Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This thrills me, sort of. I would love to have only one kid in diapers, and I would love to not have to buy diapers for 2 kids. Granted, my 2 kids are wearing the same size diaper (size 3... Allison is a petite little thing, Carter is a chubby-tubby), but still. Anyway, the part that doesn't thrill me, is the part that she seems ready to potty train... and I'm the one who had to train her.
So today, I decided I would try potty training. I had lots of yummy drinks for her, I had peanut butter Ritz Bits to make her thirsty, I have M&Ms and Orange Slices candy for rewards, I had "big girl" underwear and plastic pants... I was ready. But I really don't think today was my day.
She had 2 accidents in 25 minutes. One of them just minutes after I had her sit on the potty. And it was while I was nursing Carter. And she just didn't seem to care much about being wet. And every time I suggested anything about the potty she'd scream and start to throw a tantrum and tell me "no potty." Put it all together and I decided that maybe she's not actually ready yet. I do realize that accidents happen, but it seems highly discouraging today. So I gave up about 2 hours into it.
You wanna know what she did right before naptime? She tells me "go potty first" and runs to the bath room. I help her out of her clothes (she's wearing a onesie and a diaper... I'd given up, remember) and her gets up onto her Dora potty seat and pees. Seriously? I tried for 2 hours this morning only to have 2 accidents and then you do this?
Apparently Allison is actually ready to potty-train, but only on her own terms.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I went to Albertsons to use my double coupons. My neighbor gave me hers (thanks, Julie!) so I had 6 sets of doublers to use (18 doublers total). Here is how I did:
- 8 Boxes Post Selects Cereal
- 4 pints Bryers Ice Cream
- 4 bottles Juicy Juice
- 4 pouches Bumblebee Tuna
- 4 packs Kraft String Cheese
- 2 "Family-sized" boxes Wheat Thins
- 1 box Ritz Crackers
- 1 box peanut butter Ritz Bits
- 2 tubs Philidelphia Cream Cheese
- 2 packs M&Ms (no coupon... potty training treats)
- 1 bag Orange Slices Candy (no coupon...potty training treats, but on clearance)
- 1 3-pack Wrigley's Gum
- 1 loaf Earth Grains bread
- 1 box Hefty One-Zip freezer bags
- 2 Liter bottle A&W Rootbeer (no coupon... potty training drink)
- 2.5 pounds 85% lean ground beef
- A "mega pack" of Albertson's brand training pants (not pictured)
Total spent out of pocket: $17.61, including tax!
Total Saved using sales & coupons: $137.07... thats an 88% savings!
I did this in 7 transactions using 18 doublers. I used $20 in catalina coupons ($15 earned last week and $5 earned in my first transaction today) and still have $6 in catalinas to use on my next shopping trip. It took 2 hours... but not bad "earnings" for 2 hours work, eh?
Oh, and here's the best part... I'm submitting my first transaction for a $20 rebate from Kraft. So technically, once I get that rebate, everything I bought today was free!