Saturday, August 6, 2011

I love saving money!!!

Kroger has certainly earned my business for a long time coming!  Tyler and I have been able to save a ton of money just buy shopping for our groceries there.  Every month or so, they send us personalized coupon packages filled with coupons for things we usually buy.  Some of the coupons are even good for something for free (i.e. free eggs, free bag of Lays potato chips, etc.).  We use those coupons whenever they come in and I also clip coupons we get from our mailbox.  Then every now and again, we'll get a good coupon printed with our receipt at the store.  The other day, I got a 20% off any purchase at PayLess coupon! 

This weekend, I've used a lot of the coupons and taken advantage of the tax free weekend to land some really good deals!  Yesterday I went to the grocery store to pick up some snacks and things, and took a $36 bill down to $19.  Then today, I got two pairs of shoes at PayLess for $30.  They were doing the buy one get one half off [like usual] along with the 20% coupon and one of the pairs of shoes was on sale - SCORE! 

Anyway- so the secret to great savings is Kroger :)  We also save 0.10/gallon on gas when we get a certain number of points shopping... granted, 10 cents isn't a HUGE discount, but over time, it really adds up!  YEAH!

Sorry for a boring post, but I was just really excited about saving money!  hehe

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Family Trip to Florida to celebrate 90 Wonderful Years!

That's right.  My dad's mom is turning 90 soon, and we went down to Florida this past weekend to celebrate her milestone birthday!  It was almost a complete family reunion with people I hadn't seen in years!  It was so exciting to get everyone together and to do something really nice for my wonderful grandmother.  Below are some pictures from the vacation to enjoy!

Out to dinner at Red Lobster the night we all got into town!

We got grandma a lift chair and here are the granddaughters' husbands trying it out

Grandma trying out her present
Birthday cake

One good looking family

Toasting to 90 wonderful years


Sun set on the gulf

Playing at the pool our last day in Florida 

We had a really great time!  It's almost time for Tyler to start his new job and for me to start back to school.  I cannot believe how quickly this summer vacation is flying by.  Sometimes I wish I were going to be a teacher so I could have summer vacations for the rest of my life.  I'm going to miss all this time off.  Haha.  However, I'm about to go into the full swing of my second year at SCO, which will be a busy one for sure!  I know I shouldn't wish my life away, but I've never wanted more than to have my degree and the knowledge to go ahead and have a practice with a steady life back in North Carolina.  One day :)