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Friday Finals: 9/28

on 9.28.2012 at 6:05pm
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Do you ever feel like this is your last chance to go grocery shopping for a long time?  Okay maybe not, but that was me this week.  I kinda went into panic mode trying to think of what family would want when they were in town, easy meals that they can fix my older kids while I’m in the hospital and pretty much every other scenario that one can ponder.  I know my family won’t starve, but I did worry over that to for a while.

I did a few unusual things for us because of that.  First I give you a menu plan list every week, but I’m not really a meal planner.  I’m a stand in the pantry and decide what I want to cook kinda girl.  This totally works with our stockpiling life, since our pantry is a small version of the grocery store.  I realized though that this may not work for grandparents that are stepping in.

So… I made a menu for the next week and half.  Planned easy meals for large groups (having a baby in our family is a family affair), snacks, everything!  Most of the items we had and were good, but some of them I decided to splurge on and just get things I know my kids will love.  If there is any week to try to make kids happy this is one of them.  After all that planning I was already tired, so I looked at the kids and just decided we were going.  I grabbed two $5 off coupons I had and we hit the road.  No other coupons in hand…

I went to Publix for two reasons… we were going to stick with mostly BOGO items, and they will unload the groceries on the conveyor belt, put them in the buggy and then put them in my car.  This is incredibly important to my 39 week pregnant self.  I would have been in tears by the end of the trip if it were all on me.

We did save a chunk of money, but we didn’t really use coupons.  Sometimes that’s life.

Publix
Total before sales and coupons: $218.91
Total spent: $127.15
Total Saved: $91.76

This is way more than we would ever spend in a week.  Most of this was planning for a lot more mouths, and a lot more meals than we normally do (leftovers for lunch is fine by me).  I will say that a normal grocery shopper wouldn’t hit $91 in savings though, so even without coupons it pays to watch sales!

Next week I post a link up for Friday Finals only, there will be no shopping in my week, and I’ll actually be in the hospital so no time to write either.



    • Wendynolan1

      We wish you the best and many prayers will be going up for you from all over the place!  Thanks so much for all that you do to keep our family up to date where we can save and be wiser w/ our money :)

    • Misstristyn

      Best wishes for a healthy mom and baby! You’re much appreciated here. Thanks for all you do.

    • Lyddiejay

      Have a wonderful delivery.  Its so wonderful to have family to help!

    • Ginger

      Best wishes for a safe, easy delivery, Jenny. We’ll all be thinking of you.

    • Donna

      You take care of yourself now, girl.  The family will manage – not as well – but they can cope.  I wish for you a blessed delivery.  As Ginger wrote, we will all be thinking of you.

    • momof3

      I envy you–I never had any help for a minute with any of my kids….My husband was out of town for my 3rd, and my two other kids sat at the nurses station, coloring.  Enjoy all the help!

    • Dtcox1

      we have you in our prayers ….. good luck get some rest … we cant make it a day without your site …..

    • Steps2save

      good luck Jenny and GOD bless your lil one and all you family,wish you the best!! 

    • Wendy

      God bless you Jenny and your family during this wonderful time! 

    • Aleshiamarieb

      Best wishes for mom and baby! (and the whole clan!)

    • Lacat

      I think you are awesome to do all this as pregnant as you are!  Just take some time off, enjoy your new little one.  Don’t worry about us, we will manage!  I know your girls will love having their grandparents there!  God bless all of you.

    • Kwgrnthum

      I wish you and your family the very best.  You help my family every week.  You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Darleen66

      Best wishes to you and your family with the birth of your baby.  Thanks for all that you do for us!

    • Good luck next week…we’ll be thinking about you and praying for an easy and healthy delivery!

    • carrieblackburn

      Praying for a quick and happy delivery. New babies are SO exciting! Congrats, and I hope you’ll be able to relax some.

    • lil A’s mom

      blessings to you and the family. hope all goes smoothly!

    • jess

      Thank you and God Bless you and praying for a safe and steady delivery….Rest and dont stress the Lord will take care of everything for you and your family.

    • jess

      Thank you and God Bless you and praying for a safe and steady delivery….Rest and dont stress the Lord will take care of everything for you and your family.

    • jess

      Thank you and God Bless you and praying for a safe and steady delivery….Rest and dont stress the Lord will take care of everything for you and your family.

    • gin

      W will miss  you Jenny  but  I wish you and  the  family a happy delivery and welcome  to the world to your precious new one.

    • gin

      W will miss  you Jenny  but  I wish you and  the  family a happy delivery and welcome  to the world to your precious new one.

    • gin

      W will miss  you Jenny  but  I wish you and  the  family a happy delivery and welcome  to the world to your precious new one.