Saturday, March 31, 2018

Final Numbers for March 2018

 This is my first month of tracking our eating out and grocery shopping expenses in a LONG time.

It is a learning experience that continues to need tweaking so I don't become overwhelmed with the numbers and keeping up with receipts, etc.  In the past, my receipts would have stayed in the bag and gone out with the recyclables.

Now, I collect them in a clip on the fridge.  Before they get hung up on the fridge, I scan them into Fetch Rewards.  You scan your receipts, earn points and receive rewards that you can convert into gift cards.

 I just started using the app a couple of weeks ago and have earned 11,000 points.  So far, I redeemed $3 on an Amazon gift card, they also offer Wal-Mart giftcards, Kohls, CVS and Target.   Of course, I would like to earn more!   If you use my referral code, we both will receive 2000  points. 

In the future, I may start redeeming them for Target gift cards.  I seem to spend more time there lately. 

What is one more app on your phone, right??

According to my reciepts and Personal Capital tracking, we have spent $511 in groceries for the month of March.  Uh...that includes groceries, alcohol,( $60ish) vitamins and supplements( $60) and HBA ( $20is)   When you subtract the booze, vitamins, dog and cat food,  and HBA,  actual groceries come to about $371.

Our eating out is $200 for March.  Last month (February) it was $317  Ouch.  In January, we spent $354.  Double Ouch.

I am still figuring out the Ibotta app, and use it to save more $$ at the stores.  I have not used coupons  or money saving apps in a while, kinda been shopping at will, don't cha know!  Still taking it one step at a time and avoid becoming overwhelmed with it.

We found these Cuban rolls at BJ's last week and they are my husband's new favorite bread/roll.  A bag has 12 sandwich size rolls and a bag will last him all week.  Went back this Friday and picked up another bag.  Nature's Own bread I bought at BJ's is still in the freezer from the original trip. 

April is a new month, and here is to continuing to improve on saving money!

Do you use apps to increase your grocery savings?  Which is your favorite?

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

What We Ate and What We Spent Last Week (3/22 - 3/28)

last Friday at Aldi
Here is where we stand so far with our eating out and grocery spending. Since there are three more days in the month, I will continue to track and update at the end of March.  

So far.... we have only eaten out once this week.  I was just wiped out, as my CPAP mask was leaking air.  I need it to be flush on my face  to receive full benefit and when it does not, I do not get the rest I need to function. 

That has been resolved with a new mask, and I am sleeping much better. 

The ham I cooked Saturday has been giving us a bunch of leftovers.  I think we are just about done with it, I will save the bone and freeze it for later.  Maybe a ham soup?  

Eating Out

3/22 Thursday: Grilled Chicken, and Large Salad
3/23    Friday: Philly cheesesteak subs 
3/24  Saturday: Ham, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, Fresh strawberries
3/25   Sunday: Everyman for himself 
3/26  Monday  Cabbage, and Ham(leftovers) 
3/27   Tuesday: Chick Fil A $20
3/28  Wednesday  Ham (leftover) Mac and Cheese, Green beans, sliced tomatoes 
 3/29  Thursday  Grits, Eggs, Bacon, Fresh Tomatoes
3/30    Friday
3/31   Saturday 

Grocery Shopping

3/ 27 Tuesday Publix $69.08 ($20 for beer)
3/27   Tuesday Aldi  $25.47

The Publix shop was for Powerade, they are priced $4.00 an 8pk until the 30th.  The hubs takes one to work daily, and he drinks them on the weekend, especially when we are working around the house.  We also picked up soda that was on sale, I like diet Mountain Dew and Publix Diet Tonic Water.  Coffee, and beer were added to the list as they were on sale too. In fact, my cart was full of beverages, or beverage related items. 

I know, water would be so much better for me. But it is what it is. 

