The past month or so has been more than a little crazy for me. I am still so very excited about my new sister coupon matchup site, SavingWellSpendingLess.com, but setting up a new website is a lot of work. Especially when my primary job is being a mom and wife. I have spent almost every spare moment for the last 5 weeks working on SWSL, which has left little-to-no time for all the other essential things in my life, things like my friends, family, hobbies, spending quality time with my kids and husband, and keeping on top of the never-ending pile of laundry, not to mention the constant stream of paperwork, toys, dishes, shoes, and other items that need daily organization to avoid total chaos.
I have dropped more than a few balls. Some small, some not-so-small. But enough that right about now I am feeling like the world’s biggest jerk.
Yesterday was my mom’s birthday. I always send flowers, but this year it totally slipped my mind until it was too late. And on Saturday I was supposed to meet some girlfriends for a mom’s night out that I RSVP’d to months ago, and again, I completely forgot about it. I am weeks behind in responding to emails, my normally well-organized coupon supply is in total disarray, my laundry room looks like a bomb went off, and the mountain of paperwork on my desk just keeps piling up.
But it wasn’t until I had a complete meltdown yesterday over $13 in lost Extra Care Bucks that I realized something has got to give. This is not the person I want to be. I love writing this blog, but for the sake of my sanity and my family, I need to take a step back so that I can get some order back in my life, get caught up, and not feel like I am letting everyone, including myself, down.
So from now until the end of March, I will be taking a little vacation from LWSL. I will still post my Thursday shopping results and weekly shopping linky each week, but there will be no Sunday shopping results next week. I will resume my normal posting schedule on Monday, April 4th. (There will be no changes to the SWSL schedule.)
I hope you all understand my decision to step back for a couple of weeks. If you are new to my blog or to couponing, I hope you’ll take this time to explore the LWSL archives or check out my Beginner’s Guide to Coupons series. There will be plenty to keep you busy for the next 2 weeks!
And now that I’ve unloaded, let’s move on to happier things like saving money.
Here is what I got:
At Publix I spent $3.69 for $86.23 worth of groceries, a savings of 96%.
Most of the pasta from today’s purchase was donated to Feed the Harbor, a county-wide food drive sponsored by our church and a few local Publix stores. I was most excited about the toilet bowl cleaner and disinfectant wipes, both of which I was able to get for super cheap using some of those elusive Winn-Dixie Spring Forward booklet coupons, which a very sweet reader mailed to me last week. (Thanks again Susan!)
Grocery Breakdown 28 Boxes Mueller Pasta (BOGO @ $1.43) (28) $1 off 1 Mueller Pasta (printable here (register for emails), final price: +$0.29 each–moneymaker!) 4 Lysol Disinfectant Wipes & 4 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners (on sale for $2) (2) $1 off 2 Lysol Disinfectant Wipes & (2) $1 off 2 Toilet Bowl Cleaner (Smart Source 3/6 or printable here) (2) $2/2 Lysol Cleaning Products (Winn Dixie Spring Forward booklet; final price: $0.50 each) 4 Philadelphia Cooking Cremes (on sale for $2) (4) $1.50 off Philadelphia Cooking Creme (in store Blinkie machine next to product) (4) $1 off Philadelphia Cooking Creme (Winn Dixie Spring Forward booklet; final price +$0.50 each–moneymaker!) Publix Bakery Hamburger Buns (regular price @ $2.59–a special request by Husband) 1 pt. Strawberries (on sale for $1.67)
I was also planning to go to CVS. It was going to be an awesome trip, possibly my best ever, and that is saying something. I had a $5/$25 purchase coupon that I received via email, plus $13 in Extra Care Bucks from last week. But I lost my ECBs. I’m pretty sure I accidentally threw them away. I tried calling CVS customer service but they were closed on Sunday. I tried again this morning but unfortunately there was nothing they could do.
It really stunk. I wish I could say I handled it in stride but I didn’t. I had a meltdown.
Life lessons can be hard sometimes.
Sigh. Oh well, live and learn.
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