COUPONS! COUPONS! COUPONS!

I know a lot of people use coupons. I used to and then I fell out of the habit. After watching this interview on ABC I thought hey I should try it again. This lady spends $4 a week on groceries for a family of six. Honestly, I wasn’t all to thrilled with the types of food in her pantry. We try to avoid dyes and HFCS in foods. This generally means I am buying organic even though I don’t necessarily mean too. It also means a lot of label reading but that is another story.  Anyhow, I don’t believe that I’ll ever get down to $4 a week, but maybe just maybe I can get it down to half. So for the past two Sundays I have picked up the Sunday Washington Post. I love a real newspaper. I love the Sunday ads but now I also love the coupons. I clipped my coupons. I looked through the circulars for Safeway, Kroger, Giant and Harris Teeter to see if they had deals. Safeway did but more about that later! I made my menu for the week and then my list of groceries. I usually spend between $100 to $150 per week (this is for a family of six and my boys eat as much as my girls).

Now came the big decision where to do my shopping at. We don’t live close to a Safeway so that is out. We don’t shop at Giant while there is one close.  Kroger is my usual go too but a 15 to 20 minute drive.Then there is Harris Teeter which is only 5 minutes away. So Kroger or Harris Teeter. I finally decided on HT because they double their coupons up to $1.00 and they have really nice two-seater carts, which are a must for any mom of multiples.

So, off I go to Harris Teeter. Now I did buy things that weren’t on sale but we needed but I also I avoided things that were just to expensive. Like Clementines for 9.99 a box. I had bought two boxes at Wal-Mart for $8 last week. So I wanted to share some of my deals with you. Here we go!

Two loaves of Nature’s Own Bread for FREE! I had a Safeway buy two loaves for $4 coupon. HT had them on sale for 1.99. TADA free bread! Hellz yeah.  None of my other coupons were that good but I couldn’t wait to share that deal with you.

Two packs of shredded Sorento cheese for 1.50. They had buy one get one free then I had a $1 off coupon. These usually retail at 2.85 a piece.

Daisy Sour Cream. Retail 2.45 HT sale 1.67. with the coupon price (which was doubled) 1.00.

2 bags Birds Eye Steamed Broccoli. Retail 4.90. Buy one get one free price 2.45. With coupon 1.50 for both.

See the trend! I am loving this coupon thing.

So in total I saved over $35 dollars in coupons and HT sales. Bringing in this weeks grocery shopping trip to $70.38

It’s no where close to the $4 a week but I’m still pretty darn pleased with myself. I’ll definitely be doing this and honing my coupon skills.  I might also pick up the Daily Progress’s Sunday paper along with the Washington Post next week and see if there is a difference in coupons. I plan to subscribe to the Sunday papers because that will cut down on expensive.

Another thing to consider is productivity. I spent approximately one hour gathering coupons and looking at circulars. I spent $2.50 on my Sunday paper. How much was my time worth? Well in this case over $30. That’s a pretty damn good payback.

Attempted Photographs

The outfits had been purchased. Hair had been done. Clothes had been ironed (not really). Kids were dressed. Off we went to try and get some photos for a Christmas card. First I have to say that I am not to picky. I realize that with four kids I cannot get that perfect shot. Honestly I am not interested in it. Kids rarely sit still. Why bother trying to make them. So, I let them run about while I climb on things, get down low, yell at them to follow me or to turn around (they don’t listen) and then take a million pictures. Note to those that try this don’t wear a dress. You might find out that your perfectly adjusted slip (it was to long I had folded it to shorten it)  gets all messed up and you end up taking it off in the middle of a photo shot in public.  I also make sure to give myself plenty of time.

DSC_0075 We started by walking down the pedestrian mall. I thought one of the alley ways would do nicely. This was the only decent one I managed to get. I love how C & E are looking at each other.

DSC_0100This is what I mean by not expecting to much. The boys aren’t looking. The girls are determined to pull them into their laps. The lightening is all wrong. Let’s try again.

