For the month of February, I worked hard at keeping the food budget down (and all around budget). I went to coupon sites, subscribed to new blogs for savings and tried to use what we had before going food shopping. Also, I cut out small trips and made one big shopping trip each week. In January, somehow I spent around $700 on food shopping. For February, I kept it under $400 at $389. However, this month included a $200 trip to Costco which is not a part of the $389. I guess I'll divide it evenly over a few months since we only go to Costco about every 3 months. Yesterday I listed sites that I have been checking out but I'll relist them. I'm obsessed right now with coupon match ups and trying to find coupons for everything I'm buying. Seeing the total savings makes me super excited! It's kind of addictive.
Here are the sites that have been really helpful:
Money Saving Mom
Health E Savers
For the Mommas
Other things to keep in mind - many grocery stores double coupons. Our Giant doubles them up to $1 (55cent coupon would add an extra 45 cent discount) and Wegmans doubles coupons less than $1 (55 cent coupon x 2 = $1.10 savings). Right now I just have all of my coupons thrown into a pouch that came with the diaper bag. I need a better system - anyone have a good system that they want to share?
Sunday night was not a good night of sleep. Kara was coughing most of the night and my neck was bothering me. I got up to go swimming only promising myself I'd nap in the afternoon but then Kara wasn't feeling well and I spent most of the afternoon holding her and trying to get her to nap - walking, rocking, etc. This morning
I woke up naturally around 4:45 but I had zero interest in getting up to do the hill workout. I slept in until 5:30 and got up and banged out 9 miles with speed work on the treadmill. At first I was thinking, oh man. I definitely should have just got up and gone to run outside with other people, but speed training on the treadmill goes so quickly. How often do you do intervals? Tempo runs? Every week or every other? Right now I'm only running 3 days, but will probably add a 4th day in a couple weeks. Is doing a tempo run and speed training in the same week + long run too much or just right? How do you make up your training plan? I have a half marathon in 4 weeks. I've been doing the hill, a speed workout or tempo run and long run. Sickness cut back my mileage but my goal mileage is 30 miles a week. In the next 4 weeks, any suggestions? I want to have a really good race at the end of the month!
Thank you Miranda and Bill for these training calculators which help to determine your pace for each type of run:
Jack Daniel's training calculator
McMillian training calculator