I fought a really nasty migraine most of the day yesterday, but since today was "go to town day" for me and I woke up feeling better, I spent the entire day out shopping!
This weekend we are planning to make our first batch of soap, so I was out tracking down the lye (Ace Hardware), the coconut oil, rice bran oil and essential oil for fragrance (health food store), something to use as a mold (plastic serving trays from Deals), and some soap coloring and a rubber stamp of a sand dollar to stamp the bars (with a coupon at Michael's Crafts; they're not necessary, but they were cheap and it will add a little to the look of the soap). I'm really looking forward to this project and I think Shane is, also.
I bought myself lunch at Logan's Roadhouse (with a coupon, of course). $10.00 bought my lunch, the tip, and enough leftovers for Shane to take to lunch tomorrow.
I gathered a few more things for Kat's room remodel at Bed, Bath & Beyond and JoAnn, Etc. Yes, more coupons were used. I can't wait until we can get started on the room in earnest. It would be wise for me to stay out of the stores right now, because all those bright solids that are popular right now are going into her room, and I get caught up in buying for her all too easily.
I bought LOTS of school supplies today, too. Wal-Mart has the basics on sale really cheap right now, as in 25¢ boxes of crayons, bottles of glue, glue sticks, erasers, etc. Kat's school requests only a minimum of supplies for grades K-4: two erasers, two 24-packs of crayons, two 24-packs of pencils, two boxes of tissues, two small bottles of glue, a school box and a backpack. Except for the backpack and the school box, all supplies are pooled for the entire classroom to use throughout the year. I bought Kat's backpack on clearance earlier this spring for $3, and everything else was on sale today, so I ended up spending less than $9 for all of it. I know we are getting off easy compared to some other schools, but even at that, there are probably some families in our district who will have a hard time coming up with money for supplies. That's why I bought a lot of extras; I will donate them to Kat's school for anyone who needs them.
Let's see, I also paid another fat payment on the van loan. Our new balance is over in my sidebar. I think we can do it in three more payments, or possibly just two!
Finally, I picked up our groceries for the week. One of our local chains had a lot of great store coupons this week, so I got a few things that weren't absolute necessities. By the time I was done with everything, I decided I was too tired to cook tonight, so I'm copping out again with hot dogs for supper. With the coupons, a package of buns, a package of franks, along with a head of lettuce and a bag of tortilla chips came to just $2.25 altogether. I might even make the Betty Crocker brownie mix and bring the total up to $2.75. Woo hoo! I know it's not the most nutritious meal, but it's probably one of the cheapest and easiest.
July Grocery/Pantry Challenge:
Items Purchased Today (store brand unless indicated): A dozen ears of corn from a farmer selling in a parking lot, 1 loaf oat bran bread, 1 gallon milk, 2 bags potato chips, 3 bags tortilla chips, 8 oz. cream cheese, 1 can frozen OJ + calcium, 1 Betty Crocker brownie mix, 8-ct. hot dog buns, 5 pounds unbleached flour, 5 pounds white whole wheat flour, 8-ct. Farmland franks, 1 head Dole lettuce
Amount Spent Today (including tax): $24.05
Amount Spent To Date in July (including tax): $97.85