Since we already had our ham last week, I decided to pick up two Rib Eye steaks from Aldi for our Easter dinner.  Our kids are either working, or have other plans.  We will see the grandkids Easter morning when they get to hunt eggs.  My daughter works nights, so when she gets home we will head over to her house for a short visit. 

What are your plans for Easter?  

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Checking in Wednesday

The days fly by, don't they!  We had plans to go to Epcot last Wednesday, but we didn't make it.  My daughter and her family decided to go to the beach for Spring Break with the kiddos.  Perfectly fine, they had a great time, especially with the heated pools.
My front yard treasures

Meanwhile, my husband and I finished the installation of baseboards in our room and almost finished putting them in the spare room on Wednesday night after work.  Progress!!

Our upcoming expenses include four new tires for my husband's truck.  Man, it is always something, isn't it?  The cost of the tires will probably wipe out our emergency fund.  Sigh!  We have been pricing tires, and so far Wal-Mart has the best price.   We just need to sit down and order them from the website and have them delivered to the store.

Almost everything on last week's to-do list was completed.   The last thing to get checked off was the return of the cat access door.  I printed off the return label from Amazon and dropped it off at UPS today. Unfortunately, we have not found our other cat that went missing last week. We still go out for daily walks in the neighborhood in hopes we will spot him.  You never know, cats are so independent...

Last Week's List

1.  Mow the yard
2.  Work on dad's family tree
3.  Go to Epcot  tomorrow ( Easy!)  Not As Planned
4.  Return Cat Access Door
5.  Continue to get steps in
6.  Continue to search for a part-time job  work in progress

I had testosterone pellets inserted almost two weeks ago.  For the most part, the hormones that my GYN has me on has greatly helped my menopause symptoms. This is the second round with the testosterone pellets, it typically takes about two weeks to feel the effects. Hot flashes, memory fog are no joke. 

We are getting our steps in for the most part.  On the average, I get in between 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day.  Most of the time, the steps are from staying active around the house, with housework, yard work and the occasional trip to the store.  Our goal now is to have a continuous session of cardio/walking for at least 30 minutes to keep our heart rate up for that length of time.  If we miss our EARLY morning walk @ 4AM we then try to make it to the gym after my husband gets home from work.  He has a work discount and our gym membership is only $26 a month.  

How has your week been going? 

Friday, March 23, 2018

What We Ate and What We Spent Last Week (3/15 - 3/21)

Tracking the spending for week three of March. 

Eating Out

3/15 Thursday: Leftover Lasagne. Again.
3/16   Friday:  Lil' Ceaser Pizza $15.00
What we do when grandkids spend the night
3/17  Saturday: Grilled Hamburgers at home.  Ice Cream out with grandkids $13
3/18   Sunday: Taco Bell $20
3/19  Monday  Every man for himself (I was ill)
3/20 Tuesday Chili
3/21  Wednesday Leftover chili
Total $ 48

Grocery Shopping

3/15 Thursday:  Winn Dixie $1.63 bananas
3/15 Thursday:  Dollar Tree $3.51 litter
3/19  Monday:  Aldi $12.00 grocery
3/19  Monday:  Target non-food $24.65 (new mop, Target brand Windex, cold meds, etc)
3/20  Tuesday:  Aldi $ 33.00  grocery (stuff I forgot Monday)
3/21 Wednesday:  Publix $21.65 BOGO Ritz, BOGO Pasta, Safeguard Soap, Chicken Wings for Disney
Total $59.79 
If we add in the Target shopping for nonfoods ($24.65)   then the 
The total is $84.44

Tracking definitely helps with keeping costs down. Duh!   Without the task of tracking, our spending would definitely be higher. We are using up some of the items in the pantry/freezer and that helps keep costs down. 

my view from the seat of the tractor
Our Wednesday night Disney/Epcot plans fell through.  Hopefully, we can pull it together and make it happen in two weeks. Yesterday, I took care of mowing the lawn and cleaning up the driveway from leaves and debris. 

