Tuesday, October 01, 2013
I have been having a great time shopping at JC Penney during their $10 off $25 coupon offer. They have marked down tons of clothes that I love for $2.99, including capri pants, shirts, etc. Not only that, I got an additional 25% off that price and then got to use a $10 off $25 coupon, so most items were only a little over $1 each, brand new and cheaper than the thrift stores!!!
I am thrilled especially about the capri pants (bought about 5 pairs) because although I have tons of them I can't wear them right now due to my abdominal surgery. It hurts to wear anything close to my incision and also I'm still dealing with abdominal swelling, which is frustrating.
I'm also in the south, so while it has turned a little cooler on certain days, we can wear capri pants/shorts for a longer period of time than those up north normally. I also got some sterling silver earrings (my daughter can only wear those since others break her ears out) marked down for dirt cheap for both my daughter and I and really have been so excited about the things I was able to get so cheaply.
I've also been using tons of coupons at grocery stores on sales items, which is my normal strategy to save lots of money
Sunday, September 29, 2013
One thing I have tried hard to instill in my children is to try any new opportunity (within reason of course) that comes their way. I've found myself in so many demanding, interesting situations ever since we started our homeschool journey, but especially since I took on the role of co-leader of a homeschool group and most recently, co-leader of a homeschool co-op.
We are now in the midst of high school (both of my children) and so there are more demands and more things we have to cover and I have to keep track of. I am still recovering from surgery (yes, this surgery takes 6 months to a year to recover from) as well as some lingering after effects, so it's been a challenge for me physical-wise.
One new adventure has been helping lead a drama club. I have never been in a drama club (our public school didn't offer it when I was growing up), knew zero about how to operate one, etc. but I sure have been learning as I go by searching for hours online, etc.
I took my daughter to her first audition ever in a local community theater yesterday. She has zero drama experience other than the time we've spent in our homeschool drama club, but I was very impressed with her ability to cold read different parts in front of an audience while being evaluated. Even if she doesn't get a part, I think the experience was well worth the time we spent and it gave her even more experience in front of a group of people watching her.
She didn't show any fear or hesitation and I'm so proud of her for having the nerve/guts to attempt it, no matter what the outcome.
I'm having a harder time getting my son, who is extremely outgoing, to try new things. I think part of it is his learning disability, but another part of it is that he is scared of failure. I have that same issue all the time but try to be a good example to them and try and do what I can and learn from the experience and the mistakes I make along the way.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I haven't had a lot of time lately due to the craziness of my life since my surgery back in June to blog much.
I am still recovering and having some back issues since my surgery and as I posted it seems one medical issue after another. I have to get a spinal x-ray (already had a IVP where they took x-rays of my kidneys, urethers, etc.) so this is the next step to see what the issue is with my back pain. I really think it has a lot to do with my positioning during my abdominal surgery. My gyno dr. never would offer help or suggestions since my surgery and so I've been suffering with it since June (and trying to recover from the surgery itself as well). I've mentioned it at every dr. appt., called the nurse and mentioned it several times that way, etc. with no help. I have a new family dr. that I went to last week who seems to finally be a doctor that looks for answers and wants to find out why I have had it (pain) for so long.
Anyway, if all goes well I hope to go today to the hospital and have that done and if it shows damage to my spinal discs (hope not) then it's an MRI next.
In the craziness of starting a new homeschool co-op, run a homeschool group (with lots of new members that I just met recently due to my not being able to do much of anything this summer), starting a homeschool high school program for my two teenagers, medical procedures/tests/appointments, etc. I some how managed to get a little thrifting in there.
I am still using coupons at the double coupon stores I have in my area and have been hitting the thrift stores now that I can get around without help. I've been on a vintage kitchenware kick lately and finally have been finding some awesome pieces (that I use, not just for display) for dirt cheap as well as a few clothes here and there. I found a brand new white jean jacket this weekend for $5 at one thrift store which fit perfectly.
My biggest woo hoo moment was when I found two different homeschool curriculum items (algebra and grammar) that saved me big bucks. I was so thrilled because I have put out some major money this year for our schooling including an almost $200 science curriculum.
I've started cooking a little more and have been trying hard to save money on our grocery bill (like I was before surgery) but it's a little more challenging since it wears me out physically if I go by myself (it's the buggy pushing, lifting heavy stuff in and out of the buggy/car/house), and standing up for so long on my feet.
I'm just so happy to be independent again though and although I'm still in pain from my surgery, I am finally getting to the point where I'm glad I had it done. With all the medical bills we've had coming in (and more to come) I've been even more diligent (as I have the strength and time for) to save my family money.
We found out that two of our neighbors lost their homes or are in the process of losing them. These were people who either had their home paid for but borrowed a small amount of money against their mortgage and ended up failing to pay it back and lost the house, OR, buying excessively expensive cars, boats, etc. and being far behind on house payments and losing it all.
We are so lucky that we have managed to pay our mortgage off on one small income years ahead of time (lots of money saved on that), me being able to homeschool our kids, having nice clothes (from thrift stores mostly), etc. That's not to say we don't have lots of bills coming in that I stress about (mostly medical) and we have our share of setbacks such as my husband's employer being changed and we have to start all over from scratch with new insurance that stinks and also begins before our current insurance has been used a year.
My daughter just got braces (son had them too), my husband needs surgery, etc. so thrifting and being thrifty is definitely a must do on my part since we are an one-income family.
