Can you tell that his hair is covered in suntan lotion, too? We forgot to pack a hat for him (not that he would necessarily keep it on), so she had to really douse him with lotion. After dinner we gave him a bath, and I think he cried most of the way through it, which really isn't like Noah. Then, because I wasn't sure what else to do for his eyes, we use some eye drops. Then the screaming really ensued!! He did NOT like those eye drops! BUT...within 30 minutes, his eyes looked perfectly normal again, and he wasn't fussy the rest of the evening. I got to have some girl time with some women while our husbands were all at the Men's Conference at church. Noah went right to sleep at bedtime, and we got to play games and just talk all evening. It doesn't get much better than that!
Here is a quick blurb about my first week's savings on our new budget! I went to K-Mart (double coupons this week up to $2), so I got a lot of $4 items for FREE. You know I like free! I also went to Walgreens, Meijer, and Kroger tonight. Some of my favorite deals included:
Kroger: Buy 3 boxes of General Mills cereals ($1.67 each w/ coupon), get 4 half gallons of milk FREE
Meijer: 5 boxes of Green Giant Frozen Veggies for $2.83 total
Walgreens: 12 packs of A&W Root Beer (2) and Sunkist (1) for $1 each after peel-off coupons located on the packages and Register Rewards.
Walgreens: Four bags of Hershey's Kisses and Reeses Candy for $1.25 each after rebate.
Walgreens: Physician's Formula Organic Makeup was 40% off. I got new blush and eye shadow for approximately $7, but since it's on the rebate list for this month, I'll get $10 back, meaning I made $3. I LOVE making money at stores! :)
Total Products' Value: $209.85
Total Spent: $89.97
Total Saved: $119.88
Plus, I earned $6 in Register Rewards and $15 in Rebates at Walgreens for future purchases.
What can I say? The Grocery Game rules! Yeah, I said "rules"! :) Remember, if you decide to try it, please use my email as your referral: amykabell (at) gmail (dot) com. I'm happy to help you with any questions you may have.
The next morning, I woke up and got ready for work. I went into Noah's room (still feeling nauseous) and got him out of bed. I fed him and quickly left for work to share my grocery secrets with about ten women from work. A couple hours later, I got a phone call from Alissa, our sitter. She said that Noah had diarhhea when he woke up...we're talking a total blowout...all down his sleeper. POOR GUY! He has never had diarrhea before. Ryan had the flu right after my Spring Break, and it looked like both Noah and I were going to get it, too. Alissa also said, as sweet as could be, "Amy, please don't take this the wrong way, but Noah always smells good when he comes to our house, but today he smelled kind of like...spit up." He also had a fever. I then called Ryan to see if he could pick up Noah because I had two conferences that afternoon that I really couldn't miss. When I told him about the diarhhea and the smell, Ryan said, "You know what? I saw a big stain on his crib sheet this morning." WHAT!?! I always keep the light really dim in the morning so I don't startle Noah with bright lights when waking him up, so I didn't see the stain. I left work as soon as my conferences were over and went straight up to Noah's room. Sure enough, he had gotten sick in the middle of the night. That was why he started screaming...POOR GUY! Oh I felt just awful! He had never thrown up before, and we just left him in there by himself. I can't tell you had bad I felt!
Saturday I still felt really nauseous. We were hanging out at home, and Noah climbing around on the couch with us. All of the sudden, I smelled buttered popcorn. WHAT? I looked at Ryan and asked if he had made popcorn, and he said, "No," saying that he smelled it, too. Noah climbed over me again, and I smelled it again. WHAT? We realized that he had diarhhea again, and that it totally smelled like buttered popcorn!! It was sick AND hilarious all at the same time. I couldn't really complain that it smelled like buttered popcorn because that was definitely better than the alternative...BUT...it was still gross....kind of like those buttered popcorn Jelly Bellies. It's different but totally nasty.
Later that afternoon Noah was playing in the kitchen, walking along the sliding glass door. I looked over and saw diarrhea all down his poor little pant legs! Talk about a complete blow out! Even Pampers were no match for those cha-cha-chas. :) And yes, it did smell like buttered popcorn again. YUCK.
