Archive for October, 2011

I am feeling a little smug now from an unplanned shopping trip to Shoppers’ Drugmart!

Given that I am now on a low carb diet again, I find that I have not been eating enough, and I needed to get some snacks to get me through the day.

I went to the Shoppers at Yonge and Dundas, and they were having a double promotion! Spend $50, and get a $10 SDM giftcard, AND 20X bonus points.

And when I went to the health food section, all the Atkins products were on sale! And lucky me, I brought my coupon bag with me! I foraged my coupon bag and found 12 x $3 off Atkins products coupons.

In short, I bought the following products for $52 plus tax.
– 3 x box of 5 Atkins bars
– 4 x carton of 4 Atkins shakes
– 1 Russell Stower’s sugar free chocolate
– 1 box of Russel Stower’s sugar free blueberry breakfast bars (5 bars)

Every item was on sale, and the savings from the sale was $18.80. On top of that, I used 7 x $3 ($21) off Atkins coupon.

So, all in all, I saved $39.80 over the original price of the items, plus I get a $10 SDM giftcard, and 14,600 Optimums points (which works out to be worth $29.20 on bonus redemption days.

Not bad considering I haven’t been couponing since I went back to work! So, I am feeling rather pleased with myself now. Hehe! 😀

This is definitely inspiring me to get back into couponing again!


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Overwhelmed By Life!

I have been feeling overwhelmed by everything that is going on in my life for a while, and up till now, I still have not really figured out how I can stop feeling so overwhelmed.

Boy, just finally admitting and declaring that I am feeling overwhelmed feels good! I guess I have been trying to avoid facing this uncomfortable feeling for the last little while, and it is slowly eating into my psyche.

I have always thought that our lives are pretty simple. We don’t ask for much, we don’t take on too many commitments, and we consciously choose a lifestyle that is less stressful. So, how can I possibly be overwhelmed?

The time to take a step back, and go back to the drawing board, and address this feeling is here, and I am going to do it now.

First things first, I have to recognize that “Our lives are pretty simple” was a statement that was true until Ethan came along! Ta-da! What a revelation! 😛

With Ethan being the center of our lives now, we now have a lot more responsibilities, and a lot of our time is now spent with him. That leaves scant little time for other stuff.

And with Ethan being in our lives, we now also have a live-out nanny who is an integral part of our lives. Though minor, I still have a certain responsibility towards my nanny, making sure she is paid on time, and she has everything she needs to provide the best care for Ethan.

In addition, we have a rental property, with 3 units inhabited by 3 different families, and we have the responsibility to ensure that everything runs well for that property. There’s the monthly responsibility of collecting rent, writing out receipts for the tenants, and attending to the maintenance requests as they come.

Then there’s my in-laws, who still turn to me for help on a lot of administrative stuff, like faxing an application to cut down a tree on their property to the Markham government to writing a letter in to the courts asking for a postpone in court appearance dates.

And not forgetting that Wayne has been working very hard the past 3 months, spending a lot of his after-work hours developing a software application that he wants to release by end of October, which effectively means that everything else in the household falls onto my shoulders. And he is also asking me to help him with his venture where I can.

Of course, there is all the paperwork for his consultancy business. And my day-job at the bank.

No wonder I am feeling overwhelmed! What was I thinking when I said that our lives are pretty simple? 😛

And I have not even added in my mom, dad and sister who are in Singapore, and my responsibilities to them as daughter and sister! Ack!

Okay, okay… breathe in and breathe out deeply, Denise. Do not panic… I’ve been going about all these day to day responsibilities on auto-pilot, just taking them on as they come along, with no formal strategy and plan on how to perform everything efficiently.

This post is and will be a good start. Now that I’ve taken stock of all the big things that are going on in my life, I can start prioritizing the important stuff, and identify things that can be eliminated from my life.

And though I should really continue this process now, seeing how I have gained some momentum, I think the technicalities of prioritizing and identifying the stuff to be eliminated in my life will be for the next post.

Till the next time I muse! 🙂

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