Grocery Haul and Meal Plan for the first two weeks of July.

This week we did WalMart grocery pick up and I have to say the convenience wins most every time.

Birds eye pepper stir fry vegetables – $1.96
We used these to put in some homemade hot pockets and on some homemade pizza, my fiancé was very happy with how they turned out.

For vegetables this week we have 2 sweet potatoes – $1.53, a head of iceberg lettuce – $.98, matchstix carrots – $1.57, baby cut carrots – $2.44, green beans -$.83, broccoli – $.78, 10 lbs of russet potatoes – $5.44, celery – $1.48, cauliflower – $2.77, 12 ears of corn – $2.40.
I intended to mix the iceberg lettuce, matchstix carrots and romaine lettuce to make some salads, but the romaine was weirdly out of stock.
I shucked the corn, broke it in half and froze it.

For fruits this week we bought a watermelon – $2.97, a cantelope – $1.75, 1 lb. of green grapes – $3.37, 1 lb. of red grapes – $1.92, 2 lbs. of strawberries – $3.84.

To make it through 2 weeks we bought 2 gallons of whole milk – $1.96, a gallon of chocolate milk – $.98, parkay sqeez butter – $2.08, country crock – $3.46, and 2 dozen eggs – $1.16.
The parkay was specially mentioned for a rib recipe Alex wants to try and if I can get him excited to contribute meal ideas and get him to cook dinner, I’m willing to spend a little extra to get what he’s asking.

I intend to make some breakfast burritos and maybe even homemade muffins for the freezer sometime soon so we purchased great value sausage – $2.98 (substituted for Jimmy Dean) and great value original bacon – $4.98.

In this last picture we have both instant and active yeast – $4.58 each, self rising corn meal – $1.68, pepperocini peppers – $1.38, great value onion soup & dip mix – $1.00, 2 packages of red hots – $1.96, 2 jars of prego pizza sauce – $3.16, and molasses – $3.24.
This was a rather large haul for us, but like I started previously, I’m hoping things will last us 2 weeks. I’m actually nearing the end of the first week as I write this and we still have more than enough left to last us until the end of next week.

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Grocery Haul and Meal Plan June 18th- 24th

This week for groceries I just went to Aldi. We spent $48.66 and because of 3 times ordering pizza and starting the month with an $80 grocery trip, we’re currently over budget $50 and still have 1-2 more grocery trips this month. Hopefully with some discipline and dedication I can get myself on track.

Of course on the way in trying to carry it all and wrangle my 2 year old I may have squished the bread, but this week we have:
· 1 loaf of honey wheat bread – $.99
· Mini bagels – $1.89
· Everything bagels – $.99

· 2 gallons of whole milk – $.98 each
· Welch’s white grape cherry juice – $2.99
· 2 cans condensed milk – $1.09 each
· 2 cans evaporated milk – $.65 each
· Fit & Active Low-fat vanilla yogurt – $1.89
· Carton of eggs – $.58
· 2 containers of cinnamon rolls – $1.15 each

· Pineapple – $1.29
· Red Delicious Apples – $2.99
· 1.8 lbs. of green grapes – $1.78

· Celery – $.99
· 4 ears of sweet corn – $.10 each
· 1 lb. Asparagus – $1.99
· Green Onions – $.89
· Whole white mushrooms – $.89
· Baby carrots – $.89

· Shredded colby jack cheese – $1.99
· Shredded mild cheddar cheese – $2.49
· Shredded mozzarella cheese – $2.49
· Medium salsa – $1.19
· Pure cane sugar – $1.95
· 1 lb sliced salami – $4.99
· Nacho cheese flavored tortilla chips – $.99
· Pretzel sticks – $.59

This upcoming week’s dinners include:
· Chicken Alfredo with baked beans
· Slow cooker bbq pulled pork with fries
· Spaghetti with seasoned french bread and salad
· Breakfast for dinner
· Steaks with mac and cheese and mashed potatoes for Alex’s birthday
· Leftovers/ fend for yourself
· Corn dog nuggets with fries

Also this week I plan to make cheese ball to snack on, pancakes for the freezer, breakfast burritos for the freezer (attempting some homemade flour tortillas so we’ll see how those turn out), and lunch wise I’m going to make some adult lunchables.

More often than not I let myself get lost in overspending on our groceries. Not that I go out and buy $20 steaks, but even like this week, I went in with a list and walked around. I left with more than was on the list and spent $20 more than intending. Our freezers are mostly full and I have a pantry with a variety of items. I need to even out my spending, keep us in good shape without constantly overdoing it.

Focusing on money management.

I’ve gotten so off track when it comes to the money saving and over spending. My main problem is my need to stop for snacks. We don’t have much extra to begin with and I’m not using what we have wisely.

I mean we have food in the house, of course, and Aidan isn’t going without his needs, but we should be saving and getting our house in order. We’ve lived here over a year and we still don’t have all the rooms painted or started getting all the furniture we need to have a full house.

One of my goals for the new year is to focus more on money management!

When our taxes come in I want to set aside money not only for savings, but also to put us a month ahead. Always living on what we made the previous month. I think I will find it easier to budget where our money goes when I know exactly how much we have and I can actual budget down to the penny.

