I realize I have not blogged in a while (ok.. longer than a while) but I saw a video this week that left me truly inspired in all aspects of my life. The simple message in the "Like a Girl" campaign left me crying over my laptop. It made me realize the battle on words does not end in middle school as these phrases are used in everyday life. I'm not sure where in my life I began seeing the phrase "like a girl" as an insult or as an adjective to describe the abilities of women as being less capable.. I truly encourage everyone to watch this!
Make sure to share the message that#likeagirlshould never be an insult!!
So today I did another shopping trip. I almost forgot how long couponing takes since I haven't been to the store in over 3 weeks.. almost. I spent around 9 hours between yesterday and today matching up the coupons and shopping at the store. The combined retail price of my weekend haul was $708.47!!! This is by far the biggest haul I have ever done in 2 days!!! Yesterday I scored over $222 worth of groceries for only $55 dollars.
Today I picked up TONS of stuff for my stockpile and BBQ tomorrow worth retail value of $484.48 !!! Check out the breakdown of what I bought below and make sure to read the game instructions below!!!
1 Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1 Market Pantry Apple Sauce 6 pack
1 Winn-Dixie crushed pineapple 8 oz can
1 Market Pantry Pecans 8 oz
2 Large Onions
1 Green Cabbage
1 Iceberg Lettuce
2 Romain Hearts 3 pack
2 Tuf Paper Towel 8 pack
3 Photo Frames
12 Powerade 32 oz
2 Just The Basics Water 24 pack
3 Kaiser Roll 6 pack
1 Hoagie Roll 6 pack
2 Nature Own 8 pack Hot Dog buns
2 Red Peppers
2 Green Peppers
2 Lbs of Carrots
4 Armour Hot Dogs
2 Philadelphia Cream Cheese 8 oz
8 Progresso Soups 19 oz
1 Winn Dixie Milk
3 Minute Rice 14 oz
1 Champions C9 shorts
1 Merona Floppy Hat
2 Colagate Max Toothpaste 6 oz
6 Gillette Series Shave Prep 2.5 oz
2 Bengay pain reliever cream 2 oz
5 Got2B Pomade 2 oz
3 Got2B Dry Shampoo 4.3 oz
2 Got2B 2 Sexy Mousse 7.2 oz
4 Nutter Butter 5.25 oz
4 Oreo 5.2 oz
4 Oreo Double Stuffed 5.6 oz
4 Chips Ahoy Chewy 5.12 oz
4 Chips Ahoy 6 oz
4 Wheat Thins 4 oz
8 Lbs Chicken Drumsticks
7 Lbs Springer Chicken Breasts
7 Lbs Ground Beef
3.5 Lbs Skirt Steak
-- I figured we could play a game for an envelope full of coupons or 4 $5/$30 Winn Dixie coupons- Winner's choice.
Comment below with your guess of what I spent for TODAY's haul ($484.48 retail value worth). Everything is in the photo above. Everyone gets 2 guesses and the closest guess wins. I will close the game Sunday at midnight!!
Today I got to experience the best shopping trip to date. I felt so exhausted after a long week of working (sometimes until 9:30 at night) but couldn't wait to get back from Publix to blog about this! We have had nothing in our house for about 3 weeks and I have been running the stockpile low since I haven't been to the store in almost a month. Today, I finally sat down and gathered all my coupons for Publix since I knew the flyer sale was ending tonight. After about 2.5 hours of me matching the coupons, printing/ cutting them all out and organizing them into a nice stack... I set out for Publix. This is something I have come to dread since the cashiers there can be somewhat rude. (I have experience being insuted in another language and have heard lots of talking under the breath from cashiers when they thought I wasn't listening or couldn't understand them).
I spent about 45 minutes shopping at the store and got over $222 worth of groceries. When I came up to an open belt, I had no idea that the cashier was going to completely make my night. Matthew, a cashier I got for the first time, was by far the most amazing cashier I have ever gotten while couponing ( I have been doing this for about 20 months now). He was so kind and very patient. I did have my coupons organized but as you all know, the checkout process can be quite long. We talked about my BBQ I have planned for Sunday and he even told me not to worry about other customers getting agitated. I felt very at calm when checking out- something I never am during checkout!!! At one point, a female manager came up and she didn't have the nicest attitude towards me or my coupons. I was scared that Matthew was now going to change his composure with his manager standing right there talking under her breath but he never skipped a beat!!! He did an amazing job and I could not have asked for a better outcome.
