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Friday, May 6, 2016

Shopping Trips Week of May 6th

Well, hello there.  You may have noticed the title of this post is a little different, that's because we had a few different shopping trips this week.  

Yesterday we went and bought our school curricula for next year and did part of our grocery shopping.  

Today we finished up our grocery shopping.

So let's start with our school shopping.  

We have decided to use Abeka curriculum.  For me, it gives me the lesson plans.  I need that structure.  We also liked it because it's a Christian curriculum and you have the option to start right off with cursive.  While you can find used books through Ebay, Facebook groups and a few other sources, we are choosing to spend the money and buy new.  The plan is to make copies of the workbooks and reuse them for all the kids... But once we get the books in we might decide to just reorder workbooks for the next child, that's something we will decide once we see what we have exactly.   For this year, we just ordered K5 Cursive Edition for Andrew.  I'll do a post just on this when we get our books in and what I'm doing for lesson plans.  I also added the teachers books (it has lesson plans and how to teach the phonics-not my strong suit-along with other teaching tips), daily Bible lessons and beginner social studies lessons.   We will get blank index cards for phonics flash cards, I'm told by other Abeka moms that these are an awesome resource but as the books have everything, to just buy the blank flashcards and make my own-so I'm taking their advice.  We also need to buy math manipulatives, which we can find at garage sales or on Amazon.  Along with buying a set of base 10 blocks, I'm going to buy some of those teddy bear counters, one set for Eva and one set for Grace (who will be sorting by color, but it's something that should help keep her little hands busy).  On just the books, I spent $170.  The rest will cost no more than $30 depending on where we find them at. 

Now to move on to the grocery shopping.  Aldi's opening missed this month's trip by 6 days. Boo! lol Next month. We'll hit them up next month.  I've spent $360 this month, which is on the lower side thanks to finding meat in the freezer.  

Dollar Tree I just needed tortillas and some moisturizing conditioner.  I bought extra dish soap the past couple months to make sure there was enough when baby came, so I still have the extra.  I also had laundry baskets on my list, but I guess they were out of stock, so onto Dollar General we go next week.  I buy the cheap ones for the kids, get two for each and double them up to make them last longer... Not as big of a deal when they break that way.  

At the bakery outlet we just bought bread. We have decided to spend a little more money on the better tasting hamburger buns and hot dog buns when needed from Sams or Hyvee.  

We also picked up honey from Deep Creek Honey over by Wall Lake.  Fresh honey is the best. :D 

At Sam's I spent $230 on our usual stuff.  You know you go around the same time every month when all the employees come say hi just to see the new baby. 

At HyVee I spent $90.. Now wasn't that a fun trip.  Our HyVee (Sioux Falls Marion Road) is under construction-they are redoing the ready to eat food section and reorganizing the rest of the store to be like the new ones.  So everything is a mess, but once it dawned on me how they were organizing things, I could find about everything-but they had associates ready to help whomever needed help.   

Our meal plan is using a lot of things we have in the freezer...because it's getting freezer burnt and needs to be used.. We are also doing a few new things... Gyros (sort of) and meatball subs.  Now, I'm cheating on the gyros...because I didn't want to hunt down ground lamb.... I'm using a gyro seasoning recipe I found on Pinterest and just putting it on roast beef (days of working at Arby's)... Still gonna make me want to go to Nick's Gyros and get some REAL ones, but we'll see how it turns out-can't be TOO bad, can it?  For the meatball subs, it's really pretty simple.. I bought meatballs-because buying that much meat to make the meatballs from scratch would make them really expensive-and they will be cooked in my homemade spaghetti sauce, stuck in sub buns that I bought, topped with mozzarella and toasted.  Sounds yummy, right? My hubby has such good ideas. :D  The rest of our meal plan is our usual meals.. Using up pork chops and chicken fried steaks from last month.  Chicken Alfredo, spaghetti, smothered burritos, tacos and fish.   

In other news, I still have to get the garden tilled.  It should be warm enough... My mom planted tomatoes for me, hopefully I don't kill them when I transfer them.  and I'm going to attempt onions and carrots again. It's worth a try, right?  

Baby Hannah is growing-slowly it seems-but growing.  My last three babies have been chubby and Hannah is very much a skinny little girl, I'm not quit sure what to do with this skinny little one! :) She wasn't too happy about being in the car seat so much this week, which made for frazzled nerves for me.  

Have a good week!


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