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Then I got this one. How amazingly cute. I love how they are both reaching down for the rocks. J is on the left and R is on the right. Of course, they weren’t paying a bit of attention to me. All they were interested in was hurling those wonderful rocks down the hill.

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I’m thinking it’s a redo, which is okay with me. I love taking pictures of my kids. I only hope it’ll be warm enough to do it outside.

AWESOME

Scene: Super Girl and Wonder Tween are sitting in the van. We’re on our way to W-boro to Target.

SG – I wish the world was made out of candy.
WT – No you don’t. It would be horrible. Everyone would eat everything and then eventually we would eat the whole world and there would be just this little speck where everyone would be standing.
SG – THAT WOULD BE AAAAAWWWEEESOOOME!!!!
WT – No E that wouldn’t be. No it wouldn’t.

Scene: Super Girl and Wonder Tween are sitting in the van. We’re about to pull in a parking spot at Sonic.

SG – What are those people doing eating outside?
WT – Because they are aaaaawwwweeesssooommmmeeee!

I think the word “awesome” gets to much play in our house.

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-11-13

  • Camera battery is dead!!! No pictures of C & E at the VA film festival. 🙁 #
  • Strange watching Disney's The Little Mermaid after reading and writing a paper on the original for class last week. #
  • At the Paramount for the VA film festival watching Little Mermaid w/ the girls. #
  • It's very hard not to sing along. I've known these songs since I was 9. Disney's scores have this way of sticking with you. #
  • trying to explain to the boys that hurling something across the room is not an "uh-oh" #
  • Lady rang the door bell. Dog started barking like crazy. Twins woke up screaming. Please spread your message of Christ elsewhere! Thank you. #
  • making my "If you ring my doorbell during nap time you will be cursed for all eternity and I will sic my dog on you." sign #
  • This is my dog she is very fercious. http://yfrog.com/3tfbvj #
  • My dog is VERY ferocious. @ryancordell You know she is. http://yfrog.com/3qjp6mj #
  • My dog is ferocious! http://yfrog.com/29kbaj #
  • J demonstrates a new style of eating http://yfrog.com/jabhbj #
  • How would should eat peas & carrots by R http://yfrog.com/66fa2j #
  • @ryancordell PLEASE bring me home one of those HFCS-free Dr. Peppers. My girls became elephants and woke their twin brothers up from naps. #
  • Just told BFF that if boyfriend's mom turns out to be crazy she could text me and I would call her with a fake emergency. #
  • @HouseOfMaps you can call me with an emergency too. Although I don't think V would like if you left the two of them alone #
  • No twins, no kids, no spills, no messes, Just me & academia. Can't decide which I prefer more school or kids #
  • suppose to register for classes today. How did I forget about that?! #
  • Damn SIS! Won't log me on. Can't believe UVA paid some 50 million dollars for this program. #
  • "Are to many Students Going to College"
    http://bit.ly/zf5C0 #
  • I don't believe it. "The internet is killing storytelling." http://bit.ly/3OM7I4 #
  • Is thinking @ryancordell needs to start wearing a bowtie. It's only proper for a UVA grad student. #
  • Crazy preacher at UVA today. Don't miss him. It's all about damnation and brimstone and hellfire. Fun stuff! http://yfrog.com/jd207cj #
  • Imagining Steve & Blue from Blue's Clues singing, "Paper time!! First you sit down in your thinking chair and write write write." #
  • This is what happens when you go to college and have kids. You imagine characters from Blue's Clues singing and dancing for you. #
  • @cvcvo @jmckeever @sajego Both my parents are smokers. When we get home everything gets washed and aired out. It drives me crazy. in reply to cvcvo #
  • Page three of an eight to ten pager. Where did the visions of Steve and Blue go? #
  • Hello page 4! So if I continue at my current rate a page every 30 minutes then I should be done by 5:30. #
  • 6 1/2 pages I'm behind schedule. I might be here longer then I thought. At least the subject is interesting. #
  • The words are starting to blur together on the page. I think I need a break. #
  • glasses just broke. ***random curse words*** Going to go to Wal-Mart tomorrow in hopes they have some cute cheap frames. #
  • I have a horrible headache from trying to work on my paper while @ryancordell was trying to fix my glasses. #
  • @HouseOfMaps thinking only good thoughts for you today. Oh and I changed my mind the original plan was better. in reply to HouseOfMaps #
  • It sucked me in. I love Christmas! http://yfrog.com/j8znaj #
  • I'm wearing skinny jeans. I feel like I have failed in some way. #
  • My MacBook just told me it has 7.13 hrs worth of battery life. I think it Is lying. #
  • Trying to come up with a schedule for next semester #
  • trying to find periodicals published from the 30's to early 60s about Catholic Families/Housekeeping/Parenting #
  • Many thanks to the UVA librarian. Time to go through some giant old musty books. http://yfrog.com/8dshetj #

