Monday, November 19, 2012

Buh Bye 24% interest credit card!!

Photo credit : Crazyadventuresinparenting

Woohoo...Yippee...we paid off one of our high interest credit cards!  Total was a little over $1600.  We were paying 24% interest, which is ridiculous.  It saved us over $300 in interest a year.  So thankful we were able to do this. 

This weekend I am hoping to do some Christmas shopping.  We have a little extra cash and Mr. Man and I agreed to not spend it on eating out or useless impulse buys. So I'm going to look at my coupons and get the most for our money. 

Aside from that, we are preparing for Thanksgiving.  For the past few years we have taken a turkey to my mother's (two are required and she makes the other).  Luckily, one of my siblings volunteered to bring the other turkey so I only need to bring a couple side dishes. I'm pretty happy about that.

I'm actually getting excited to see everyone the next few days.  Hope it goes well :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

$$, Pineapples and Spongebob

On the money front, I received some great news!  One of kiddo's therapy bills was overpaid so I have a credit!  Woohoo.  I'm hoping to catch up the other therapy bill and start the new year with a zero balance.

Now on to pineapples.  We love pineapple.  So much so that I was buying 3 to 4 cans a shopping trip.  I was paying about $3.50 for 4 cans.  Then, one day I decided to buy a whole pineapple for $2.  I cut it up and ended up with the equivalent of 6 or 7 cans.  The whole pineapple tastes sooo much better. Can't believe it took me this long to figure it out!

Speaking of of the kiddos bought a dvd today with their own money.  It was a Spongebob Christmas two pack at Walmart.  The 2 pack costs $14.94 and there was a sticker on the front for a free movie ticket up to an $8 value. You redeem a code online and print out your movie cash!  So easy and convenient.  Two dvds and a movie ticket for 15 bucks.  I thought that was a great value. 

I'm hoping by next post, my debt totals will reflect one less credit card! Although this year did not prove to be as productive as I would have liked, I  have to focus on the positives. Our debt did not defeat us but instead motivated us to make changes in our lives for the better.  A zero balance is no longer a dream but a very attainable goal :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Voting, Cleaning and not much else :)

Kiddo2 is at home today but thankfully feeling much, much better!  I went to vote and the wait was about 20 minutes which worked out well since kiddo's stand still threshold is about .......20 minutes. LOL!  Was happy that my kiddo could see voting "in action".

I'm taking a break from cleaning the house since I'll be picking up a friend's kiddo from school and don't want the house looking like the mess it normally is. Trying not to overdo it just wiping off things, organizing and dishes.

I hope to list some more this evening and then turn in early :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

A trip to the Doc :/

Taking Kiddo2 to the doctor in a bit.  I hate to see my kiddos feeling sick.  Thankfully my kiddo still has an appetite so that is always encouraging.  I just want my kiddo running around again and driving me crazy :)   

Aside from that, I put a pork roast in the crockpot.  So, no worrying about dinner.  Dinner for four for under $5, plus there will be leftovers.  The pork roast was regular $6.16 but every morning the meat gets marked down and it was reduced to $3.16.  I snapped it up as well as a few other cuts of meat.  I froze them and now I don't have to worry about meat till next week. 

Not much else happening today till after we see the doctor. 


Back from the docs. Kiddo2 has strep throat.  Some antibiotics prescribed and no school tomorrow.  I don't want my kiddo sick but we are both jumping for joy (on the inside of course) that we get to sleep in. We are so bad....did I mention only 11 days till Thanksgiving break. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A sick kiddo and slacker Sunday!

Kiddo2 has been sick all weekend :(  Yucky cough and light fever.  Thankfully, it seems to be calming down a bit so we will see what tomorrow brings. 

Today was spent doing a little picking up, packing off some stuff for Ebay and some listing. It was a pretty relaxing day.  No dinner to make as I am TIRED and well I don't want to cook. So we will just eat whatever is in the fridge.  After reading a couple of my favorite blogs, Frugal Queen and Out My Window, I feel like such a huge slacker!  I imagine myself baking and cooking in the kitchen but somehow I don't ever get motivated enough to stay in there more than an hour at the most! One day, I aim to make them proud :)  Unfortunately, that day is not today. To my credit, I did go to the grocery store to get the kiddos some lunch items.  This school year both kiddos are taking their lunch to school and it helps our budget tremendously.  Not to mention, what they eat is way healthier.  Although, you can't tell from Kiddo1's lunch on Friday.  Talk about no color!  lol. 

I was trying to keep the sandwich together and put in all those flag picks...Kiddo1 had a good laugh.
Last year, lunch was running Kiddo1 an average of  $2.30 a day or $11.50 a week.  Now its about 50 cents to a dollar a day. Every bit saved helps. 

Mr. Man also called his little brother in NYC.  He was happy to hear that all was well with him. He didn't go long without power and has been going to work.  Its crazy how people only miles apart are dealing with the storm in radically different ways.

Tomorrow, will be spent organizing and purging.  There is stuff that I still cannot let go of and just need to stuff in a bag and donate. 

Lastly, I am happy to report that debt totals have been updated and the number went down and not up.  We still are at more than we started this year but that's due to Mr. Man's used truck purchase. I hope by my next update we will have eliminated one card...we are still deciding which one we can pay off but it will be at least one.  Yippee :)

Have a great week everyone!