WIAW and I love Publix.


Well, it’s Day #5 of living in a hotel.

Only about 85 left to go. Eye rolling smile

I’ve had some people asking how I’m going to cook while living in a hotel.  Great question, my friends!  I’ve been wondering the same thing myself! Thinking smile

The bad news is, I don’t have a stove.

The good news is, I do have a refrigerator …


… two burners, and a microwave.


I also have my trusty slow cooker, so be prepared for many many slow cooker recipes in the upcoming months!

While we’re living in the hotel, we’re really wanting to try to save as much money as possible (because in case you didn’t know, buying a house costs a lot of money Winking smile).  Fortunately, the hotel has free breakfast every day (and coffee! Red heart) and free dinners Monday through Thursday.

So the plan is to supplement the hotel’s free food with minimal groceries.

For example … here’s a typical day of eats since moving into the hotel!




The bread at the hotel pretty much stinks, so I bought some whole-wheat bread at Publix … buy 1, get 1 free! Thumbs up

I combined that with the hotel’s peanut butter and banana to create my favorite breakfast!


(We also managed to sneak out some extra milk cartons after breakfast. Winking smile)



Brandon ordered pizza the other night, so I had a leftover piece for lunch.  Healthy?  No.  But I didn’t want it to go to waste! (Plus, it was pretty tasty!)



After my afternoon workout, I enjoyed some chocolate Greek yogurt.  Dee-lish! Smile


I forgot to take a picture, but it was “taco night” last night at the hotel.  So I had two soft tacos with ground beef, salsa, and guacamole.  I also had a side salad made with romaine lettuce.


When I met our realtor the other day, she took me to lunch at Mimi’s Café.  And evidently when someone goes to Mimi’s Café for the first time, that person is given two free muffins to take home! Thumbs up


They gave me a chocolate chip muffin and a red velvet cake muffin …


… and they were both HUGE!

So I cut them both in half, and eating half at a time is plenty!


Yum! Smile


Also, remember how I was talking about couponing recently?

I may not be an expert yet, but I was pretty excited to leave Publix the other day with this kind of savings:


Yahooo!! Thumbs up

I love Publix because they always have lots of “buy 1, get 1 free” deals.  So here’s how I saved $16:

1. Buy 1, get 1 free whole-wheat bread.

2. Buy 1, get 1 free toothpaste.

3. I picked up a “blinkie” coupon (those would be the coupons that you see in dispensers with blinking lights at the store!) for $1.00 off two Healthy Choice frozen dinners.

4. Buy 1, get 1 free laundry detergent … PLUS I had a $1 off coupon! Thumbs up


All of these items were things I needed to buy anyway, so I was pumped to save that kind of money!  I’m sure my couponing friends could tell me 100 other ways to save, but this is still a learning process for me! Winking smile

After my shopping trip, I quickly put my new laundry detergent to good use!


Since we’re staying at a hotel, I’m having to use their coin-operated machines …


… which are all $1.25 per load! Annoyed

Anyone else think this is highway robbery??  If I do just two loads a week (lights and darks), that’s $5 to wash and dry them.  But I guess you take the good with the bad, right?

At least I was able to get wireless internet in the room, so I could blog while waiting on my clothes to dry!  Silver-lining, and all that … Winking smile


Question for ya …

Anyone ever had to use coin-operated laundry machines?  How much did it cost?

Any tips for cooking in my tiny hotel room?

(Not burning the hotel down would probably be a good place to start … )

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week??

For me, it was easily that red velvet cake muffin! 


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34 Responses to WIAW and I love Publix.

  1. Brittney

    Yes, I’ve used coin operated laundry machines a few times my freshman year in college and in my first apartment I lived in. I’m pretty sure it was like $.50 in college and like $ .75 at the apartment. As for cooking, I personally don’t enjoy it, so the slow cooker would definitely be getting a workout! And keep taking advantage of the freebie breakfast and dinner. I would have to say Mcdonald’s french fries are the best thing I’ve ate this week. I know they are bad for ya, but I splurge on them every now and then and the baby likes them ha! (29 weeks preggo)

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha one of my girl friends who is currently pregnant has been craving french fries like crazy! She lets herself have them once a week. Too funny!

  2. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Oh wow that is a lot of money for laundry! We had to pay to use the machines in our dorm room. Thankfully though they had a system where we could swipe our ID cards which had money stored on them…so much easier than saving coins haha. Those muffins look sooooo tasty! I love Mimi’s cafe :) . The best thing I’ve eaten this week was a shrimp risotto!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oooh shrimp risotto sounds delicious!

  3. Kat

    sorry you have to live in a hotel for the time being, but it looks like your making the best of it! Id probably go crazy without my oven though…that means no baking!!
    And Mimi’s is one of my favorite places because of their HUGE and tasty muffins. So yummy!
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  4. Faith @ For the Health of It

    You lucked out with the free food at the hotel – at least that’s one plus to staying there! And yes, Publix is the best!!! I stocked up on their pre-cut steam-in-a-bag veggies for $1 last week :)

  5. Theresa

    i luckily havent had to use coin operated machines in a while but thats expensive! especially with the amount of laundry i accrue…oh gosh, lol.
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  6. Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud!

    Sounds like you got a good system down!
    Its forcing you to be creative with your meals, thats always good right?! haha To get veggies in, go buy the “steamfresh” bags in the frozen section all you do is pop them in the microwave and voila! :)
    And yes we FINALLY bought a washer and dryer for our apt last month and used the coin ops downstairs that they ahd available for 5 months and they were also $1.25 a load ugh. I ended up spending like $40 a month on laundry it seemed like! geesh!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yuck, so yours was just as expensive. Such a bummer!

