It's 7:36 a.m. and it's pouring! Luckily, it started after I had already come home from dropping off my son at school, and it looks like it's letting up as Greg is getting ready to leave for work. The kittens haven't seen hard rain like this before, so they're in the windows, observing everything.
A peek at my weather app shows 100% chance for rain today with more rain in the forecast later on, and higher temps (high 80s) next week. Groan.
I went to bed late last night, past 11:30 a.m, and I felt it this morning as I was tired when my alarm rang. I stayed up to update some apps on my phone and reinstall several programs on my laptop so I feel quite modern now, and not so much like a dinosaur, lol. As usual, I don't like the changes all of this brings, especially since I can't play my "Big Fish Games" of hidden objects as they appear to take only 1/3 of the screen now instead of being full screen. Stupid Windows 10. Seriously, it's been out for quite a while now, you'd think there wouldn't be any issues like these anymore.
Anyhoo... today is my grocery shopping day. I always stop by at least one RaceTrac station to get gas and a freebie, and I'll go to Save A Lot and Aldi, possibly Publix if I can get organized soon. I also need to get a form notarized for my daughter. And then when I get home, I need to do the freaking dishes. Arrgh.
TO DO LIST
Put away chicken stockDONE Defrost meat for dinnerDONE Make tortillas?Bought some instead Grocery shoppingDONE Get form notarizedDONE Drive son to libraryDONE Record receipts in my spreadsheetsDONE
- Give a driving lesson to my son with the stick shift this week
- Bake PB cookies
- Bake a pie
- Update French blog
- Make my bed
- Turn bread heels into bread crumbs
Earn Microsoft Rewards creditsDONE Input weight into WHBRHCDONE
- Set 15 minute timer and try to accomplish as many chores as possible in that time
- Do the dishes by hand, drain/dry in the dishwasher (AFTER DINNER)
Do the dishesDONE
- Put the laundry away
- Watch "Spy in the Wild"
- Clean fridge - cleaned the bottom shelf, cleaned the "main" shelf
- Sweep the downstairs bathroom
- Vacuum the upstairs bedrooms
- Make a dermatologist appointment for Youngest Son (after pediatrician apt)
Download all January pictures from my camera to external driveDONE
- Back up external drive to its own external drive!
- Start a list of the electric outlets that I want to get replaced
- Do my foot exercises 2X
- Exercise at least 35 minutes on my bike (weekdays only)
Give USB drive to Teen librarian to put photos of Youngest Son on itDONE
- Finish moving/reinstalling missing software on new laptop
- Read one of the library books
- Clean upstairs litter box
- Add Osmocote plant food to rose and hibiscus bushes
Water the garden if it doesn't rain before ThursdayIt rained :)
- Put away the clipped articles from Kiplinger's magazine
- Read new issue of Kiplinger's in progress
- Wash kitchen windows
- Vacuum the fridge's coils
- Inventory the pantry
- Inventory the freezers
- Reorganize the gardening supplies area in breezeway
- Purge file cabinet in progress (through "credit cards")
- Take RaceTrac surveys
- Move fonts from external drive and reinstall on new laptop
- Take my measurements
- Look into transplanting hyacinths in garden - Moved them outside since Explorer has started to jump on mantelpiece :(
- Scrub patio pavers with bleach (wear old clothes and shoes, gloves and goggles)
- Finish decluttering exercise room shelves
- Call my bank to consolidate my IRA accounts
- Sit down with my daughter and show her how to file her taxes
- Start on our tax return
- Schedule an outing to P.E.A.R. Park and ask them about the trees from my backyard or look at the Audubon site that Pixel shared.
- Write letter to my great aunt, with pictures
Make sure I receive the water bill from the city todayThey will send the bill tomorrow
- Youngest son packed a lunch to take to school.
- I packed a sandwich lunch for Greg to take to work.
- School drop off went well and I got home before it started raining!
- It poured! No need to water the garden and it brought down the temp a little.
- I opened the windows to air out the house/entertain the cats and turned off the AC.
- I earned the Microsoft Rewards credits for today.
- I perused the new weekly ads for Aldi and Save A Lot online and made notes of what to buy today in the Shopping List that I keep on Google Drive so I can pull it up on my phone. I also looked at the partial preview for next week's Aldi app and they'll have the corned beef tips at $1.99/lb so I might just get more corned beef then, if I can get there early enough in the morning (and make room in the freezer in the meantime!).