The weather is absolutely beautiful, clear, sunny and about 70 degrees.   The weekend it will be much warmer, about 80 degrees.  As long as the humidity stays down, it will still be pretty out.

Plans for the weekend include finishing up the baseboard in the bedrooms,  taking another load of yard debris to the landfill maybe. 

We had a large stump from a tree that we had to take down after Hurricane Irma visited us last year. I was fine with just letting the stump stay and not worry about it.

The hubs wanted to dig around the large base and get it out of the yard.  Sigh...   Well, our neighbor was borrowing a backhoe to dig a trench to run city water to his house. His well was on it lasts leg.  As soon as my husband saw that backhoe, he could not stop talking about diggin' up that tree stump.

neighbor digging in our backyard
After our neighbor trenched his yard,  he headed over to our yard and dug around the base of the stump.  Now, we have a "new" yard project and a big hole in the backyard. .  Remove the dug up roots and carry them off to the landfill.  Lawd... it never ends!

 What are your plans for the weekend?  Fun stuff or projects?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Checking in Tuesday List

Yesterday, I was under the weather with a flare-up of diverticulitis.  I don't know what brought it on, but it may have been the meal from Taco Bell Sunday night.  I am just guessing, but it certainly was something I ate.  Most of the day I spent on the couch, or in bed, or in the recliner with a heating pad.

 Today, the pain is gone.   And so is one of my indoor cats.  Artie, a cute fluffy male, that my husband absolutely fell in love with when he was a foster, managed to find his way in the garage and escape from the cat door in the garage door.  He is adorable, and we are devastated.  His picture has been shared on several Facebook groups and NextDoor.  We set his cat litter box outside, left food and water, one of his beds outside in hopes he returns. Cats are funny....they show up days later all like.....whaaaaat?

Last night, while I was sitting in my recliner, I started looking at my dad's family tree on Ancestry.  It is a project I work on intermittently.  In order to better keep the information straight, I started writing down the information in a notebook.  I think by writing it down and visualizing the names, it will help with keeping track of the information.  Time will tell!

We did finish up some of the projects that we wanted to get done while my husband was on his stay-cation.  The baseboards in the dining room are up.  We still need to caulk.   We were also able to sell my mom's car on Craigslist.  She has been gone since 2013, and we have been driving the car as a spare until about the last 6 months. 

 Last Week's List

1.  Work on the cat-access to garage/litter box  Eh. I may return it and try a different tatic. 
2.  Continue to search for a part-time job   Still working on it.
3.  Green Fire King glass, it is boxed, waiting for time to take it to Tennessee.
4.  Metal shed paint project.  We may just put that on hold for a time.
5.  Clean shelves in the garage   Done

Last week's list is pretty static. 

This Week's List

1.  Mow the yard
2.  Work on dad's family tree
3.  Go to Epcot  tomorrow ( Easy!)
4.  Return Cat Access Door
5.  Continue to get steps in
6.  Continue to search for a part-time job

I love Spring!  My Amaryllis are starting to bloom.  I pick up the bulbs at WalMart after the season is over.  Typically, I will only pay about $1 per bulb.  This is a picture of my first bulb to bloom this year.  They sure make me happy. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Meal Plan Monday 3/19/2018

We are back to normal this week schedule wise.  Vacation or Stay-cations are completed and most of the items on out to-do list are complete.  Last week, I did not have a plan when it came to or dinner menu, It was pretty much up in the air.  We did manage to eat at home most evenings, all that was thanks to a large pan of homemade lasagne. This week, I need to get more organized and figure out what we have to work with in the freezer to make this week a success.
grilled zuchinni-cheese-bacon

Monday:  Grilled pork chops with grilled zuchinni covered with shredded cheese and bacon.

Tuesday: Ham and Sweet Potatoes.  I have a frozen ham to use up in the freezer. I typically use Reynold's cooking bags and after I add the required flour and water, I coat the ham with syrup and bake.

