I didn't go shopping this week. Not at all. In fact, aside from a quick day trip with Silas to Denver for the ShopatHome.com Blogger's Summit, I didn't leave the house much at all.
The girls had lingering coughs and congestion from their nasty flu last week and then Silas came down with a fever a few days ago. So we've stayed in, stayed put, and been taking lots of Vitamin C, trying to eat well, and getting extra sleep. And it's been nice! In fact, I realized that I need to make a concerted effort to go back to saying "no" to busyness and stay home at least a few full days per week. Life is so much more organized and calm when I do so.
We didn't go grocery shopping at all this week, but since we have a great stockpile of food built up, we just ate from our pantry and freezer (seeing as last week's Baking/Cooking Day guaranteed that we had plenty of food at the ready in our freezer!).
I didn't even so much as open up my coupon box until this evening. It stayed closed for almost ten days and it was a great feeling to just let it sit for awhile while I baked and cooked and tended to sick children.
Of course, I missed out on some deals, for sure, but it was good to take a break. I've found that giving myself a breather every now and then really helps me to keep things in balance and it also prevents coupon "burn-out" (see this article for more on that topic).
I did, however, get 24-roll pack of toilet paper and 8 bottles of shampoo in from Alice.com. They wanted me to try out their new service and gave me a small shopping credit to do just that. Most of the prices are more than what I'd usually pay, but the shampoo/conditioner were only $0.60 per bottle, which is about $0.10 more than I usually pay after a sale and coupons. The toilet paper was also just a tad bit more than I have been paying for it recently as well.
All in all, I spent $11.28 for everything pictured above. Not the greatest deal ever, but seeing as it was shipped straight to my door and shipping was free, it's a decent deal in my opinion.
If you live way out where there aren't many shopping options, I'd definitely recommend checking out Alice.com. Their "Best Deals" section is my favorite place to frequent. They often have manufacturer's coupons available which can further sweeten the deals–like the 64-oz. bottle of Snuggle I got last week for $0.40 shipped.
I'm planning to do a more extensive review of Alice.com as well as a giveaway in the near future so be looking for that if you're interested in trying this shopping service out.
And this has nothing to do with bargains, but a lot of you have been begging for pictures of Silas, so here's one from this past week that I took of him with his new teddy bear:
Can you believe he's already five months old? He is growing like a weed, starting to jabber a lot more, trying to scoot around a little, and he's very much a Mama's boy. I love him to pieces and feel so blessed to be his mother.
Stay tuned for pictures of the girls this next week when I'll be sharing a peek into our homeschool lessons recently. So many of you have been asking for more pictures and tidbits from our life, so as I have time, I'll be doing my best to share these. And I'll also be posting the first installment of the Becoming a Work-At-Home Mom series. I promise. 🙂 This past week flew by and I never had a chance to finish it, but I'm determined to sit down and get it completed in the next day or two and have it posted early next week.
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