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Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-11-13

  • Camera battery is dead!!! No pictures of C & E at the VA film festival. 🙁 #
  • Strange watching Disney's The Little Mermaid after reading and writing a paper on the original for class last week. #
  • At the Paramount for the VA film festival watching Little Mermaid w/ the girls. #
  • It's very hard not to sing along. I've known these songs since I was 9. Disney's scores have this way of sticking with you. #
  • trying to explain to the boys that hurling something across the room is not an "uh-oh" #
  • Lady rang the door bell. Dog started barking like crazy. Twins woke up screaming. Please spread your message of Christ elsewhere! Thank you. #
  • making my "If you ring my doorbell during nap time you will be cursed for all eternity and I will sic my dog on you." sign #
  • This is my dog she is very fercious. http://yfrog.com/3tfbvj #
  • My dog is VERY ferocious. @ryancordell You know she is. http://yfrog.com/3qjp6mj #
  • My dog is ferocious! http://yfrog.com/29kbaj #
  • J demonstrates a new style of eating http://yfrog.com/jabhbj #
  • How would should eat peas & carrots by R http://yfrog.com/66fa2j #
  • @ryancordell PLEASE bring me home one of those HFCS-free Dr. Peppers. My girls became elephants and woke their twin brothers up from naps. #
  • Just told BFF that if boyfriend's mom turns out to be crazy she could text me and I would call her with a fake emergency. #
  • @HouseOfMaps you can call me with an emergency too. Although I don't think V would like if you left the two of them alone #
  • No twins, no kids, no spills, no messes, Just me & academia. Can't decide which I prefer more school or kids #
  • suppose to register for classes today. How did I forget about that?! #
  • Damn SIS! Won't log me on. Can't believe UVA paid some 50 million dollars for this program. #
  • "Are to many Students Going to College"
    http://bit.ly/zf5C0 #
  • I don't believe it. "The internet is killing storytelling." http://bit.ly/3OM7I4 #
  • Is thinking @ryancordell needs to start wearing a bowtie. It's only proper for a UVA grad student. #
  • Crazy preacher at UVA today. Don't miss him. It's all about damnation and brimstone and hellfire. Fun stuff! http://yfrog.com/jd207cj #
  • Imagining Steve & Blue from Blue's Clues singing, "Paper time!! First you sit down in your thinking chair and write write write." #
  • This is what happens when you go to college and have kids. You imagine characters from Blue's Clues singing and dancing for you. #
  • @cvcvo @jmckeever @sajego Both my parents are smokers. When we get home everything gets washed and aired out. It drives me crazy. in reply to cvcvo #
  • Page three of an eight to ten pager. Where did the visions of Steve and Blue go? #
  • Hello page 4! So if I continue at my current rate a page every 30 minutes then I should be done by 5:30. #
  • 6 1/2 pages I'm behind schedule. I might be here longer then I thought. At least the subject is interesting. #
  • The words are starting to blur together on the page. I think I need a break. #
  • glasses just broke. ***random curse words*** Going to go to Wal-Mart tomorrow in hopes they have some cute cheap frames. #
  • I have a horrible headache from trying to work on my paper while @ryancordell was trying to fix my glasses. #
  • @HouseOfMaps thinking only good thoughts for you today. Oh and I changed my mind the original plan was better. in reply to HouseOfMaps #
  • It sucked me in. I love Christmas! http://yfrog.com/j8znaj #
  • I'm wearing skinny jeans. I feel like I have failed in some way. #
  • My MacBook just told me it has 7.13 hrs worth of battery life. I think it Is lying. #
  • Trying to come up with a schedule for next semester #
  • trying to find periodicals published from the 30's to early 60s about Catholic Families/Housekeeping/Parenting #
  • Many thanks to the UVA librarian. Time to go through some giant old musty books. http://yfrog.com/8dshetj #

