Monday, February 28, 2011

My regular bloggers!!!!

I have finally come up with my plans to "Structure my blog". I hope this makes it easier for me to blog because I love doing it. And I also hope it helps get all my thoughts to you better. I have so many things I want to share!!! So I am going to give this a go next week and see how it works.

MONDAY- This will be MANIC MONDAY....This totally describes me haha. Monday's will be a free for all. It might be homeschooling one week or couponing or something frugal or just all around info.

TUESDAY- This will be TIPSTER TUESDAY...... Any new tips I have learned from around the internet or tried and true will be posted on Tuesday's, I also hope to get tips from all of you!!!! I loveeeeee tips!!!

WEDNESDAY- This will be GOOD BUY WEDNESDAY..... I will post my good deals from around town, which are nationwide (Walgreen's, Wal Mart) and local deals. I will include coupon match ups and links to those coupons.

THURSDAY- This will be a frugal RECIPE OF THE WEEK THURSDAY.....Each week I am going to post one of our frugal recipes or a new "Creation" as we call them around here. Cheap but still good for you.

FRIDAY- This will be FRUGAL FRIDAY..... All things frugal, cheap or free on this day.

SATURDAY- This will be SURVIVAL SATURDAY.....This will be about getting through different things like living on less or what you should have in case of scenarios. We live in turbulent and unsure times right now and having what you need in case of is really a great idea. I sleep better at night knowing that I have enough food for an extended period of time. I know how to plant a garden and eat from it. My son has built us up enough solar power to have the basics. And so on.

SUNDAY- This will be STOCKPILE SUDAY.... This will be on stockpiling. Techniques, storage, plans of action on getting your stockpile going and keeping it going.

I hope this works out and I am very excited about it. My 15 year old daughter is going to help me out and work with me on this. She is going to do some of the articles and share some of her recipes and ideas also. I will introduce her here this week and have her share a bit about herself with you all. She will also be helping at my coupon class here in Independence as she is the one who helps me out with my couponing. Thanks to all of you. Michelle

Coupon class

To all of you from around Independence that I have given my blog and info to: My coupon class will be in March. It will be around the 17th. I will announce on my blog here next week the exact time and place and date. The classes will be on couponing and stockpiling. The first class will be free and I will teach the basics of couponing here in the Independence area including how to get the freebies at Walgreens each week. There will be additional classes at $5.00 each class that will delve further into couponing and stockpiling. I want to note that this is not EXTREME COUPONING like on the TLC show. We do not have the grocery store access here to do that kind of couponing. No stores that double coupons and with Marvins and Country Mart not accepting Internet printed coupons it is not possible to get $2000 worth of groceries for $2. But I will teach you how to save 30%-50% off your grocery bill each week. I will also be teaching a class strictly on Walgreens. The first class will give you the basics on couponing in our area. How to find coupons, how to set up a coupon binder, store policies, printing internet coupons and some basic stockpiling. The stockpiling is getting a 3-6 month food supply built up for many reasons. But the greatest reason for stockpiling is that you free yourself from having to major grocery shop after your stockpile. Once your stockpile is up and running you can then shop sale only and loss leader items each week saving you even more money. I look forward to meeting you all at the class and teaching you how to save money here in Independence. With the coming gas prices and rise in food costs I think you will be very happy you learned all this. Michelle

Thursday, February 3, 2011

More structure

I decided last night I need way more structure. I work that way lol. So I am going to take the next few days and structure my life a bit more and structure this blog, I miss blogging alot. I think with structure I could blog alot more and I have so much information roaming in my mind, it would be more productive for me to have certain things on certain days. So that is the plan. I am going to announce what days are what on Sunday and start on Monday. Have a great weekend all. Michelle

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Being positive does not always come easy

Hello everyone. Once again I have missed you all and I just got all caught up on reading everyones blogs. I have not got into my groove yet from having the baby and am looking forward to that day!!!

I have had a hard time the last few months being positive. Life is tough lol. Jeremiah is just the snuggliest baby ever, But I have to admit he is my hardest as far as he is extremely needy, only wants me to hold him and wants me to hold him constantly. I bought a baby carrier so I can atleast get some things done while I hold him. In alot of ways I love it, he is my last baby and I soooo want to enjoy every single milisecond. But having all these kids on my own and not being able to put him down creates challenges. The 6 year olds and the 3 year old seem very jealous, so I have been making the absolute most of my time with them. The twins and the 3 year old have serious cabin fever from these frigid below zero temps we have been having, I pray for an early spring. Just living off child support and a little alimony makes doing things hard. Atleast in the summer we can enjoy the park and the zoo here in town for free. These past few months have depressed me a little. Thank goodness I don't have much free time on my hands so not so much time to be depressed lol.
Things were looking really bleak a few weeks ago. I was sitting one night all kids in bed. Jeremiah was sound asleep on the couch next to me...and I started thinking.....How stinking lucky am I??? I have a house that is paid off.....My car is almost paid off and in good working order.....I was so lucky to have twins I got to exprience that and not everyone does.....I was so lucky to have 7 children who think I am the most awesome. It humbled me and made me cry grateful tears. I made myself a book, just a little one. I took some time to decorate the outside and inside I wrote down all the little things I feel so lucky to have had or experienced......
Having twins
Having 7 children
Having twins and 7 children and never a miscarriage or sickly child
My house paid off
Being best friends with my oldest daughter
Having my 18 year old son still be mommy's boy
My kids getting excited over every little thing I decide each week that I know is crazy and I know they think is crazy but supporting me anyway.
and so on. I also put a picture of all them in there. I am going to use this when I get a little down. I think just looking at this will be a great pick me up.
Some things picked up after that. I got $4000 of the tax money and paid off some bills and spent $1500 on clothes for the year for the kids and shoes, I used $1000 of that money to stockpile the house. I spent 2 weeks shopping the sales and now have 6 months of toilet paper and toiletries. 3 months of food, foil, baggies. And a few months of everything else that would be needed to run the house. I also had enough left over to get a much needed new pot and pan set and a few things for myself.
I have also made up my mind from speaking to people in the community and starting in April I am going to hold a coupon and stockpiling class and see how that goes. It is something I really love doing and would love to share that with others. I also am checking into donating a coupon class to the teen pregnancy center so they could learn how to get more for less for their kids. ( I did not even know we had one until I started looking for somewhere to donate Jeremiah's outgrown stuff and all the formula samples I had). This is going to be the best year yet for us!!!! And I hope it is for all of you too!!!! Michelle
Just wanted to let any of the gals around town that I have directed to my blog I will start posting about the coupon class here on my blog end of February.