Wednesday:  Chili Dogs for husband.  It is a Disney day so we have snacks  that we take to the park to get us through.

Thursday:  Family dinner night.  It is always Tacoburgers.  

Friday:  Broccoli and Ham Quiche.  Using the some of the leftover ham for this dish.

Saturday:  Maybe leftover Quiche.  If not, probably grilled chicken with brown rice and vegtables

Sunday:  Probably over the ham by now.  There may be a take out pizza in our future.    

This is the plan and at least I have a plan.  There have been months, maybe years, where I had no meal plans.  It definitely helps with keeping eating costs down. 

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Evening 3/18/2018

We have completed many projects around the house while my husband was on vacation.  The yard work is complete for now.   The baseboards in the kitchen and dining room are in but still need caulking. Eh... We are getting there!

Entrance of Small World
The weather was great last week, and next week we are now expecting thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday, and then a small patch of cooler weather to follow the storms.  The grand kiddos are on Spring Break this coming week so I am hoping to spend a lot of time with them and my daughter. We have Fast Passes booked for Wednesday and Friday.  It depends on the weather, hopefully, it all works out.

The kiddos spent the night last night, we had hamburgers at home and then we took them to the local park for about an hour and then we hit the Twistee Treat for ice cream again.  Today was church and Sunday school again and back to the house for lunch again.  We had sandwiches, chips and Lil' Debbies.  What is remarkable, is that we did not eat out while the grandkids were visiting.  I know, it may not be much for you all, but in the past, when the kiddos were visiting, we would typically go to McDonald's for chicken nuggets.  Okay, we still take them out for ice cream, but we can live with that.

Tomorrow is possibly lawn mowing day.  We'll see how the weather is holding up.  I would like to get it done before the rains come on Tuesday.  It typically takes me about 2 hrs.  It's not that the grass is so tall, but it is very uneven and many places. That drives me crazy.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

What We Ate Last Week and What We Spent (3/8 - 3/14)

This week was a better week with our spending compared to last week.   Last week we spent $75 eating out, this week we spent $43.   Grocery shopping was only slightly better, last week we spent $111  and this week we spent $95.  The dog and cat food added an additional $20 some odd dollars to our grocery total.

Eating Out
3/8  Thursday: Lil Anthonys (pizza and beer) $30
3/9   Friday: Taco Burgers  (Ice Cream with Grandkids) $13.00

3/10  Saturday  BLT's
3/11  Sunday neighbors invited us over for dinner
3/12  Monday Lasagne
3/13 Tuesday leftover lasagne
3/14  Wednesday Grits, eggs, bacon and sliced tomatoes
Total $43

 3/10 Winn Dixie $35.91  Reward savings of $33.42
Chips 4/$8
Powerade 8 pk BOGO we bought 4 packs.
2 Maxwell House Coffee $8.99 each ( higher than Target and Walmart but we were completely out!)(I have to go back and check, I thought the shelf price was different...hmmm)

 3/10  Aldi $31.49
4 doz eggs
3 tubs of sandwich meat
3 packs of bacon
heavy whipping cream

3/11  Target  $44.21  Savings of $10.55 with coupons, Cartwheel, and REDcard debit 
Dog Food (Coupon)
Cat Food On Sale
Coke Zero  on sale
Mountain Dew 8 pack (40% with cartwheel)
Tuna Fish
Mayo ( we run through this stuff)
Little Debbies ( not much more than Wal-Mart)

3/12 Publix  $19.72  Savings of $6.25
Prego BOGO
Kraft shredded Mozzarella BOGO
A loaf of Cuban bread  
Total $95.42

We are finishing out my husband's sta-cation this week with yard work and finishing up (hopefully) projects that need his attention.  Next week is Spring Break for the grandkids, my husband will be back to work and we will be going to Epcot at least once next week.  My granddaughter loves the Frozen ride in Norway.  I think most little girls love that movie and know all the words to the song.

