This last week proved to be both scary and a real eye opener that life can throw curve balls at you.
On Monday, May 4th, I woke with a terrible headache and a tad bit short of breath. I'd be lying if I said this was the first time. However, I got up, business as usual, got the kiddos ready and off to school and then headed to work. As I was putting my bag away in my filing cabinet a friend approached me asking if I were okay. She had noticed splotchy color on my face as well as profuse sweating. I responded that I didn't feel well.... Long story short, after a visit to medical I was on my way to the ER with a then blood pressure of 180/121.
Upon arrival at the ER I became what I would describe as very weak. My hand felt limp as I tried to sign the hospital paperwork. I was immediately sent back to a room where the oncall doc would come in and immediately start hooking me up to an EKG. He asked me questions like did I know my name? Do I know what day of the week it is Can I squeeze his hand and so forth. I was scared already, but these questions began to scare me even further.
The doc decided he wanted a CT scan to see my brain. It was clear he thought I had either had or was having a stroke. The CT came back no bleeds or stroke. However, he told me that the radiologist said that my brain looked funny. Abnormal. On both sides. He immediately ordered an MRI to get a better look.
The MRI came back clear. Praise God! But not before my blood pressure went to 244/150. My head was still pounding. I was admitted.
I stayed in the hospital for 24 hour observation and was released the next day. They tell me my brain and heart show no problems. They put be on blood pressure meds and have scheduled me for a sleep study. Sleep apnea, as it turns out, is hereditary. My mothers last stroke they believe was caused by sleep apnea that they were not aware she had after the first stroke. In two weeks I will have some answers....This was definitely a wake up call to make some changes in my life.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Sunday, December 29, 2013
When people think of the word STOCKPILE they more often than not associate it with the image of storage rooms overflowing with toilet paper or 1000 tubes of toothpaste that you might see on shows such as Extreme Couponing. However, coupons are not necessary to build your stockpile!
First, let me preface this by saying I personally have couponed off and on for a few years. Is it worth the money saved to coupon? Yes! Does everyone have the time needed to coupon? No. For me, the latter was the case. So you might wonder well, if you don’t coupon how do you save big money on lots of products? Allow me to educate…
Every month of the year the grocery stores, dept stores and so forth have sales. Rock bottom sales if you will. The key is to hold off until those sales commence and then stock up. If you have coupons on those items then you would match it and really save, if not, you are still saving a chunk of change. Also, check out the sale aisle at your local stores. Often times those products are being discontinued and the store is just trying to move them quickly and you can really get things for next to nothing. But let’s get back to the monthly sales…
Below I am giving you a list, by month, of sales that happen like clockwork each month of the year. If you will look at your ads on any of these months you will see these items on sale. So stock up! Build your stockpile as slow or as fast as you are able. For some that may mean a couple extra products each payday others may allow certain $ amount each pay day to go directly to the stockpile. I might keep an extra 20-40 on me just in case I see a special sale like I did this weekend. Christmas has just come and gone and Wal-Mart is trying to sell off the mass of Hams and Turkeys. Well, the hams were originally 1.98 a lb and reduced to just $1 per pound! And even better, the turkeys which were 1.19 a pound had been marked all the way down to .50 a pound. Needless to say I grabbed a couple of each and made the freezer happy. I knew that would be going on sale as you will see on my list below.
The list below will give you an idea of monthly sale/cycles at the grocery store and the items will be their lowest prices!
Post Christmas: Decorations, Toys, Wrapping Paper etc. on clearance. Also look for regular food Items packaged in Holiday packaging that will be on sale (refrigerated cookies, breads, crackers etc)
Super Bowl: Soda, Chips, Cheese, Sandwich items, Condiments, Crackers, Snack foods, Dips National Oatmeal Month: Most Quaker items will be on sale (not just oatmeal, look at Life cereal,Syrup etc)
Winter Health: Cold Medicines and Vitamins
Seasonal Items: Canned soups & Chili, Household Cleaners
National Canned Food Month: Canned Fruit & Veggies, Pie Fillings, Canned tuna & other meats
American Heart Month: Aspirin, Cholesterol Meds, Low Cholesterol “butter” spreads / sprays etc.
