September 17, 2011

My Mega event score!

I have been waiting for a good shopping trip to post, and I was pretty proud of my Dillon's trip this morning, so I thought I would share!

Dillons was having a Mega Event sale which means that they give $5 for ever 10 selected items you buy. My total before my plus card and coupons was $109.72. After my plus card and coupons my total was $49.24- a 58% savings. Here is the breakdown!

Oscar Meyer select turkey hot dogs- Had a free item coupon from a Facebook promo

Balance Bar- $1.39- $.55 coupon double to $1.00= $.39 (Not a super awesome deal, but I was needing a         snack to finish my shopping trip!)

Mail envelope- $.71- had to ship a book from a purchase

Wheat bread- marked down to $.39 a loaf (I stock up on clearance bread and put it in the freezer)

Kroger broccoli (2 bags) $1 each (not an awesome deal, but we were needing some veggies)

Carefree panty liners (6 packs)- Regular price at $1, had 6 $.55 coupons that doubled to $1= $.09 a pack

Kroger shredded 2% cheese- Regular price at $1.88- I haven't really started buying ahead on these yet- buying ahead on cheese and meat is my next mission!

Steak- $2.99/lb- pack was $3.08

Farmland sausage links- $1 a piece, coupon for $1 off any Farmland product= free! 

Gerber graduates lil'meals (2 cups)- Regular priced at $.99 each, used two $.55 off Gerber graduates products coupons= free!

Gallon of whole milk- $2.99, had a $1 off any milk coupon= $1.99

Can of spaghetti sauce- $.89

Mega event items (I noted the prices with the $.50 off the item you for buying 10)

Gilette shave cream- Had a free item coupon from writing to the company

Simply juice lemonade- $.99, had a $1.00 off Simply juice lemonade coupon= $.01 overage

Frosted Cheerios- $1.99, had a $1.00 off any Cheerios coupon= $.99

Cheerios (2 boxes)- $1.99 each, had two $.55 original Cheerios coupons that double to $1- $.99 each

Kraft 2% cheese (5 packs)- $1.99 each, no coupon, but we like to stick with the 2% cheese and these are typically over $4 a pack!

Kingsford Matchlight Charcoal- $4.49, had a $1 off coupon= $3.49

Fiber One bars and brownies (total of 3 boxes)- $2.49 each, had three $.40 coupons that doubled to $.80= $1.69 each

Yoplait 32 oz Yogurts (6 tubs)- $1.49 each, had 6 $.55 coupons that doubled to $1= $.49 each

I also had an Aldi trip this morning where I got the rest of my milk and produce, and a few other things. These groceries will last us 2 weeks with a small trip next weekend to get more milk and produce. Thanks for letting me share my awesomeness!!! :)

September 5, 2011

The weaning game

Let me start with this- I love breastfeeding. I feel such a bond with my children knowing that I am giving them an amazing gift that my body was created to do. I have never once, for a second, regretted my choice to breastfeed. Through three bouts of mastitis, having to fuss about food and drink choices, and spending the first 6+ months of my children's lives being tied down by the availability of a breast pump or hungry baby, I have loved all of it (okay, I wouldn't have missed the mastitis, but it was still worth it).

Okay, now that we have cleared that up...

I am ready for Delaney to be done. I feel like such a bad mom for even saying that, but it's the truth! Delaney is 13 months today, and we are in a process of weaning her. It is awful! I actually never had to do this with Jameson. He was nursing until about 14 months, but it was only once at night and it was a "sit down with mommy, have our nursing time, and go on to bed" routine, so I didn't mind it at all. Then, suddenly, he just stopped. It wasn't traumatic (well, not for him, I was actually kind of sad about it). Delaney, on the other hand, seems to mistake "mommy" for "drinking fountain". If she was actually nursing every time, I wouldn't mind at all. But, instead, she will latch on for about a minute, pull off, and want to get back down to play. This was happening constantly throughout the day. And please, don't try to just tell me to "not let her"- you obviously haven't met Delaney if you think this is possible. She is an all or nothing kind of girl. We have pretty much discovered that if we are going to put a stop to this, it is going to have to be a "we're done" kinda thing.

Where the problem comes in is that, although I am firm and resolute about how I feel about starting breastfeeding, I am totally stumped when it comes to understanding how I feel about ending it. I am so torn! I have done so much research and soul searching and I am not sure how I feel about weaning. I do know that I have no interest in nursing my children until they are toddlers and they decide to stop nursing. I know that some moms are fine with that, and that is good for them, it is just not something I think is right for me. But, on the other hand, I am really not interested in putting my baby through a stressful weaning experience when I really don't see any harm in letting her nurse for a (little) while longer. Plus, as ready as I am to be done, I think I am really going to miss it when she is done!

Do you see why I am getting nowhere with this? Ugh! I guess Jameson has me spoiled! I suppose at this point I am just playing it by ear and hoping that I get lucky and she will do it all on her own so it can be a positive experience for both of us!

Yeah, I think she will find herself plenty to eat without nursing...