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As I have mentioned in previous posts I am a coupon-er. There I said it. I wont pay full price for anything I have been feeling really unmotivated with my grocery shopping for a while and I thought if I posted my haul today it might get me in the mood.

So here is what I picked up at wally world.

groceries

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Hot Italian Sausage

Greek Pitas

Baby Carrotts

Hot Dog Buns

Dozen Doughnuts

IBProufen 100ct

celery

red grapes

scentsy wax

2bell peppers

Head of lettuce

mushrooms white pre sliced

5 lbs of chicken boneless skinless breasts

Crystal light (mio copy cat thingys) 3 of them

Gain Fire works fabric softenener

1 gallon of milk

Finish 32 count dishwasher tabs

Fiber one bars 4 boxes

Quaker granola bars 3 boxes

2 Bales of Pine Shavings for the chikens

Regular cost at my walmart would have been $89.45 after coupons and price matches I paid only $54.55

I saved 34.90 and only 11 dollars of that was coupons so even if you dont want to coupon and that is to time consuming for your lifestyle,  I think it is important that everyone price match considering most of my saving was from price matching.

ttfn

Kimmy ( the sticks)

 

 

 

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We have adopted 10 new family members, we have 10 baby chickens currently pecking and scratching away in my dining room. They are in a box of course but it sounds like a wood pecker is loose in my Kitchen.

I have been begging Mountain Man for Chickens since 2005 when we bought our first home. He has resisted and ignored my requests and for some unknown reason this last weekend he says to me, So I have a chicken coop lined up for you if you want it. hmmmmmmm what has he done? hehe. Seriously though what the hell? I have been begging for chickens for years and now he decides is  as good a time as any to fulfill my fantasy of chickens.

So before he changed his mind we loaded up a trailer and headed over the mountain to pick up this lovely coop from a friend of mountain man’s grandpa. His grandpa built it, but we had to pick it up at the uncles house. Whatever it is now mine and I was so excited. I made him stop at the hardware store on the way back down to pick up some paint.

Just starting to get paint on this beauty

Just starting to get paint on this beauty

Please ignore the messy yard and leaves everywhere it is early spring and the snow has only been melted for a week or 2 and I haven’t gotten to the yard yet.

Mountain man even cut me a tin roof and put it on for my new pals.

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My daughter helped her dad with the whole project and painted all the white on the house as well.

My daughter helped her dad with the whole project and painted all the white on the house as well.

We got it all painted and she looks beautiful.

I need to get some old tin signs for the sides and stuff to spruce it up a little.

My tiny red barn.

My tiny red barn.

Maybe a weather vain on top that would look great right?

The next day I decided to get my chickens. I went to my local Cal Ranch (tractor supply feed store) and picked up ten little ladies. Well I hope they are all Ladies although truth be told I kind of would like to have a rooster around. Anyway my theory was that if I bought 10 that I would end up with 5 because I figured at least half of them would die, because of multiple reasons but mostly because I am a pessimist.

However they are all still here and seem to be healthy and happy so now I have 10. Now to keep the cat and the two trained to find bird dogs out of them

 

I chose a variety of breeds based on their cold heartiness since our last winter was just awful, egg production, and temperament.

This is what I came up with.

2 Black Sex-Link (this is a Hybrid Breed)

2 Barred Rock (also a Hybrid Breed) These are absolutely beautiful black and white striped Birds.

3 Golden Sex – Link ( again a Hybrid) I am looking forward to these birds

1 Australorp – I did not choose this bird my daughter did but still a good choice

2 Buff Orpington Which is a cross breed I believe and thus is also a Hybrid.

Why Hybrid ? Well it basicially is a fancy term for a mut bird, haha well kind of it is a specific cross breed of Chicken made to produce maximum eggs and grow to maturity at max speed. These birds should start to produce eggs at 20 weeks.

 

I know that seems fast but they have changed so much in just the 4 days we have had them I’d say they were about 1-2 days old when we got them.chickThis is a day old chick above.

