Sunday, February 1, 2015

Back again this time for good!!!

Well it took over three months before I got fed up of that online game; gosh they are addictive, but I was really good at it....LOL

Now to get back to blogging and saving money.  The saving money though is my main priority as we had an unexpected trip back to Britain a couple of weeks ago.  Dh's younger brother passed away at the end of December, so we went for the funeral and to see family.  It was a very fast week and VERY expensive.  How people manage to make ends meet in Britain is beyond me but they do it.

So back to the basics for me.  I have signed up again over at Frugaldom's Forums, to keep me on the straight and narrow and to make me accountable for what I spend etc.  I am going to post my grocery totals every week, so I watch what I spend.  I do need to do a pantry and freezer inventory; in fact I have been talking about it for a week or more and still haven't done it yet.  Menu planning which I HATE to do for some reason, is something I do need to tackle.  Eating out which I LOVE to do is something we shouldn't do anymore.

All the utility bills are under control, but there is always room for improvement.  I will be going through those over the next month.  We are currently with Bell Canada, for TV, Internet, home phone and my mobile phone.  Got a deal through the mail with Rogers for six months free service.  That could potentially save us $900+; so need to research that this coming week.

The new house is great and we have been in it now for nearly 8 months now.  Done some bits and bobs so need to catch you all up with that.  Our next job is to complete the basement.  I will take you through that in another post.  Need to save the money up for that job, but some things we can do a bit at a time.  

The grandchildren are all growing like weeds.  The eldest and the youngest are in India at the moment and will be there until the end of March.  Our little guy is coming up 5 months old.  Our Princess is now 25 months old and our little Munchkin is coming up 15 months old.

Here is a photo of her with her new tutu and her gold glitter Peppa Pig wellies on:
As isn't that what every fashionable 15 month old is wearing nowadays?  Yes she is growing and into everything.  She is very tall for her age and wearing 18 month old pants, but is right on age for the size of her body.  She is forever sick due to starting daycare, but that's normal.  Though she can now blow her own nose; sort of!!  Not talking much at all, but makes up for it verbally; and yes she can have a hissy fit when she wants.  Of course she is the apple of her Nana's and Granddad's eye.

Here is what I spent and saved this week grocery shopping:

Grocery shopping February 1st 2015 Exchange rate $1.80 CDN per 1 British Pound

12 double rolls toilet paper: $3.99
Raspberry Jam: $3.49
3 x Granola Bars @ $1.99 each
1 x Quaker Chocolate & Banana Cookies: $2.49
1 x Lysol Wipes: $1.88
1 x Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner: $1.88
1 x package veggie rotini pasta: 99 cents
1 x canned tomatoes: 79 cents
1 x package crisps: $1.25
1 x Mini Wheats cereal: $2.88
1 x Peanut Butter cookies: $1.99
1 x 4 litre milk: $3.97
2 x Pizza @ $2.88 each: $5.76
1 x Jumbo Bag frozen French fries: $3.99
1 x breaded chicken fingers $3.88
1 x Breaded chicken burgers: $4.88
2 x loaf whole wheat bread @ $2.00 each: $4.00
2 x Old Spice Deodorant for dh @ $1.99 each: $3.98
1 x Gillette Shaving Gel for dh: $1.99
2 x Hairspray for me @ $1.99 each: $3.98

Coupons used $12.49
13% tax on certain items: $3.24

Total: $54.78

$50 worth of points cashed in.

Total paid: $4.78

Wal-Mart (same as Asda)

10 lb potatoes (Yukon Gold yellow flesh) $3.67
3 pk Romaine Lettuce Hearts: $4.97
English Cucumber: $1.67
1 red pepper: $1.47
3 Roma Tomatoes: 97 cents
Lysol wipes: $1.97
Dove Deodorant for me: $2.97
Frozen Garlic Bread slices: $2.97
4 x Lipton Side Kicks rice @ 94 cents each: $3.76
VH Pineapple sauce (for sweet and sour chicken or pork) $2.00
24 pack cheese triangles: $7.47 (for dh's lunches)
1 dozen eggs: $1.99

13 % tax on some items: 64 cents

Total: $36.52

Total spent to date: $41.30 (approx. 22.94 British Pounds)
Savings to date: $62.49 (approx. 34.72 British Pounds)
Best deal this week: two loaves of bread and a jar of jam after $4 and $1 coupon = $2.49 for all three.

Pleased with this weeks purchases, as I got a bit of everything including cleaning products, personal hygiene items, and all food groups.


Rose said...

Yes, that is what fashionable chicks are wearing this year! Oh so adorable.

Gill, it is so good to see you back blogging. Facebook just doesn't do it for me. I really miss seeing your frugal report...always inspiring.

Rose said...

Meant to say, so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother-in-law...

William Kendall said...

My condolences on your brother in law's passing.

It's nice to see you back!

DeniseinVA said...

Sweet little darling you have there Gill. She is adorable as I know your other grandchildren are. So sorry for your sister's loss. Glad to see you blogging again.

Buttons said...

Welcome back Gill. I am sorry about the loss of your brother-in-law. Oh grandchildren bring lots of smiles, I have heard:) Cute little outfit. Take care. Hug B

Anonymous said...

Welcome back, Gill, missed you! Sorry to hear the reason for your recent travel but glad the young'uns are well. Can't help but notice that $3.97 is a great price for milk. Ours is $5.69!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back. sorry about your recent sadness. Robin

Jane and Chris said...

LOVE the wellies!
Talk soon.
Jane x

Boyett-Brinkley said...

So glad you are back -- you have been missed! Please accept my condolences for your loss. I am sure you enjoyed your visit but not under those circumstances. Thanks for stopping by my blog -- I am sure you will enjoy "Orphan Train" -- it was really good. Looking forward to your postings and pics --

Scrappy quilter said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. You did great on grocery shopping. Good to see you back.

Niki said...

Lovely that you're back! Our condolences on the passing of your brother in law.

And I must say I do love that hat! I think it's the pompom :)

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

My condolences to DH & you. Yes the grands keep one in check do they not?

Winifred said...

Oh yes Peppa Pig! She is lovely. They do grow so quickly, even quicker than your own children sadly.

Have to say I can't be bothered with Facebook & I detest computer games my big computer time waster is researching cruises! Amazing how much time I've spent in the last 3 months on that. No more as I've booked two so that will keep me going for a while.

I just shop at Aldi & it saves me a bomb. Rarely ever go anywhere else, only if they're out of stock of something then I get a shock when I go to Asda or Sainsbury's!

Evelyn said...

welcome back!

Jane said...

Glad to see you back Gill :) so sorry your dh lost his younger brother, very sad!!
Were those PC points you used? Don't you love them?? I pay for absolutely everything with my PC mastercard and then run home and pay the card off online.