- I'm playing some Swagbucks videos but my 1st goal is 105 SB and I won't reach it and I don't care :)
- I entered my weight in Walgreens' Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices and earned another 20 BR points. Inching my way to 5.000 points (= $5 in free merchandise!).
- I left to run my errands at 9 a.m. and was back by 11 a.m. So much nicer than the 5-6-hour trips I did at one point, although I didn't save as much money, lol. Here is what I did:
- Save A Lot: I wanted papaya and was tempted by the $1.99 price tag for 10 pounds of Russet potatoes. I know, I know, they'll probably spoil. But even if I compost half the bag, it'll still be a good price. So I got:
- 2 papayas @ $0.99/lb
- 10 lbs russet potatoes @ $1.99
- 1 lb bologna @ $0.99
- My OOP was $7.88 and I charged it to Amazon Visa for 1% back in Rewards.
- I gassed up my SUV @ 2.159/gallon, earned loyalty points in my app, charged it to my Discover card for 5% back in Rewards, and obtained a new receipt with which I will get a freebie.
- I went inside to use the ladies' room which was very clean, and I also redeemed a survey reward code for a free éclair donut for my son's after-school snack.
- I did add a few things to my cart that wasn't on my shopping list including a package of chicken chipotle sausages (because I still haven't inventoried the freezer so I wasn't sure if I had some or not -- I did), canned tuna, tortillas (because I figured I wouldn't feel like making my own tonight if I didn't have enough), pudding cups for the kids.
- I resisted buying a $20 salmon fillet at $7.99/lb. It looked beautiful but I didn't want to spend that much this month.
- I bought dishwashing liquid and kitchen trash bags. My non-food items amounted to $6.94.
- My overall OOP was $42.85 and I charged it to Amex for 3% back in Rewards.
- The UPS Store: I needed to get my signature on the field trip form for my daughter's Grad Bash notarized, even though she's an adult legally so I should have had to fill it out in the first place. They charged me $9, which I charged to Amex for 1% back in Rewards.
- South Lake Animal League Thrift Store: I dropped off a box of donations and the pet coupons that I had printed and clipped for them. As always, they were very appreciative, even though I forgot to sort the coupons by dog/cat/other, as I used to do. Darn it, I need to remember to do this, it saves them time, which they appreciate as well.
- I guess my Publix doesn't carry the "Good Foods" brand of products as I couldn't find them and the BOGO sale that IHeartPublix alerted me about wasn't in the ad either. Darn it. I could have gotten 2 containers of salsa for free!
- They were completely out of the Dial soap 3-bar packages that are on BOGO. I got a raincheck, on the off-chance that they restock before the coupon and rebate expire.
- I wasn't going to get pasta because I thought I was well-stocked. However when I peeked in the pantry on Monday night, I realized that I had made a huge dent in our pasta stock. Barilla was on BOGO through today at $1.69 (at my store) and I had several $1.00/4 coupons, so I bought 12 boxes of pasta @ $0.60/box, which isn't wonderful but even Aldi charges over $1.00 a box for their pasta nowadays.
- I also bought 4 cans of Progresso soup on BOGO @ $2.29 and I used a $2.00/4 printable coupon and I'll redeem a $2.00/4 SavingStar offer so if it goes though, it should make for a great deal at 15 cents per can.
- I was happy to find the New York Pull Apart garlic bread loaves at my Publix (Laura had written that she couldn't find it at hers). It was on BOGO @ $2.89 and I redeemed (2) $1.00/1 printable coupons and I redeemed a $0.75 offer on Checkout 51 and a $0.50 rebate on "any item" so in the end it was a $0.36 MONEYMAKER. It would have been better if Ibotta would have left me redeem the $0.25 rebate on "any variety" of NY Garlic bread, but they would recognize the UPC code. I sent them a message but they usually don't budge anyway.
- The Polly-O string cheese was on sale at $3.00 each and I had a $1.00/2 coupon, which made each package cheaper than at Aldi, so I bought 2 packages.
- Lastly, I had forgotten that the Activia 4-packs of yogurt were on BOGO sale @ $2.50 this week (I shouldn't have bought yogurt at Aldi!). I bought 4 4-ct packs of the light variety and redeemed (2) $1.00/2 coupons from newspaper inserts, so each cup cost me 19 cents each.
- My OOP was $18.61 and I charged it to Amex for 3% back in Rewards.
- RaceTrac: I had tried calling my daughter several times to ask if she wanted a lemonade or a hot dog from RaceTrac, as I had another survey reward code, but she never picked up, so I ended up getting myself a medium caffeine free Diet Coke at the fountain, in exchange for the survey reward code.
