WOW! Where did this year go?

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As we come to the end of the Christmas season and the the end of another year I am trying not to reflect back too much on what has been, as much as what can be.  Yes, there has been good, really good in fact, but there has also been bad and downright ugly.  I won’t go into my thoughts on politics or celebrity deaths or whatnot, it only fuels some peoples internet-anonymity-driven fires.  That’s not what this is about.  This is about reflection of a personal nature and looking toward a future with hope and dreams and some common sense as well.  

I am excited about beginning the 2nd semester of homeschool with my 9th grader and he absolutely loves it!  The first semester went so well… I call it a success for sure!  Just gotta get printing on assignments for him starting back next week… wow time is flying isn’t it?  

I look forward to getting myself healthier, as I have slacked off in that department quite a bit.  Holidays, amiright?  You have no idea the amount of cookies and other sweet treats I created.  Too many!  That’s how many!  The smell of sugary goodies in my house was almost unbearable…hey, I said almost!  HA!  Seriously though, I have had maybe two cookies and two tiny pieces of baklava… go willpower!  

I also look forward to doing a savings jar again.  Now, it may not seem like much to some, but to us it was a good chunk of cash-ola that paid for some summertime fun!

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All I did was get a $1 plastic container from dollar tree, cover it in duct tape(yes, I has cherry duct tape…I used it for roller derby, on my skates) and then make my weekly date sheet of what to put in it and on what date.  I just put in cash once a week, starting Jan 1 with 50cents and each week increase it by 50 cents.  By the time I reach June 11, there at the bottom of my list, I will have $150 in the jar, plus whatever random change I add here and there outside of the set amount.  Now, if I choose to keep saving, at this point I will probably just add $10 a week for the rest of the year.  Much more than that and it can become a nuisance.  Like I said, to some this may seem like a tiny amount, but honestly, $410+ by the end of next year sounds amazing to me, just by throwing a little cash in a jar each week.  This may be a yearly thing for us now.  

Lastly, I look forward to being more comfortable in my own skin.  This has always been hard for me, even if I don’t show it.  I worry about what I look like, what others will think and if someone will think bad of me or laugh because of my choices in clothing, hair, etc.  Lately though, I have all but abandoned those unimportant thoughts and just went with who and what I am.  I like clothes, don’t like shopping because I am not a size 2, but guess what, I don’t have to be in order to be me.  So I shop with pride now.  I have bought clothes recently that I would never have bought before but I love them and guess what, they fit and no one stared or laughed or poked fun at me.  Not that I care now.  I have also gotten many tattoos this year(yay!) with an appointment to get another next week.  Did I ever think I would be a 40-something mom getting tatted, especially with my adult son, NO.  But there we were, a month ago, at the shop together… he paying for mine as a birthday present to me.  Awww!  Anyway, my point in all this is that THIS IS ME!  I will be me and be happy about it…it took me a long time to find my confidence.  But DAMN am I glad I did!  This year I will continue this confidence, I will continue home education for my child and I will be the cheapskate that I am, shopping sales, making my own stuff and saving every penny in a jar.  I like me.  2016 me was good, but 2017 me is gonna be GREAT!

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This is me, the CRAZYMAMA

MORE SOON…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From CrazyMama RK!

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Back To School Sales…In Full Swing!

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Hello there!  I hope your summer has been as fun as ours.  If you are like me, I’m sure your are readying yourself for back-to-school time!  As I have stated before, this is the best time of year to stock up on supplies for school and/or your home office.  I take full advantage every year, sometimes, much to the chagrin of my hubby!  LOL  So, I ran into a deal this weekend that I had to share and I’m sorry to say by the time you read this, the sale will be off. (I almost missed out entirely myself!!!)  But I wanted to share anyway, to show you the kinds of deals that can be had on things that aren’t necessarily JUST for school kids. Many of you already may know that Office Depot/Office Max, just like everyone else out there was having there back to school sales.  I just assumed they were on par with everything else I’d seen and had not really paid much attention to them, as I THOUGHT I was done with shopping completely.  Not so fast!  Last night I see a commercial for Office Depot that is advertising SHARPIES for $3.  This caught my attention.  These little markers are popular around our house… ok I think Some of us are obsessed with em.  Ahem… me!  Anyway it wasn’t just a 3 or 4 pack of em… it was a rainbow assortment of 12! (you could get single color 12 packs too) OMG I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!  They also had EXPO dry erase marker 4 packs on for $3, but they were out of those, as well as the regular Fine Point Sharpies. 😦  BUT the Ultra Fine Point sharpies were on sale for the same price and I scored 3 packs of those.  YAY ME!  And then, later in the day I went to a different store and they were out of everything… except single color 12 packs of sharpies… and yes I grabbed a pack of those too.  LOL  I can’t help it.  Anyway, here’s a few other things I did get on sale as well…(in the photo above)

BIC Atlantis pens 3 pack for $2 and Office Depot brand ball point pens for 1 cent.  Yep, they were 1 cent if you spent over $5.  YAY!  I am SOOOO happy I scooted in before this sale was over.  I didn’t get everything I wanted, but hey I got a super deal on what I did get!  

