Sunday, November 16, 2014

I need some help finding the perfect blog!

I love reading debt saving, meal planning and organizing blogs but the one thing I've noticed is that the majority are written by people who have kids under 7. While, I still enjoy reading I've been on the hunt for a blog that can provide some guidance for those of us with tweens and teens. Because as we all know they eat a WHOLE lot more than little ones.  As well as make a WHOLE lot more mess, have friends over and require a WHOLE lot more money.  And for me personally I have the added cost of a special needs child so I'm the odd woman out when it comes to finding a blog that fits our lifestyle. So I figured if I can find a few I can Frankenglue them together to give me a great guide to organinzing, saving and meal planning. LOL! So if you all have any good suggestions please do share, I would really appreciate it!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Brrr...A cold front blew in!

As I type my fingers are thawing out! A cold front blew in Wednesday night and its so cold today. Well, for us down here in South Texas its cold ...36 degrees F with the windchill it feels like 26 degrees F.  I know many of you up north deal with a whole lot colder weather but it might as well be 10 below 0 because all the heavy coats, mittens and hats have been pulled out.  By the way, I AM LOVING this weather.  I'm in such a can do mood in the winter...lol.  Today, I will be listing.  I need to make about 300 dollars by the end of the month. I've been researching a whole lot to see what price points are the best to get my items moving.

A post or so ago I wrote about Dad wanting to close up shop.  I had a long talk with him and come to find out he does want to keep the booths open but he wasn't generating enough profit to pay the rent.  I didn't know we was pulling so much of his money out of pocket. So many of my siblings have been visiting that he couldn't open the booths.  I told him that he needed to have them tag along and help if they were in town for a visit. My Mom always said "Tienes que ser FAIR". Its a mix of Spanish and English translated to "You have to be fair". She always said this when telling my Dad they had to visit my siblings out of town or attend one of their special events.  She always made sure they were each given time. So, I told him this but with respect to letting my out of town siblings help out with the booth when they were in town.  I told him its not fair to have my sister and I run it with him and then expect us to entertain as well when family comes to town. We need our down time and would like a break when someone else can help out. He understood and already had one of my brothers at the booth with him one day last weekend.  

I have to get working but I will leave ya'll with a shot of the front moving into town :) Brrrr...lol



Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hooray! Paid off a credit card!

Hooray! Another glimmer of light has shown through our long dark tunnel of debt. We paid off Credit Card F.  It was our highest interest rate card. Seeing our debt slowly dissolving is motivation to keep going forward.  At times some sacrifices may seem huge but looking back they were so small and have now made a bigger impact. We can do this!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Adjusting to changes...

I just got off the phone with Dad and he's decided he wants to close up the fleamarket booth.  I'm not sure how I feel about it.  Although I'm a bit excited at the thought of reclaiming my Sunday, I can't help feel a bit sad. Sad because Mom really loved going to sell at the fleamarket.  She liked talking to people and fixing up her booth. Dad wants to move out and put all the inventory into a storage shed behind his house. He already cleared it out and wants to start bringing stuff bit by bit to the house.  I feel like I'm abandoning what Mom worked hard to have. He would always talk about closing it up and she always said no.  So, I'm very conflicted about closing it and leaving what she loved. It makes me really sad but I'm not sure I want to be tied down to the fleamarket every weekend. I am going to have to talk to Mr. Man and see what he thinks. Can you tell I am not good with change?! 

Aside from that, I've been listing like crazy on Ebay.  I need to make a nice chunk of change and fast! 

I also have been looking at our budget for the next few months.  I don't like getting ahead of myself but I figured I needed a solid goal to work towards. I want to see our debt total plummet and soon! 

Once I finish writing I'm going to start dinner up.  I'm thinking something easy like pesto pasta with chicken. Trying to keep from eating out as much as possible. 

Hope everyone has had a Fabulous week so far :) 

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!