October 4, 2011

Halloween is Coming!

Halloween is my favorite time of year. 

I do not exactly understand why, because I absolutely hate people in masks and costumes, but there is just something about All Hallows' Eve that makes me happy.  Maybe it's the chill in the air, the free candy, or the twinkle in the kiddies' eyes when they scream, "Trick or Treat!" at the top of their lungs... I'm not quite sure... 

For years, I have wanted to decorate our home in the scariest of things - cobwebs, pumpkins, skeletons and such - it would be like my Christmas, but since we moved in, we have yet to spend a Halloween at home.  This year is no different.  I will have to work that night and miss out on all the festivities.  My husband is not much of a Holiday guy, so getting him to take pictures of the kids and give out candy will be like pulling teeth.  Not looking forward to it at all. 

The good thing is that the company at which I work, is pro-family and they go all out for Halloween.  For that, I am thankful.  But now, I have to come up with a costume idea.  I could do my Wench outfit - which isn't risque in the least, but it does push my bosoms up to my chin....  Not sure that's very child-friendly...  I will have to ask.   heh...

Let the countdown BEGIN!

October 3, 2011

Happy October!

In Florida, we don't get snow.  We don't get flurries. We don't even get freezing temperatures.  But, in October, there is a special time when the weather breaks.  The heat and humidity are gone, and there is a crispness to the air.  It may only happen in Central Florida, and it may only be for a couple of days in a row - but I look forward to it each and every year...

This year, it happened while we were in Miami - but what a welcomed feeling it was to have all of our windows open when we returned.  The breeze tickling us as we slept in almost 50 degree weather.


Unfortunately, my husband was born and raised in South Florida, so to him, it was freezing....

He needs to learn to wear sweaters.     =)

August 25, 2011

Thursday Night Live

I'm here at Tijuana Flats by my house, having some FREE BEER!     

I know, it's a 'school' night.. (aka Work night) but we are having a relaxing night out....  Playing on the computer, drinking and figuring out what we want to eat.   Husband doesn't care much for Tex-Mex, but I LOVE it!

We are almost through with Week 2 of training, and my husband may start working with me while he looks for a job in Law Enforcement..   Today is a good day.   =)

Tonight is also a good night.    WOOT WOOT!!!!  

August 24, 2011

UnEmployed No More!

I'm on Day 8 of training, and I'm loving it!!!!

Because of this, I have not been able to get to the library to post any of my blogs for August, but I've still posted more this month than in the past few!  Right? 

Husband and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary on Monday.  Went out to a nice dinner at the Chart House.  I don't know if you have ever been to one, but they are lovely.  I'm not used to being waited on in such a manner.  It's a nice feeling, yet almost uncomfortable for a DIY kind of girl like me...   However, it was a fantastic night, overall.  I had Stuffed Tilapia (delicious), and hubs had some sort of Lamb Lollipops...  Something to that effect...  Anyway, I took some pictures - so I could post on Foodspotting - (I can be followed HERE.)  They were a bit dark, but I'm going to see what I can do with them at home...

Job is going well...  I mean, it's 7 weeks' worth of training - which is the part that I love (and at which I excel)!  Unfortunately, not everyone 'gets it' as quickly as me and a few others.  We are down to 23 out of 26 people - 2 for family reasons, one we're not sure of.  It's really none of my business, I know.  I just like to know if they are okay...   It's a pretty wide range of people, too - which is neat.  I think our ages range from 18 to probably 55 or so!  They are a nifty group, if I must say so.  The instructor is pretty cool, too.  I think we may be his first full time class, though.  He seems a little frazzled, but thankfully on his game.  His patience is amazing.  There are a couple of talkers in the class that I would have long ago separated...  They aren't too disruptive, but telling someone to stop talking 2 - 3 times a day would wear on me. 

Like I said, it's 7 weeks and we are midway through week 2.  I'm looking forward to seeing how we end up.  Who passes and who doesn't...   What matters to me is that I learn all that I can, exceed everyone's expectations (even mine!), and eventually become something bigger...  This company seems to have a LOT of growth opportunities, and I expect to explore them all!

Have a wonderful afternoon, everyone! 

August 11, 2011

Banking is not for me

So far, so good on the job front.  I have been getting emails from the Company, guiding me through their 'in-doc' procedures.  They call it the 'Red Carpet,' which I think is just lovely!  (And Yes, I said 'lovely.')  It makes me feel welcomed and important.  Isn't that how everyone should feel when being introduced into a new company? 