Getting out of debt, setting ourselves up for financial success and never getting to the point that we’re using our credit cards to get by again, these are all things I want to focus on in this new year!

I’m starting the new year in high spirits and feeling as though I will succeed as long as I continue to pursue these goals.

-A.Brooke

Deserve to be happy.

Today has been a rough day. Between the stress of my least favorite position at work to stressing more at home thinking about our financial struggles. Also seeing Alex’s schedule for this week, or lack there of, truly is the icing on the cake.  I’ve had multiple times today where I had to try my hardest to hold back tears, which I didn’t do successfully at home.

On a brighter note, I’m starting on my resume, again. Hopefully to finish and apply to new jobs. I’m thinking about applying to some banks, that may be my start into accounting/business. While also in the desperate desire to research schools and maybe start applying to those too! I know that online will likely be my best option so that I can do it at home with Aidan and hopefully still be able to give him the attention he requires to continue his learning and growth, but I know that online classes are more of a challenge and will put my procrastination to the test!

I need to remember that I deserve to be happy, that Aidan deserves to have a mom able to spoil him.

-A.Brooke

In Memory

I miss you so much. Sometimes I still forget that you’re gone and I get ready to call you to tell you about all that’s going on and then I remember. I just want to talk and catch up on everything you’ve been missing.

Aidan has gotten so big and growing such a major personality which can be cute, but also can be trying. I wish you would’ve had the chance to meet him, I know he would’ve loved you so. Although, I’m sure you would’ve just spoiled him rotten like most others in his life do.

There is so much I wish you could be a part of and I know you’re with me, but the fact that I can’t talk to you is becoming harder as the time passes.

I miss you, I love you, and I can’t wait to see you again!

-A.Brooke

(In memory of Gammaw and T.Rennae, I hope you’re resting peacefully. I wish you didn’t leave so soon.)

Things to consider when going through a drive thru.

  • Employees are people too!
  • It’s rude to not look at people who are handing you something and speaking to you.
  • It’s also rude not to say hello back!
  • Employees aren’t mind readers. Every customer has different wants and needs, we can’t automatically know what you need.
  • Think about what you’re getting so angry over. Literally had a lady get ticked over ketchup today (or at least that’s the only thing I could’ve missed) and tried to speed off around the corner and almost did a 180 with her truck. I’m sorry I forgot, but no reason to endanger yourself and your kids. Also you just look like an asshole.
  • If the window is still fully or partially closed and you’re asking for something the employee is likely not able to hear what you’re saying even when they can hear/see that you’re saying something. Sound waves don’t travel well through walls and glass. Just saying.

I better stop here before I just get annoyed and cranky.

To those who are genuinely nice and friendly people, you are my favorite and I will likely give you almost anything, no questions asked. If it weren’t for you I’d have no hope for the world.

I take care of hundreds of customers a day and I can tell you now not even a quarter of them smile or are friendly. Not all rude, but definitely not friendly.

Oct. 7th, 2017

Where yesterday I maintained my positive mood so well, today was rough from the start. Waking to my, recently occurring, issue with my chihuahua having pooped in my room while we slept, which I cleaned and took her poop to the toilet only to find that my water is off. My inexperience with dealing with issues of the sort and stress from money and car issues we’ve been having as of late, it didn’t even occur to me to think maybe workers turned off the water because they were working near it or whatever. No I begin to freak the fuck out thinking there’s another problem, another thing going wrong.

I’m half screaming, half crying, gave Aidan his morning bottle and went down stairs trying to look at what I could see. Attempted to call Alex multiple times and as luck would have it my mom ended up calling not too long after because they were going to kings island and wanted to see if they could take Aidan. On the phone I actually started to lose my shit, I was so overwhelmed I couldn’t handle even explaining what was wrong without starting to cry or scream. She said they were already heading our way, Ryan would look when he got here. Irony struck and Alex called not minutes after my mom and I got off the phone and I explained the situation while again, losing my shit. He tells me to calm down or I’m going to start hyperventilating.

Seriously though, when will men learn to not tell women to calm down?

He asked if someone was working down the street and after looking for a minute I did find a door tag folded and shoved into the handle of my screen door… Instead of opening the screen door and hanging it where it goes or knocking, it was folded and shoved into the handle of my screen door… Why? Then I started screaming about them not knocking to get our attention or something. I mean, seriously, I have a baby in here. Thankfully we had enough water down for the dogs too or I probably would’ve been more pissed.

Alex came home for his break to look at the ac, because it actually was leaking. Figured that out and I ended up going with mom for the day. Really made me realize how out of shape I am when feeling how exhausted I was after spending all day at kings island.

Thankfully the water was back on when we got back, but after hearing a continuous stream of water while going to the bathroom we found out a pvc or pbc, or whatever it is, pipe connecting the main spicket outside to our other spickets on different spots of the deck was spraying out water. Sweet, not only did that bust, but we’ve had water spraying out for god knows how many hours they’ve had the water back on… GREAT for our water bill, GREAT end to the day.

How do you remain positive when it’s one thing after another, life just keeps kicking you while you’re down? I know it’s simple things, I know things will work out, but in the moment I’m just ready to give up.

-A.Brooke