Thursday, 22 May 2014

Vacation Week

G & I are on vacation this week together, we've been able to get a lot done around the yard and house because of this beautiful weather we've lucked out with. Nice to finally have the windows open and get some fresh air.

On Tuesday we traveled to Humboldt, the closest city with an actual grocery store, and I was able to save us a good chunk of change thru coupons and store sales. The shopping trip should have cost us $761.57 but we only paid $517.64; saving us $243.93 or 32%! This is my first real year couponing (and keeping track of my savings), so I know that number isn't as impressive as some people can get, but I'm working on it. I'm still really proud of myself considering $52.51 of that saving total is just coupons alone -- and I didn't include any store points I accumulated (Shoppers had 20x the points). Anyways, it was nice just to get some different shopping in even though it's a 4 hour round trip. Oh the conveniences I gave up to be able to see the Northern Lights right from my bedroom window ;)

The rest of this week is going to be extremely low key. A bit of house work and painting a closet, G has been organizing the garage and I've been working in the garden. I might put up some more clothing items up for sale as all but one of the items I put up last week sold. I made $45.00 plus I received two mail in rebate cheques adding up too a little under $20.00. Still kicking myself I hadn't started selling stuff soon. Oh well

- M


  1. wow -- both to the savings and to the four hour round trip for a grocery store! How often do you do that? And where do you get food otherwise? Do you just have to stock up, or is there a convenience store or something else in your town?

  2. The last trip we did was about 4 months ago I believe, so they don't happen very often at all. The town I live in does have a small grocery store that has all the basics but it's extremely expensive compared to city shopping, so when we have the time and means to go to the city shopping I stock up! lol

  3. What do you plant in your garden? That is a long way to get to the grocery store.

    1. As someone that grew up and lived in a big city up until two years ago: trust me I know. There is a small grocery store here in the town where I live that sells all the basics but most of it is overpriced and not as fresh.

      There isn't a traditional garden space in our backyard but last year we grew tomatoes, lettuce and all our herbs. This year I plan to do the same with a few more additions! :)