End of August and Stocking Up on Ground Beef

Whew. After a slow start to the month of grocery shopping, I used up almost all my grocery budget at the end of the month! I knew I would as soon as I saw that ground beef (80% lean) was on sale for $2.99/lb at Meijer. I hadn’t seen a price this low in months – and I only had 2 pounds of ground beef left in my freezer as a result. It was time for me to stock up again! I ended up buying just over 11 pounds which equates to $35 in meat. Although, since the price was normally $4.79/lb, I saved almost $20! Here’s what else I bought with my ground beef.

Meijer - 8/25/14

I needed some more onions and tomato paste so I could can another batch of salsa. 3 batches canned so far…and I hope to can another batch or two, depending on how the rest of our garden tomatoes do. Corn was on sale for $0.25 an ear. I bought 4 ears – and then one of Andy’s students gave us some fresh from their garden. Yum!

I bought spreadable butter that was on sale for $2 because it came with a free dozen eggs. The Diet Coke was my splurge, since I don’t drink coffee. I’m trying not to drink soda as much but some days, I need the caffeine! Finally, I bought a case of bottled water for our trip to Nebraska this weekend. It was on sale for $2.50.

My total was $50.92 BUT I used a Meijer gift card for $20 to help pay. I had received the gift card months back for resubscribing to the newspaper. Since I used the gift card to help cover my cost, only $30.92 came out of my grocery budget.

Since I had a bit of money left, I also restocked my baking cupboard by heading to our local bulk food store. Here’s what I bought there.

Grabill Country Sales - 8/23/14

I needed more yeast ($3.59) and 2 pounds of powdered sugar ($1.92). I also needed some more spices. Cinnamon was $2.62, baking soda was $1.51, and chili powder $0.99. Chili powder has really gotten pricey! I also bought a block of cream cheese at $1.29. It’s not the best price but it was cheaper than the grocery store. I spent $11.92 at the bulk food store.

I spent $42.84 on groceries this week. In August, I spent $174.39, staying just under my $180 budget. The gift card was my saving grace to staying under budget – especially because it allowed me to stock up on ground beef again! How did you do budget wise this month?

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Coupons Ending Soon

$1.00 off THREE Old El Paso™ products

It’s almost the end of August, so here is a list of coupons that are expiring soon. Print the ones that you are interested in now because they may or may not return next month.


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Recyclebank: Ruby Tuesday Coupon

Turn your Recyclebank points into a buy-one-get-one-half-off meal deal at Ruby Tuesday. This reward normally costs 100 points, but is just 50 points for one week only!

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Free Audiobook at Audible

Get a free audiobook of your choice, completely free from Audible, when you sign up for a 30 day trial. Cancel before your trial ends and you will not be charged. The audiobook is yours to keep regardless of your subscription. There are over 100,000 books to choose from so have fun choosing! I downloaded Quitter by Jon Acoff. I’m excited to listen to it.

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Free Demo of Rosetta Stone

Have you used Rosetta Stone before? I haven’t but am certainly intrigued. I found there is a free demo to check out their foreign language program. Has anyone used this before? Give the Rosetta Stone demo a try here.

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Becoming a SAHM: Make the decision.

Becoming a SAHM: Make the decision. Part of the SAHM Series on www.JoyfullyThriving.com.

This post is part of my “Becoming a SAHM” series, based on my real-life journey to becoming a Stay at Home Mom. Thank you for joining me on this journey!

Ah. Stay at home Moms. It’s (unfortunately) an often heated topic of debate. I don’t believe it should be. I think it’s a wonderful thing but each and every Mom – and family – needs to make that decision for herself and for her individual family.

My decision came early. Even before I had children, even before college, even before I was married, even before I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to be a SAHM someday. I credit this desire in large part to my Mom who stayed at home with all four of her children. I saw firsthand what a good thing it was for our family. Early on, I didn’t realize how special it was or what a blessing it was. This was just the way our life was. It was the way my parents chose to raise us. Dad continued serving (working) as a Pastor and Mom stayed home. Sure, Mom played the organ on Sundays and directed choirs and subbed on occasion. She kept busy and supplemented our family income with various jobs but her primary one was to stay home. Since I grew up this way, I knew from early on that I wanted my someday children to have that same comfort and confidence that comes from having their Mom at home.

My husband and I discussed this topic while we were still dating. Like me, Andy grew up with a Mom who stayed home. Like me, he realized what a wonderful opportunity this was for him and his siblings. Like me, Andy wanted our children to have that same upbringing. It was so wonderful to know that we were on the same page from the beginning! I pray that your husband is as supportive of your desire as mine. If he is not, pray about it – and discuss your desires with him. This is an important decision that you need to make together. 

Now, please understand this. I know there are many Moms who chose not to stay at home. Some of them are the primary breadwinners while Dad stays home. Some want to continue advance in their careers. Some are in the midst of schooling. Some are single Moms who have work. Some feel it’s not financially feasible. (We’ll talk more about that feasibility of staying home on limited finances in the future part of this series.) I believe being a SAHM is a choice and it is a choice that I am glad I made.

Know this. It’s not easy. I’m only 4 months into this new life as a SAHM and as much as I wanted this, I am daily learning how challenging this job can be. I am the one who wakes up in the night with our son and I am the one who puts him down for naps. I am the one who reads the same story countless times a day. I am the one who cooks with one hand while holding the baby with the other. I am learning to run a household at the same time as caring for a baby. I am the one who loves our relaxed mornings but still longs for adult conversation at moments throughout the day. It is indeed difficult to be a Mom (whether you stay at home or not), but this decision of mine to be a SAHM was still a good one.

Maybe you are not sure if you are ready to be a SAHM. Maybe you don’t know if you can handle the day in and day out monotony. Maybe you are not sure you can financially make this choice. Maybe you don’t know if can and will be the Mom you want to be while staying at home. All these are valid concerns but it all starts with a choice. Make the decision to be a SAHM. It’s a wonderful decision to make and I think you’ll be glad you did!

Tell us. When did you make the decision to be a SAHM? Was it a difficult or easy decision for you?

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Free Subscription to Parents


Sign up for a free year’s subscription to Parents magazine, compliments of Value Mags. There are no strings and you will never receive a bill.

Thanks, Freebie Radar!

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Redbox: Daily Mystery Deals

Redbox Rental

Now through September 2nd, you can get a daily mystery code from Redbox. The codes will range from discounts to a possible free dvd. Simply text SHOP to 727272 to get these deals.

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Pampers: 15 New Points

Pampers Gifts to Grow

There are two new Pampers codes to add to your Gifts to Grow account today. Enter the code FB92BK52SCL4014 (for 10 points) and TWIT87433434A14 (for 5 points).

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Target: 20% Off One Spot

Target One Spot

Target just released a new Cartwheel coupon for 20% off any “One Spot” items. You know the one spot? It’s that front section with items priced from $1 to $3. I’ve found some great deals there – as long as I’m not tempted to blow my budget because it’s JUST one dollar! :-) This coupon does not apply to clearance items and can be used up to 4 times in one transaction. It expires September 6th.

Thanks, The Savvy Bump!

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