I felt nauseous Friday morning until last night, Tuesday evening. I had barely eaten anything those five days except for cereal and a couple grilled cheese sandwiches. I was forcing myself to drink water but even then wasn't very good at it. I knew my milk supply was probably suffering. Noah was starting to wake up early from naps, and he was fussing while eating. That was not normal at all. His diapers have been plenty wet, but I feel like he's getting more like skim milk right now since I haven't taken in many calories. I called our doctor today to see what his recommendation was. I was planning to wean Noah at 12 months anyway, and we're only 3 weeks away from that mark. The nurse called me back and said that Dr. Gloyeske recommends waiting until the 12 month mark. GRRR! I was really hoping that they would just give me the ok to transition him to whole milk. I know I have been SO fortunate to have been able to breastfeed him for this past year without having to use formula. I am really happy about that! I just don't want to transition him into formula just for him to go to whole milk in 3 weeks anyway. At the same time, I don't know if I'll be able to build things back up at this point either. If you're the praying type, I would really appreciate prayers for my milk! That may sound kind of silly, but I just want this to be a fairly easy transition. I hope we can make it 3 more weeks!
Market Pantry Fruit Snacks - 44 cents
2 Johnson's buddy soaps - 22 cents each
Gatorade - 3.25 (Ryan loves this, and I love him, so I'm willing to spend more on him than on anything else...hehe) :)
2 Loofahs - $1 each
Axe body wash (trial size) - FREE
3 Johnson and Johnson First Aid Kits - FREE
Softsoap Body Wash - FREE plus overage (I had a $1 off coupon)
Kelloggs Corn Pops - $1
Meijer (not sure of individual costs)
2 Ziplock Freezer Bags
2 Freshlike Frozen Green Beans
4 Campbell's Cream Soups (Mushroom, Celery, and Chicken)
Breyer's Vanilla Ice Cream
Shank Ham - 77 cents per pound
Eggs - 89 cents
6 shredded cheese - 99 cents each
3 Pillsbury Pizza Crusts - 45 cents each
And the grand total....
Total Value of all Products: $95.19
Total Spent: $38.55
Total Saved: $56.64
I have $12 left in my grocery fund until Saturday, and I already cut my total grocery budget down to $350 a month. I'll be at $300 per month in no time! :)
He is constantly crawling around the house with this toy car in his mouth...just like Kya with her toys. It is so cute!
My dad and Danette came to visit us this weekend. Friday night we went out to dinner at Edelweiss, a German restaurant in Greenwood. We felt like we took a step back in time! It was fun to go somewhere different, and my dad had been wanting to go there for a long time. Saturday Ryan and I took Dad and Danette to the Fountain Square area for lunch. I really like living so close to Indy that we can visit the cultural hot spots at a moment's notice. That night, I made our Easter meal...my first ever! :) I was pretty excited about the way it turned out. I made my first glazed ham with pineapple rings, mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, and crescent rolls.
"That's all folks!!!"
Anyway, I went to Kroger, Target, CVS, and Walgreens today. I usually don't go to four stores in a day, but I just wanted to knock it all out today. Here is a picture of all my goodies! Some of my favorite deals are listed below.
Total Purchase Value: $253.21
Total Spent: $115.25
Total Saved: $137.96
Kroger: There are great deals on Pampers, Bounty Paper Towels, Iams dog food, and Charmin Toilet Paper. If you buy three of these items, you get $3 off ($1 per item). I also had $1-2 off coupons from my PG coupon booklet that I received for buying $50 worth of P&G products a few months ago for each of those items. This is a HUGE steal because usually you only get 25-50 cent off coupons in the Sunday paper for Bounty and Charmin. I also loaded my Kroger Plus card here with more coupons for each of these products because you can use the e-coupons, as well as clipped manufacturer coupons. This made Pampers $6.99 (plus one pack for $5.99 b/c I had a $2 off coupon), Bounty $4.49, Charmin $4.49, and Iams dog food $13.99. These are the steals of the century on high quality brand name products! We are really flexible with trying new products while trying to save money, but these are non-negotiable in our house. :) Half gallons of milk were 99 cents. I had to get a rain check for the Pillsbury pizza crusts and Italian breads, so that will mean big savings on my next trip.
