Sunday, January 15, 2012
Yesterday I did indeed do my frugal shopping and errand running as I mentioned I would do Friday. Luckily most of all the shopping I had to get done was located in the same vicinity of town so no crazy running all over the world, hence, saving gas money and time. I also packed a lunch to take with me so I didn't have to buy it (I hate paying for food that I don't get at the grocery store, LOL).
If you keep up with seasonal sales items and when they go on sale, you know that January is typically a time for winter items to start to go on sale. As expected, most of the items I bought my husband and son for Christmas (robes, pajama pants) at JC Penney's were marked down even more now. I bought my son two pairs of flannel pajama pants for $6 each at JC Penney's yesterday (I originally paid $9.99 but had coupons when I bought them before Christmas).
The robes I bought for $20 (on sale for $30 and I had a $10 coupon so paid $20) each before Christmas are now marked down to $15. Did I lose a little money by not waiting until after Christmas and after the new year? Of course, but those were things that my men wanted and they have been enjoying using them all this extra time.
I did get my son the pajama pants cheaper since I only bought them for my husband when they were on sale for $9.99 (again, I also had coupons so they were cheaper than that for me before Christmas).
I bought myself two nice pairs of cargo pants yesterday while there as well that were marked down to $12 each and I had a $10 rewards coupon so paid $14 or so for two pairs of nice pants that are normally around $44 each.
I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some much needed cardstock paper/sticker storage for my daughter's craft supplies that were 50% off (I waited until they went on sale and luckily I caught them on the last day of the sale).
I went to Ross Dress for Less and bought a Martha Stewart punch (for scrapbooking/card making, etc.) that was only $4.99. I've seen the same punch for $15 at Michael's Craft Store and Hobby Lobby! It was the only one there, but since she only has one punch (Fiskars brand that we bought for only $1 at Mighty Dollar) due to their high cost,I bought it as soon as I saw it to put in my stash of things to give her for her birthday in March. Woo Hoo!!
I went by Harris Teeter (grocery store that doubles coupons every day but occasionally has Super Double and Triple coupons from time to time) and got some awesome deals on much needed items. I matched up sales, coupons (doubled) and electronic coupons that I saved before I went shopping and saved some major money there.
Today is coupon day in the newspaper, so I'll be cutting and sorting and filing my coupons as well as hopefully making a run to my favorite Mighty Dollar to see what new $1 items they have for sale today!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Today is going to be another errand running day since my husband is not on call at work this week (of course he had to go to work all week, but he's not on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week this week, LOL).
I've got a free $10 JC Penney's rewards coupon to use, which I will be using frugally and buying items that are on sale and reduced, not full price.
I bought a lot of my daughter's Christmas items (she picked them out) at JC Penney's (jewelry and a sweater and boots) so of course I racked up points for the $10 rewards coupon last month to use this month. All the items we bought were marked down in November/December and of course I used JC Penney's coupons to discount them further.
Harris Teeter has a new sales flyer out (Wednesday is the new day for a new sales flyer) and since I haven't gone yet, I looked online at their flyer and have my list all ready (with coupons and electronic coupons) set to get the deals I need such as yogurt, etc. My kids inhale yogurt so it never sits around our house and if I can get it on sale, use a coupon that doubles, and then get an electronic coupon taken off my total bill as well, it's a win-win situation for me for sure!
We started our new homeschool P.E. program at the YMCA yesterday. My daughter, who didn't do the weight training/cardio room and instead did the other p.e. class with the younger kids the last time we had the class, is finally old enough to work out with my son, so she did a little work on those machines yesterday. They had an instructor the first day to show them how to correctly use the equipment and to answer any questions they had.
The great thing is it is very close to my home (not much gas spent), it's economical because we're homeschoolers and they are giving us a great price, and it's great physical and social activities for the kids and parents.
I'm getting more and more addicted to Pinterest and I'm only sad that I don't have enough time to check out everything on there as much as I would. I have been waiting for something like this, but never knew it existed. I have so many "favorites" saved on my desktop computer, but it's hard to find everything when I need it quickly. Since I am very visual by nature (how I learn better) Pinterest is perfect for me.
This site is showing me new possibilities for things I have around the house to use for storage (different ways of using things than they were made for), crafts that even I, the most craft-challenged mom in the universe, could do. I can save recipes to try or ones that I've tried before and were a huge hit, check out hairstyles I want to try and save those, etc.