So, I've got until Friday to get a copy of my High School diploma (and I have absolutely NO idea how to do that...) and enroll in Direct Deposit.  Normally, this would not be a problem.  However, we are disappointed in the way our bank is going, and want to switch to something else.  Unfortunately, we have not yet decided on which bank to use.

I am currently trying to figure out what the difference between a Bank and a Credit Union is.  I would like to earn money on our savings, but with the economy the way it is today, that's pretty tough to find.  I would also like to be able to use the account and not have to pay for it every month.  That's the problem with our current bank - they are going from 'Free Checking' to having to pay $7 every month!  Um... No thank you...  Sure, $7 isn't all that much to some people, but it adds up!  Plus, I'm poor - so it IS a lot of money to me!

I was thinking of maybe going to the bank that holds our mortgage, but we eventually would like to refinance that, so it may not matter in the long run.

UGH!  I wish they would have taught this stuff in High School.  I was lucky enough to have one teacher who taught us a bit about the stock market, how to write a check, and a bit about balancing a checkbook - but back then, Debit cards were scarce.  Hmm.. now that I think about it, that shouldn't make much of a difference.  *sigh*  Maybe banks should do monthly seminars on this stuff!  Now THAT would be great!  Who better to learn from, right?  

Okay, I just made myself giggle on that one.  I'm sure people are out there thinking, "Yeah, let's learn from the banks that can't seem to handle their own money problems.  Maybe we can learn how to get bailed out, too!"

So...  Here goes nothing.  Research, Research, Research...  

What do you use, and/or prefer?  Bank or Credit Union? 

August 10, 2011

So. Very. Tired. Driving Sucks.

In the past two days, I have probably driven almost 400 miles.  I have had two long trips (1+ hours) and a bunch of teeny tiny short ones around the town.  Let me tell you, I'm not usually the one who drives anywhere.  Not necessarily because I don't enjoy it - I do.  My husband doesn't think I'm a good driver. 

Yes, he makes the unoriginal jokes about Female drivers, but he doesn't truly think that women can't drive.  Just me.  He doesn't tease me about it.  He doesn't turn white at the thought of me driving.  He just doesn't think I'm all that great.

Honestly, I may not be.   I'm not horrible, by any means!  I just get a little lost sometimes.  Both figuratively and literally.  I get a little anxious in heavy traffic, and don't even think about talking to me in the rain!  The rain issue is mostly because of the drivers in Florida.  It is the rainiest state I have ever been in, yet nobody seems to know how to drive in it.  It's ridiculous! 

Rain is not a new concept, People!

You would think the cities would shut down if they could....

Anyway, all this driving, and rain, and added stress has taken it's toll.  I have walked around like a zombie for the past two days, and I don't think it will change until Saturday when I can finally rest! 

To top it all off...  My husband's ex-girlfriend is coming to visit with her daughter.  I have NO idea what to do with them, or entertain them with.  Especially when I feel like Death warmed over!  It's going to be a long two days... I'll tell you that much!

August 8, 2011

What a Good Day

I know, I know.. I'm sorely slacking on the writing thing...  I suck.  I write more when I am not under a 'deadline,' I guess.  However, I wanted to give a big sigh of relief by posting publicly that I have had a pretty good couple of days!

I spent the majority of Sunday in the library, filling out job applications for the husband, while he was home.  Doing nothing, I might add.  Didn't touch a dish in the sink; didn't take anything out for dinner; zip, zero, zilch, NADA!  I knew he wouldn't, but it still irked me.  He had the day off because the Moble Unit he mans for the local police department had broken down.  So he wasn't needed.

It started off crazy.  I honestly don't know why.  The night before was pretty nice.  But at 5AM, when he would normally go to work, he got up, showered and proceeded to B!+C# about how he couldn't find things that he swore he put away.  He stomped around like a child for almost an hour.  Mind you, it's Five in the Frickin' Morning!!!!  I didn't have to wake up early, so I was up late watching my LockUp marathon on MSNBC....  I'm not a morning person to begin with, but that was just horrific!

I still had not found my wedding ring, and I was pretty upset by it.  Anyway, by the time the library opened, I couldn't wait to get out of the house. 

When I got home, things were much, much, MUCH calmer.  I'm thinking he had a good nap.  But that's me.  We watched Kick Ass (which was quite good) and ate Pizza (which was also quite good).  Not long after, we called it a night.  He had to get up at 4 this morning for another shift.

