Feb. Savings Part 1

>> Sunday, January 31, 2010

My Feb Challenge: Spend only 300 dollars on Groceries & Drug Store Purchases......Total to Date: 109.84

Total spent out of pocket this week on groceries and personal care items: $109.84, Total saved after coupons and store specials: 186.61. Except for milk, eggs, bread and some incredible deal I shouldn't need anything else this month. But we'll see how it goes.


Flower Girl Dress

>> Saturday, January 30, 2010

Here we go, my first shot at the flower girl dress for my sister's wedding. It is a summer outdoor wedding. A casual summer affair.  I used some fabric that you've seen before for the practice version. The real version will be made of the same fabric as our bridesmaid dresses we bought at anthro. Try and use you imagination... Should I put the overlay on it and make it and the bodice out of the same yellow fabric, but another yellow up under for the bubble or do should I be bold and use a black and white polka-dot up under. Or just do the bubble and bodice with no overlay in the same yellow print with a matching black and white polka-dot ribbon around the waist. Decisions, decisions, decisions.


Pottery Barn by Me

>> Monday, January 25, 2010

Okay, so over the weekend I ventured to our local Pottery Barn store in search of pillow ideas for my tired old orange couch. I saw several pillows I loved but at 40 bucks a cover I wasn't doing it. So I decided to make my own pillow out of  two Pottery Barn Napkins. Total cost of the project for two pillows 25 dollars.


Not Saving Money-Yes, I am a Fabriaholic (sp??)

So in contrast to saving money, in the last month I've probably spent more than I've saved on fabric. Here are few of my recent purchases, barters and trades: Amy Butler Love Collection

Going Retro Camping Quilt Set

ScarletFig Tufted Tweets Collection


Saving Money

>> Sunday, January 24, 2010

Okay so this weekend I went to coupon workshop at my son's new school and I have to say I am now hooked on extreme couponing. The workshop was held by two sisters, you should visit their blog TwoThirftySisters especially if you are CVS and Publix shopper like I am. It is mostly designed for the SAHM that can really spend time amidst the kiddos working on it but I am thinking I can at least give it go as a full time working mama. I just might not save as much due to time constraints.

I must say going in I was little skeptical that I could cut my bill down even more. I felt I was doing well  with my current plan.  I am primarily a big box shopper (Sam's Club) and I do small visits to Publix on Penny Coupon day. We average for a family of 4 about 400 a month on groceries. I've always been anxious to save more but since we are fairly healthy eaters I really couldn't see how. This workshop enlightened me that you can save and not just on snack foods.  The key is couponing on B1G1 items and at stores where they accept competitors coupons and double coupons. Many of you probably already had this figured out but for me it had always seemed like a wash until I put it to the test.

So this weekend tried my hand at it. I feel I did a pretty good job at my first shot. I bought 214 dollars worth of groceries and only paid 123 dollars out of pocket and in addition to that I made back 26 dollars in CVS extra care bucks (which is like free money at CVS).  So in total I got 214 dollars worth of groceries for 97 dollars. The key now will be perfecting even more and figuring out how to combine my Sam's Club shopping with my Publix and CVS shopping. I need to figure out which items are always a savings at Sam's with or without coupons and which are best to wait to purchase at Publix under B1G1 deals w coupons or at CVS when I can earn Extra Care Bucks back.  I hoping for the month of Feb I can get my bill down to 300 dollars for groceries. Wish me luck. Now if only could figure out how to get great deals on Fabric...


Attempt #1

>> Sunday, January 17, 2010

I attempted my first Cathedral Window Square tonight. I used Sometimes a Crafter's Tutorial. I need to work on the sizing of my inner colored squares but all and all for my first attempt with two kids constantly asking me questions, I was very pleased. More to come as I practice this technique for my sister's ring barrer pillow.



>> Saturday, January 9, 2010

I took sometime last night to finally start assembling my Mystery Blocks I've been getting over the last several months. I have seven in all to assemble in order to be caught up before this month's block arrives. Here are the first three.


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