What’s going on this weekend?

It’s Friday!  Nap time again.  Yay!

I had another midwife appointment this morning.  I’m going weekly now.  It was a quick appointment. The baby is head down and his heart rate sounded good.  The appointment wasn’t until 10:15 AM and Sam and I were still rushing around this morning.

Sam didn’t wake up until 8 and then I decided that his toys needed to be organized so I took out everything and sorted and then labeled his blue bins.

He doesn’t have a lot of big toys.  He seems to acquire a bunch of random little things which end up everywhere, mostly under the couch and in my car..

This week has been pretty low key.  Sam was supposed to have Mother’s Day Out on Wednesday but he woke up with a cold.  Sadness.  I was really looking forward to it.  So we camped out at home all day Wednesday and watched lots of cartoons.  I tried to bribe him to take medicine with ice cream but he wouldn’t even taste the ice cream.

Wednesday evening, Sam seemed to be doing better and we had to drop off Aaron’s car to be inspected so we all took a trip to Target.  I was also out of overnight diapers so we had to get some.  (Sidenote: Target now sells an overnight version of their brand diapers.  I was tempted to try them but didn’t.  Has anyone tried them?)

Coupons
This was my second attempt at couponing.  I ended up saving a total of $32.14 bringing my total down to $119.14 so I was pretty happy.  It was all stuff that I would have bought anyway with the exception of getting two free greeting cards.

I was a little embarrassed to have to have the cashier scan four different bar codes on my phone (all the Target mobile coupons & Cartwheel) and I still managed to forget to have her scan one, but it actually went pretty quickly and she didn’t mind at all.

Thursday
I didn’t have a car Thursday because Aaron was using mine since his was being inspected and it was raining so we were stuck inside.  Sam was feeling a lot better so we were both going stir crazy by lunch time.  Luckily, Aaron was able to come home at lunch and we went to pick up his car.

After lunch and nap, I took Sam to get a haircut then we wandered around a thrift store until about 5.

Haircut:

Hiding in some coats at the thrift store:

The plan for this weekend:

Tonight we’ll probably get some food out somewhere for dinner.  Tomorrow Aaron is going to continue work on Sam’s new room so I think I’m going to take Sam to the gym to go swimming.


Oh I also came across two other kid’s consignment sales coming up:

 Christ Church at Grove Farm MOPs Kid’s Clothes & More Sale
249 Duff Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
Friday, Oct 10 : 9 AM – 2 PM
Saturday, Oct 11 : 9 AM – 12 Noon (half-price red tags)
(Cash or check only)

Christ United Methodist Church Kid’s Resale
44 Highland Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Friday, Oct 17 : 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, Oct 18 : 9 AM – 12 Noon (half-price day)
(Cash, Check, debit/credit accepted)

Coupons, Shoes, Pizza, Fan

A Few Random Things


 Coupons

Friday night, Aaron put Sam to bed and I went to Target to do my first serious couponing shopping trip.  It was so confusing!  I was in Target for almost 2 hours…  In the end, I saved $37 in coupons and with the Target Cartwheel app so I was pretty pleased.  My total bill was brought down from about $140 to a little over $100.  We have SO MUCH peanut butter right now.


 A Pair of Tom’s

Remember how I mentioned that I wanted to get Sam a pair of Tom’s shoes?  Well I found a pair for myself on Craigslist last week for $10 so Sam and I ventured to Squirrel Hill to meet the lady to pick them up.

Here’s Sam wandering along Forbes Ave.

And the new (to me) golden, herringbone Tom’s:


Barbecue Chicken Pizza

I made barbecue chicken pizza for dinner one night last week.  The plan was to make regular pizza but we didn’t have any tomato sauce or mozzarella cheese (remember me mentioning that I didn’t follow the meal plan at all).  We also didn’t have any barbecue sauce so I ended up making some.  It was a really easy recipe.

I cooked a giant onion in a skillet over low heat until it was brown and very soft then added a big chicken breast until it was cooked through and then shredded the chicken.

Stretched the pizza dough onto the pan.  Added the chicken:

Then added the barbecue sauce:

Then the onions:

Then grated cheddar cheese:

And bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes:


New Ceiling Fan

Monday night, we finally went to Lowe’s and bought the ceiling fan for Sam’s new room (I had a coupon that was expiring that day).  Aaron put it up last night and it looks great!  I love it!  I want to buy another one for our bedroom now.  He’s also been painting the walls in that room and it’s almost done.  Saturday is dedicated to working on that room.  Exciting life! I know.

Coupons, Couponing

I’m thinking about getting this fan for Sam’s new room.  It’s $85 at Lowe’s and I have a $10 off coupon.

I put up the fencing around the tomato plant but I think larger deer can still reach over and get it.  We’ll see what happens.  Now I can’t get in there either though…  I’m going to have to use a ladder if I ever want to pick a tomato.

I took a trip to Target last night to buy a new pillow.  Sam uses a pillow now and I don’t like sleeping with just one, especially while pregnant.  I also wandered around Target a bit taking pictures of prices of grocery items.  I want to do a food price comparison post for the stores around here — Giant Eagle, Shop n’ Save, Target, Trader Joe’s, maybe Aldi, Whole Foods.  I’m not sure what products they all carry that are similar enough that I can compare.  I know I want to include organic milk and eggs but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten.

Target also got me thinking about coupons.  Are you a couponer?  I am not but I’m starting to get into it a little .  I just recently started following a couple coupon blogs, Couponcravings.com and Totallytarget.com.  Shopping at Target has become slightly like shopping at Macy’s.  I feel like I can’t buy anything until I check if there’s a coupon.  Target has the Cartwheel app now, plus they have printable coupons on their website and mobile coupons in the Target app.  You can also sign up to get text coupons.  Then there are manufacturer’s coupons.

I ended up sitting in the Target parking lot browsing the Cartwheel app before going in the store just to make sure the things I was going to buy didn’t have “offers” that I might miss.  I might lose out on saving 5%!  I had also printed out some coupons from their website right before I left the house.

You can get some good deals with all the different ways to coupon but it takes time to sift through and then remember to use them.  I ended up using a $1 off coupon for prenatal vitamins and then they were buy 2, get a $5 gift card so that was a good deal.  I also saved 10% on two greeting cards with the cartwheel app.  I’m no couponing pro.

I can see how couponing can become addictive.  You can “stack” coupons (use more than one coupon for the same product) and even get things for free.  I just have to keep asking myself if I would buy the product even if there was no coupon.  Unless it’s completely free, I don’t want to start buying things just because they’re a really good deal.  I’ll end up spending more!

Since I have the time right now and I’m kind of enjoying finding the deals, I’m going to keep doing the couponing thing for a while and see how it goes.  If you want to get into couponing, I’d definitely recommend reading couponcravings.com.  She posts a million deal ideas, printable coupons, freebies (I did a survey for a free magazine subscription today), and coupon codes and tells you what coupons to stack to get the best deals.