I happened to be in the bathroom, drying my hands and face, when I had an epiphany.   I wondered if maybe I had lost my ring when I was doing the exact same thing the night it was lost.  It's always loose by that time of day, so I try to take special care to keep it on...  but maybe...   I looked behind the toilet, in the garbage, in the toilet scrubber doohickey... Nothing. 

As a fluke, I lifted up the bathmat.  Then the mat that sits under the toilet.  My heart sunk. It wasn't there.  Maybe I was wrong.  Until I leaned down to straighten it out and caught a flash in the corner of my eye.  MY RING!  I was absolutely thrilled!  I leaned down and plucked it out of the cotton loops that make up our mats and felt complete again.  I knew it was going to be a good week.

So, since I'm rambling already, may as well keep going, right?

I got up at 4 with the hubs, so that I could take the car for the day.  And I am thankful I did!  I had a first interview for a position last Friday, and got the call back for a second interview that afternoon.  In my head, I was sure it was scheduled for Wednesday, the 10th.  On the way home, I listened to the call, just to be sure.  Nope, I was wrong.  It was scheduled at 10.  TODAY!

I went home, but couldn't fall right back to sleep.  I was already awake, and quite excited/nervous for the interview.  I did finally get a little rest, but jumped up at 8AM to get ready and go.

Long story short, (I know, too late for that), THEY HIRED ME!!!!  I took the drug test this afternoon, filled out some online 'paperwork,' and now I just wait to make sure the background check comes back fine.  It should... but you never know!  =)  I'm very excited and I hope that by Friday I'm able to tell you that I am officially employed!

Whew...  that was quite the rant.   SORRY!!!!   I hope you will forgive me.  =)  It's going to be a good week.  It's just got to be!

August 6, 2011

I Have Not Forgotten NaBloPoMo

Unfortunately, I do not have internet access at my home.  I do, however, have a computer and flash drive, which I have dutifully loaded all of my posts onto.  That being said, I'm a bit of a ditz sometimes and I have left the drive in my backpack, at home. 

Things have been busy around the house this week.  I wish it were fictional, as to fit in with the NaBloPoMo theme for August, but it is not.

 My husband celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, so we took a whirlwind trip down to Miami.  It was fantastic, but the drive home on Wednesday took absolutely forever!  We were exhausted!

I had an interview yesterday, which went pretty well.  Last night, we celebrated my call-back for a second interview.  I met him at a local watering hole, had a couple drinks and got some dinner.  It was relatively calm, but for some reason, I woke up this morning without my wedding ring on.  I have searched EVERYWHERE!  But to no avail.  I feel sick to my stomach about it.  I am praying to all of the saints that it didn't fall off in my pool when I went swimming.  It always gets just a bit loose later in the day...  So, I'm going to have to go home and continue my search.  My engagement ring made it's way back to the ringbox, so I have to believe that my wedding ring is SOMEWHERE in the house...   I just have to!

Writing about it has made me feel a tad better... but not much.  I really need to find it.  I feel naked without it!!!

So, that has been my week.  I'm hoping that next week fairs better.  Wish me luck!

July 31, 2011

August NaBloPoMo - Subject: Fiction

I'm going to try it again...  I have nothing better to do while I look for work, so why not write, right?

I have tried to write a post per day in the past, and have failed miserably, but with a subject like 'Fiction,' I thought I may give it another go! 

A while back, I won a blog giveaway and the prize was a copy of 'The 3 A.M. Epiphany' - which I had never heard of, nor ever thought of using... However, once I received it, I was intrigued!  I have always been a fan of journal writing, and have written a few short stories here and there (in High School and College!), and the excercises in the book piqued my interest again.  I figure that now would be a great time to dig it out of my piles of books (that I never get around to reading), blow the dust off the cover, and delve in.

Who knows?  Maybe it will light a fire under my butt for NaNoWriMo!!!!  =)

June 11, 2011

Hooray for CVS! Kind of...


I fianally got my husband to come with me to the grand opening of a local CVS.  I was really quite excited.  It's a bit of a rush when I get to 'show off' by saving money.  Weird, I know.  I was thrilled to see that it had finally opened!  It's a very nice looking  store, by the way.

I had my list printed out, coupons ready, and binder in hand - in case I saw a good deal.  However, being a new store, there weren't any clearance items that I could find.  I am kicking myself, though. I forgot to have my bag tag scanned. It's like giving away free money!  It makes my tummy knot up...

