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I feel sick… really sick. Last night, I left my laptop on the kitchen table while I stepped out for a few minutes. I returned home seconds after my daughter spilled a cup of hot chocolate on it. Of course, we had no internet due to the rain, so I couldn’t look up quick fix methods on the other computer. I tried my hardest to save it, but I don’t think it’s going to pull through.

In true procrastinator style, I had not backed up any documents for months. This is going to be a very difficult and time consuming process, not to mention expensive. I cannot see well enough anymore to use a smaller screen, especially for daily work, so I’m looking for another 17″ or larger one, with the best price being around $1,000 right now. YUCK! I may settle for a better desktop and wait for a deal on a smaller laptop to take to classes.

If anyone is a computer expert and knows of a way to fix this, I am open to any and all suggestions!!!

Lanie and Vicki, if you’re reading this, this week probably signifies the beginning of another of my bouts with crazy, weird, breaking things. It’s already been a bad, expensive week!

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What a ‘beautiful’ day!

I hope this is a completely unnecessary preemptive apology.  I’ve had about 13 minutes of uninterrupted internet access this morning due to the rain.  We are expecting up to 6 inches of rain between today and tomorrow, but the last few hours have shown that it’s moving in faster and raining harder than anticipated.  If it keeps up, I may not have internet access for long!

Due to a family matter, there were no posts yesterday, and for that I deeply apologize.  My uncle had knee surgery and I went to stay with he and my aunt.  I would like to give a shout out to CMH hospital in Bolivar, MO.  I have NEVER been in a facility with so many caring individuals.  Nearly every person that walked by was quick to offer a hello, ask if they could help, or initiate a conversation.  The facilities were impeccably clean and did not reek of antispetic.  The staff was well educated and in such good spirits.  You could tell that every individual there genuinely loved their job. 

I did run a couple of errands while there and noticed that the politeness was city-wide.  It seems that this is a city that still operates on small-town charm.  It was such a nice change from the rudeness that seems to spread through most of our communities now.  I can tell you that it’s infectious.  I came home in the best mood I’ve been in quite some time, even after sitting in a hospital for 6 hours.  It is a wonderful town and I hope to become more acquainted with it!

Luckily it doesn’t look like we missed much in the way of deals yesterday.  I’ll try to catch up today- weather permitting!

Yummy Fall Recipe!!! Pumpkin Apple Butter

This is an easy and delicious recipe that can be made with ingredients right out of your pantry.

1 medium apple, shredded
1 can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup apple juice

Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 90 minutes.

This is delicious served with biscuits or toast (or to eat with a spoon!). It will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

So this couponer walked into a grocery store….

Last night, I had to run into town to pick up my new glasses (a story in itself- if I feel more nostalgic, I might tell you later). We were out of milk and potatoes and I also wanted to pick up something quick and easy for dinner as I was running late and didn’t plan ahead. I did not want to go 10 miles out of my way to stop at the local store, so I decided to go to the grocery store in town.

Walmart is currently in a remodel, so I decided to avoid it. There are 2 other stores in town, both of the same chain. These stores are not known for their cleanliness. But these stores are running some great deals this week, so I tried to justify the stop.

As I walked to the back of the building to pick up my milk, the unmistakable smell of smoke got stronger. As I got closer, I realized that the smell was coming from employees smoking inside the building in a breakroom with open doors. Is that even allowed?

This store is offering several in-ad coupons this week. My ad was missing the middle page with the coupons. I was purchasing 2 identical items that required the coupons. I asked the cashier if she had any available. She tore out one from a HUGE stack of ads. I asked her if she could scan it twice because I had two items. She said that they have to tear out one coupon for each product. So, instead of printing extra ads with just the coupons, or allowing the cashier to scan the same copy repeatedly, the store is wasting an entire 8 page ad for each sale product. Way to go!!!

I would like to thank said store for contributing to the health of their customers and the environment. WAY TO GO!!!

Monday’s Menu

I’ve posted over on the Stockpile Cooking site that I’m trying to get a little more into menu planning. If only I would just sit down and do it! I’m going to start posting my menus here so that I’m held a little more accountable for my actions.

Monday: Sloppy Joes and homemade french fries (with new potatoes)
Tuesday: Chicken and Biscuits
Wednesday: Stuffed Peppers
Thursday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Friday: Hamburgers (this is dependent on when we leave to go camping)

What are you guys having?

Normally, I don’t..

like to post pictures of the kids online, period. But, since so many family members and friends read the blog, I thought I’d share a couple from Katie’s ball game last night.

Miss Kate before the game started. She’s gotten to where she loves to pose.
Kate, up to bat!
Ethan, chalking the lines before Kate’s game. He got paid in pickles- his favorite! He had to make a mad dash to another town for his game shortly after hers started.
My little infielder!

Blog Overhaul Suggestions

As you’ve probably noticed, the blog is in the process of getting a great new look!

I am looking for reader suggestions for the new content. What features do you like and want to keep? Which would you rather not see? What would you like to see featured in the blog? Are you interested in writing a guest post on anything frugal for the blog?

You can either leave a comment below or send an email to comments@thesensiblefamily.com with you ideas and suggestions.

Thanks!

Blog Renovation

I am in the process of renovating the blog. Since I know nothing about this, it’s going to be a trial and error process over the next few days. Please don’t panic if you find dead links.

Thank you for your patience,
Alicia

Summer Stockpiling

I think that May-August are the best months for couponers. There are so many items at rock bottom prices! Summer holidays almost always include cookouts, so quick meats and condiments are at great prices. Look for convenience foods at a deep discount- manufacturers expect families to purchase larger amounts of these grab-n-go items. The following is a listing of great items to stock up on in the summer:

Hot Dogs

Pre-packaged Deli Meats

Bratwurst

Breakfast Meats

Cereal

Pop Tarts

Cheese

Bread

Salad Dressing

Mayonnaise

Ketchup

Mustard

BBQ Sauce

Steak Sauce

Marinades

Spices

Canned Beans

Canned Tuna

Macaroni and Cheese

Rice/Pasta mixes

Drink Mixes

Soda

Juices

Pasta

Pasta Sauce

Ready-Made Frozen Foods

Sunscreen

Cleansers

Snack Foods (fruit snacks, granola bars, string cheese, etc)