I decided not to really make any New Year's resolutions this since I failed terribly at achieving last year's. I did decide that I want to do better at some things this year. I would like to be more organized, so today I cleaned out the pantry and now I know exactly where things are and what I have. Being able to know what I have leads me into the next thing I would like to do better, save money. I think this is something we all want to do, but some of us are better than others. A couple of my co-workers presented a couponing workshop during our professional development before Christmas and I got a lot of great tips! While I was out on break I bought a notebook, sheet protectors, and photo pages to start my coupon binder. I made my to-do list last week of all the places I needed to go to get my savings started, like Kroger, CVS, and Rite-Aid to get my loyalty cards set up.
So here is my haul. Last week I shopped at Publix twice, Kroger, Rite-Aid twice, and Earth Fare (a local organic and healthy grocer). I also made a stop at New York and Co. for a new outfit.
Here is how I did:
I am using lots of websites to help me make my weekly lists and plan to use several of my lunch breaks getting my deals. I think the best thing about this week's savings is that I got a FREE pound of chicken from Earth Fare. They do a weekly free item and the nice thing is you can go in there many times with the coupon (you can print as many as you want) and the the item as long as you spend $5. Not bad in my book.
I will share some of the resources I use later for anyone interested. I bet some of you already use these sites. Happy Saving!
While we are still working on our resolutions, Tinsley is already trying to work on hers. Her resolution is to walk. She still isn't walking, but she is making big milestones. She can now stand up by herself. I have been wanting her to walk so bad, but I am regretting this desire. She has a passion for going everywhere and loves to climb. This weekend we are going to buy some of the drawer locks because she gets into them all. I hope you all have a blessed New Year.
Bill and I are the proud parents of two girls. Meredith is our first and Tinsley was born in September. I work as the Coordinator of Student Life at Gainesville State College-Oconee Campus and Bill is currently Mr. Mom as his position at his job was eliminated. I am growing to love where we live more and more as we make our house more "ours" (Bill owned it before we married). We will have to move eventually as the family expands but it doesn't seem quite as necessary as it used to.