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Just in time for the Valentine’s Day! Wall Art!

Feel the love this Valentine’s Day with Lot 26 Studio! They are offering 15% off all items with promo code LOVE15.

Give your Valentine the Mirrored Love wall decal with frame and decorative accents. It’s easy to apply just peel and stick. The hardest part will be choosing which photo to display! Or just keep reminding yourself that love is all you need with the Love Is All You Need Wall Canvas, which is a fun and modern twist for wall decor. Can’t figure out what you want to say to your special someone? Say it with style while displaying the Love Story wall decal which reads “A true love story never ends.” The perfect sentiment for a bedroom, living room, kitchen, entryway, or hallway.

First Pair of Eyeglasses Free at Coastal.com


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Valid for coupon eligible frames only.
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Handling and insurance costs still apply, which is typically $7 to $14.

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2012 Grocery Budget Crack-Down Plan: January Evaluation

As a reminder to everyone, this was my plan for the month of January:

1. I would like to spend no more than $300 per month for my family of 6. We are starting to eat more fresh foods so I am leaving my budget flexible at the beginning until I see how much we eat and how much things will cost. I will adjust if necessary.
2. We will eat out no more than once per month. That includes Little Ceaser’s Hot N Ready Pizza (which has become too much of a friend to us).
3. I will plan my menus out a month at a time. I would like to get 6 months at a time if possible. Meal planning always helps me spend less at the store and takes the headache out of the end of the day.
4. Cook from scratch as much as possible.
5. Start couponing again as much as possible for the foods we eat.
6. Use supplies from my food storage and stockpile to fuel my meals. This will get us used to the food I store as well as rotate what I have.

What do you think? Did I stick to my plan this month?

I ended up spending a total of $414.31. Although $65 of that was on building up my food storage (I can’t empty my shelves completely!) and I don’t count that against my grocery budget. So….I really ended up spending $349.31 on groceries for for January for our family of six.

I am pleased with myself! When I set my original goal of $300, it was a loose goal. I wasn’t sure how things would go with my menu plan. I was dedicated this month…but there were some things I realized I could do better at. It is all a learning process, folks! I did everything on my crack-down plan list…some more than others but I did them. And I will continue to do them. The important thing is this:

I set a budget for myself and tried my hardest to stick to it! And I did my best.

I am also happy to report that as a family we did eat out only once…and we didn’t even have to pay for it! It was our HOA’s annual meeting at the pizza joint down the street. So we had a free dinner that night. Gotta love that! We didn’t give in to wanting to eat out at all!

It’s important to remember that changing habits is hard! Sometimes it can take several months to get in the swing of things. I kept reminding myself that this past month. As I have tried to spend less and eat better…which sometimes don’t go hand-in-hand.

Here is what I have learned the past 31 days:

1. I can make many more things from scratch than I originally thought. Items like english muffins and yogurt, for example. If I had made those from scratch this month I would have saved an additional $18! ( I only buy Mountain High yogurt, which is a little more expensive.)

2. I learned to improvise in my recipes. When I was out of an ingredient, I made do with what I had. Or I searched on Google to see if I could use another ingredient as a replacement.

3. Having a menu plan helps you stick to your budget. I always knew what we were doing, and it helped to have a plan in case I needed to switch things up. Only once all month did I have to run to the store for an extra trip. On my regular shopping day (Tuesdays) I was able to everything I needed because I was organized with my menu planning binder.

4. Sticking to basic meals a few times a month is a win-win situation. I learned a long time ago that trying new recipes all the time backfires. When there are recipes I KNOW my family eats, I make it. Sometimes a few times a month. Meals like baked potatoes and steamed veggies pleases everyone! Including my pocketbook. I will try new recipes once or twice a month, but for the most part I stick to basic meals.

Here is the bottom line for me: I enjoyed the challenge I gave myself this month! I am planning on continuing this for February. I am setting my grocery budget for $350 for February.

Here is my menu plan for February in case you are interested. I still need to add or change a few things but here it is. And here is a blank February calendar for your menu plan.

What about you? I know several of you at the start of January wanted to do this too. Did you meet your goal? What did you learn?

Other posts in this series:
2012 Grocery Budget Crack-Down Plan
2012 Grocery Budget Crack-Down Plan: Menu Planning
2012 Grocery Budget Crack-Down Plan: Menu Planning Binder
2012 Grocery Budget Crack-Down Plan: Monthly Check-in
2012 Grocery Budget Crack-Down Plan: Budgeting
2012 Grocery Budget Crack-Down Plan: Cooking From Scratch

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Titanium Rings for Men – $9 Shipped! Nice for Valentine’s Day!

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*cute* Leather Uppers – $12 Shipped! Black or White ($30 on Amazon)

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Today’s Freebie Roundup 1/31

Reminder ~ Print coupons today before they disappear!

Today is the last day of January.  That means that the printable coupon sites will update their coupons tomorrow.  If there are any coupons you want, print them today!  Check out Group A, Group C and Coupon Network, where there are still some great coupons left.  Remember, you can print each coupon twice.

Buy 1, Get 1 Free select Plush at DisneyStore.com

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* Participate in Rite Aid’s Video Values to be able to print valuable coupons that you can combine with manufacturer coupons!

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Covergirl Cosmetics B1G1 50% Off
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*HOT* Robitussin $1/1 Printable Coupon = $0.17 @ Walgreens after rebate ~ HURRY!

Print this Robitussin $1/1 Printable Coupon quickly, before it disappears.  These are only $0.17 at Walgreens and $0.16 at CVS after coupon with the new Pfizer $10 Mail-in Rebate.  See details for the Walgreens deal HERE and the CVS deal HERE.  Remember, you can print each coupon twicel

$5 Online Only Sale + Extra 15% off at ChildrensPlace

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