Chinese New Year: Soy Sauce, Crunchy noodles, Teriyaki Sauce, Ramen, Stir fry sauce, stir fry veggies, water chestnuts
National Hot Breakfast Month: Malt O Meal, Oatmeal, Eggo Waffles, Syrup, frozen potatoes
Valentines: Chocolate, Hershey’s, KY
Other: Dog Foods, Push on store brands
Frozen Food Month: All things frozen
Seasonal Items: Household Cleaners; Gardening supplies (occasionally earlier depending on where You live)
National Peanut Month: Peanut Butter, Peanuts
St Patrick’s Day: Potatoes, Corned Beef
Easter / Passover (sometimes not until April): Eggs, Ham, Horseradish, Spices, Sugar, Chocolate Chips, Coconut, Butter, Baking mixes, Marshmallows
Easter / Passover (If not in March): Eggs, Ham, Horseradish, Spices, Food coloring, Sugar, Chocolate Chips, Coconut, Butter, Baking mixes, Marshmallows
Daylight Savings: Batteries, Smoke / Carbon Monoxide detectors, Light Bulbs
Earth Day: Organic Foods, Energy Saver items, Eco-friendly items, Reusable Totes / Grocery Bags, Natural Cleaners
Post Easter: Decorations, Toys, Wrapping Paper etc. on clearance. Also look for regular food items packaged in Holiday packaging that will be on sale (refrigerated cookies, breads, crackers etc)
Other: Olive Oil, Popsicles (change of inventory this month), Kellogg’s Cereal, ConAgra Products
Memorial Day (Most will be on sale again in late June / Early July): Soda, Charcoal, Grilling Meats, Salad Dressing (often free with a coupon), Potato Chips, S’mores items, Dips, Grilling Meats, Hot Dogs, Hamburger Meat, Buns, Marinades, and Juice Drinks (like Capri Sun)
Allergy Meds: Alavert, Zyrtec, Claritin etc (and generics)
Paper Products: Plates, Utensils, Insect Repellant, Sunscreen
National Pet Week: Dog & cat food and treats
Cinco De Mayo: Salsa, tortillas, Taco seasonings
Other: General Mills Cereal
Stay away from full priced summer items early this month that were on sale last month (and next month) such as allergy meds, paper plates, sunscreen, insect repellant, BBQ items etc.
National Dairy Month: Eggs, Milk, Ice Cream, Cottage Cheese, Sliced / Shredded / Block Cheese, Cream Cheese, Butter, Yogurt, Sour Cream, Whipping Cream, Whipped Cream, Cool Whip, Drumsticks
Father’s Day / July 4th (end of June): BBQ items again: BBQ Sauce, Condiments, Grilling meat, Charcoal, Potato chips, Hamburger / Hot dog buns
National Headache Month: Aspirin, Sinus meds, Other Painkillers
National Ice Cream Month: Ice cream, Popsicles, Drumsticks etc.
More 4th of July BBQ Sales (Beginning of the month): Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup,Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips
Back to School Sales (sometimes at the end of the month; sometimes not until Aug)
Lunch meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal, Waffles, Lunchboxes, Crayons, Pencils, Folders, Binders, Granola bars, fruit snacks, pudding cups
Back to School (may continue into September through Labor Day): Lunch meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal (especially Kellogg’s), Waffles, Lunchboxes, Crayons, Pencils, Folders, Binders, markers, Glue, paper Granola bars, fruit snacks, pudding cups
Clorox Classroom Cleanup: Sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizers
Seasonal Clearances: Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, charcoal
Diabetes Products: Bayer Glucose Meters, Glucerna Cereal
Tomato Products: Tomato Sauce /, paste / juice, spaghetti sauce, Canned tomatoes, tomato soup,ketchup occasionally
Other: Honey, Oral care (typically more at drug stores than grocery stores), condensed soups
Halloween: Candy, Fresh Pumpkin
Holiday Baking Sales (end of month especially, but wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas week for the best deals): Canned pumpkin, Evaporated Milk, Baking Chips
Daylight Savings: Batteries, Smoke / Carbon Monoxide detectors, Light Bulbs
Adopt a Shelter-Dog Month: Dog foods and treats
Other: National seafood month
Great American Smoke Out: Nicorette, Commit etc.
Post Halloween: Candy Clearances, Costumes etc. Also look for regular food items packaged in Holiday packaging that will be on sale (refrigerated cookies, breads, crackers etc)
Peanut Butter Month: Peanuts, Peanut Butter
Holiday Baking Sales: Nuts, Chocolate Chips, Evaporated Milk, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Coconut, Cake Mixes Canned Holiday Items: Soup, Broth
Thanksgiving Items: Turkey, Canned Pumpkin, Stovetop Stuffing, Boxed Potatoes, Gravy Mixes, Frozen Pies, Cranberry Sauce, Jell-O, Marshmallows
Christmas Dinner: Gravy Mixes, Frozen Pies, Egg Nog, Deli Platters, Instant Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Jell-O, Marshmallows, Sour Cream Dips, Crackers, Chips, Soda, Ham, Turkey
Baking: Flour, Sugar, Butter, Cream, Chocolate Chips, Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, Muffin Mix, Breads, Pie Crust, Marshmallow, Whipped cream
Post Thanksgiving: Look for regular food items packaged in Holiday packaging that will be on sale (refrigerated cookies, breads, crackers etc)
Right after Christmas watch for Hams & Turkeys to be reduced to 50% off or more!
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Stockpiling is not hoarding. Hoarding is hoarding. What is the difference?
