Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Crafts

Jaidan made her own Valentine's this year for her class and I sat down today with Riley and Aislinn and helped them each make something different for Daddy for Valentine's Day.

First up, Jaidan and I made some heart shaped crayons, which I posted about here.  Then, we used the print out provided by this blog.  We didn't have card stock, so we used white construction paper.  We had to cut half an inch off the sides so the paper would fit into our printer.  Here's a picture of the finished product!

Next up is Riley's craft for Daddy!  We had to use 4 pieces of paper, because he did his own writing and he was trying to write too big.  But, he finally did all the writing!!  Then Mommy drew a heart and put a little bit of glue on it at a time and Riley stuck the pasta to the glue!  Here's his finished product!

Finally we have Aislinn's craft!  Mommy did the most of the work, Aislinn just sat there and looked pretty LOL.  I painted Aislinn's feet, 1 at a time with finger paint, then I had her stand up and I placed her feet on the paper.  She made Daddy a heart using her feet!

The paint dried a bit lighter then I would have liked, but it still came out super cute!!!

Did you do any special crafts for Valentine's Day?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Weekly update, Week 6

Another week has come and gone.  Man it seems time is going by fast!  I didn't spend too much money at the store this last week.  I am stocked up on a lot of stuff, so we are living off our stockpile, which is great because we are buying less and spending less.

For this week I only spent $3.44 ($3.62 after taxes), I saved $34.76, a savings of 90.99%, or 91%!!

As you can see from the picture, it was just a stock up purchase.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Weekly update, Week 5

Not only is the month of January done, but we are done with another week too!  So let's get to it!

I spent $51.65 ($52.93 after tax) and I saved $96.45, a savings of 65.12%

This week is my lowest savings based on % so far this year, but it is also a perfect example that some weeks are better then other's and you won't always have over the top savings.  Like I have said in the past tho, ANY savings is good savings.  I bought stuff that we needed, and I saved almost $100 while doing so, that is $100 I can spend on something else, so I am happy!

*edit* I forgot pictures!  I know it's not much, but I have 1 to add LOL

January Spending/Savings

Wow, January has already come and gone.  Kinda crazy!  It seems this year has started off at a pretty fast pace, just like last year did.  I want to note that last year I tracked ALL my savings, every single time I used a coupon anywhere for anything.  This year, I am just tracking my grocery and drug store spending...basically just the items you would buy with your grocery or personal hygiene budget.  I want to give you a better idea of what I am saving (and spending) on every day items that you and I are both buying to support our families.

Well, here we go...In the month of January I spent a total of $236.05 ($263.70 after tax) and I saved $843.34, a savings of 78.13%!  That's right folks, I spent only $236 for a family of 6.

I will admit, there are a handful of bread and milk runs not included in this total,  but even those wouldn't add too much to my total.  This does however include a shopping trip specifically to buy items for the super bowl party that I went to.

On a side note, this morning my 13 year old son walked up to me before he left for school and told me he needed more deodorant.  I just went out to my garage, grabbed one from the shelf and gave it to him.  No adding it to my shopping list, no having to run out to get it for him today.  The best part?  It was a deodorant I had gotten for free!