Monday, September 21, 2009
Weekends are usually so busy for us (dh working at a church and all), that Mondays tend to be our catch-up/catch-all days. This Monday is a bit different though, seeing as how my dh is on vacation this week - whoo-hoo!!
Here's some craziness for ya: we went coupon shopping last night, after evening church, with our FIVE children. Yes, I know, not the brightest idea we've ever had. Yet it was the *last* day to go shopping for that week's sales, with those particular coupons and deals - and we wanted to take advantage of those. We had a very specific list, and thought we could manage it & the kids. *ahem* ya right.
Well, we made it (eventually) and managed to do pretty good on our very first coupon shopping trip. Even with having to buy some needed items that were NOT on sale, or did NOT have a coupon (like juice, milk, etc.), we still managed to save over 50% overall. Not bad! Plus, I get a certain satisfaction seeing the pantry filled with numerous boxes of "stockpiled" foods. It helps me feel like we're taking good care of our family with the money that we have been blessed with. Amen!!
One last thing for today, usually, on Sunday nights (or Monday mornings, just depends how on-top of things I am) I go to this site: http://www.lotsofkids.com I use their Meal Chart generator each week, adding in our specific meal plans for each day - breakfast, lunch & dinner. I don't think I've ever stuck *precisely* to the list for each and every meal - but it definitely makes life easier for me. Meals happen every single day, every few hours I am having to think about feeding many people. This is just one way to make that easier!
So, I'm off. I've got to figure out 2 meals using smoked sausage (we don't usually buy it, but it was a great deal!) - I'll probably go to my stand-by recipe site: RecipeZaar. Then I'll finish filling out my Meal Chart, nurse the baby and go out to the garage to help my hubby make it sparkle. Well......at least make it cleaned-up and organized. And get rid of some of the bugs. Ewwww......
Have a great Monday~