Total Spent $72.05
Total Saved $47.53
Target: They had a special on the Gillette Power Fusion razor ($7.99) and Gillette shaving gel ($1.89). Buy these two products, get a $5 Target gift card. I also had $3 worth of coupons to add on top of this deal, meaning that I only spent $1.89 total. I also got two mini-loaves of artisan bread for FREE with Target printable coupons here. Through that same website, I was also able to print a coupon that allowed me to pay on 99 cents for Dole Salad. Skim milk was only $2, eggs were 99 cents, and I also bought some candy and Nestle Tollhouse morsels since I had coupons for both, and they were both on sale.
Total Spent: $11.03
Total Saved: $17.95
Walgreens: I bought lots of goodies here! I won't mention them all but will focus on some of my favorites instead. I got 6 boxes of Pop Tarts for $1.33 each. Oust Sanitizer (which smells so much better than Lysol!) was 2.99, but I had a $2 off coupon and will get a $1 rebate at the end of the month through Walgreens, so that item was free. :) Speaking of free, I also got some Skintimate shave gel and Chapstick Naturals for free through their register rewards program. Schick disposable razors were BOGO, and I had two manufacturer coupons and one Walgreens coupons for those two items. So, I only spent $1.99 on two packages of good razors. :) I needed a new hair dryer, and since they were offering $10 in register rewards if I bought a Revlon one there, I went for it.
Total Spent: $32.17
Total Saved: 49.56 (plus $4 in register rewards to use in the future and $1 in rebate money)
CVS: I had a mini trip to CVS today. I again got Skintimate shave gel for FREE. Revlon makeup was BOGO, so after adding two coupons to that, I got two bottles of nail polish for really cheap. I also bought a new brush and a comb because I chopped my hair back off. It is SO curly now (it got worse when I was pregnant and hasn't relaxed since), so I needed a new brush to help me blow dry it straight. I also got new plastic sleeves for my coupon inserts and a bottle of Suave body wash for FREE (coupon sent to me with a freebie).
Total Spent: $4.04
Total Saved: $23.22
As you can imagine, I really cringe when I see people paying full price for their groceries now! Because I have learned how much I can buy things for, it is so hard to watch people buying toothpaste for $3.50, cereal for $3.00 to $4.00, and 12 packs of soda for $4.00. I met with three of my friends last Thursday to give them all of the information about how they can start saving hundreds of dollars each month by changing their philosophy of grocery shopping. It is pretty incredible! I love when the cashier rings everything up, bags a bunch of items, and then looks bewildered when the total is REALLY LOW. It is hilarious!! I walk out of stores feeling like I robbed the place. Now that I have almost been doing this for three months, I need to take stock of what I have and what I still need. For example, I think we have a good 12 packages of razors in our closet. We probably don't need to buy these anymore unless I can get them for free...or better yet...unless the store actually pays me to take the items. I know, this concept is foreign, but it is totally real! I wish you happy days with your shopping. If you ever want to know more about saving money when grocery shopping, just get in touch with me!
We are getting so excited to take him to other new places this summer now that he is old enough to enjoy them. We're going to buy a membership to the Indianapolis Zoo ($100), and I can't wait! I actually think Ryan is more excited than any of us. We went to Fountain Square Diner today for lunch since Ryan took the day off work to enjoy my last real day of Spring Break. :) It was a really fun place! I'm too embarrassed to name our fatty, greasy meals, but they were GOOOD. Noah behaved himself pretty well, too. As long as we gave him plenty of puffs and bits of our meals, he was content. He has mastered signing for "more", and now we are trying to teach him "more please". :) It is so cute! I love my family. I am the luckiest person in the world.