Anyway, after all was said and done, we spent about $30.00 (if I had to guess, since my receipts are at home), but only $9.20 out of pocket - in three transactions, and I have $4 in ECBs left.  I'm pretty sure that if I had planned better, we would have spent even less.  I just felt a little rushed during checkout.  There were also a few things that we wanted that weren't in stock.  I will probably go to anothet store tomorrow or Saturday to see if I have better luck.

NOTE:  Since initally writing this post, I have gone back to the new CVS, and to my 'usual' CVS - TWICE! - and the items still have yet to be re-stocked.  I guess I'm feeling the frustration of the being the victim of a 'shelf-clearer.'  I hate missing such a good sale, but I guess I will have to suck it up.  **grumble**

April 26, 2011

To Schmooze, or not to Schmooze...

For the past couple of weeks, I have been planning to go to a Chamber event tonight at a restaurant here in Daytona.

It's been on my home calendar, my work calendar, programmed into my phone, etcetera...  Yet, right now - less than an hour before it is to begin, I'm really not feelin' it.  I'm not much of a talker to begin with.  I don't steer clear of crowds, but I usually have back up in the form of my husband - who is always the life of the party... However, he is not going this evening.  Pity.

I'm still deciding, but it's not looking good!  =/

Maybe, if I knew better how to begin conversations and whatnot... Any thoughts on how to break out of my shell?  Maybe suggest a book or something?  I actually thought about looking into the local chapter of the Toastmasters, but I haven't been able to find much.  (However, I have not yet delved into the search!)

Sigh...  I guess we'll see where this goes! 

April 20, 2011

Mary Kay for Mother's Day

Mary Kay Limited Edition Gift Set - Simply Cotton

With Mother's Day around the corner, ( Sunday, May 8th) I thought that now would be a great time to hold a virtual Business Debut.  To kick it off, I have set a goal of selling ten of the Simply Cotton gift sets by next Friday.  In itself, it sounds like a goal that may be reached - but the planning is a bit fuzzy.

I believe that I need to speak with some of my male friends, as they are usually somewhat clueless about what to get their wives, moms, grand-moms, etcetera for Mother's Day.  I think that this would be a fantastic way for them to get in good with their Female counterparts, and the Mom's get a cute bag, scarf and sweet smelling perfume!  Win-Win in my book!

I also think it could be a cute idea for Dad's to get them as gifts 'From the Kids.'  What kid doesn't want to give their mom a Mother's Day gift?  Right?  (Really - Right?  I don't have kids,  so I don't know! hehe)  Anyway, since this is my first attempt at achieving I am going to go Full Force.  No holds barred!  (I still don't understand that saying...) Balls to the Wall!  (I got caught up in the moment....)  I think you get the picture.  So, that being said, if it looks like something you would like more information on - feel free to go to my Mary Kay site, Follow me on Twitter, or send me an email/leave a comment!  You would be helping out a fellow blogger as well as giving a great gift to a loved one!  What could be bad about that?

April 13, 2011

Well, I got sucked in...

As of Monday, I am a new Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay.

Hold your groans....  Please?

I thought about it all weekend long.  I wrote out pro/con lists and read over some of their legal jargon (which I am a bit surprised I understood!).  I talked it over with my husband, who thankfully listened with an open mind  I gave him the opportunity to voice his opinions and ask me questions to get a better feel for where I'm coming from, and what I would be doing with the company.  I got his approval over a Red Lobster dinner on Saturday night, and on Monday I signed up - Monday night got my induction pin and whatnot...  Now, I am anxiously waiting on my Starter Kit to be delivered.  I obsessively check the website to see if it has been shipped - still nothing.  I'm hoping it will be here on Friday.  I don't think I can wait until Monday!!! 

Anyway, the evening was a lot of fun.  There were 5 new consultants getting pinned, which was neat to see; There were TWO pink Cadillacs in the parking lot - one was earned by a National Sales Director and the other was for a Senior Sales Director (I think).  I liked the one that was an Escalade...  Anyway, there were a lot of Directors in the house for the event - which was nifty to see.  Not many people support each other so strongly! 

There were also 6 guests there for makeovers (which is how I was introduced to the Consultant aspect of the company).  The highlight for me was listening to Maureen Leta speak.  (I apologize if I spelled her name incorrectly.) 