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3 Days old (Aprox) in my old wrinkly hand.

And now here they are today

The two front yellow ones are buff orpingtons the one behind them with the copper head is a golden sex link

The two front yellow ones are buff orpingtons the one behind them with the copper head is a golden sex link And that big beauty in the front on the right is My little Jessie’s Astralorpe.

 

Barred Rock hens and Buff Orpingtons

Barred Rock hens and Buff Orpingtons

Just look at how they are loosing their fluff and getting feathers. This is called Molting. I have been studying.

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I got these mostly for the egg production however if all 10 of them live and they all start producing eggs at the low average rate I figured that I will have about 2200-3000 eggs a year. Gah I may have to thin out a bit or get a big fridge and start selling them,   but also because I think they are a fun animal to have around.  I really hope I end up with one rooster otherwise I am going to have to find myself one big Americana(they are beautiful) to keep these ladies under control .

Thats all I’ve got from the sticks this week. I’ll keep you updated on my experiences as the weeks go by.

TTFN

Kimmy

( The Sticks)

 

 

 

 

 

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I have to watch my money just like so many of us do,  however I feel that I really have to have a good stockpile because well I live in a town with no grocery store. We have a small convenience store that has some goods basically a one wall grocery aisle that has odds and ends if you need them but I try to have a good stockpile. The nearest grocer is on the other side of the nearest town it is about  12 miles from here I also believe this store to be the biggest rip off in the state. The prices are ridiculous while it is nice to have it when I don’t have time to make the over 30 mile drive to my nearest smiths or wal mart I refuse to shop there unless I have to. This week I had to. I just needed a loaf of bread and I couldn’t drive to wal mart for a loaf of bread that is just stupid. So I went to the Market bought a loaf of bread that was on sale for 2.50 mind you for crappy white bread and then when I got home and checked the date I realized that it would expire in 3 days. This is really typical for this store. I also browsed a bit and picked up a package of fresh basil because I wanted to make a pesto. Well That is not going to happen I inspected the package the herb was wilted and had mold growing why the hell is this on the shelf. So I handed it to the guy stocking lettuce and paid for my bread and walked out of the store.

Anyway I am getting off track while explaining my utter disgust with our grocer. So I try to stock up once I had to buy some cold medicine there and paid 16 Dollars for Tylenol cold medicine. Normally I wont pay more than 2 dollars for triaminic that is because with coupons and price matching I can get it that cheap so when I have 4 coupons for something and it is on sale for a great price I buy 4 of them. Make sense? I am not an extreme couponer extreme coupoining disgusts me. There is no need for 150 mustards just because they are free. I do however like to stock up on the things we use.

The other day Smiths was having a good sale on some products so when you see what I bought you may be a bit confused but keep in mind I only buy what is on sale and then I combine it with coupons to get the lowest price possible. So Here is what I Bought.

I have here….

12 rolls of cottonelle TP

4 Bags of Arm and Hammer Laundry single load packs

1 Box of Finish Dish Detergent

6 Boxes of Cake Mix

1 Bag of Goldfish Grahams

8 Bags of Nabisco snack Saks

2 Bags of Doritos

4 boxes of Hefty Freezer Bags

3 boxes of Kleenex Tissues

3 Boxes of Bayer Aspirin

These were on sale at my wal mart for 2.99 I had a coupon for 3.00 I got these for free!

Let me just mention here that my savings on this trip was 72%

My total before coupons and fresh values savings would have been 101.12. I paid 29.26. This is why I coupon every week.

 

Now I obviously couldn’t feed my family with what I bought this day but I have a stock pile that I created by doing this I have plenty of treats for school lunches and snacks for my toddler. I have a couple of months worth of laundry detergent here and freezer bags for all those freezer meals not to mention some of the other goodies.

Clip away save money just try it even if you take a few coupons you are saving money but once you learn to do it right it doesn’t take much time and it will become a way of life for you.

Happy Clipping

Kimberly

The Sticks

 

 

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