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School Days

No Twins.

No Kids.

No Messes.

No Spills.

No Diapers.

Just me and academia.

And papers

And books

And hot tea

And quiet lunches

I sometimes wonder which I prefer more.

Every Tuesday and Thursday I morph from a late-20’s mom of four into a college student. I play the part well. I look young. I’m thin. I tend to follow the fashion trends. Few people know that I am married much less have four children. Yet, I’m not sure if I prefer the quiet of Alderman Library or the ruckus of my house.

VA Film Festival

This past weekend was the VA Film Festival. The 4th graders at C’s school were invited to participate in the Young Filmmakers Academy. C  jumped at the opportunity to make a movie.

Cadence had been working on her film for weeks. She was very excited. Besides getting to direct, animate or film their movie the VA Film Festival also set up a movie premier for the kids. They got to walk down a red carpet complete with paparazzi.

In anticipation for her movie premier C and I decided to straighten her hair. C has difficult hair. It looks like this most days.Full of body a little bit of curl here and a little bit there. I don’t worry much about it as long as it is brushed. She doesn’t worry about it if she did we would spend more time on it.

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Then I attacked it with my blow dryer and big fat round brush. It turned into this.

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From the side.

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Then I decided she looked way to old for all this and burned her outfit and made her wash her hair. Well I would have but she didn’t let me. Instead she looked like this.

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Oh my.

I purchased her a cute little outfit from the Gap. We decided to go very “director” and wear all black. Of course nothing says “director” like all black and a pair of purple knock-off Ugg boots. Of course, when we got there I had forgotten to charge my battery but as Ryan told me when I got home, “The best camera you have is the one that is on you.” So sure the picture is a little grainy. The lighting isn’t fantastic but I got a few snapshots.

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Notice how E’s outfit contrasts sharply with C’s. Just like their personalities.

Twitter Updates for 2009-11-09

  • Lady rang the door bell. Dog started barking like crazy. Twins woke up screaming. Please spread your message of Christ elsewhere! Thank you. #
  • making my "If you ring my doorbell during nap time you will be cursed for all eternity and I will sic my dog on you." sign #
  • This is my dog she is very fercious. http://yfrog.com/3tfbvj #
  • My dog is VERY ferocious. @ryancordell You know she is. http://yfrog.com/3qjp6mj #
  • My dog is ferocious! http://yfrog.com/29kbaj #
  • J demonstrates a new style of eating http://yfrog.com/jabhbj #
  • How would should eat peas & carrots by R http://yfrog.com/66fa2j #
  • @ryancordell PLEASE bring me home one of those HFCS-free Dr. Peppers. My girls became elephants and woke their twin brothers up from naps. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-11-07

  • Camera battery is dead!!! No pictures of C & E at the VA film festival. 🙁 #
  • Strange watching Disney's The Little Mermaid after reading and writing a paper on the original for class last week. #
  • At the Paramount for the VA film festival watching Little Mermaid w/ the girls. #
  • It's very hard not to sing along. I've known these songs since I was 9. Disney's scores have this way of sticking with you. #

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