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  • RP = Red Plum
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  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
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  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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This was a week to be thankful for a stockpile and a rainy day fund.  I ran out for milk and some fresh fruit but didn’t spend much at all in the grocery store.  I was saving up for some meat I thought we would grab at the US Foods Chef Store next week, but that plan has been delayed.

On Thursday we got home from piano lessons to find our 10 year old lab having a seizure on the floor.  I’ve experienced them with people in the hospital but always had meds and help standing by.  It’s a lot more scary in your house with no meds or idea of how to help.  We got him to the vet and it looks like he’ll at least be staying the weekend.  They aren’t sure yet if he had any brain damage from it, he was already pretty sweet and slow, so we are thinking he’ll be even more Eeyore-ish when he comes home.

Here’s Samson from a few weeks ago. Samson vs. the Hexbug

While I haven’t seen the bill yet and won’t until we hopefully bring him home Monday, I know it’s not going to be cheap.

On top of that bill, we also got our annual Propane refill visit today (which runs our heat, hot water, back up generator and a few other things).  Getting an unexpected visit and bill over $700 for that on top of vet crisis time has made me want to lock the door and not leave for a month.  My guess is we burned through a lot of propane during the floods here last fall when our generator ran our power for 4 days.  We just didn’t think about that being an added cost that would hit in June.

I share all of this to remind us all that saving on our groceries isn’t a “if I have the time” kinda thing.  We should be saving everywhere we possibly can so that we have money to put aside for expenses, retirement etc. and if possible money to give.  It’s a huge blessing to be able to pay for these bills without the worry of how that will affect next month or not being able to pay them at all.  To be at that point takes work though and the will power to leave the savings alone!

Now we start to work on rebuilding the rainy day fund…

How was your savings this week?  I’m going to live vicariously through you!

    • Valerie Little Molloy

      Sorry to hear your week was such a tough one. Sending prays and good thoughts your way that your dog is up and around soon.

    • sharon green

      Jenny .. Did you know you can apply for Care Credit for vet bills? Most vets accept it. … As well as dentists too! I learned it the hard way … After the fact of vet bill but got it for dental work. Prayers for Samsons recovery.

    • Jessica

      This sounds so familiar! We had a car accident this month that required a $500 deductible and our a/c in our home quit and needed a new part and then we had to get a new starter in our other car! When it rains it pours but God is faithful to provide :)

      Hope Samson is okay!

    • Toni

      Jenny, I am so sorry for the difficult events. And for your poor dog.

    • Toni

      I couldn’t have done it without what Jenny has taught us, but today I bought $283.13-worth of groceries (55 really nice items) for $81.03. (The discounts came from store sales, gas & gift card deals, rainchecks, rebates, and coupons.) I want to show here that it isn’t true that the only thing couponers save on is highly processed foods. The most highly processed food in my grocery cart today was Vlassic Farmer’s Garden pickles, and putting those colorful beauties in my cart made me some profit. (By the way, the labels wash off those jars easily, making them gorgeous on display in your kitchen.) The groceries included 3 lbs. 100% grass-fed beef, 8 pints blueberries, 3 lbs organic strawberries, 4 packages salad greens, 6 boxes salmon, 8 lemon-pepper salmon pouches, 2 doz. organic free-range eggs, 2-and-a-quarter lbs. organic corn chips, 4 pkgs frozen butternut squash, 3 pkgs butter peas, and 1 Avalon Organics Vitamin C facial wash, for starters.

    • Lora Webb

      I hope your dog makes a full recovery! I also have a lab & I know how much a part of the family they becone. Happy, healing thoughts are being sent.

    • Penny

      Hope Samson feels better soon! On a side note, i’ve found that the cheapest time to refill my propane tank is Sept – Oct. i usually run out in April / May so i get just the minimum til Sept – Oct & then i fill up again. May not be the same in your area but that’s what it’s been for a while in mine. even the propane people told me that!

    • Georgi Carter

      Prayers for you and your family, including your fur baby!