Granddaughter and Elsa

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Yard Work Wednesday

We have dragged seven trailers full of yard debris to the landfill.  We are 95% done with carrying twigs, branches, vines, leaves and cut up trees to the dump.  Man... I am about done with this project.

Once we get the lawn mower/tractor back together ( blades needed sharpening) I can start mowing.  Mowing the yard is enjoyable, I can get a lot of thinking done riding on the back of the John Deere.

Time to take an Aleve and call it a night.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesday Updates and Weekly List

From a recent trip to SeaWorld

Only about half of last week's list is finished.    Taxes are done and it's a break-even year which is a big relief.   The hubs is on vacation this week and we are still carrying stuff from the backyard ( old shrubs, limbs, and pine needles) to the landfill.

Yesterday was a trip to Orlando for a haircut and today another trip to Altamonte Springs to attend a marriage ceremony at the courthouse of a friend.  After another trip to the landfill today, I am hoping we can stay home tomorrow and not go anywhere.

Thursday is a trip to the Gyn for another round of testosterone pellets.  The first round really helped my hot flashes, memory fog and overall state of mind.  I have noticed that the hair above my lip is coming in a little faster, but I have it waxed off. Otherwise, no complaints about the pellets.  We will see how this round goes.

Last week's list

1.  Make an appointment for taxes
2.  Get back on track with Keto diet ( totally off the rails!)
3.  Boil/steam eggs  for lunches and snacks
4.  Work on cat access door to garage/litter box
5.  Continue search for a part-time job
6.  Clean out the refrigerator ( throw out old stuff)
From a recent trip to SeaWorld
7.  Pack up a selection of green Fire King glass for my cousin
8.  Continue to purge stuff out of the storage shed
9.  Investigate how to paint and spiff up the metal storage shed.
10. Wash the dogs.

This week's to-do list

1.  Work on the cat-access to garage/litter box
2.  Continue to search for a part-time job
3.  Green Fire King glass, it is boxed, waiting for time to take it to Tennessee.
4.  Metal shed paint project.  We may just put that on hold for a time.
5.  Clean shelves in the garage

We are working on my husband's to-do list while he in on vacation.  It includes putting up baseboards in two rooms, touching up paint in two rooms and whatever else he wants to get done.  We are enjoying a great week of weather, sunny and cool.  Wish it would last all month.

 Happy Tuesday!

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Friday, March 9, 2018

What We Ate and Spent Last Week (3/1 -3/7)

It has been awhile since I actively tracked what we spend at the stores and for eating out.  Yes, we eat out more than most.  In fact, we use to eat out more.  By tracking where the money is going, I can be more accountable to myself.  There are areas to watch and cut back, but when you live with a spendthrift, it can be a challenge.  It is what it is.

3/1 Thursday: Chick Fil A $22
3/2  Friday: Grilled pork chops, roasted cauliflower, brown rice
       Husband went to Publix for snacks for grandkids  $14.50
 3/3 Saturday: Little Ceaser Pizza $12
 3/4 Sunday:  Tuna Fish Salad Subs
 3/5  Monday: Waffle House  $27
3/6 Tuesday: Grilled chicken, brown rice, grilled zucchini
3/7 Wednesday: Chili dogs ( a go-to for husband when I am at Disney)

Eating Out $75.50

  Shopping spends for last week

 3/1 Target: $13.94
3/2 Publix $14.41
3/6 Walmart $13.31
3/6 Walmart Liquor $35.26
3/6 Dollar Tree $5.35
3/7 Walmart $15.41
3/7 Publix $13.86

Total  $111.54

Let's see how we do next week.  My husband is taking a sta-cation,  a week off to finish up chores and projects around the house.  The weather is perfect for finishing up yard work, I am excited to get some of these projects buttoned up!

How was your spending last week?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thursday Updates

Today is tax time.  I made an appointment with our CPA to get out taxes done, and spent the morning yesterday gathering all the paperwork necessary.  Check that off the list!