I think about how lucky my kids are (and me too) to be alive during the age of internet access and having information so readily and easily at your fingertips. Of course there are terrible things on the internet as well and you have to deal with hackers, spam, viruses, etc. but to have all this wealth of information that you normally wouldn't have access to unless you knew someone who could teach you, or you had an awesome library, etc. is so wonderful.
My children were struggling with learning positive and negative numbers, you know adding/subtracting/multiplying, in their pre-algebra class recently and I was able to find a video online at You Tube (my son is very visual like me and needs to see something to understand it better since his learning disability involves a deficient in the auditory processing area). If I had access to things like this as a child when I was having problems, I would have been in "hog heaven". My kids are so lucky to live in this age where it is normal to have a computer and internet access.
Of course my husband and I know how to teach these concepts to them as I remember how to do them from my years of schooling in public school (I remember this concept was difficult for me back then too), but sometimes it helps to have a different approach that someone else has come up with that might make your brain "click" and understand it better. I think my daughter gets it now, but my son (who has a learning disability) will need a little bit more time to grasp the concept of negative numbers.
The wealth of educational and instructional information online is amazing!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
A tornado (although not confirmed by officials yet, but obviously what it was) came through areas of North Carolina not too terribly far from me last night. A tornado in January, how crazy is that? We've had the weirdest weather lately. It has been a very mild winter compared to last year. Last year around this time we had ice storms, super cold weather, etc. Luckily it didn't hit my area at all, but I feel for those who were hit.
I've got to start organizing all the church consignment sales that I usually sign up for soon. The reason for that is that they almost always run together when they offer the sales, so I have to pick and choose which ones are better sales for me to sell at. There is one that gives me 90% off my profits, so I try to make sure I put that one above all others as my main one to participate in. As usual, two of them so far are the same weekend, so I have to choose which one is closer/better percentage for me/more successful at selling my items at, etc.
Of course that means we have to start trying on clothes (oh how my children love that activity, NOT!!!), going through their books, games, etc. that they might not want anymore. Lots of fun as well for me (hint the sarcasm in my last sentence please, LOL).
My husband had a conference call with all the employees in this area yesterday (along with their boss) and it still sounds like things aren't too great regarding the company car issue. I still have to do some car buying research soon as my husband is sort of panicking, and he's the type that if something is due in May, he wants it done in February!
I'm starting to feel a little stressed due to that, the homeschool group that a friend and I created issues (nothing major, but stressful because we're the owners), making sure the schooling is done with the kids including my son with learning disabilities, etc. January is supposed to be easier and less stressful because the holidays are over, what happened!???
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I went to the free conference last night that was about children with CAPD (central auditory processing disorder), which my son was diagnosed with. A friend went with me since it was so far away and also because she is a super nice person. When we got in line, she (my friend) saw another lady she knew who she didn't realize had a child with CAPD too, so I got to chat with her which was wonderful.
I've chatted with people online, but it was nice to be in a setting where I could actually talk one on one with someone whose child had the same thing. It was nice that I could relate to what we go through each day not only as a mother, but also as a homeschooler too.
I really didn't learn much of anything new as I have done lots of research on this learning disability, but I did learn about a technique called "cued speech" that I will try to investigate more online and hopefully I'll be capable of duplicating to help my son.
There is so much pressure as it is being a homeschooler because you realize that YOU the teacher are responsible for your child's education and you don't want to mess it up. When you have a learning disability mixed in that affects your child's memory (hence they don't do as well in their academic ability due to the issues with phonics, memory, etc.) it really stresses you out and makes you feel you aren't doing enough.
I know that he has improved with age, but will never be as good at certain things as his sister (who has no learning disabilities) so that part of it keeps me sane (knowing that she is learning and I'm not totally messing up this homeschooling thing, ROFL). I have to keep from blaming myself if he struggles with certain things and blame it on the CAPD, NOT me.
My daughter is doing wonderful so thankfully I have that as proof that I'm doing okay with their education.
It was nice (not the way it sounds, I don't wish anyone else this journey, LOL) to hear from others the same issues that they deal with (the insecure feelings that you're doing enough, etc.) and that they also struggle with the same problems with their children's learning ability.
It's like a huge weight has been lifted temporarily from my back and I am thankful that I went.
Today I plan to work on organizing some more and doing some more research on the "cued speech" that I learned about last night. I'm done with grocery shopping for awhile as I feel we are pretty stocked up.
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