 I hope everyone is finding some good deals out there!  If I see any, hopefully before the sale is off, I will totally share that here too!

TTFN

~~~CrazyMAMA

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A Little Break From Crafting…

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Well, no, not really…just a tiny break from posting on them. You see, I do still work on saving money, cooking, etc and plan on posting about it and this is just that.  

So, just this week I managed to find some bargains on produce at my local “99cents only” store.  The ones around here actually have a decent produce section and if you get there when they discount it more, even better. See, they tend to bag up a good amount of produce in a mesh bag, once it’s just past its prime and sell it for 99cents per bag, rather than 99cents/lb or 3 for 99.  I happened to get there and they had a big bag of orange bell peppers and a big bag of roma tomatoes.  Yep, just 99 cents per bag.  The bag of peppers had like 8 in it and the tomatoes like 10 or so.  I don’t know where you live, but I know that even in the cheapest of areas and stores, produce is rarely that cheap.  The only difference, the tomatoes were slightly softer than the super fresh ones and the peppers skin had a few wrinkles in them.  So, once I got them home I chopped the peppers and put them in a gallon size ziploc bag to freeze them…

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…and the tomatoes, which were just perfect by the way, were made into homemade marinara.

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 I cannot stress how much you can save by looking past bumps and bruises on produce, especially at the 99cent store.  Another tip if you have one of these stores nearby, check out the bread. They do carry a store or generic bread, but they also carry Mrs Bairds, Nature’s Own, Orowheat and Thomas.  Bread, bagels, english muffins, sandwich thins, rolls, they got it there just like a regular grocery store, but like 1/3 of the price!  No, I don’t always buy bread here as I live near a Bimbo Bakery (makes all the mentioned brands above) and they have an outlet, and they even have a frequent shopper card too.  Bakery outlets are The Best!  (And they smell like heaven!)

Another saving tip… if you have an Aldi nearby (I’ve probably said this at some point in the past) check their ads each week.  While they may not have loads of super duper sales each week, you can typically find a few produce items that are on sale at super low prices. For instance baby carrots for 69cents a bag or 3lbs of onions for 69cents.  And even if they don’t have great sales, their regular prices are pretty low anyway.  Not to mention they now have begun to carry more and more organic products, and when you can find organics cheap ya gotta go for it!  And every Aldi has clearance racks.  It’s hit or miss with what’s in them, but sometimes you can score big if you just look. I found their Live G Free(gluten free) brand Brown rice and quinoa pasta clearanced for 25 cents a bag.  Needless to say, I stocked up.

Lastly, if you are in the DFW area and are near an El Rancho supermarket, check their sales each week as they occasionally put boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale for $1/lb. Yes, I said 1 dollar per pound.  Another “stock up” item right there!

Well that’s it for me today!  Hope that helps someone out there or at least inspires you to take a look maybe outside your comfort zone!

UNTIL NEXT TIME…

* * *CRAZY MAMA* * *

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Let’s Save Some Food and Money!

You ever get those notions that you’ll try a new recipe and you even go to the store and buy all the ingredients, but never quite get around to making them?  Or you make something entirely different and you have various types of veggies, herbs, etc just sitting there waiting to go bad because you just don’t know what to do with them?  Or maybe you bought too much?  Whatever the case, its always disheartening to think of good food going bad, simply because you don’t know what to do with it or can’t use it all.

I did just that (bought too much of one and didn’t have immediate use for others) so today I decided to get out my trust-rusty dehydrator and put it to work.

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First I had bought a big bag of baby carrots and, well, they just weren’t being eaten quick enough so in they went. Secondly, I had shallots that I thought I was going to use, but turned out I never did and lastly I had a small bit of ginger root that I bought and I forgot why…LOL…so I put it in there too. I used my mandoline slicer (that I got very cheap at kroger or walmart) and my dehydrator I found at harbor freight tools for $25, while on a booooring excursion there with the hubby. Turned out to be not such a boring trip after all. 🙂 Regardless, I have had these to things for a while, they do what they are meant to do and I didn’t spend a fortune. Now, I can also save myself money by not letting anything go to waste. I have cilantro, jalapeños and mushrooms already dehydrated and stored and they rehydrate for sauces, soups and stews really well!
All-in-all, my cheap little appliances are saving me $$ and that’s what its all about.
On another happy note… We found a black, 4 slice, Sunbeam toaster on sale at Kroger yesterday for $8.75. WooHoo! I really needed a new one. My old one is like 16yrs old and about to kick the bucket! How’s that for savin some serious cash?!

RK~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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