  7. Michelle @ Our Dream, Made Out of Real Things

    I HATE paying to do laundry! I was always lucky enough to live near my parents when I had places that didn’t have washers and dryers in the units :) Plus that way I would get free food too!

    My other pet peeve has been vending machines lately! The other night on a break from class I went down with 75 cents in my pockets; I kid you not, there was NOTHING under a $1.25….not even the icky stuff that no one ever buys from the machines! I couldn’t believe it so I IMed Paul about how expensive it was and immediately felt old. “I remember back when chips were 75 cents…” Yikes, better get my AARP subscription going.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha I’m with you … didn’t sodas used to be 50 cents? Now they’re about $1.50 in a vending machine!

  8. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    I haven’t used coin operated washers and dryers in a long time…I think it was $1 last time I used it, which is ridiculous! One dollar for hot air???

    Crock pot meals will be awesome – especially since you have a microwave to reheat leftovers! Two burners will also be helpful. I’ll email you some of my meal ideas! I think it’s awesome that you get free breakfast and some of your dinners!

    The best thing I’ve eaten this week…last night I had a jalapeno chicken sausage that was so spicy and delicious and a sweet potato with some sun butter. It was a glorious meal (however, it was 9:30 when I cooked and I was famished). :)
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  9. Tabaitha

    When my husbands company transfered us to California 5 years ago, we lived in an Extended Stay Suite for a month with a baby. We had a very similar set up. I remember having to pay for the laundry and it was $1.50 a load. Crazy and yes, highway robbery! I’ve been making burrito bowls lately which are easy to make in a hotel and good left over. By a rotissery(sp?)chicken at the store and get all the meat off the bones. Cook some brown or white rice. Mix rice with chicken, black beans and spinach leaves and salsa and it makes a terrific meal for under 600 calories. Store in tupperware or plastic bags.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks so much, Tabitha! That sounds like a great idea … similar to something you could get at Chipotle haha!

  10. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    WHAT!? Is that detergent still on sale? I need to stock up!
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    • notsodomesticated

      It was yesterday! Hurry! ;)

  11. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    You are doing awesome adjusting to hotel living. Mimi’s is amazing…they don’t have one here but they had one where I used to live and I had forgotten until JUST NOW how much I liked that place. And…chocolate greek yogurt? I had no idea that existed, I am officially on the hunt!! ;-)
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  12. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    i don’t know if you read julie’s blog, peanut butter fingers, but she and her husband lived out of a hotel for awhile because of her husband’s job transfer awhile back too. she talked about how she dealt with eating healthy out of a hotel. you might want to check out some of her posts or email her about it! :)

    i loooove mimi’s cafe!! those muffins look amazing!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I actually do remember reading some of her posts from that time period … I’ll have to go back and look at them again. Thanks for the suggestion, Ashley! :)

  13. Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)

    I miss Publix. I loves shopping there in GA, but I heard they may be coming to NC soon! :) I haven’t had to use coin operated machines since college… and I think it was $.50 then? Makes me feel old!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I hope Publix does go to NC soon, for your sake! Such an awesome grocery store haha!

  14. Holly

    I LOVE Publix too! It’s my favorite grocery store! & Isn’t Mimi’s the BEST?! Their cornbread muffins are so so so good!!
    I CANNOT believe that they are charging you $1.25 a LOAD. What a rip off!!!!!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Ooh I’ll have to try a cornbread one next time!

  15. Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions

    Your eats are looking pretty decent for hotel food! I like the idea of supplementing their food with your own. Hopefully that way you won’t get bored either! At the first apartment I lived in, we had coin-operated laundry in the basement… It was $1.00 a load and the dryers didn’t work great, so I usually had to run it twice for one load. Big bummer! But at least I was living by myself, so I didn’t have tons of laundry.
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    • notsodomesticated

      I’m having the same issue with the dryer. So annoying!

  16. Corrie Anne

    Oooh. I feel for you cooking in there. I had a hard enough time when we were in temp housing without all of our stuff. I think I ruined most of their dishes in the 30 days we were there because they weren’t used to hard core baking!! Two burners, huh? I’m sure I’d go crazy on the pasta and the quinoa.
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  17. Alyssa @ fit and fun in third

    Ugghh I feel your pain with the laundry situation. In my apartment building, it’s $1 to wash and $1.50 per dry. It kills me to be throwing away that much each time we clean our clothes, but there’s no other option! Good luck with hotel living, new follower of your blog and I’m excited I read more!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Alyssa! Glad to hear someone sympathize with me. Although I wish you didn’t have to!!

  18. Mattie @ Comfy and Confident

    Wow! I cant believe you are living in a hotel! At least you get 2 free meals a day. I would definitely stock up on the breakfast foods they have and eat them for snacks.
    Laundry machines are crazy expensive. I have a washer and dryer in my current place, but I will be moving soon and doubt I will have one. GRR
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  19. Katie @ Faith & Funfetti

    I absolutely LOVE the buy 1 get 1 at Publix. I am a horrible couponer, but get so excited when I actually save money! Also, 5 dollars to do laundry? That seems crazy!

  20. Amanda

    Ok I’ll make you feel better. The laundry in our building is $2.60 to wash and $2.60 to dry…and it’s not unusual to have to dry a load twice! Or to use a dryer that’s secretly broken and go downstairs to find your laundry still sopping wet an hour later. That’s NYC for ya! It’s probably cheaper to do wash and fold for about $1 a pound, but I don’t like strangers washing my clothes.

    • notsodomesticated

      Yikes!! OK Amanda, you have me beat! What a bummer!!

  21. stephanie*s

    New reader, and I had to comment on this post! If you want to save $$ at publix the best website is http://www.iheartpublix.com she will post weekly adds with pricing each Monday before the new ad starts and match with coupons too!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Stephanie! I am bookmarking that site right now!!

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