We haven't taken vacations for a few years (due to my health issues mostly) and we haven't eaten out in a very long time (even when recovering from my surgery), but to have the peace of mind of knowing we have a home to stay in even if my husband loses his job (always a concern) as long as we pay for the insurance/taxes. Of course insurance is a much needed thing these days as I know from experience how expensive it is to have medical procedures/tests/surgery done even with insurance.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I have had the busiest last few months and all while still recovering from abdominal surgery. I won't list everything that has been going on but part of the crazy schedule I've been dealing with is starting a brand new homeschool co-op, running a homeschool group with brand new members, homeschooling two teenagers and starting our first year of high school, brand new homeschool curriculum that I am still learning, recovering from major surgery, numerous doctor visits, second child just got braces (after first child had them taken off), etc.
On top of all that, I had to get a colonoscopy due to a mass found on my colon during my abdominal surgery. The prep never worked the first time and it was a huge challenge to get a date that my husband could work into his schedule since his employer is changing as well as our insurance is going back to the beginning next month (not a full year of insurance coverage due to his employer being bought out).
It's been an extremely busy, stressful, and exhausting time for me lately, but luckily I finally got my prep to work (was on bowel prep for 5 days in a row) Friday and found out that there were no polyps and no cancer and the mass was just the endometriosis that had a lot of my organs attached to each other.
I'm so thankful to have that done finally and to have a clean bill of health, especially with my father being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, so I have a higher risk.
The negative part was that I had to take anti-nausea meds twice this time (you have to use the prep twice) and it gave me the worst headache of my life (two days of it). I couldn't take pain meds since they don't want you to take anything but Tylenol and I couldn't take that on an empty stomach (nausea) plus Tylenol doesn't really help me pain-wise.
The anti-nausea drugs are what they give people who are going through chemo treatments and it worked for the first prep (I had do the heavy-duty bowel prep for two days and other prep for 3 days prior), but not as much for the second one (had to get up at 1:00 a.m. to start the meds and then do the final heavy-duty prep at 2:00 a.m.). I literally cried until they put me out for the colonoscopy due to the pain level my head was in. I couldn't think straight and they asked me a million questions.
My first i.v. stick didn't work (nurse blew my vein) so I had to get stuck twice, so wasn't happy about that either, but the actual colonoscopy was a breeze. It was just the prep that about killed me, LOL. The first major bowel prep from the first time I attempted a colonoscopy didn't work and sat on my tummy for 3 1/2 hours and did nothing. I ended up throwing up 4 times (not a good thing after abdominal surgery) so that was a big bust and not something I wanted to repeat. That's why I was given the major anti-nausea meds this go around that caused major head pain.
I also got a new family doctor in the process since our insurance isn't accepted by my old family doctor and I really like him a lot. I have to go in and get an x-ray of my spine soon and possibly a MRI since I have had something go wrong with my back since my abdominal surgery. The doctor who did my surgery, of course, won't give me any help on dealing with the pain and my new doctor was so upset about that.
He seems to at least offer some help and is trying to investigate what is going on and to see if perhaps I have disc damage from the position I was in during my surgery in June.
Monday, August 19, 2013
I have a church consignment sale to participate in this week so I've tried to slowly get things that the kids have outgrown or no longer need/want together. That consists of cleaning, hanging, tagging, etc. all items so it's been a challenge for me due to the strain on my internal stitches (lifting heavy clothes, bending over constantly, etc.).
My daughter went through her closet, drawers, room, etc. by herself (yeay!!!) and my husband helped me one evening to bag some like things together while I tagged/priced them and he taped them on the items.
I'm taking my kids with me to my drop off since I can't lift all these heavy clothes, books, etc. but they are both teenagers so can easily help me out.
It's hard for me to get back into the regular groove since my surgery due to my still recovering internally. I'm co-owner of a homeschool group so I've had to go to meetings, work behind the scenes setting things up with the other co-owner as well as with another member whose church is where we will be hosting a brand new homeschool co-op that isn't exactly a co-op but similar.
There are, of course, grocery shopping (which I do as thrifty as possible) that requires I take along a grumpy family member with me most times (to push the buggy and lift the heavy items), use my coupons and match them up with sales, cooking (trying to use up items that have been stocked up awhile while teaching my daughter to cook), school (still have to review curriculum we will be using since I have been out the entire summer recovering from surgery), 2 consignment sales, teaching high school for the first time (yikes) which means keeping transcripts/records, cleaning, chauffeuring, and not to mention, all my doctor appts.
I still haven't had my colonoscopy (first one failed because the bowel prep didn't work at all) and most probably it will be in October due to yet another complication, my husband's job situation and our insurance. All the expensive medical procedures/bills that are coming in constantly won't be applied to the entire year since his company has gone bankrupt and been bought out by some one else. That means starting Sept. 1 we have a new insurance and have to start all over from scratch after just finally not having to pay as much because of the cost of all my medical procedures this year (including surgery).
Every one at his job is taking vacation time so they don't lose it so I can't get a date that works for him to take off and that work for my now busy schedule so he can drive me home from the colonoscopy. It's stressful since the gastro nurse keeps hinting that I have a mass on my colon (and my father has stage 3 colon cancer) which I am completely aware of, but I have to have a driver (can't drive myself since they put you in twilight for the procedure) and my friend who would help is not able to help me out with the times the gastro dr. have dates available (which are very limited).
I'm still recovering from this surgery and find that just going shopping at a few stores leaves me in pain and exhausted, so I have to limit what I can do every day (well, what my body allows me). Because I am up and not in bed all day, I find that others tend to not understand that since they are not able to see inside my body (it's not like I have a broken leg and they can see a cast or bandages) and so they can't understand how exhausting just driving, cooking, shopping, etc. really are.
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