Saturday, August 31, 2013

Totals Updated, Give Away #2, $378 Purse...I think not

So I've updated my totals. Number is still huge but I'm pleased so far with our progress to move that number down. I hope to gain more momentum with each month. 

Here is Give Away #2. Its a Claude Monet Friends and Family Organizer Book.  Its never been used.  Keep your phone numbers, birthdays, Christmas Card List and gift ideas all in one place. First person to want it..gets it!

A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Man took me  out for my birthday. He said I could buy whatever I wanted. The majority of the day was spent going from store to store. Every kind of store- thrift store, craft store, discount store and finally the mall. I found a few things for the house and kids. All on sale of course. I had been on the hunt for a blue purse that was roomy yet not too gawdy. Well, I found a purse whose style I really liked. Mr. Man said to get it. It was my day and when he said anything he meant it. Luckily, I'm the one whose always looking for a bargain. The  $378 price tag was a huge turnoff. The things I could by with that kind money (I bought a bunch of clothes and my total didn't come close to the price of the bag). Here is a pic of the the $$$ bag

I decided to look for something I like but without the big price tag. Here's what I got


Not exactly the same but similar enough and in the color I wanted. With shipping, I paid $28. Woohoo! 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Changing it up and ready for the weekend!

I decided that the giveaway idea was not going to work. So instead I'm going to post various items up and the first person to comment that they want it will get it.  If someone else can use it then we are both winning :) 

Aside from that I'm looking forward to a weekend of listing, resting and sleeping!

Hoping ya'll have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

One less payment, Give Away #1, clutter update

Well....I called about why my payment had not cleared yet.  Apparently, only one payment for this month and not two. Regardless...Credit Card H is PAID! Woohoo!!  I'm so excited and ready to start paying off another card soon.

In the meantime, I am going to begin my giveaways.  I'm starting with a lovely book entitled "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. It's from my personal library. Its about the relationship between Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway. 

First reader to comment that they want it will get it :)

Still working on the clutter in my bedroom. Hoping I can post an after pic soon :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What's in the bank...

Current bank balance $215.  Waiting for my $250 installment payment to go through which is taking forever.  Have to run over to the bank to deposit today to avoid overdraft fees. Payday will be here soon.  Mr. Man and I have talked about paying off a card or a large chunk of medical bills by years end. Either way we want to make headway on our debt totals. 

I have some meat defrosting for dinner.  I'm trying to cook dinner every day this week.  For most people that is no problem. Lately, I have not been wanting to do it. So, if I can make it to Friday, I will be happy. My goal is to feed 6 of us for dinner for under $10. The extra 2 are my Dad and nephew (who has been staying with Dad). I'm hoping tonight should be easy.

Aside from that I'm still decluttering.  It seems to be endless! Taking some more stuff over to Dad. I'm also going to try to give some away on Freecycle. 

I've been bouncing around ideas for the givewaway.  Carla from  My 1/2 Dozen Daily had an excellent suggestion and I'm going to run with it.  I'm going to do a few small giveaways consisting of a few previously loved items then do a cash/PayPal giveaway. I'm so excited!

***just finished making dinner...baked barbecue chicken with zucchini, Spanish rice and refried
beans. Fed 7 for $10! Woohoo :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Subscribers and ideas for a blog giveaway!

Okay, so if you look on over to your right, you will notice there are 11 wonderful people who follow my blog. It makes me so happy to know that I'm just not rambling on and on and no one hears me.  With that said I would love a few more.  I'm always on the hunt for more blogs to read but even if you don't blog please subscribe if you can :) Thanks a bunch!  Tying in with that, I would love to do a giveaway.  I'm not very crafty or anything like that so I'm needing ideas on what everyone would like to see in a giveaway.  If ya'll have any ideas please comment below.  I welcome all suggestions! 

I'm off to an appointment with the kiddos but will check in this evening!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ugh...Mr. Man, short on time and trying to make money

None too pleased with Mr. Man today. I won't get into the details as it is nothing major just Mars vs. Venus type stuff :D  

Well this week is going to prove to be short on time for me.  Now that I'm feeling a bit better (still a ways away from feeling 100% though), I have headed over to Dad's to spend the day with him.  I take him to where he needs to go and make sure he eats something while I'm there.  He can do these things himself. I figure, if I can take a load off from him from time to time, its good for the both of us :)  In doing so though, my day is very segmented.  So not a whole lot getting done at home.  I hope to catch up next week.

On the money front, my account is at 85 cents. A bit sad, I may have Mr. Man dip into the reserves. Just to make it through the week. I'm trying to find time to list on Ebay but there is so much to do I'm not making enough time to do it.  A thing listed here and there is not cutting it.  I will have to schedule in some time. My goal is to make a couple hundred by months end. I know I can do it, let's just see if I make the time to do it! I'm also excited at the 3rd payment installment will be going through soon. Cannot believe how fast time flies. 

The decluttering is going very well and I'm making progress.  I've gotten rid of so much and hope to get rid of a lot more. In the meantime, here is a pic of the before (its scary!):


Monday, August 5, 2013

Surviving the Weekend, getting back into couponing and bioparents

Well, the kiddos were in rare form this weekend.  They drove me a bit crazy but also made me so proud.  Just when I'm about to lose it they reel me back in with their helpfulness and of course lots of hugs!  Oh these kiddos.

I've been busily printing and clipping.  I'm kinda over paying full price on toothpaste and deodorant and so I've decided to stock up a bit on toiletries and such.  This is also my birthday month which means a whole lot of freebies and great coupons.  So I want to be sure to take advantage of the savings.

Moneywise, I'm down to $21 in the bank and am trying to figure out how to stretch it till Friday. That little temptation to fall back on credit always tries to creep in. Its hard but now I know to just shake off the feeling.

Lastly, I found out that Mr. Man's biodad passed away.  He never really knew him and has always considered his stepdad as "DAD", so when I told him he wasn't upset.  I think I took it a bit harder because losing Mom is still very new to me.  I had wanted him to at least contact him but I guess that wasn't meant to be. It makes me a bit sad.