3 Day Shopping- Day 6

Another shopping day yesterday.  My tally would have been 72.00 but I stocked up on meat.  Chicken chests, roll of hamburger, and a roast.  Chicken goes on sale a little less frequently so I wanted a little more to help get me through the 3 day stuff.  That brought it up another 41.00 that I did not need and won’t use for some time.  I figure it’ll even out later or something.  Don’t think I’m going to need more than bread, fruit, and milk on Thursday but I may find I’m wrong.

Grand tally…

Day 1: 75.00
Day 2: 122.00
Day 3: 20.00
Day 4: 91.00
Day 5: 117.00
Day 6: 113.00

3-Day Shopping- Day 5

Well, today was another day.  Again, I wasn’t tired when I got back and was able to take inventory of what we might need next time when I put stuff away as well as noting what needed to be used up etc.  I know, you’re supposed to do that when you leave, but I didn’t.  So, I am at least semi-prepared for Monday.  Now, I have enough stuff right now to cover breakfasts for the next week.  I have lunch meat for a week too.  So, those won’t need to be bought on Monday and while we have plenty of meat in the freezer, chicken chests are on sale, so I’ll probably be buying some of that anyway.

We’re having some fun meals in the next few days.  Kids are having tater tots & chili tonight.  Not a meal I like, so it works since Kevin and I are going out to dinner.  Tomorrow, beans, ham, and fried okra.  mmm.  Sunday we’re having chicken/bacon sandwiches.  Yummified.  I bought a bundt cake (gotta remember to have a kid put it in the fridge… we LOVE those cold for the fun of it.  I got fruit, veggies (asparagus), and a bunch of bread etc.  mmm.

Grand Tally:
Day 1: 75.00
Day 2: 122.00
Day 3: 20.00
Day 4: 91.00
Day 5: 117.00

3 Day Shopping- Day 4

What?  You think it should be day 5 or 6?  You’re right.  I didn’t go on Friday or Monday.  We had the stomach bug in our house and frankly, I didn’t feel like it.  So, I didn’t.  Now I know my husband spent money at the store during those days… it looks like a total of about 65.00 but I can’t be sure if that’s all or not.  Too bad.  This is about me going every 3 days not him.

Today I went and bought meat for three days– tri tip, ham, and chicken chests.  I also needed vegetables for chicken soup, salad greens, and the stuff for pico de gallo.  Eggs, milk, bread, chips (to go with the gallo de la pico), beans, fruit… Cereal and oats… a lot of stuff like that.  I bought a TON of food (and tri-tip isn’t cheap meat… it’s not steak, but it was an 11.00 hunk of meat.  So, with all of that I spent 91.00.  Again, some of that will carry over (the chicken for one).

Grand tally…

Day 1: 75.00
Day 2: 122.00
Day 3: 20.00
Day 4: 91.00

Gimme That Old-Time Religion

Hated that hymn as a kid and I still do.  It’s just yeah.  Not my thing.  However, I am a fan of religion.  As a Christian, I kind of have to be.  Yeah, I know it’s all the rage for Christians to decry religion and show their spiritual superiority by claiming that THEY have a relationship– not something so weak and worthless as “religion”– but I am not of that camp.  See, I believe that the Word of God is alive and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword piercing to the joints and the marrow.  I believe that every word in the Word is God-breathed and essential for me in my relationship with the Lord.

That being the case, how can I throw out scripture itself in order to be “spiritually correct” this year?  James 1:27 specifically says:

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Sorry, I don’t think that gives me leave to denigrate what God has clearly required of us.  We are to be compassionate to widows and orphans and we are to keep the taint of the world off of us.  This is religion and we are to be religious in our application of it.

Why do brothers and sisters in Christ decry the principle rather than the misuse of it.  Religion is not the problem.  Our misuse and idolization of it can be, definitely.  So reject that!  Rejecting the principles of Scripture is just as wrong as the misuse of them is.

3 Day Shopping – Day 3

Well now, isn’t this interesting.  Technically, I did not HAVE to go to the store at all.  We needed nothing for the next 3 days.  However, I did want more cheese so I bought that at Walmart.  Then, while in Walmart, I realized that I really wanted Mayhem Sandwiches for dinner.  So, I just went to Albertson’s and bought what I needed.  I spent 18.00 there for what would have cost me 14.50 at Stater Bros– just three things– but I don’t care.  It just proves that for what we buy, Albertson’s is much too expensive for our family to shop there on a regular basis.

So, thus far we have

Day 1: 75.00
Day 2: 122.00
Day 3: 20.00

Note:  This does not include household cleansers, TP and other “Walmart” items (what we call non food stuffs in our house).  It also doesn’t include if we run for another gallon of milk or something.  This is MY shopping only.

Three Day Shopping

WHAT!  Me?  Shop more often rather than less?  For GROCERIES?  Have I lost my mind?

Well, if I have, it’s “good riddance” in my book.  So far, this has been working out nicely.  I’ve noticed at other times that when I shop more frequently, we save money and have less waste.  So, I want to try it deliberately this year.  If I get a few months in and see that it is a bad idea or can’t be done, ok.  I’m good with that.  However, I want to give it a good go– stick through the hiccoughs and really make it work if possible.

