Final August Grocery Update

Yeah, I’m late.  What of it?? :)

Sorry about that, y’all.  I’m so far behind on everything – it’s pathetic!  One of these days I’ll be on top of it.

That day will be the day this world implodes.

In the meantime, let me share this very late update on our final August shopping trip.  Did we stay under budget??  Let’s see:



We paid a visit to Winco, which I LOVE for their bulk foods section (as you can see).  They also mark their meat down in the mornings, every morning, but in all honesty, I don’t often take advantage, since I can usually find meat on sale for less.  We were running pretty dang low on our proteins, however, so I picked up the best deals I could find.  I didn’t write down the number of lbs I got, so I don’t know the exact price-per-pound, but I know that I spent less than $2.50/lb on each:

  • Boneless Pork Loin, $5.82

  • Beef Sirloin, $6.91

  • Fresh Ground Pork, $3.77

  • Jennie-O Ground Turkey, $4.74

  • 2 frozen Burritos, $0.38 each, $0.76 total

  • 2 Airheads (the kids behaved, what can I say?), $0.30 total

  • 1.86 lbs Fresh Ground Peanut Butter, $3.68 total

  • 3.55 lbs of Quinoa, $17.71 total (OUCH!)

  • 4.5 lbs of Brown Rice, $2.80 total

  • 2.6 lbs of Dry Garbanzo Beans, $2.66 total

  • 2.3 lbs of Buckwheat Groats, $2.20 total

  • 2.9 oz Ground Cumin, $0.59 total

  • 1.6 oz Dried Oregano, $0.39 total

  • 5 oz Chicken Soup Base, $1.08 total

  • 5.1 oz Ground Cinnamon, $0.86 total

  • 1.1 lbs Unsalted Peanuts, $1.75 total

The total plus tax for this trip was $57.70.  That brings the our total for the month of August to $228.46.


Our total grocery budget for the month of August was $220, so we did NOT make it under budget.  We overspent by $8.46.  Aw, man!

September is Case Lot sales, baby, so I get to budget more money for the month.  This makes me happy. :)


Tart Cherry Juice – Nutritional Powerhouse

Summer Healthy ChallengeOne of the things I’m trying to do this summer is to improve my health holistically, or naturally.  I figure what I eat/drink is a very easy way to do that!  Enter:

Tart Cherry Juice.


Tart cherries are LOADED with nutrients.  It is known for it’s anti-inflammatory agents, among other things.  In fact, it’s considered to be one of the top 10 foods to help reduce inflammation in the body, according to multiple resources (here, here, and here are a few).

Other potential benefits include:

Because one of my goals is to reduce inflammation and pain in my body, I decided I had to give this tart cherry juice a try!  I ordered some online from a farm local to me (you can buy the same brand online HERE ), and it arrived a couple days ago.  I’ve drunk it twice so far, and am excited to hopefully have some positive results to share.  Time will tell!

The cherry juice I bought is a concentrate, which is usually the best way to get it for a lower price.  You mix it in water according to the package directions.  Mine suggests mixing two tablespoons in 5 ounces of water, but I am only using one tablespoon to stretch it out and make it last longer.  I want to do this as low cost as possible while still reaping the maximum benefits, so I’ll probably tweak the amount I’m taking as I get a feel for how it’s working.

Do you drink tart cherry juice?  Have you experienced relief?  If you suffer from pain caused by inflammation, it may be worth a shot to check out!


Thoughtful Thursday – Secrets to Success

With the new year, 2014 upon us, I thought it may be a fitting time to share some quotes about the secrets to finding success in this, and in all other years.  May your 2014 find you successful!!



Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
William Feather


1616_40186694653_1940_n“Your life is a gift to the world. Be the gift that you were born to be. Everything you have experienced up to now ~ the good, the bad and the ugly, can be used for a greater good. Regardless of what is going on around you, be thankful that you are still here. You have new thoughts, untapped strength and more skills that can be developed. Life is not through with you yet.