- Back home, the kittens inspected everything and surprised me by being able to read.
- I put everything away and heated up my lunch: leftover turkey noodle "soup", 3 clementines and a yogurt with a sell-by date of October 2016, lol. I watched the end of an episode of Law & Order on over-the-air TV while I ate.
- I had forgotten that Ion TV shows episodes of Law & Order, one of my favorite shows, on Wednesdays, all day, woohoo! If only we had a TV in the kitchen... I still have to wash those pesky dishes!
- I submitted my receipts to the various rebate apps. CheckOut51 and Ibotta credited me right away.
- The downstairs toilet wasn't flushing properly (our plumbing is ancient). I used the long snake that I had bought several months ago for the upstairs toilet and it still slow to drain but at least it's draining.
- I realized that my SB total was way higher than I was expecting it to be so I checked my ledger and saw that I had been credited 700 SB for an in-home product test that I had conducted. Woohoo! I nailed my 2nd goal by a large margin!
- Our Teen Librarian already returned the USB key to me with pictures of my son that she took at various events. It's nice to see him among other teens!
- For dinner, I made burritos and a side dish of white rice, tomatoes with chiles and red kidney beans.
- After dinner, Greg and I watched 3 episodes of "The Jim Gaffigan Show". I had bought it on 50% off sale on Google Play. It's OK.
- to drop off my son at school
- and tolls for Greg's commute
- to go on my shopping trip
- for my son to drive to the library
- to go pick him up from the library
- Notary Public fee
- Next week, I really need to actually look in the fridge as I write my menu because I discovered that I had several produce items shoved at the back of the freezer that I had forgotten about and that I might need to compost. Arrgh.
- I was checking out something on the AT&T website and noticed that our son is using a ton of data, as in over 100% of our data plan! I need to check his phone and chat with him about it. Thankfully AT&T rolls over our unused data from the previous month
MONEY SPENT TODAY
- Save A Lot: $7.88 (groceries)
- RaceTrac: $31.05 (gas)
- Aldi: $42.85 (groceries and cleaning items)
- UPS store: $9.00 (notary public)
- Publix: $18.81 (groceries)
This week, I spent $58.80 out of my $100 weekly grocery budget. Here is the breakdown:
- Baking: $0.00
- Beverages: $0.00
- Breads: $4.18 (2 loaves pull apart garlic bread, 10 large flour tortillas, 2 loaves white bread, 8 count hamburger buns)
- Cereals: $0.00
- Dairy: $9.56 (1 gallon whole milk, 2 packages string cheese, 20 cups yogurt)
- Pantry/Dry Goods: $7.72 (4 cans soup, 12 boxes pasta)
- Produce: $22.78 (4.95 lbs papaya, 10 lbs potatoes, 4 ears sweet corn, 1 cabbage, 3 Romaine hearts, 2 cukes, 2.17 lbs bananas, 3 lbs mandarins, 3 lbs apples, 4 lbs grapes)
- Proteins: $12.28 (1 dozen eggs, 1 lb bologna, 2 cans tuna, 4.76 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs, 1 package chipotle chicken sausages)
- Snacks: $2.28 (1 box Swiss rolls, 4-ct chocolate pudding cups)
I will post my February Food Expenses report at the end of the month.
- An éclair donut from RaceTrac with a survey reward code
- A medium fountain drink from RaceTrac with a survey reward code
- 2 loaves New York Tear Apart Garlic Bread from Publix, after BOGO sale, coupons and rebates
- Fed the kittens
- Prepped Greg's breakfast
- Packed his lunch
- Took the recycling down to the curb for collection
- Took my son to school
- Worked on the Rewards programs
- Updated my To Do List
- Looked at weekly sales ads and worked on my shopping list
- Ran my errands and did the grocery shopping
- Put away the groceries
- Submitted receipts to rebate apps
- Snaked the downstairs toilet
- Input my receipts into my spreadsheets
- Had my son drive to the library
- Brought the recycling bins back up the driveway
- Did the dishes
- Strained the chicken stock and froze it
- Picked up my son from the library
- Cooked dinner
- Put leftovers away
- Watched a show with Greg
- Changed settings on my son's phone to limit data use and talked to him about not streaming YouTube videos when on cellular data
- For some rain today!
- For episodes of Law & Order on TV on a rainy day :)
- For my son driving us safely to the library