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Shopping with Coupons.

I haven’t had interest in coupons in a while now for various reasons. I don’t get a paper, they normally don’t have the kind of foods or products that  we use. They are normally over processed foods and products with lots of chemicals.

That being said we are trying to become very aggressive in our savings, we have a lot we are trying to do over the next few years (kids, paintball trips, vacations, paying off the pathfinder and student loans and triple our savings account.) Between that and the new show “Extreme Couponing” on TLC we (yes we) decided to try couponing.

I’m not extream yet but I’m pretty excited how my first big trip turned out.


Pre-Sale/Coupon Total: $234.05

After Coupons and Sales: $122.45! 48% Savings!!!

Here are some of my best deals:


SunKist Tuna in Water Full Price $1.39 Coupon $1.00 off 2 doubled so $2.00 off 2. Final Price $.39 Cents each. 72% Savings!!



Chicken Breasts on sale for only $1.99/lb I bought two packages and took them home to my food saver and divided them up into packages of 4 and 2.


Full Price $3.29 Coupon (Doubled) $1.00 off each so $2.00 off each final price $1.29 each  61% Savings!!!


Normal Price $2.59 Purchase price 10 for $10.00 so 62% Savings!!


Lastly Brand Name cereal I walked out of the store with 6 boxes for $2.00 each and 5 boxes for $1.00 each!!

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Aspirations 2011 Update#4

The good:

  • I’ve cut down on my sugar intake ALOT! I’m still not perfect but hey who is?
  • Another successful crock pot recipe from A Year of Crock Pot Cooking, Fish! I used light mayo and fresh caught fish from our trip to Canada last year. The mayo I use is whole ingredients only no preservatives or added anything. So really it was pretty good health wise. Oh and we used parmesan not cheddar.
  • I’ve lost 3 pounds!
  • I”m cutting back on my depression meds. This isn’t something I talk about much because well I’m a hypocrite. I tell all my friends if they need them take them and don’t look down at them at all. However when I’m on them I tend to get down on myself. I think this stems from growing up with ADHD and needing meds to be ‘normal.’  I worked very hard to learn cooping methods so I didn’t need those pills and just to be back on something else was a little heartbreaking for me.
  • We have cut back on dinning out.
  • $$ Wise I’m working on couponing, this Saturday will be my first try at double daz at my local store.

The Bad:

  • Not doing so hot with paying off the Pathfinder. We have taken up a new paintball photography and blog endeavor and it takes a lil money to get started. Check out that blog at for something different.
  • Still should go back to the cash budget for dinning out this would really help us stick to the plan.
  • I’m forgetting my sleeping pill far too often which causes me to be tired and therefore need a pop or something to wake up. Not good for natural foods or $$

Well it looks like at least numbers wise the good out weigh the bad so I”m going to stick to that way.

!!6 to 3 WIN!!

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Aspirations 2011 update #3 (Cooking and non-processed food)

Well after a short stint of going out far to often….oops. I’m back on the wagon. Even while going out I was pretty good about the non processed food thing, its simple really. Just make sure you choose restaurants that use fresh ingredients. Around here we have some Korean, Mexican, and Vietnamese restaurants in the area that do. Sadly not many American restaurants have fresh food.

But as I said at the beginning I’m back onthe cooking train infact last night we had ribs, homemade in the slowcooker ribs from A year of Slow Cooking. Umm they were delish you should try them, and oh so simple. I went to the grocery store last week and did a pretty good stock up so that I would have no excuse to dine out. 

  But still the excuses appear. My friend got a ‘Big Girl Job” (salary and benefits) I got some bad news so Mac took me out to make me feel better. Plus tonight is a belated birthday celebration with some of my girlfriends.  So when I go out I do research and find the lowest calories and most natural ingredients possible. For example tonight we are going to a Mexican restaurant. I’m going to get the fajitas, right away 1/2 is going in the to go box for my hubby then only eat one with a tortilla and the rest with fork.

So yeah it goes its still  a battle but I’m making better decisions and that is the goal right?

Aspirations: Update #2 (Debit and Food)


Credit Cards are paid off!! Step one is complete! Now moving on to paying off the Pathfinder. Starting this month, I’m going to add the money we were paying to the credit cards to the principal. The good news about this loan is that we have a great interest rate and in the past 15 months we have paid off almost $4000.00!!!

Eating Habits

I started a interesting little jump start diet this week to try and break the sugar habit, I decided it was time for something extreme. I’m not trying to get rid of sugar completely I’m trying to get rid of it as a daily occurrence in large quantities. So I was thinking detox. I did some research and really got nowhere. I was scared to just go in to a Target and buy something, so when my hubby wanted to go to GNC for something else I tagged along.

I told the worker what my goal was and I was surprised and pleased that she didn’t take me to the detox shelf she took me too the weight loss area!?!? I got the 7 day Fast loss Total Lean kit and  by-jove I think its working. It is a 3 part system that includes a vitamin pack, meal replacement shakes and a fiber drink.


I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting from this, my goal isn’t to lose weight, although after changing birth control I did gain back the 10 lbs I previously lost so I wouldnt’ mind seeing that gone again. However I’ve noticed that by following their diet suggestions and using the shakes the cravings for sweets are gone! I’m still tempted when they are around me (ie the office break room) but its much easier to talk myself out of” just one bite.”  I think this is partly because of the added fruit and veggies I’m eating probably double the amount I used to. The other factor is the “pre diet detox” its a fiber drink that I think is helping clean out my system faster so the withdrawal isn’t as bad.

Mac is working a weird schedule for the next few weeks so I think I’m goingto buy the 2 week addition to this plan and see if  Ican get a stable footing for when I’m on my own.

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Aspirations: Debit Reduction Update #1

*I will have the raw taco recipe posted tomorrow!*

I want to be intentional about my asperations for 2011 they are all things that will improve my life and that is a big deal. They arn’t going to make me rich or famous. They are going to make a more healthy, happy and whole me. Which will by default make me a better wife, Christian, Daughter, sister and friend.  So I will be checking in a few times a month to keep me accountable.

We are down to one Credit Card! Just paid of one of them two weeks ago  just one more to go! I plan to have the second one paid of at the VERY latest by mid-March then on to the Pathfinder woop woop!

I’ve been doing good with my coupons too, I just used a $10.00 coupon to buy Cooper some more dog food, that is a good coupon!

I also had great success at the grocery store this week I had $20.91 worth of coupons all on things that I would normally buy, they had coupons for healthy things!

I’ve done well at sticking to the nessacary items when shopping, not perfect but good. I hope to see improvement in this area, shopping is just so much fun!

One last thing that has helped in this area is organizing and figuring what I do have so I don’t buy duplicates. Check out this sucess story under my sink!

Until next time,

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