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Weekend

March 17, 2013



a found bird's nest


French Bread in the making

Cait - trying to enjoy a treat




It was a sunny weekend albeit cold.  The temp's barely rose above freezing on Saturday making it difficult for the snow to melt.  Emerson is happy about this though - he believes the large mound of snow directly behind the house is there for his snacking pleasure.  He'll run out, jump into the snow and take a big 'ol bite.  He practically smiles as he "chews" his snowball.

It was a quiet and relaxing weekend for us.  I was able to get some things done around the house as well as grocery shopping.  I managed to save over $60.00 in coupons.  As I've previously mentioned, I am no extreme couponer since we just don't eat many processed foods.  I do, however, clip coupons for the items we regularly use such as paper goods, toiletries, juice, candy, nuts, cereal, etc.  I can't stand paying full price for any of it.

Although I monthly grocery shop, I still watch the sale flyers weekly for great deals.  My goal is always to get products for less than $1.00.  If it's not something we need right away, I hold onto the coupons until the perfect time to use them.  This weekend was one of those times.  I find the price of cereal just ridiculous and will only buy it for 75 cents per box or less.  I was able to buy 10 boxes of cereal for 35 cents, 50 cents and 75 cents a box including 4 boxes of organic cereal.  Yippee!  I also scored honey mustard and dijon mustard for 29 cents per bottle, refrigerated juice for $1.00 per bottle, name brand cashews and mixed nuts for $1.19 per can, frozen smoothie drinks for free (8 so far, but I received more store coupons at check-out so I'll be getting 4 more for free), 2 bags of dog treats for free for my nieces' dog Paul, 2 heads of lettuce for free and more great stuff.

Coupons are not doubled in our area making it more difficult to save a large amount.  I spend about 3 hours a week downloading coupons from couponmom.com, logging them into a spreadsheet {don't judge..... although I'm a little obsessed with lists, in this case it makes it much easier to see if something is a good deal or not rather than digging through a stack of coupons}, purging any expired coupons and scanning the weekly flyers online.  It's all worth it when you see Jack, Oliver, Emerson and the coop girls faces light up when Cheerios are brought home {a Cobble Hill favorite}.

Jackson spends his days sleeping and his nights prowling through the bedroom, attacking Jay's toes on a regular basis.  Between claws and teeth he gets him pretty good.  Oliver hides between our 2 sets of pillows, sandwiched in safely with a blanket over him.

The coop girls are loving their free range days in the sunshine.  They chat about it all evening once they've been put back into their coop.  You should see all the eating, drinking and gossiping about the day.  Today they received leftover blueberry muffins when they returned to their coop.  There was excitement like you couldn't believe!

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!






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