Maureen was, according to her story, a teacher in New York making some pretty decent money at the time, but not enough to get a nice house or car or whatever.  She got into Mary Kay to add to her income, and eventually went full steam ahead and started to make more money than she did at school.  Fast Forward twenty years later and she's driving somewhere around her 16th Caddy and travels with her husband as a National Sales Director.

Now, even if that's not something I can see myself doing, the story was incredibly inspiring and made me just a bit more excited about my biz.  I just need to find people who like the stuff, or at least want to try it, and go from there! 

Our next meeting is on Monday night.  I'm looking forward to seeing how it changes (in my eyes) upon becoming a consultant as opposed to a guest.  WOO HOO!    Let's hope this isn't some sort of complete scam.  I'm keeping my head up!  (and my fingers crossed....)

April 6, 2011

Mary Kay - Money maker? Or Money Waster?

As I know I have mentioned before, I want out of the day to day crap that is my job.  Sure, the people are fantastic, but the job is boring and I need to make more money.

A few years ago, when I worked for the local office of a national real estate company, I met a lady who sold Mary Kay.  She saw how much lip balm I used on a daily basis and told me about the Satin Lips kit that Mary Kay offers.  I tried the sample she gave me, and it worked.  I didn't buy it, but it was a really nice change.  I did get a couple of things from her, but that was it.  Later, at another job, I found a catalog from a local Independent Beauty Consultant and ordered from her.  I only did this once, because of money constraints, but again, I liked the stuff that was offered.

So, when I began at my current job, I found out that not one, but two of my co-workers were IBCs.  One invited me to her parties and whatnot, and the other seemed to keep to herself.  I did order from both of them, however  Only because one kept an inventory of things that I used.  The other girl would place orders as needed.  I saw how different the business could be.

Eventually, both ladies left the firm and I thought I was done.  I didn't think it was all that big a deal, because I hadn't always used Mary Kay, so I knew I could find things that I enjoyed as much.  However, about a year ago, another co-worker decided to start her own Mary Kay Biz.  She is not the most social or approachable person, but she has done okay for herself.  From what I can tell, anyway...  I have gone to a couple of her training sessions, where we get to try new products and get mini makeovers.  They are a lot of fun and there are a variety of people there!  I get the feeling that if she can do it, so could it.

But then I wonder, "How?"  I am not very social.  I love computers, so I could get the word out via the typical social networks and whatnot, but will that be enough to justify the initial investment?  The reason I am thinking about it now is because there is a huge price break on the start up kit - which could NOT have come at a better time!  I have been watching and reading the testimonials on the MK site, which have been an inspiration.  I am talking a lot with my co-worker - who is really excited for me!  That is a surprise in itself!  In what kind of business is someone happy for someone else??? Girls are supposed to be catty and annoyed when other girls want to succeed...  But I don't get that from Mary Kay.  Everyone I have spoken with is supportive, excited and overall happy.  I want to be happy!  I am still going to give it some more thought, but it's really leaning toward a 'Yes, I want to be an IBC for MK!' 

My question to anyone happening across this blog post is this:  Do you know anyone who sells Mary Kay?  Do YOU sell it?  Do you love it? Was it worth your time and money?

March 28, 2011

Life Continues...

Well, I didn't get the job I was waiting to hear on.  It's disappointing, but I will continue my search.  I have to remember that with the job market the way it is, companies have their pick of the litter!

Speaking of litters....  My dog had puppies.  They will be a week old tomorrow (Tuesday).  I'm so happy to have cute little Basset pups running around, but at the same time, they are expensive and they whine.  heh!  I get that they are just newly born, but I don't like being woken up at 2 and 4 in the morning!  However, it's only for another week or so.  We'll have them moved out of our bathroom by then.  I hope....  I will post pics of them soon!  (They are adorable!)

I twisted my ankle last week, so I haven't been able to run the second week of the Couch to 5K program.  I'm not happy about that, but I'm resting the ankle.  It doesn't hurt all that much, but feels like it needs to be 'popped.'  I hate that feeling!  I stretch it a little bit each day, and I was using a brace for the first couple of days.  I probably shouldn't have stopped...  I have a pair of low heels on today, and that doesn't seem to have been a smart choice.  Bah!

Went to MegaCon this weekend - also probably not the smartest thing for my ankle.  But it was a lot of fun.  Again, I will post pictures soon.  I used to absolutely LOVE that Con - but it's lost its charm over the years.  I don't get to play much D&D anymore, so I don't know anyone who goes there anymore.  Sad...  Very sad... 

