Thursday, November 14, 2013

The past couple weeks have gone by so fast. We've been trying canning for the first time, finishing up Christmas shopping, hunting, couponing and getting everything ready for Allie Mae's 2nd Birthday party.

So where do I start? Let's start with canning.

Loren ended up getting called off work last week and my MIL was taking Allie for the day so we used that opportunity to try out our new canner for the first time. Walmart had a great deal going on for Apples. I was able to get about 8lbs for about $4. I went out and bought all the supplies a couple of weeks ago and have been doing some research so as soon as I got the apples, I was ready to go.

It took a lot longer then I thought it was going to, but I think part of that was because we've never done it before so we didn't have a good system down. After setup was over it took us about 3 hours and we got about 14 jars out of it.


Beside canning, I've been dabbling in a bit of couponing. When I first started I got really overwhelmed really fast. After saving just about every coupon I came across, I decided I would calm down a bit and just concentrate on toiletries and anything other than food. I usually shop at Aldi and can't use any food coupons anyway.

Here are some of my hauls from the last couple weeks...

For my first haul I got all these Fisher Price toys for about $5.

This next haul was totally random, I ended up getting all this for $3.29

I've been couponing for these types of random things lately and have already got a huge stockpile of stuff. It's nice to not have to go out on a whim to buy shampoo or toothpaste. If I stopped purchasing toiletries right now, I would probably have enough to last another year.

Well, besides all that business, we've been getting ready for Allie Mae's 2nd birthday party. We didn't have a party for her last year, so I'm really excited. I just know she's going to love it. Allie is absolutely obsessed with the movie Toy Story so I decided to go ahead and plan a Toy Story themed party! The party will be here in two days and I'll write about it asap!

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