry if your reading this I LOVE YOU!  More than all the stars in the sky and beyond.  You will always be my Endless Love. There may not be any gifts or fancy vacations but I don't care as long as we have each other.  I am so very thankful that your mine!   xoxox

Thursday, June 9, 2011

How do you save your coupon savings

Saving money is hard!  Saving account....Rainy Day Fund....What the heck are those? Unfortunately we don't have any savings for emergencies and lately that is really really bothering me and keeping me awake at night. I am sick and tired of living paycheck to paycheck and doing a clown balancing act to pay the bills.   I have tried yard sales but I don't make that much (I guess my junk isn't good enough), I tried ebay(but that is tedious and time consumng), even getting rid of my old crappy jewelry.  I can say that I have become better at using coupons.  I probably have cut our grocery bill by at least 40%.  Thats a huge help.  Never fails though...when I have extra money something in the house breaks down or one of our cars needs a repair. Everytime a little "murphy" pops up as Dave Ramsey calls it...we hit up the credit cards(whch are busting at the seams).  So far the easiest way I have found to save money is breaking the bills and keeping the change. Mr. Amazing and I have done this since we started dating.  At first it was just for gas money to drive down to Florida and over the years it has evolved into payng for most of our vacation or plane tickets for my son to visit his grandparents.  .  A few times that jar was well over $1000.  That was when I had a job.  I use to do the coffee run for the ladies in my office.  I would take their change and pay with my bills. 

Now I am thinking of possibly putting all the money I save wth coupons into a separate checking account.  For example....Yesterday I purchased $10.00 worth of items at the store yesterday.  I had four $1.00 off coupons.  So I only paid $6.00.  I would have spent that money anyway with or without the coupon.  I am thinking of writing a check from one checking account for $4.00 and putting into my coupon savings acct.  If the store doubles that coupon (which they didn't but on rare occasions they do) do I double the check I write?  I am asking all my lovely followers of this blog to let me know how you save your coupon savings.  f you have any other ideas to save money that would be great also.  We need to get that emergency fund started. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Just need to vent a little

I feel lately that I am living in a black hole.  Nothing makes me happy, I don't feel like doing ANYTHING at all and I would rather be left alone to stare at the four walls.   We are in the process of selling our house... so trying to keep it neat and clean at all times seems impossible especially since I can't muster up the energy to want to clean.  Lately one of the little ones I babysit finds a need to color everything in site.  My walls, floors and even the glass on the wall unit.  I can't leave the room for a second without her getting into trouble.  I have been researching school possibilities for my son (we are moving to FLorida next summer) and the area we want to live in does not have any appealing high school with good stats. 

The kids are fresh, the finances are keeping me awake at night and I feel super guilty for even feeling the way I do.  It just seems like things will never get better.  I just want tot cry all the time.  The icing on the cake was yesterday.  I asked my kids to help me straighten up afterschool because we had people coming to look at the house.  They instantly gave me the rolling of the eyes and the huffs and puffs.  I asked the 10 year old boy I babysit to keep an eye on his 2 year old sister (the mad crayon artist) and the other 3 year old I babysit so I can straighten up for a few minutes.  It took about 2 minutes before my name was being called to say JENNNN  there is a spill on the floor.  PURPLE V8 JUICE ALL OVER THE KITCHEN FLOOR!!  Just what I needed to do...wash the floors right before these people come to look at the house.  I just wanted to scream at the top of my lungs, flip the kitchen table and throw all the chairs.  But  I didn't...because then I would have to clean some more!!!! It took all restraint for me not to open the floodgate of tears that were welling up.  Lately I HATE MY LIFE....When the hell will it get better?  Just needed to vent  uuuuggghhhh

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sounds like me

A friend of mine on Facebook had this as her status:

The girl who seemed unbreakable, BROKE. The girl who always laughed, CRIED. The girl who never gave up, finally QUIT and said "I can't do this anymore"

It sounds just like me....There is only so much one can take