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Waiting for the best deal pays off

In this case, at least.

We have been looking to buy a gas grill for the past year or so. Never really made the plunge to get one.

Last month, I finally buckled down and wanted to get one this year. We have been looking at sales and trying to get the best deal we could get. We found a couple but of course, the stores closer to us didn't have them in stock. The store in next town didn't deliver grills. Blech.

Anyway. We have a friend who will be moving to a different state this summer. Him and his family and downsizing their homestuff drastically.

He has the grill we were looking at; a Kenmore, 3 burner grill. He gave it to us for 1/4 of the price.

Excellent! I guess hesitating and not wanting to spend money do pay off sometimes.

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Not so frugal

The past two weeks have been a bit sluggish for us. I don't cook much at all. Between flu, cold, clinics, ER visit, we just don't have the time nor the energy to cook much. Canned soup, ordering take outs, fast food. Though all for dinners. We still make our own food for lunch. Quick lunches like sandwiches or just slices of cheese, or hot dogs. I ended up getting to the store a few times to stock up on convenient food; frozen chicken nuggets, hot dogs, bread (yes, I baked only once, maybe twice this past two weeks), yogurt drinks and boost, cheese and nuts. Something that won't take much to grab something quick to eat.

I am not even going to tally how much money we spent on take outs. It's not worth stressing over. Obviously we need it.

Now, if only I can start gong back to the gym again and get some semblance of balance in my life. That'd be great. All those take outs left me feeling a bit sluggish. Or maybe that's the bug that going around and around that does that? Yeesh..

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Score a great car seat

We've been looking at getting a compact car seat for our son. We plan on adding another child to the family in the future. We aren't planning on trading our car for a minivan. Therefore, we need compact carseats so we can fit three kids in the car.

We've looked and looked. We found two options; a Combi Coccoro or a Sunshine Kids Radian. They both received great safety ratings, and they both are made for fitting 3 seats across in the backseat of a compact car. Both of them are in the $200+ range per seat. Ugh... but it's still a lot cheaper than getting a van. So I bite the bullet and started looking for 2 car seats.

We searched for sales. I didn't find a sale for Radian that fell below $200 for a while. Last week, I found a sale for Coccoro for $159. Even though I was leaning towards Radian for my son, I bought the Coccoro. My son picked the orange one, from several color options.

It came and installed in the car. My son has sat in it several times. It is ok for a short ride. He's almost outgrowing it! Sigh.. so I had to look around for Radian. We weren't planning on getting the second seat for a while yet since we don't have any reason to.

Radian is build more for taller and broader kids. Coccoro is built more for smaller kids.

So, OK, for now, we'll save the Coccoro for later use. I started searching again for a Radian on sale. I checked on eBay. Someone is selling a new Radian for $189. Hey! A good start.

Then I went to a forum. Someone posted a sale notice at They're selling the Radian 65 for $119! I hurried over, put one in cart. I also have a discount code for the website. I got another $7 off.

We bought the Radian for $112.99 total. It has free shipping. That's about 50% off.

A big score! :D

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Time to get grocery

We've been buying grocery every two weeks, with the exception of milk. I have the list ready and the next two weeks menu ready. However, I don't have the energy to go and get it.

So far, we've averaged about $60 per week for grocery. I don't think that's a bad average considering I cook for every dinner every night. Even if I don't cook every night, I usually make a big enough meal to last another meal the next day. That number includes all the meat, chicken, produce, flour, rice, pasta, milk, etc. Not too shabby.

It helps that we don't eat beef that much anymore. I also buy the meat only when they're on sale. For the chickens, I buy bags of frozen chicken strips when they're 50% off. We have a lot of eggs on hand. I usually buy about 3 dozen everytime I get grocery. Good and easy protein for a meal or two.

Can we keep to this pattern? I don't know. Things changes all the time. I haven't been doing weight training as much, so I don't crave as much red meat. That would change if I change my exercise routine.

At this point, I just hope we can keep to this pattern regularly.

UPDATE: I spent $111 on groceries shopping last night and that's because of the freaking Gillette Mach3 razors that cost $12. Otherwise, it would have been $100 for two weeks of groceries and sundries.

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