Sunday, June 26, 2011

Extreme Couponing...sort of

Today I made a grocery shopping trip to Vons. I bought $111.45 worth of groceries and only paid $31.47! That is a 72% savings!

And no, I didn't just buy frozen food junk. I bought real, normal food that will get us through the week.

Here's how I did it. Part luck, part timing, part planning.

My grocery store is having a grand reopening, so pretty much everything in the store is on sale right now. Eric went to the store yesterday to pick up just a few things for dinner and ended up winning a $25 gift card! Yay for luck!

I don't think I paid full price for anything. Wait...yes I did. I bought a packet of Lawry's Fajita Seasoning for the full price of $1.39. I also bought Welch's grape jam for Eric for his lunch.

Most everything else was either on sale or on sale with a coupon. I got free eggs, free peanut butter, and free soup. I got Kraft salad dressing for $1, a bag of ravioli for $2, and five Lunchable sandwich kits for $3.

While I don't think TLC's Extreme Couponing tv show will be calling me any time soon, I sure understand the rush and excitement of purchasing so much for so little. I'm not willing to cut 50 coupon inserts out each week, but I am willing to use the coupons in the Sunday paper to save a little money here and there.

I also love the idea of building a stockpile for future use. How cool would it be to know that you always have something on hand and that you never have to pay full price?

Love coupons!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Tiffy Got Married

My sister, Tiffany, got married today. It was a very simple but pretty wedding in the park near a little waterfall and creek.

Me, my sister, and my mom taking photos before the ceremony.

I've been able to wear this dress several times now: graduation, last day of school, wedding shower and now in a wedding!

Tiffany and her husband, Thomas, with their kids.

Since we were all done up (re: hair combed), we took the opportunity to take a few family photos.

Hudson. Do you see why this kid gets away with murder? One look with those eyes, and he pretty much gets what he wants. Ugh.

My handsome boys.

Love this one of Eric and the boys.

My new favorite family shot. I think I want to blow this one up for a frame on the wall.

Pretty great day.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Spot the Tot

Click HERE to see Evan and Hudson on the news this morning.

We were up and off to the Channel 26 KMPH Great Day studio by 8 this morning to join two other kids from OLPH to do a segment on child safety. I was so proud of Evan and Hudson. They stood right on their spot behind the car showing just how difficult it can be for drivers to spot kids in their rear view mirrors.

I didn't know if there would be enough kids, so I put Hudson in a uniform in case he was needed! He'll be in preschool in a matter of a month or so, and he looked so stinkin' cute in the shirt and shorts!

After doing such a great job being on tv, we celebrated with a smoothie, a session at Pump it Up, and lunch. Busy and fun day so far. Grocery shopping, allergy shots, and McDonald's cones yet to come! I love summer days like this.