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Live your Life for YOU!

We all have things we enjoy in life. Things like the clothes we wear, the way we style our hair, and the foods we eat. Depending on what it is they may even represent who we are and what we enjoy. It’s those things that make other recognize us.

Making changes to those things is ok as long as the changes are good. It’s not good if you make changes so others will be happy or to show others we can be different. If you want to be happy in life, you must be happy with the way you look and feel.

When I was a teenager I loved flowers. I had shirts that had flowers all over them and I even had hats that I wore that either had flowers on them or they had a flower in the front. I got this style of clothing from a television show that was popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I loved the style and so I wore it whenever I could. That type of change is ok because it’s what I wanted and it made me happy.

Creating a style all of your own is important because it shows who you are. One way to create that style is to create foods you enjoy. Now I’ll tell you one of my most favorite meals is one that my husband makes from scratch. It’s homemade chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and country gravy. He makes the chicken fried steak from scratch and the mashed potatoes are real. He knows exactly how to create the seasons used on the chicken fried steak to make it perfect every time.

Another favorite that I have is deserts. I love icecream and cheesecake. Icecream can be bought at the store, but cheesecake is different. You can get a few flavors in the store, but not everything. More than likely the store won’t have a sampler, a strawberry, or a white chocolate. I go to Dairy Queen to get my favorite icecream, when I’m looking for a special cheesecake I go to Cheesecake.com.

The most important thing in life is to remember to do what you enjoy and create your style based on your needs and wants. Don’t do something for someone else. Don’t wear clothes to make others happy and when it comes to what you eat, you need to eat what you like and what you enjoy. Don’t live your life based on lies and based on others. Live your life the way you want. Live your life for YOU!

Extreme Couponing to the Rescue

We decided the first part of June that we needed to save money when it came to grocery shopping. This came after we watched a few episodes of Extreme Couponing towards the end of May. LOL

We started with the first pay period in June and it’s been a wonderful month so far. The first trip we did I took my ads and coupons and the savings was good, but the experience wasn’t so good. I almost dropped my coupons several times because my ads kept trying to slide out of the cart. It was after that experience that I decided to make the big purchase which was the 3 ring binder. I’ll tell you I’m sure happy we decided to do that.

The next few trips were small ones as they were from coupons and sale prices that came up. Those savings were pretty big as well. This last trip was very exciting. We budget $250 ever two weeks and this is the first time in many months that we actually met that amount. We purchased $306 worth of merchandise and we paid $245. We saved $61 which is the biggest one yet.

For the month of June we saved over $235. What a great feeling that is to save so much. My goal for July is to save $250 for the month. I know if I stick to couponing I can make it happen. The savings is great because it makes things easier when it comes to the money and we have plenty of food in the house to eat.

Here are pictures of some of the things we purchased in June.

I received the items in this picture for $1.86 today. The collage picture was free, the Manwich was $1.49, and the Reynolds wrap was $0.14 each. That’s a $7.44 savings. WooHoo!!!!

This was from my shopping trip to Kmart today. The total before coupons was $21.36 and after coupons it was $7.65 which is a savings of $13.71 today. WooHoo!!!!

I got a bottle of tums and two rolls of tapes for $3.14. That’s a savings of $4.85.

Here is my recent trip to Target. I paid $2.40 for a bottle of shampoo, a bottle of conditioner, two five packs of Zyrtec, two bottles of deodorant, and a package of air heads. That’s a savings of $13.

Grocery Shopping and a savings

I have tried to do the coupon thing and checking ad prices from other stores, but the problem I run into is time. It takes a lot of time to go through and print coupons for everything I’m going to purchase. It also takes a lot of time to put the items that are priced differently into another cart and then deal with it at the check out lane. In Casper Walmart requires you to show them the item in each ad before they give you the lower price.

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While I know this is the way to go, it’s very difficult. I decided to try something a little different two weeks ago. It worked really well and I figure I saved approximately $35. I was so happy with it, that I decided to try it again. This time I figure I saved $44.

So here is my little secret. I’m hoping to continue this streak and make it even bigger each time.

My secret is a little one, but when you save between $35 and $44 at the store, it’s huge.

My secret was the meals I planned. I looked at the items we had left over and planned my meals around that food. Out of the 13 meals I planned, six meals we completely had the stuff needed and four of the meals only needed one or two things.

I was so proud of myself over this. It’s something I had heard of people doing, but never thought to try and do myself. I really got the idea from Jenn’s blog. You can check it out here. I’m wondering how it will go in two weeks when we go again. I already have one meal that will be complete with nothing needed and one meal that will only require cubed steaks. We’re off to a great start so we’ll see if I can work on more. I’m wondering if at some point my food bill will go up a little so I can stock pile on things so I can do this again. I guess the coming weeks will tell.

If you need to save money on your grocery bill using coupons, store ads, and planning meals around food you already have are the three ways I suggest. You can work all three together or try them separately. Once you find something that works, stick to it.

About Corrie



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My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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