I guess that's pretty much it for stuff that has gone on over the past couple of weeks... There may have been little hiccups here and there, but I'm sure I'll ramble about them some other time.  =)  For now, this will be it.  Until the next time...  =) 

March 8, 2011

A watched pot...

For two weeks I have waited patiently for an email that has not yet come.  I'm not sure if I should give up quite yet.  I mean, it's not like I'm doing anything physical in waiting, so 'giving up' is more of a term than an action...  But it still bothers me.

When I see my email notification tell me that I have a new message, my heart skips just a bit.  Almost a flutter, but since I'm trying to keep my hopes in check, I try to keep the little insect in a net. 

I just wish that when you go to an interview and they tell you, look for an email within the next couple of weeks, they actually followed through.  I do understand that there are places that have so many applicants that they can't send out personal emails to everyone, but there should be some sort of form letter or something to send to those who don't get hired.  (In a perfect world, I guess....)

So, I safely put away another day of not knowing my status with this particular department.  I think that I will give it til the end of the week before I officially give up.  The brief moments of excitement make the day a little better.  Just before they drag me down again.  heh... 

Happy Tuesday, everybody!  =)

March 7, 2011

Bike Week and St. Patrick's Day Already?

Wow the time has flown by!

I'm not going to apologize for not blogging more often, as I have no reason to.  I have been killing time at my job by other means.  Certainly Cafe World and Frontierville are much less productive than blogging - but they are mindless enough to pass the time quickly and without much thought. 

Of course I know that this is sad, and I am still doing my best to change my situation - but it's quite slow going!

I have applied to many positions I have seen out there on job sites and in the classifieds, but I get little to no response.  I'm currently waiting (for the second time) to hear from the local Sheriff's office to see about a position there - but I am at the mercy of their Human Resources department.  I'm beginning to (again) lose hope on this one. 

On a good note, my husband has completed his stint at the Police Academy and will be taking the State Certification Exam at the end of the month!  I'm very happy for him.  Proud, too!  He isn't much of an academic, so I feared he would get frustrated with the class portions.  I am so very happy to have been wrong!

In the meantime, he is doing his part time stuff - working at the local events and at the Police Department (as a Civilian, not an Officer).  This week, he is being loaded with shifts for the 70th Annual Bike Week over in Daytona.  I give him kudos on that one!  Some of those people can be rather scary!

Soooooo.....   I know that there is more I want to write.  I'm hoping to get some out into the interwebs sometime soon!  We still do not have access to the internet at home, so I have to squeeze all of my FaceBook time, work, couponing and any extraneous researching into a small, 7 hour day. (Sometimes this bleeds into the evenings and weekends, when I may go to the Library - but they are usually quite busy, and the the connection is super slow...)

So, I will take solace in the fact that I was able to get that out there and hope to be able to exercise the fingers more in the next few days!

February 18, 2011

"Beauty & Thrift" is giving away E-Mealz!

Yep, that's right!  If you go over to the Beauty & Thrift blog, you will see that they are having a giveaway - and the fantastic prize is a 6 month subscription to E-Mealz!

If you have never heard of E-Mealz, I will give you a quick rundown.    

Basically, it's a meal plan.  And they have a pretty good variety from which to choose!  There are plans for families, couples, Wal*Mart Shoppers, and even those who must avoid Gluten!  After signing up, you get access to a link to a menu for the week - along with a link for the previous week's meals.  Conveniently, there is also a shopping list included, outlining the main ingredients for the meals.  The list is easy to read, lets you know which meals the items are for (which is nice if you are just buying a few things at a time), and gives you the approximate total of everything you will be buying!  I love that part!  It's nice to know that I can go to the supermarket and get just about everything I need for a week's worth of meals, for (usually) around $45!

Unfortunately, the only meal that is covered is dinner - but they are simple and tasty!

Now, I have only tried the plan once, and we did the 'Wal*Mart Lo-Fat Plan for Two."  This particular plan covered only 5 nights of meals - which, for us, was just fine.  3 of the 5 meals would usually leave leftovers.  They were also easy to adjust and tweak for serving size and taste.  Yes, they are very basic meals, and rather simple in both preparation and taste - but they are also quick to make.  To me, the less time I have to spend cooking when I get home, the happier I am!

So, to sum it up - it's a great plan, and I hope to be able to take advantage of it again, soon.  (Had to cut it from our budget for a little bit while husband when back to school.)  When we do, I will have to post some pictures of the meals you are able to make - like they did on Beauty & Thrift!

Definitely worth a look-see!