The other week I ran into my friend at the grocery store, this is the same friend that I mentioned before, who doesn't have internet in her home. We had both just begun our shopping so we walked along side each other, talking, while grabbing the groceries we needed. We started in the produce section, and I noticed her just throwing in PILES of fresh fruits and veggies. I was like, are you going to be able to eat all those before they go bad?
She was like, oh yeah, of course! I eat fresh fruits and veggies all day every day.
At that point I became very interested in EVERY thing about her life as a mom. I was like one of those kids who NEVER stop asking questions. I asked her question after question, and she proceeded to tell me all about her daily routine, which you ALL know how obsessed I am with learning how other moms are spending their time.
So, she told me about the NO internet at her house (won't happen here, no siree), and that she NEVER eats out ( I could never do that either, but I commend her for it), she shops for all her kids clothes and toys every spring at yard sales, and by doing this she saves her family around $30,000 a year. WOW!
She also tries to be pretty green, so as you can see, she doesn't use many plastic bags to put her produce in. I of course asked her why she wasn't putting them in bags, and she just said, it's waistful.
I bet she thought I was a nutcase, as I was so excited, and taking pictures of her grocery cart, asking her all these questions and buying the same stuff as her. Too bad she doesn't have internet, she could be the one blogging about this, haha. Guess I'll have to do it for her.
Well, needless to say, I was instantly motivated by her. I ended up just forgetting about my list all together and just copied everything she did, haha. I didn't buy quite as much as her, but our grocery carts looked pretty similar in the end. She also inspired me to buy some reusable grocery bags.
Then she told me that she was taking Walmart up on their price matching promise. She showed me how she found good deals at other stores and just cut them out for the cashier to see. I checked out at the same time as her, so I was able to price match with her. I LOVE coupons, but have decided that it's too much work finding all the grocery coupons.
I like this price matching idea because it doesn't take as much time. She also had a good point when she mentioned that most coupons are for junk food, and she's mostly buying produce.
YES!!!! I LOVE saving money, there's just something so satisfying about it. Almost as good as...... Well, maybe not THAT good, I do love me some cold stone cake batter ice cream :). But, the more I can save, the more I have to SPEND!!! :)
Anyway, she saved me like $10!!!!! I know it's not a whole lot, but I was still so excited that I called my husband the second I drove out of the parking lot to tell him the news. "Sean, GUESS WHAT!!!!!, I just saved $10 at the grocery store". I was so giddy about it, you'd think I had just found $100 bill on the ground. Anyway, as I was leaving I was telling my friend that I wanted to meet her there every week, and I'll use her price matching cut outs a long with her. She was like, here, I'll give you the website.
Uh, no, I don't want the website, I want you to do the work, and I'll just show up here each week to meet you:) Sound like a plan?
haha, she agreed. Then I thought.....
You know grocery shopping would be a lot more fun and EASIER if we tagged teamed it.
I actually REALLY hate going grocery shopping. I usually wait until the very last minute when we're just about out of everything in the house except for some canned beans, or rice. Then my husband begins asking, in his subtle way, do "WE" need to go grocery shopping? He's learned to say "WE" because If not, then he knows he'll have to hear my long complaint on how hard it is to go grocery shopping with two kids by myself.
I was also over at Rod Works to use my 25% off coupon I received in the mail, and I had a punch card that was full. So I got
this cute candle holder for 76 CENTS!!!!!! What a day right?
haaaaaa, I LOVE it!!!!
And to top it all off, the other day I won ANOTHER giveaway!!!!! Thank you so much Jen @ A Daily Scoop of Chaos I seriously LOVE this girl, and her blog, you HAVE to check her out.
So, I used this Hot Locks doll as part of Lily's Easter and she LOVED it :)