These are my Publix deals for today’s shopping trip

1 Jar of Mott’s Applesauce-$1.36
4 boxes Chocolate Cheerios- $.56 (total!)
1 Quaker Instant Grits- $.90
1 Hellman’s Mayo- $1.44
2 Lipton 100ct. Tea Bags- $2
2 Jars Classico Pasta Sauce- $1.58
5 boxes Betty Crocker Muffin Mix- $1.50 (total!)
1 Duncan Hines Brownie Mix- $1.24
1 Velveeta Shells and Cheese- $1.29
2 boxes Ritz Crackerfuls- $3.38
1 bag Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cheesecake Middle Cookies- $1.74
2 12oz. bags of Dunkin Donuts Coffee- $9.48 (seems like a lot for coffee, but it’s actually $3.00 cheaper than buying the same amount at Walmart!)

I’m saving about 75% off regular retail price.

I know some of you have voiced concerns about developing a ‘hoarding’ mindset when you stock pile cheap groceries. I’ve also heard some say that they feel like they wouldn’t be relying on God’s daily provision if you’re stocking up like this. First I’d like to say that I do not buy for six weeks at a time like some coupon queens suggest you do. Everything on this list will last us less than two weeks. As a family of EIGHT, we go through a box of cereal every day. We go through four to five loaves of bread per week, and don’t even get me started on the amount of coffee it takes to keep me going! I feel like couponing IS God’s provision for our growing family. It’s smart to be frugal and make good choices. In a time where money is tighter than ever, we’re working hard to get out of debt, put money in savings, and be generous givers. Coupons help us keep our momentum going, as well as purchase groceries that I usually would not purchase because they’re too expensive without a sale and coupons.

Coupons have also allowed me to quit shopping at Walmart for groceries. Don’t get me wrong, I still go to Walmart every week. It is about one mile from my house and I can go to Walmart and be back in less than 20 minutes for emergencies like diapers or milk at 9:30 at night or 6:00 in the morning.

Okay, enough about the coupons for now.

These steroids are killing me. I was awake at 3:00am with nausea, a terrible headache, I felt like I had a fever, but didn’t, and I was shaking all over. It was horrible. I vowed not to take another dose, but my parents insist I must finish the steroids in order for my thyroid to shrink back down to normal. Please pray these chemo-like symptoms will go away and today/tonight will be 100% better!