Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I didn't go to the last day of triple couponing at Harris Teeter yesterday due to there not being enough coupons to justify going, but when my husband got home from work he told me that I needed to take him to pick up his company car (we had to take his rental car there to the dealership) so I was out anyway.
I didn't even bother taking my coupons so didn't stop by any store that had accepted coupons (I would feel totally naked walking into a store without my coupon box, LOL) and went to Aldi's to pick up some fruit instead. While I was there I noticed that their spiral hams which are normally $1.69 a pound were marked down. They knocked off $8 for any ham you bought so I got a $13 and some change ham for $5 and some change!
When we got back home we got a phone call from my niece (my sister's daughter) which was unexpected since I knew that my sister probably told her years ago to never call here again after I called my parents (who raised her, not my sister) once because she was calling here constantly and hanging up on us when my husband or I answered the phone.
We have caller i.d. so knew it was her and I just nicely called my parents to let them know that she was calling us around 20 times or more a day and hanging up on us when my daughter didn't answer. Well apparently that was unacceptable for me to do (again, I nicely let them know what was going on and had a very pleasant voice and said it in a very nice way) because my mother uninvited me to Thanksgiving, wouldn't tell me all the details about my uncle's funeral so I couldn't go (it was 3 hours away from me), and my sister called me up cursing and yelling at me.
I come from a very abusive family background and finally realized when this happened that I was done with having anything to do with my sister/mother and so I don't visit anymore. They are in another state and try their best to hurt me at every single turn.
I do have a relationship with my father (who has colon cancer) and call him regularly. No one lets me know that he's in the hospital or lets me know anything. Anyway, back to my niece, I was very pleasant with her and tried to encourage her as I know she has a terrible life with my sister/mother. She (my niece) is being raised by the same methods I was, which is to say that she feels unwanted and unloved and is abused emotionally.
I have seen my sister in the past emotionally abuse her and it infuriates me. I have said things to my parents (who again, raised her pretty much) but I am not allowed to do say anything. I've seen my sister and her late husband fight over changing her diaper when she was a baby (they acted like the babies). My niece is now 15 years old and wants to leave home.
Again, my sister is just like my mother and so I know how my niece feels, but I'm not allowed to stand up for her. Anyway my niece was talking with my daughter on the phone and my niece got another call. She took it but didn't realize that my daughter could hear her phone conversation and it turned out to be my mother. My mother asked my niece who she was talking to and when she told her, my mother told her that she had better ask her mother about talking to my daughter and to get off the phone with her.
Seriously???? I knew that my sister had probably forbid my niece to ever call us again but this confirmed it for me. Really, all because I nicely told them that she was hanging up on us constantly all day long for 2 days in the row? This same niece called everyone on my mother's cell phone and prank called them. My aunt (one of my mother's sisters) called and asked my mother if she had called her because my niece was calling her and making all kinds of prank calls.
Did my mother go off the deep end with my aunt? Nope, and my aunt wasn't as nice as I was about the situation, but I'm not allowed to stand up for myself or say anything about a situation since I am not considered family.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I didn't bother going to Harris Teeter yesterday for their next to the last day of triple coupons. I simply didn't have enough coupons left (good ones anyway) to make it worthwhile even though I wasn't too far from the store when taking my daughter to her piano lessons.
We did stop at Wal-Mart though to pick up my favorite popcorn and also a few other things. I hadn't been there in a very long time although there is one not far from my home, and I ended up using around 11 coupons while there including coupons for panty liners that I got for 24 cents each after my $1 coupons were used. Not too bad considering coupons aren't doubled or tripled at Wal-Mart. I also had $1 off two Taco Bell products (you couldn't use it on the seasoning mix) and I bought 2 boxes of taco shells that were $1.24 or so each and I ended up paying less for them than Aldi's sells their brand.
That's one thing that my kids will eat (and hubby too) without moans and groans so I try to make sure I have cheap taco shells on hand for those nights I simply don't feel like cooking. Speaking of cooking, I did manage to get some done yesterday before we left for piano lessons so that I didn't have anything to cook when I got back for dinner except for some squash casserole.
I got squash (zucchini to be exact) super cheap at Aldi's the last time I was there since it was one of their specials and had tons of cheap cheddar cheese on hand (bought at super doubles events in the past) so it was a very frugal dish. My son and husband (well me too, but I didn't eat any) love squash casserole so it was also another no groaner dish, LOL.
Monday, May 21, 2012
I went shopping yesterday for triple couponing at Harris Teeter (finally got most of the items that I wanted all week, but that were always out of stock) and that's probably my last day of doing so unless I get more coupons. I'm a bigger fan of super doubles vs. triples, but I'm not going to complain as I know I'm lucky that my area has such a thing.
I went by IKEA (yeay!!) and took back a handful of items and purchased a handful including another wall shelf unit for my son's room, an artificial plant (I kill the real stuff, LOL) and that's about it. I think I am pretty much getting to the point that I have bought enough organizational items for my home which is good.
I can focus now on actually getting the house organized better as it has taken a lot of work to get the things to organize with at a reasonable cost and figure out what works for the layout of my home, the limited room I have, and our lifestyle.
I'm hopeful that this summer will be one of my most productive ones ever and that my family and I can have more time to have fun vs. me having to sell items, organize, declutter, etc.
Other than a larger and taller bookcase, I don't think we can improve the usability of space in my son's room any more at this point (his bedroom is the smallest in our home) once the new shelf is put up, as we have used the wall space as efficiently as I can.
The only rooms left really for me to work on in that manner are the bathrooms (we have two small ones) and one has to have the wallpaper torn down and the other needs to be remodeled. Due to that, I'm holding off on putting up any shelves or compact wall cabinets that I have seen at IKEA in them.
My husband is working on putting up new railing on the front porch to save money as we will need it if we purchase a new car this summer.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Yesterday I ran to Harris Teeter for their triple coupon events and did pretty well. It seems almost every time I go there though something goes wrong, such as a coupon not doubling/tripling correctly, a coupon not being scanned, an electronic coupon not deducting although I bought the product indicated, a price is wrong, etc. I will say though that they almost always rectify the situation although it does take up more time at the store to do that. The manager was beyond great yesterday as she took me into her office and we went through every single coupon, tripled them, and she saw that I was indeed short-changed on them.
I was rushed yesterday because I had to get back home in time to eat lunch and then rush out for my daughter's piano recital. I literally ate in the car while my husband drove us there.
She of course did fantastic (she had to play 4 songs) and I know I'm her mother and every mother would say this, but I am the type of person who is very honest about things and she honestly did beyond great (and the best out of all the 9 performers although I applaud them as well). I'm honestly not saying that just because I'm her mother.
We decided to go look at a few dealerships while we were out and looked inside a Toyota Sienna van (the 2012 model) and my husband really liked it although we both didn't care for the 2011 model last year when we were looking. So far it's looking like we're heading towards that particular car, but of course that could change.
Last year I had my heart set on a Honda Odyssey if we were having to purchase a new car, but this year my first thought when I saw the 2012 model was that it looked like a hearse. No offense to anyone who has the new model as it is very impressive from what I could see of the inside (we looked through the windows) but what's up with the new style?
We had fun looking at the vans anyway and talking about colors with each other, etc.
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