Day 1 (Tuesday):  I spent 75.00.  As of last night, I have enough chicken left over for making another meal.  We’ll be having chicken lasagna tonight.  Aside from a thing of cocoa powder (needed for a project.  We don’t keep it in the house usually), and a gallon of milk, we did well.  I expect gallons of milk to be needed.  We go through almost a gallon a day so we don’t quite make it on 2 gallons in 3 days.  With more room in the fridge (from less leftovers and wasting food), I might be able to buy 3 now that our stores do not give us a savings on buying in pairs.

Day 2 (Friday):  I spent 122.00.  However, due to packaging, I will not have to buy any meat or the cereal for two breakfasts on Monday.  WOOT!  So, I expect Monday’s food for 3 days will be closer to 50.00.  We’ll see if I’m right or not.

One unexpected blessing was energy.  Grocery shopping usually involves two carts and me exhausted by the time I get the food in the door.  I collapse on the couch and the kids put it all away.  This leaves me with less understanding of what was tossed, what we didn’t need after all, and as much as I need to, not being able to repackage food.  Today I came home and did it all.  I wasn’t exhausted.  I am doin’ the happy dance.

Out with the Old

In with the new.  Year that is.  It’s ridiculous how much stuff I’ve got going for this year and yet really, I’ve got plans that are a bit underwhelming too.  I really tried not to overdo it and as a result, I feel like I have much too much and much too little all at the same time.

1.  Finish the card sketches.

Going to do this by doing the “Friday Five” where I use one stamp/stamp set five totally different ways with 5 different sketches to discover if I want to keep it or not.

2.  Pay off all debt again.

Hospital bills first.
Dental bills next

3.  Hit 500 mile mark in walking

Walking during the day again while the weather permits.  Even if I hate it.

4.  Do the 52 weeks photo thing again– maybe life won’t mess it up this time.  Still gotta catch up.

Hmmmmaybe I need to do the pictures on Sunday nights.  I usually have nothing on my plate those nights.

5.  Make new shades for the living room.

January– definitely

6.  Finish Aggie

By end of February

7.  Finish Mismatched

By end of March

8.  Finish Everard

By end of May

9.  Publish Adric

By April

10.  365 days of creativity.

Make a list of things I want to do.  Yeah.

11.  Plant Zucchini, crookneck, and tomatoes.

In March I think.

* Purchase 6 railroad ties.  Cut 2 in half.  Finished by March for planting.

12.  Develop a 3 day shopping habit.

Start on Tuesday  Shop for Tuesday night, Wednesday, and Thursday.

13.  Make Roman Shade for our other window in our room.

January Project

14.  Remove 12 totes of “stuff” from storage.

Remove one per month.

15.  Record all the albums in my closet on the usb turntable.


16.  Finally go on that murder train ride?

Look up when the WWII one is and buy tickets.

17.  Plan Christmas stockings better.  Shop

Have planned and purchased by Dec 1.  (one person per month?  I think so.)

18.  Make family calendar board.  (Pick yourselves up off the ground)


19.  Get Ethan reading more.

Daily reading with me.  Twice per day.

20.  Biweekly game night

Non-flex Thursdays.

21.  Biweekly old movie night

Flex Saturdays?

22.  Meet my self-challenge of dual books in Nano

Plan the books.

23.  Back to consistent blogging

Schedule blog posts a week in advance.

24.  Tags for Christmas presents done before December

One tag per week would do it… hmmm

25.  Find a new style top that is comfortable, different from what I usually wear, and is flattering (insert laugh here)

No idea how to do this.  I think I have to GO shopping… which means out of town.  UGH.

26.  Haircut every 10 weeks whether I need it or not.  Snort.

Make a recurring appointment with Beth.  January.

27.  Modesto.

1.  Pay for booth.
2.  Order banner.
3.  Make sure tax thing is all I need.
4.  Reserve room.
5.  Order books.
6.  Save 150 per month to cover expenses.

28.  Twelve new recipes that make it into the rotation so we can retire a few overused ones.

First Flex Friday of the month.

29.  At least one sewn project per month outside of Lorna’s wardrobe.

Plan the months.


30.  At least PLAN OUT the HK Craft Queen project.


31.  Try to set up and organize the Doll Trunk Swap.


32.  Do something fun for Kevin’s birthday– last year in his 40’s!!!

Plan by June 1.

33.  Camp WriMo!


34.  Plan birthday presents a full month in advance at the least.

January- Kaylene
February- Ethan
March- Challice
April- Braelyn
May- Jenna & Kevin
June- no one
July- Friend
August- Lorna
September- Andra & Euphemia
October- Nolan & Stephen
November- Morgann

35.  Give T-tapp a full 2 weeks shot to see if I want to continue.

June or July

36.  Professor Horner’s Bible Reading System.
*Using http://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/professor-horners-bible-reading-system/1 *

I have until the end of January to make changes and then it’s set.

Consider mom and dad’s memory book–  If so, what goes?  Shirt?  Train ride?
Oh, and really– this year I should do the whole “submit Plotting Santa to agents” thing.