Forget about your age and don’t think about the odds. You have an assignment – a higher calling. You know it. Demonstrate faith in your ideas, strengthen your abilities and use your talents. The world is waiting for you. Your mission is possible. Work to create a larger vision for your life, and unleash the power in you to make things happen. It’s your time. Make your move. You have GREATNESS within you!!” – Les Brown



Allied Shirts Custom Shirts Review

I’m a lover of comfortable.  That is perhaps why I love t-shirts, and yet am picky about them.

My husband and I have each received a free shirt or two from various community events, work, etc.  Most of the time I’m not impressed.  They are often stiff and rough, and not as comfortable as a nicer, more expensive t-shirt would be.  I mean, they’re free, but I don’t ever wear them, if I’m being honest.


When I was offered the chance to review a custom t-shirt from Allied Shirts, I was more than happy to do so, because hey, I love t-shirts!  Upon looking at the pricing options and seeing how affordable everything is, I was pretty darn sure I was gonna get a stiff cotton shirt, and I was trying to think of what positive things I could say in spite.  I was SO pleased when my personalized shirt arrived, and the thing is SOFT cotton!!  YAY!!


Allied Shirts gives you the option to personalize your shirts with logos and words.  I chose a baseball logo since my son plays baseball, and I will be wearing it to his games.  He’s very happy with that, as you can imagine! ;)


These shirts are affordable.  They are customizeable.  They are COMFORTABLE.  Win-win-win!  They are available in 3 different styles:  Budget short sleeve, Classic short sleeve, and Fashion short sleeve.  The Fashion tees give you a slimmer, The size I got was larger than I had expected, which, although not a problem at all for me, something worth mentioning.  I don’t know if the Allied Shirts sizes run large or if other brands I’ve worn run small, but do keep that in mind.


Big thanks to BuildASign.com and Printcopia for this fun review opportunity!


*No monetary compensation was given.  I received a custom t-shirt free in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions are mine alone.



Is Marriage Overrated?

Share your opinion on this poll…I have a very strong opinion on this topic, but I won’t get into it here. ;-)



Friday’s Freebies Sept 13

Whew!  What a week it was!  I rode a bus 850+ miles to Seattle (I say + because on the way there our driver got lost and took us 1 1/2 hours off course!!  That sucked) last Thursday night, was in business meetings Friday and Saturday, and then Saturday night rode the bus back home.  Arrived Sunday morning, and then Monday morning my family drove to Bear Lake, UT for a quick vacation.  We arrived home Wednesday afternoon, and Wednesday evening I had a business meeting.  Today I’ll be driving 160 miles to my cousin’s wedding reception.  After that I hope to NEVER DRIVE AGAIN.  :-)


Anyway, in the midst of this, I managed to find a few freebies that you can take advantage of.  Next week things will be back to “normal”, I’m sure!





Estee Lauder Modern Muse sample

Free Hearos Ear Plugs

Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline Fragrance

Burberry Brit Rhythm Men’s Fragrance sample

Kids Free Guide to Helping Animals

Zarbees Natural Seasonal Relief sample

Cafe Bustelo Coffee

Bony Acai Energy Sticks

Invati Aveda Sample pack

Migraine Awareness Wrist Band

Escada Cherry in the Air perfume sample

Dramamine Motion Sickness sample

Attends Sample

Animal Parade KidGreenz Children’s Chewables (click on Free Samples)

Finish Quantum Lemon Sparkle

Download:  Dave Ramsey’s Guide to Budgeting

Free Color Travel Guides


Kindle Books:


How to Be Debt Free

The 7-Day Prayer Warrior Experience

Preventing Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Proven Tips & Techniques on How to Prevent, Delay, Detect, and Treat the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Disease

Volcano! A Children’s Book About Volcanoes

- Condiment and Salad Dressing Recipes

– Scrounginig for Fun and Profit

– Halloween Food

Surveys at Home – Vindale Research

I wanted to share another of my favorite survey sites…Vindale Research.

I need to be 100% honest, I don’t typically take the “surveys” that pay $5-$75 each. Those are usually offers…sign up to get a quote on car insurance, sign up for a new credit card, etc, and I’m not really into those. What I do on Vindale Research is their “studies”. They are surveys that are just a survey, nothing more, and they pay $1 each. I probably make about $15 a month with Vindale, and recently deposited $50 I’d earned into my checking account…it was sweet!