Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday Happenings....

Today I am off to Kid # 1's house to watch my grandson for the evening while they go to a concert.  I spent the morning working on a few eBay listings I have and getting a couple loads of laundry done. I also threw a couple chicken breasts in the crockpot for my husband and Kid # 5 to have for dinner tonight since I will not be here to cook for them.  Hopefully it will keep them from eating out :) 

Yesterday I worked on inventorying our food and menu planning at least for the next two weeks.  We wasted a lot of produce in June and the beginning of July which is so unlike me.  We just didn't have a good plan for all the busy-ness that seems to be happening at the moment.

I am trying to be more organized with my time.  We will see how that goes :)

Hope everyone is having a good day!

Friday, July 8, 2016

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I had $64 left in my two week grocery budget.

2. I made our Friday night snacks for tonight.

3. I have started getting Kid # 5 some items for back to school. I had a coupon for $10 off at DSW so we used it to get her a pair of high top Converse for school. She has several other pair of shoes that still fit so we should be good there. 

4. I had a $5.99 promotional credit for Amazon Prime Pantry for choosing no rush shipping. Well thanks to a tip today from Melissa at 320 Sycamore, I used it to order some items we needed and got free delivery and some coupon codes for my items too. I ended up getting 5 household items for half the cost and delivered to my door :) 

5. Kid # 5 and I spent a couple days with my parents. It was a very frugal little vacation for us. Total spent besides the gas to get there, $5. Memories made for my princess with her grandparents, priceless :) 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Short Week That Seems So Long...

I had meant to write yesterday but didn't get around to it. It was a good day recovering from the long weekend. Kid #5 and I didn't do much.  I cleaned up the house some and worked on listing a few items on EBay.  I am definitely not gonna get rich selling on EBay but it is a nice little side hobby. Ideally I would love to make enough to pay our mortgage payment every month.  We will see if that happens.  I do figure that every little bit of profit helps though.

I am on the fence on what to do about our savings now.  We have BabyStep 3 complete but with the upcoming potential move in a year I don't know if we should be in storm cloud mode or just move on to start working other steps.  Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Today Kid #5 and I are going to stay a few days with my Mom who is on vacation from her job.  Should be a fun time.

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July :)

Friday, July 1, 2016

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I stuck to the grocery budget :) 

2. It has been cooler here the last couple of days so we turned off the air conditioning and opened doors and windows. 

3. Kid # 5 and I went to a wedding which I wore a $3 yard sale dress and she wore a free hand me down dress given to her by a friend. Win for both of us! 

4. I sold a few items on EBay and made about $30 profit. Not a ton but still better then nothing! 

5. My husband's parents came for a visit from South Carolina. Normally we spend a ton of money eating out and entertaining them. This time we had a budget and stuck to it! 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

What's Been Happening With Us...

About two months ago my husbands job informed his entire office that they will be closing the office here in our city and moving it to Ohio to combine with another region. For those of you who don't know we live in Illinois.  At first we did not even know if my husband would have a job.  He had to travel to Ohio and interview for a job which he did receive an offer for.  A couple of weeks ago he accepted the offer so it looks like eventually we maybe moving to Ohio.  My husband is a railroader and has only 9 more years until he can retire from the railroad.  There is some small possibility he would switch fields entirely but I am not sure that will actually happen.  As of right now he does not know when he needs to be in Ohio to start work there.  We do know that we have one year to utilize relocation services provided by his company from the time he needs to report to work in Ohio.  Right now our plan is for him to go there without me and Kid #5 until after the 2016-2017 school year.  Kid # 5 has requested to finish middle school here and be a new student at a new school going into high school. This will allow us time to get our house ready to sell also. 

So there ya go.  This has been our summer so far. To say I am really bummed about this turn of events is an understatement :(  However I am blessed that my husband does still have a job!

Friday, May 13, 2016

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

WOW! Hard to imagine that I have not written on here in over a month 😱
Life just sometimes has away of getting busy! Here's to getting back to it! 

1. We ate all our leftovers! 

2. I shopped our local grocery store for loss leaders only this week.

3. I submitted receipts for $3.50 in MobiSave and SavingStar apps.

4. I requested 2 books from the library instead of purchasing them. 

5. I used $20 in Amazon gift codes to purchase a new water filter for our refrigerator. It had went down in price on Amazon and we needed one. I ended up just paying $1.14 out of pocket. The codes I had earned from PerkTV and Swagbucks :) 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What We Are Eating Wednesday....

I am late putting this up late but better late then never I say!

Monday - We had Chicken Patty Sandwiches ( everything came from the freezer)

Tuesday - Nachos ( I made 3 lbs taco meat which I already had and use some and froze the rest for future dinners) every thing we already had for this. Refried beans came from freezer from a prior dinner.

Wednesday - Baked Pasta and Salad. The Salad is leftover from Sunday night's dinner and my lunches this week.  Pasta sauce from the freezer.  Noodles from pantry

Thursday - Crockpot Beef and Broccoli - Beef is part of a roast I cut up last week and froze to use for this meal.  Broccoli is from freezer. Rice from the pantry

Friday - Snack night

Saturday - leftovers

Sunday - I have not plan for this yet......