I am about to email Publix headquarters and let them know they have an AMAZING employee working for them (at the Publix in Dadeland, Miami) and I hope to see him when I go again. After reading my email, I hope he gets the recognition he deserves for being an All Star. Matthew, I hope you get to read this. I want to say thank you for making my night and making checking out with coupons actually enjoyable rather than a complete nightmare.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
P.S. I saved over $164 dollars this trip and only paid $58.62 for all the items I have in the photo above. This will be great to stock up my pantry and feed everyone at the BBQ. Find the breakdown of what I bought below!!
What I purchased: 4 Hormel Chicken cans, 2 Old En Paso Tortillas, 2 Old El Paso Refried Beans, 2 Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce, 4 Ristorante pizzas, 1 12 pack Cottenelle, 6 Ore-Ide Potato items, 2 Smuckers Uncrustables, 4 Armour Meatballs, 4 Breakstone Cottage Cheese & Fruit Cups, 2 Lean Cuisine Items, 12 Pillsbury Crescent & Biscuit packs, 3 32 oz Heinz Ketchup, 4 Doritos, 10 Idahoan Instant Potato, 2 3- pack Brita Replacement Filters
** Comment below with your amazing (or terrible) cashier stories!!**
Thank you for all those of you who have been with me through this LONG and complicated journey of starting Wealthy Living on a Budget. I know I have been super busy with the new job and my time online has significantly declined but I still LOVE WLOAB and all the connections and people I have met through this!! I am hoping to be able to start blogging more and get back to what I really love!! The blog will be turning 1 in a few weeks and I would love to get some ideas of how we should celebrate. I wanted to do a giveaway but wanted ideas on if we should have 1 big one or multiple small ones. I would also like to play some games during that week so make sure to comment below with all the ideas so I can start planning!!!
This video deserves to be seen by everyone so I would appreciate if you could take 5 minutes to watch it! I believe it is the epitome of human love and should be an inspiration to everyone.
A Son asked his father, "Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?" The father who, despite having a heart condition, says "Yes" and they go on to complete the marathon together. This became the inspiration for the father and son team to go on and join other marathons. The father always saying "Yes" to his son's request of going through the race together. One day, the son asked his father, "Dad, let's join the Ironman together."
To which, his father said "Yes".
If you don't know, the Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and ending with a 26.2 mile marathon along the coast of the Big Island. As always, the Father and son went on to complete the race together!
Please Share the love and hug your children tonight!! Comment below with what you think.
Ibotta is an app available for smartphones. I love it as it gives me cash back on items I would regularly buy. You just scan your UPC and the receipt and that's it!! The money can be cashed out or instantly transferred to a Paypal account- whichever you prefer. You can also donate your cash back to any school in America. (if this isn't enough of an incentive to sign up- I'm not sure what is) The app was featured on Google Play and Good Morning America. It's super easy and fun... and let's be honest, there is nothing better than free money! Ibotta adds new products all the time and there are over 41 retailers to choose from. Make sure to check it out HERE. Sign up is easy and quick!
So I don't usually post items like this but this one hit close to the heart. A friend I was chatting with on Facebook mentioned how her neighborhood in Lewiston, ME has been affected by local fires. There was a huge fire on Monday leaving over 75 people homeless but another fire started yesterday which affected 3 more apartment homes. I am not asking anyone to donate money but I do know that as couponers we have a ton of extra items around which these people are truly in need of. The YMCA of of Central Maine is collecting donations. The list of items they are collecting is below. Please look it over and see if there is anything you could donate -the only thing it would cost would be shipping unless you are in Maine (the address can be found on the left side of the facebook page!). These people are in need and can use anything we can donate! I have already mailed in a care package with non-perishable foods and a ton of hygiene items. I could not imagine what it would be like to lose absolutely everything I own and can only imagine how devastating that would be. Please see a few photos below and contact me for more. You can also contact the YMCA of Central Maine for more information!
*** These photos are actual photos of the fire. My friend took these photos herself and they are not photoshopped in any way. Items which are needed:
Non- Perishable Food Items
Personal Hygiene Items - q-tips, nail clippers, razors(new), feminine products, soap, deodorant, shampoo, baby shampoos, lotion etc