With the New Year looming I find myself thinking about savings, budgeting and getting ahead. Among these thoughts are stockpiling. I am very careful who I discuss my stockpile with for various reasons. Some people think to stockpile is to hoard and hoarding is not socially acceptable. Other people might see stockpiling as a means to a free meal for themselves or others. And then of course there is the fear of robbery. But I will tell you, stockpiling can literally be like a savings account in a bad situation.
So what is a stockpile?
A stockpile is a supply of food, sundry items, and anything else you buy at the store on a regular basis. To stockpile is buying numerous of the same items at once, usually when they are at rock bottom prices so that you build a surplus. Some people use a 3 or 6 month rule. This means that they readily have 3 or 6 months of groceries, soap, shampoo, etc. on hand at all times. They save time and money from having to go to the store often and they can rest assured that they will not go hungry any time soon.
But WHY stockpile?
This is easy. Have you ever been low on groceries and a storm hits that leaves you stranded at home for days? Then when you finally dig out the store is bare because people wiped it out ahead of the storm and the trucks got stuck? I have. Its not a nice feeling. Have you ever lost your job and had little to no savings? It’s at least 2 weeks before you get an unemployment check. What are you going to eat in the mean time?
Enter the stockpile!
Lost your job? No problem. Your stockpile is going to cover you until you can get back on your feet. Weather keeping you from getting to the store? No problem. Stockpile has you covered. Big bills hit all at once leaving little to no extra money for laundry soap or food? Go to the stockpile! The point is that a stockpile can be your saving grace. Find out when certain items go on sale for the lowest price and stock up. Perhaps take an extra $20 out of each paycheck and buy a few containers of laundry soap or chicken for the freezer. Plan ahead friends. You never know what life is going to throw your way. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared and it’s not hoarding so long as you are buying what you use and not letting it go to waste. You save money right? You save money in that emergency fund for “just in case” purposes. Well think that way about grocery and household items. Have them on hand you will be able to sleep a lot better at night.
My goal for the New Year is to create my stockpile to cover up to 1 year. Can you imagine not having to depend on the grocery store each week? I look forward to sharing with you pictures in the very near future.
Monday, December 9, 2013
November was a record breaking sales month for me!
I have been with Scentsy for close to 2 years. Now keep in mind I work full time and am sole parent to 2 children. My life is BUSY! Nevertheless, Scentsy has been a way to make extra money to help my family out. With that being said, I sold just over $1000 in product in November! Scentsy is AWESOME! Eveyone loves it. I mean there really is no selling, one whiff and my customers want to know how soon they can get it. I can only imagine the money that could be made if I could do it on a full time basis!
Are you looking for a way to make a little or a lot of extra money? Scentsy is the key! Its only 99 bucks for a starter kit which is a LOT of wax and a warmer and some amazing goodies! If you have even an hour a week you can make some good money!
Interested in joining Scentsy? I would love to have you on my team!
You can visit my website at https://kimberlymartin.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Join
At the moment it is 23 degrees with a wind chill of 13. There are a couple of inches of snow on the ground and ice on the side roads. Schools have been cancelled again which made for a very long 4 day weekend. Thankfully we had a Christmas party to go to yesterday which gave us a good reason to get out! I’m fortunate that I have earned time to be paid for my missed days unlike some of my other parent friends.
What do you do when your school is closed and your day care follows the school schedule? In a small town with maxed out day care programs there are not a lot of options. This has always been a stress factor for me because I constantly worry about job security. Being the only provider for my family you can surely understand that!
Today is going to be cleaning and getting ready for Christmas followed by cookie baking this evening for our “snack day” at the office tomorrow. I pray the weather subsides and that one is back on go in the morning.
Here are some pictures of the kiddos enjoying the snow!
Sunday my company hosted a Christmas party for kids. I had never been and so we were eagerly looking forward to it. It was a big hit! There was face painting, personalized ornament making, golf, a game like the SLINGO you see on the Price is Right, remote control car racing, balloon making, Santa and lots of candy. The kids had a fantastic time and are still talking about it.
Our company really does a lot for its workers and their families. We have a huge family picnic in the summer followed by a pool party at the end of August. We will have an adult Christmas party next weekend which I am so looking forward to. It is hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner.
Here are the kids with their sweet face paintings from the party:
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thanksgiving is over and now Christmas season is officially on go! Many of us could be found shopping those crazy sales last night while others were up at the crack of dawn today. Christmas has always been my very favorite time of year. A mixture of cold weather combined with baking and gift giving just make this season a hit.
I am looking forward to doing lots of Christmas shopping and cookie baking in the next couple of weeks. As an added treat we were lucky to score 3 of over 54K tickets to the Christmas Train in Adair, OK that sold out in just under an hour and a half. I am praying that the weather will not ruin my surprise for my family. We have never been but it sure does look like a fantastic place for family. Currently, I am planning our Christmas dinner and Christmas Eve surprises. Can you feel my excitement? J
What are your plans for Christmas?