Saving Money...

is a definite do when you become an adult and have to be all responsible like and have to put money away for college, weddings, etc., etc. So, I've been trying to do the coupon thing with my groceries. We have a set budget for groceries every month and I've really try to make the whole coupon thing into a competition. The whole thing really excites me...which is really a scary thought! I haven't really done as well as some other blogs I follow, but I'm definitely doing better than I did this time last year (I wasn't even cutting coupons at that point)! What was I thinking!!!!
This past week Harris Teeter & Kroger were doing triple coupons up to $.99. I normally do not shop Harris Teeter because they tend to be a little more expense on some items. But man, oh man, I'm so glad I went this week. I still spent what I had budgeted, but I saved $150 total. And I think I have enough cereal, granola bars, and wipes to last us until the end of the year.
Normally when I do my grocery shopping, I think to myself that I need to do some pictures and post what I saved. But some how between getting the groceries in the house & dealing with the girls, I just never got around to it. Well, this time I did. Actually, I need to thank Steve for reminding me. You see, every time I go to the grocery, he will come in and say "is this all you got for $___ of groceries." And so when I was telling him what all I got, I told him I wished he could see what all I got before I put it away because it was filling up our entire kitchen counter tops. So he suggested a take a picture. This is what $198 will get with triple coupons:
This is only the non-perishable food. I had already put up all the perishable food before Steve suggested the photo op, so I took some of the fridge & freezer.

Basically my fridge and freezer were empty, except the condiments in the fridge door. I also stocked up on formula, food, and cereal for Elaina.

I always hear people say they don't have time to cut coupons, but I can definitely testify that it is well worth the little bit of planning it takes!


A few pictures from this morning...


Now that Elaina can sit up better, I have been multi tasking and letting the girls take a bath together. Emily loves it! She definitely loves being a big sister! The pictures proof that!


Labor Day means...

Birthday! Around here, Labor day always means a birthday celebration! My dad's birthday is Sept. 3rd and we always use the long weekend to have a nice long celebration. This year, Steve was out of town, so me and the girls stayed at my parents for the celebration.
Here's some pics:


Mommy's Little Helper...

I have a new little helper around the house. Emily has always helped me do things and is so good at it. I'm hoping her little sister does the same. If these pictures are any indication - she is going to love helping me with the HUGE amount of laundry we seem to have lately!
PS: For some reason the quality of these pics did not turn out so great - so bare with me!

Wordless Wednesday...