Yesterday, I ran a couple of errands.  Stopped by WalMart to return two camp chairs.  We bought the folding camp chairs for my husband and me to use at our grandkids soccer games.  The kids signed up through the local YMCA a couple of weeks ago.  When we took them to the first practice, neither team had coaches.  In fact, it seemed that the whole league was sort of in a chaotic state. My daughter decided to pull them from the league and find another activity to put them into.

Part of the Na'vi River ride at Pandora
On the way home, I stopped by Publix to pick up bread.  They had Nature's Own butter bread BOGO.  I stocked up on four loaves to put into the freezer for the upcoming weeks.   That and paper towels.  We have a little dog, Cricket, that is about 13 years old.  She mostly hits the piddle pads we set out for her, but every once in awhile she misses. We can run through the paper towels when she is on a roll.

After Publix, came home and got my stuff together to go to Animal Kingdom with my daughter and grandkids.  We go on her weeks off, ( she works 7 nights on and 7 nights off) after the kids are out of school.  I think we definitely get our money's worth out of the passes.  Will we renew next year? Probably so.  As long as the kids enjoy it, we will continue to go.

The rest of today will be picking up the house, and replanting a bouganvillea, which is thorny as heck but the flowers are worth the pain.  It is currently 59 degrees here is sunny Florida.  Brrr!!!   I know, I shouldn't complain, but I am not use to the cold.

We were suppose to have family dinner tonight (Taco burgers) but due to a meeting at my grandson's school we are going to try to get together tomorrow evening.

      After my husband gets paid on Friday, we will be moving some money to our joint savings.  It is miserably low, and we need to get it back up to at least $1000.

      My husband has his own stash of cash, amount unknown and that is fine. But, I too have my own stash of cash that he does not know about.  These money games, it's how we roll.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesday Notes

Yesterday was a day of recovery from the weekend.  My husband and I worked on cleaning up the back hedges.  Taming the back hedges has been on our radar for at least a year.  Initially, I wanted to just trim them to an acceptable height.  They were tall, at least, 9 feet tall.

Last year, we started working on the hedges, and eventually, we decided to remove them.  At least half were removed last year, which involved digging, using the Sawzall to cut roots and then wrapping a chain around the base and yanking them out with the truck.

With the cool weather in place for the weekend, we decided to remove the remainder of the shrubs, which involved all of the hard labor used previously, but we are hauling them off to the landfill this time.  We have hauled off 4 loads with the 5th load ready to go.  The aches and pains from yesterday are gone and I feel much better and not like I was just hit by a truck.

The weather is great today, sunny, no humidity and favorable temperatures.  There is still more yard work to do, and we want to get it done before the heat of summer hits.

kiddos helping Grandpa

Weekly to do List

1.  Make an appointment for taxes
2.  Get back on track with Keto diet ( totally off the rails!)
3.  Boil/steam eggs  for lunches and snacks
4.  Work on cat access door to garage/litter box
5.  Continue search for a part-time job
6.  Clean out the refrigerator ( throw out old stuff)
7.  Pack up a selection of green Fire King glass for my cousin
8.  Continue to purge stuff out of the storage shed
9.  Investigate how to paint and spiff up the metal storage shed.
10. Wash the dogs.

Although not perfect, lists definitely help to keep me on track.  How about you?

Monday, March 5, 2018

Meal Plan Monday 3/5/18

photo credit Lori Dunn

This week will be light with regards to serious cooking. We have several commitments that take place at dinner time so we will be making adjustments.

Monday:  Grilled chicken with grilled green pepper and red onions.

Tuesday:  Spaghetti casserole with a tossed salad

Wednesday:  We are winging it.  It is a Disney day so we have snacks that we take to the park to get us through.

Thursday:  Family dinner night.  It is always Tacoburgers.  

Friday:  Grits, eggs, toast, and sausage.

