Monday, August 22, 2011

Retired again........

My job has finished for the time being.  It was good while it lasted and gave us some much needed money.  However now I am hoping to get caught up with some jobs around the house.

I want to make a start next week on decorating the hall, stairs and landing.  I have had the paint for ages, it's just been too hot and humid to get on with it.  It is finally starting to cool down a little, so I think I can do it without drowning in my own sweat.  It's a big job though so will take a while. 

This week I want to get some gardening done and clean the house.  Plus no doubt a hundred and one other things.

I sat on Saturday afternoon, sorting out my coupon folder as I need to try and save money with our grocery bill and be more organized in that aspect.  I used some free product coupons at Shopper's Drug Mart on Saturday for Multi-Vitamins, so now I am stocked up on them, plus I got a $10 gift card from them for "spending" over $50.  I only spent $6.72 out of pocket, as they counted the total before coupons.  So in turn that $10 coupon will pay for my milk, eggs and juice for the week.

As I was going into town, I decided to shop at Wal-Mart and price match from other stores.  I was out a couple of hours and managed to get some good deals, which included at Shopper's Drug Mart:

2x 4 litre bags of milk
1 dozen eggs
2 x Oasis Healthbreak Juice
1 x chocolate chips cookies

paid just over $3.50 for all that as I used 2 x $2 off for the juice and the $10 gift card I got the day before.

In Zehrs, I picked up 3 loaves of bread, one package of four sub buns, one package of 6 sausage buns, one package of hamburger buns and a bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing, and paid $9.00 for all of that.  All the bread was on the half price rack and I had a free product coupon for the salad dressing.

I ended up spending just under $70 at Wal-Mart but stocked up on washing up liquid amongst the things I got.  I do find their fruit and veggies pretty good on pricing and on quality.  However as usual stuff that was on sale was of course sold out.  I did get a package of Purex 3 in 1 sheets for free as they were on sale for $2 and I had a $2 coupon.  Has anyone ever used these before?  I don't generally use my dryer, so I will keep these for the winter when there is more of a chance that I have to use the dryer.

I also picked up a package of Tortilla Strips from Fresh Gourmet.

They are really good, I have never had them before, and a little goes a long way I find.


Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Whilst most of us need to work it is sometimes good to have a break and catch up with all the things at home that we just don't have time to get on with, including sorting those coupons. Enjoy your time Gill. A x

Kaisievic said...

Sounds like you are working it all out. I wish that I could retire - I am finding work so exhausting! But it is still a few years off for me.

Jane and Chris said...

Perhaps you'll now have time to work on the veggy patch.I have tons of jobs to do but not the energy to do them. Today is bread baking and ironing day.
Jane x

Scrappy quilter said...

Sounds like you got some good deals. Hugs

~Carla~ said...

You got some great deals! Awesome!! :)

Karine said...

You're a pro at deal hunting! If I had a car, I might do more of that, but I always do my shopping all in one spot, otherwise I would never be able to haul all my bags around in the metro and buses!

Rose said...

I am always amazed at the good deals you get...I used to get the Sunday paper to try to find good coupons and for the most part just not enough to pay for the least not of stuff that I use.

CannedAm said...

Gil, last month my coupon folder went missing. I finally gave up hope of finding it when hubby bought me a new one! I have to start all over. In a way it's a relief as I know if I found it after a month or two most of the items in it would be expired. However, there were several FPCs in there that I didn't get to use! Aggg!

Enjoy your time home! (PS, I've been asked and asked again to resume posting to my gardening blog, so I'm dusting it off now.)