2.28.2011

Cost Saving- Groceries

aldifoods.com

So I've tried many different ways to save money on groceries.
Coupons
Home Delivery
Checking Circulars
Setting a Budget
Eating Oatmeal and Ramen (kidding)

You know, spending money on food, it can get expensive.
Well, I am an ALDI convert. I don't know what happened, but I know some friends and family that shop here and I decided to give it a shot.

Two weeks running and I have cut my food bill in half. HALF. I don't buy everything at ALDI, but I buy enough to see a difference in my bill. And truth be told, we haven't eaten anything we don't like yet.

Here's the run down.
I buy bread, snacks, drinks, some produce, canned goods, cereal, and even a rouge men's deodorant in ALDI.
I shop my local butcher shop/deli for meat, salads, Italian bread.
I haven't had the need to go to my local grocery store yet, but I'm not opposed to picking up some organic items there.

So far, my ALDI bill has been between $35 to $40 a week and my Butcher shop bill has been about the same (less the time I came home with store made lasagna because I love it so much).

This is HALF of what I typically would pay in my local food store, local Target, Wal-mart, etc. While my roughly $120-160 spending did include household items, such as laundry detergent, TP, soap, etc, I still think I am saving on the goods.

I'll let you know how the 4 weeks end up and if I still saved with my new shopping stores.
I'd like to hear how you are saving money and tips you have.

2.20.2011

Bedroom Reveal



The bedroom is finally put back together.
It's fresh.
It's clean.
It smells delicious like lavender.
It has a little sparkle.
It makes me smile.


I did end up liking the paste wax on the tall dresser. The wax needed a lot of elbow grease to get it buffed, but I do like it. On a nice day, when I can open the windows, I'll be adding it to the rest of the furniture.

I have to decide what I want to do for window treatments. The wall space on either side is kinda limited and narrow for drapes. Decisions, Decisions.

Stay tuned for a giveaway. Woo Hoo. I reached 100 followers!

Source List:
Wall Paint- Pale Almond by Ben Moore
Wall Trim- White Dove by Ben Moore
Furniture Paint- Behr Paint and Prime color matched to White Dove
Nightstand Lamps- TJ Maxx "on clearance"
Dresser Lamp- Home Goods
Voltives- Target
TV- Samsung from Best Buy
Duvet- Pottery Barn from 2006
White Sheets- JC Penney Blend
Bedskirt- Target Shabby Chic
Dresser Mirror- TJ Maxx
Blinds- JC Penney Stock Faux Wood

2.15.2011

Bedroom Furniture- Night Stand


Here is a quick update and a sneak peak at the furniture.

I am pleased so far. I am torn on a top coat though.
I tested both paste wax on one drawer and polycrylic on another.
I really didn't like either. The paste wax was boring, not enough substance. Seems like a lot of work for nothing.
The polycrylic was a satin finish, but I thought it was too glossy. I just didn't like it. Something bugged me about it.

I've reused my original handles, but am toying with spraying them something else or getting new ones all together. I'm going to live with them for a bit to decide.

2.12.2011

Bedroom Furniture- Prep





I started this morning about 9am on the bedroom furniture.

About 5 hours later I accomplished this:

Moved all the furniture out of the bedroom to the garage with Hubs help. There were a couple of "Ow, watch my fingers, Watch the wall, Don't go so fast down the stairs" comments. All yelled out by yours truly.
I filled in these holes I created.


Took all the handles off and threw them and their screws into a baggie Ziploc style.
I used my orbital sander and about 5 sheets of paper to scuff up the surface. I also used my sanding block for areas I couldn't initially hit.


After some lunch, a couple loads of laundry, I wiped everything down 3 times. Let it dry.
Then the real fun began.
I mixed about a teaspoon of the Floetrol right into the quart of Behr paint. With foam roller and two different sized paint brushes, I ended up with one sweet looking coat of paint.

I am now drumming my fingers waiting for it to dry as I can't wait to get the second coat on.


2.11.2011

Master Bedroom Redo


It's been over a year since I started my bedroom redo.
Remember the bright yellow to cool greige color?
It ended there.
Nothing since.
I didn't really like the color. It was supposed to be color matched, but just didn't turn out as I hoped.

Fast forward, I am on a mission this weekend to paint the ceiling, paint the walls AND paint my bedroom furniture.

Here is my test piece, my side table.


I am in L-O-V-E with Flood Floetrol. Who knew it was so great. Oh how I wish I knew sooner.
The finish after one coat is smooth, silky. The Behr paint and primer in one seems to be my other new best friend. I'll let you know after its second coat.
Wish me well as I will be up to my elbows in paint this weekend.


2.06.2011

Laundry Room Update


The laundry room is taking shape. A lot of little things that needed to be done. Sanding, Painting, Reinstalling trim, Cleaning...all that fun stuff.
Here's a peak on how it is coming along. The layout is different that I first wanted, but I really like the shelving that was a perfect fit next to the machines.

I am on the lookout for a table to use for clothes folding and storage.
I still have more trim to install and touch up painting to do, but the room is now clean and I actually like to do laundry here.

Source List:
Kenmore Machines from Sears
Drying Rack from Crate and Barrel
Chrome Shelving from Lowes
Laundry Baskets from Target
Rug from Target
Clear Bins from Walmart
Paint Silver Sea from Lowes Valspar
Flooring Dupont Laminate Antique Oak (discontinued)

P.S. Check out these other fun laundry rooms at Beneath My Heart Linky Party. I've linked up.