Simple menu for a busy week.  Light on the grocery shopping, except we do need to restock on the Michelob Ultra. ;-)

What is on your menu for this week?

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Friday, March 2, 2018

March Goals and Plans

March is typically a good weather month for Central Florida.  February was unseasonably warm and dry.  Let's hope the trend is short-lived and that we can enjoy the remaining Spring weather with temps in the 70's instead of the mid-80's.

The first full week of March we will be working on the yard finishing up the removal of branches and brush courtesy of Hurricane Irma.  We have hauled of two trailers of yard waste, and our goal is to complete the clean-up.

The second week of March, my husband is on vacation.  We decided to stay home this year and continue to complete neglected projects around the house.  There are baseboards and trim to put up in two rooms, trim painting in one room, and a litter box contraption to install in the garage with a pass-through from the laundry room.

The third week of March is Spring Break for the grandkids.  We have scheduled fast pass days at Disney, and there may be a trip to the beach too.

The last week of March, things should be getting back to normal with the schedules.  Unless...... I get a job, then the whole month of March schedule will need to be re-adjusted.  I have an interview scheduled for Friday, March 9th for a  PRN sonography position.  (I want to throw up).

Specific goals for March: 

1.  Schedule appointment with the accountant to prepare taxes. Done!
2.  Restore joint savings account to $1000.Almost, $775 but it is going for new tires for the truck.
3.  Track grocery spending Yes!  This was successful, Recap is here. 
4.  Track eating out spending Yes, this was successful too. 
5.  Get in 10,000 steps daily Eh, nope not every day. 
6.  Review anatomy and pathology for interview daily.  This is off the table.
7.  Entertain friends one evening, pizza, and cards maybe.... (kinda out of my comfort zone) Nope.
8.  Read "Jesus Calling" and Bible verses associated with daily reading. Most everyday, but room for improvement.

Typically, when I set very specific goals, I am setting myself up for disaster.  These goals are more general and hopefully, I will be more successful.

How about you?  What is your success rate with monthly goals?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Target Shopping

A couple of nights ago, I was checking out some prices online at Wal-Mart and Target for items we use on a regular basis.  We always use coffee, Maxwell House Columbian, and Duke's Mayonnaise.

WalMart prices for the coffee ($6.93/24.5 ounces) and the mayo ( $3.49/32 ounces).   Target had the same price for the coffee but the mayo was  $0.20 less. Target is also much closer to me that WalMart by about 4 miles.

I also tried to price Nyquil online, but neither store has there prices for Nyquil online.  Since Target was closer, I went there yesterday to pick up Nyquil, Aleeve and the coffee and mayo.

Target had a deal where you could spend $25 on certain healthcare items to include Nyquil, Aleve, etc and receive a $5 Target gift card. We tend to stock up on Nyquil, as when either one of us gets sick it usually takes Nyquil to knock it out of us.

The first transaction was 2 Nyquil @ $8.99 and 1 Aleve @$9.99 (100 count with additional 30 as a bonus).  Spent $27.97.
Next transaction, Dukes Mayo @ $3.29 and Coffee @ 6.89, also needed toothpaste, so we picked up a 5-ounce tube of Aquafresh for $0.89.

The total was $11.14 before the gift card from the first transaction, and $6.14 after the gift card was applied.

I recently just activated my Target Cartwheel account, which is all new to me.  The most frustrating part of my cartwheel account app on my phone is that I get no service when I am in Target.  I researched a little bit and found out I can print out my cartwheel barcode and use that at the register when I check out, which I will try to remember to do on my next visit. EDIT:  I will try to use Target WiFi next time.  Duh!

I do not have a Red card, but I understand that you can receive an extra 5% off of your purchases when you use it.  I probably don't need another credit card ( if it is even a credit card??) to keep track of, but if we start to use Target more and more for our staples, I may look into it.

If you have any helpful tips about using cartwheel at Target, please share!!

Penny Pinching Mom explains Target CartWheel Here