First off, I must say the week after being sick is probably one of the best ones. Mainly because after spending a week on the couch sleeping and barely moving and feeling utterly unproductive you have a week with sudden new found “energy” (although still not up to par, it’s far above last week!). I feel so accomplished already :).

Especially after my Walgreens shopping trip. The first reason being is I walked there. I’m blessed to live in an area where a lot of what we need is within walking distance. I’ve been carefully considering where I drive to and what I can feasibly walk to with gas prices on the rise. I thought Walgreens was a lot farther than it was, so I was a little hesitant to walk there, but I’m glad I did – it only took ten minutes! Totally worth the exercise and less gas use!

And the second reason is that I SAVED (56.4%!) – (I know, not as impressive as some of the crazy couponers, but I think I did well considering what I got!)

The first -most amazing deal was the Dove deodorant. Walgreens was having it on sale for $1.99, and I had a coupon for $2 off one and $1.50 off of two. I would have just gotten the one for free, but this happens to be the only deodorant I can use, so stocking up (for about 83 cents each!) made sense.

The Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom was on sale for 89 cents each. Not an amazing steal, but good nonetheless. It’s an easy go-to staple for us when we don’t feel like cooking (tuna casserole – the easiest meal ever).

Carefree was a pretty good deal for name brand. They had it on clearance for $1.19 and I had a 50 cent off coupon. (Though, I’ve seen this cheaper).

The other items where (inexpensive) splurges. We don’t really need toothpaste or any more body wash (really, we’re stocked up for years if they all last – some might have to be donated…), but with my recent research on all the chemicals in our cosmetics on the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, I really am wanting to push us into the less-chemically stuff. Hence my purchase of the Burt’s Bees Body wash (sulfate, paraben, phthalate, and petrochemical free) and Tom’s of Maine toothpaste. (Both rate relatively low on the chemical hazards on Skin Deep compared to their main-stream conterparts).

The Burt’s Bees Radiance Exfoliating Body Wash was in the clearance section for $3.99 (on the Burt’s Bees website it retails for $8). And the Tom’s of Maine happened to be on closeout for $3.19 (originally priced at $5.29). Both of these were extra purchases, but happy finds :). It just goes to show that if you’re really interested in reducing chemicals there definitely are ways to do it for less!

(Side note: I read an article today on Healthy Child Healthy World called “What to Do About Chemicals in Pregnant Women: All Products are Eco-Products” that most babies are born already with 200 industrial chemicals in their bodies. There’s something wrong when our babies are being born with harmful chemicals already in their little bodies.)

And on a second side-note: we’re getting farm-fresh eggs from one of Chris’ co-workers – I’m super excited! (And they’re not too much more expensive than the non-organic eggs in the stores :))