We celebrate Easter but it is usually in a low key kind of way. Today was no exception. This morning we started with Easter Baskets at around 6:30am.
Basket and emoji toys are great things to pick up at the after Easter sales. I would wait until everything is 75% off. Candy is always a good deal at CVS with the ECB, another option is also Target. The Dollar spot at Target can be great for some small socks and stickers. Finally shop at Five Below to grab even more candy and Hot Wheels Cars if you need.
Easter outfits are always fun! Especially when you plan ahead. Lily and Kendall’s dress were purchased at Costco in February for $16. each. I order Matt and Zach’s matching purple shirts from JCPenny on sale for $9.99 each. Amanda found her dress at Goodwill and David’s shirt was another sale purchase. My outfit was the cheapest from my closet.
We all enjoy lunch at my brother’s house and the kids spent the afternoon playing outside and hunting Easter eggs.
I planned ahead and purchased the ham at Aldi using a $5 off $30 coupon several weeks ago. We came home and enjoyed left-overs for dinner in addition to ham salad I made that will last for several weeks.
Today, Thursday is the kids last day of school before Easter and Matt had to go into work tonight so I decided this was a good time to dye Easter eggs. I am a day ahead on something!
We SURVIVED! Our busiest week of the Spring if not the year was last week. We managed to get everyone to their events and only ate out one time as a family. I did eat out on Tuesday night but that was planned. My plan is to post some picture this week but we know how things go around here.
Kendall enjoyed her first “Battle of the Books” competition and even got a autographed book from her favorite author.
Zach was the catcher at his first baseball game of the season. Unfortunately, his team lost 10-9 so they only played one game in the tournament. Zach will be playing catcher all year!
Lily participated in the Lexington Youth Theaters “Happy Days” musical. We attended all three shows!
Matt and I both worked and managed to keep the house from falling down.
We had thought that tonight (Monday 26rh) would be the first night at home for everyone in several months but Matt was called in to work. So even with this week being much slower than last week. Everyone will not be home together until Friday night. No wonder I am tired.
I often post about how I save money but today I am going to share about why it is important that we save everywhere we can.
Today, all three of the little kids have eye appointments. The appointments are in Greensboro, which is approximately 30 minutes north, The first stop of the day is Costco. We needed to fill my van, $26.50. We needed to pick up several spices and I found a new dress that I love ! Total spent is $58.70. By 10:30, we have already spent $85.20.
Actual eye appointments cost because we have to see a specialist out of network, is $225. The reason for going out of network is simple, there is currently not a provider in network.
Lunch is a requirement because it is 12:30 and every one is hangry. We agreed on Mo’s Southwest Grill. Each of the kids ate an entire kids meal, guess I miss the days of one kids meal for all three, Our total for lunch $38.70. Total at 1:30pm is. $348.90.
Now that we are civil again, we are headed to VisionWorks to purchase glasses, VisionWoorks has a special Buy One Get One Free. The original plan was for each of the kids and me to get a new pair of glass. The estimate for my pair was $630 so we decided to order online. Zach ended up with 2 pair for a total of $299.95 and both the girls got a pair for $229.
The final stop is Costco to order Lily,s contacts. Lily,s total is $177.95
Total for day= $1054.90, Yes that is expensive,
I was doing so well and blogging several times a week, and then 7 days of silence what happened?
The short answer is LIFE
But in order to give you an idea about what that looks like for us here is a more detailed answer.
For the next six weeks, Lily has practice for the theater Monday- Friday from 4-6 pm. The good news is that we have worked it out so that Matt drops her off and I am picking her up most evenings on my way home from work. The bad news is that means we are eating dinner at 6:30 which means that the evening does not exist for me.
Kendall stays after school on Tuesdays for Battle of the Books till 3:30 and on Wednesday for Sign Language club. Zach and Kendall both attend a kid’s program on Wednesday nights from 6 to 8pm.
Zach has just signed up for spring baseball this past week. I am assuming that we will start a practice schedule of 2 or 3 days a week very soon. In the meantime, he was asked to play on a different team than he has in the past. This team is playing “kid-pitch” baseball so this adds some interesting changes and expenses to the table.
Matt has been working extra, in fact, today was his sixth day in a row working with it also being his 7th out of 8 days as well. We fully expect this to change over the next month but are open and encouraging to continue try and gain some financial ground this year.
Next let’s talk a little about the weekends. Friday night, Lily stayed after practice for some fun and food with her cast mates until 8pm. Kendall attended her very first sleepover on Friday night as well. On Saturday, all three kids had a piano lesson, this is a wonderful opportunity but takes a good 3 hour chunk from our day. Zach ended up going to a friends house for several hours as well on Saturday.
As you can tell life is back to it’s busy pace around here.
Today, I am saving time and money by cooking ahead! I am also sticking to items that I have in the pantry or freezer as I have a very small grocery budget this month. Today, I focused on using frozen chicken breast. I was very pleasantly surprised when my instapot was able to cook 10 breast from frozen to done in less than an hour (30 minutes actually pressure time). I shredded those in my kitchen aid and used for a Chicken Taco Casserole and Chicken Enchiladas. I also froze 2 packs of shredded chicken. The casserole is one of our quick easy items to use on a busy day. Chicken Enchiladas will be lunch tomorrow. While the instapot was working, I started dinner for tonight, which was Creamy Italian Chicken. This is a recipe that Amanda has made before so I knew that it was good. That is a total of 5 meals in less than 2 hours of total time.
Matt made a batch of homemade pimento cheese that we will use for breakfast in the morning . I also pulled out the ingredients for a beef stew for dinner tomorrow night. This recipe is from Zach’s calendar so he is excited to try it.
The best part of all these meals is cost today is $0! We used all the ingredients from the pantry and freezer. First week of January behind us with a total of $20 spent in groceries!