Sunday, October 5, 2014

Identifying your Spending triggers...

I am in a foul mood as I write and hopefully by the end of this post by mood will be better. So I'm apologizing now if I ramble a bit.  I had some words with Mr. Man regarding his health...at times it seems like a pointless conversation but I owe it to our children to at least speak my peace.  When it comes to his health,  he does not take very much responsibility.  It makes me a bit angry considering all the health issues I've had over the last couple of years.  Once our discussion ended, I found myself wanting to head to the store.  Then I realized, I would be shopping to lift my mood instead of working through it.  Ugh...why must being an adult be so Not Fun at times.  Well, I promptly listed on Ebay and decided to write. Talk about self help...lol! I like to think of myself as a big saver but how I spend is I find things on sale and justify spending because of the savings.  Wow...that was a bit wordy. Anywho, my mood is brightening and I'm off to talk to Mr. Man again.  I worry so much about him but in the end he has to want to do what is best for him. MEN...(shaking my head)...are so stubborn!


Friday, October 3, 2014

I just got free ice cream :)

It has been a hectic day so far.  Running around all day. Just now, I had to run to the corner store to pull some cash for the man who does our lawn.  Just in case you are wondering, we DO NOT live in some huge palatial estate.  LOL!  Mr. Man's work hours make it really hard to get some lawn work in so we pay $40 about once a month to get it done.  It's a great deal, he works fast and we get to enjoy a nice cut lawn. 

Anywho, Kiddo2 and I are the only ones in the store.  The ice cream delivery guy is filling the cooler and asks me if I want some free ice cream.  I never turn down free...lol.  He gave me 5 pints of butter pecan, 10 butterfinger ice cream bars and about 15 orange/cream bars.  He said the best buy date had come due but they were still good.  I just had an orange bar and it was yummy :) Kiddo1's friends will be staying all weekend and they always eat me out of house and home. They will be gone by Monday..lol!

Aside from that I'm listing away.  Trying to make some quick cash.  Later tonight I'm going to catch up on some of my blogs and just RELAX!

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

New week...new sickness

So Kiddo 2 and I just got over a nasty respiratory virus.  Now Kiddo 2 has a stomach bug.  Thankfully Kiddo2 is still happy go lucky just with some barfin' and poopin' in between (sorry if anyone is grossed out). Since, kiddo has no fever we will give it a day or so to see if it runs its course. I just want to hide under the covers and not wash, spray or clean up anything for like a month..lol.  A mother's job is never done.

The upside to being home so much is I have been trying to whittle down my piles and piles of papers.  I'm down to a small stack and hopefully today I will tackle it while Kiddo 2 sleeps (fingers crossed).

Budgetwise, I see a bit of relief.  We are actively trying to save and pay as much as possible. Trying to find low cost entertainment, keep busy at home and cook at home. This week's cooking went well.

Monday was Beef Stew (super yummy recipe I found that I will post next week)
Tuesday was Potato and Egg Scramble (breakfast for dinner)
Wednesday we bought take out
Thursday was Baked Chicken
Friday was every man for himself

Hoping for a better Saturday!



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Keeping busy!

I haven't had much time to post lately...school has started so I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  By 8pm, I am absolutely tired from driving the kids (and their friends) to/from school, errands, housework, homework and checking up on Dad. Add to that a nasty upper respiratory virus and well I've been a little defeated. Thankfully, I am getting better and with that, trying to get stuff done around here.  I haven't completely updated our debt totals but they are going down which is always a good thing! In between all the chaos, I've been trying hard to list, list, list on Ebay.  I emptied out our linen closet and moved 95% of my inventory out of my bedroom.  I needed to reclaim it along with my sanity.  My Mom was a big believer of the side hustle. She said everything you have in your home cost money to buy.  So in turn, every little thing you own has value. From an old magazine, jar of buttons or a pillowcase, someone out there will need those things.  So never throw away anything that has a use, instead sell it, give it away to someone who needs it or donate it.

Hoping everyone is doing well. I will continue listing while enjoying our rainy weather. Have a great weekend!

I leave you with a parting pic...some homemade banana bread :)



Thursday, August 28, 2014

ASL video :)

Mr. Man's cousin is a ASL interpreter and posts a new ASL music video every Tuesday.  I just think she's wonderful!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Kids are off to school :(

The kids have started school.  Truth be told, I miss them terribly.  I absolutely love having them home :) They drive me crazy but I wouldn't have it any other way.  I will try to busy myself with cleaning and household projects but I'm counting the hours till pick up time.  This is what's on my agenda for today:

1. Filing
2. Laundry
3. Look at the budget
4. Pick up around the house/do dishes - clutter everywhere!
5. Check in with Dad
6. Mail off some Ebay packages
7. Plan a trip to the grocery store with coupons

Hoping my list will keep me busy till this afternoon.  I'm making zucchini boats for dinner so I'm looking forward to that.  

Hope everyone has a SUPER week!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Meal Planning, Exercising and Keeping Organized

Meal Planning has always been a challenge for me. Making a menu is easy but keeping to it is another story completely.  I may have found a middle ground that works for us.  While walking on the treadmill (I'll get to that in a bit), I was watching Youtube and came upon several meal planning videos.  The majority involves prepping food to be cooked/snacked on/prepared. So now, what I am doing is separating my fruits and veggies into small containers/baggies.  Like these:

I wish I had more containers to show but kids have been eating the fruit like crazy, which I'm pleased about because its a much better alternative to just eating junk. I have also started to make a large pot of oatmeal. We have it for breakfast and if we want a snack. Its so yummy and so nice on the pocketbook!  We are still in the early stages of our meal planning tweaks but I'm very hopeful we will make them lifelong habits. It doesn't hurt that its a big help to our food budget.

I started to walk/run on our treadmill at least 3 x per week.  My goal is to get on every day. The first week it was a challenge to walk much less run 20 minutes consistently at a fast pace.  Fast forward to two months later and I'm at 40 minutes.  I do not like exercising but as I get older I realize it is a need to lead a hopefully long life.  I feel great when I'm done walking/running and my overall mood is better.

Finally, while searching for meal planning vids I came across this great video for a Goof Proof Family Organizer . I am actually changing up my home organizer to incorporate some of her ideas.

Have a great Wednesday :)