Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Musings...

School started last week so I am once again home alone during the day.

 The weather is suppose to be much cooler this week.  I really really need to get some yard work done.  I do not enjoy doing yard work at all so I have to talk myself into doing it most of the time.

Currently it is about 10 am. I have a load of laundry done and hung outside on my drying racks.  I am hoping to get at least one more done today.

I need to sit down and menu plan and work on our budget.  I am not feeling to motivated to do either!  I do at least know what we will be having for dinner tonight :)

I have about 5 or 6 items I need to get listed on ebay also. My goal with my ebay sales is to make enough to buy both of our cars new tires.  It is not a need just yet but it will be soon.  That is just my first mini goal and then I hope to build on it from there.

I have been applying to some part time Nanny jobs on  So far I have not had any response to ones I am truly interested in.  I figure eventfully the right job will come along that will work for our family.  In the mean time I will just keep doing what I am doing :)

Friday, August 19, 2016

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. We have started back to school here. I made Kid #5's lunch this week twice. Saving us $5.00 

2. I earned 30 cents from MobiSave app and 25 cents from Checkout51 app this week. 

3. I only used my dyer for 2 loads of laundry this week. I hung out all the rest. 

4. I sold Kid #5's old lunch box for $5 on my local Facebook group

5. My husband had a pair of work pants that the hem was coming out of. I fixed them so he could continue to wear them. Saving us the cost of new pants. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. We needed something different for breakfasts and snacks. I also needed to use up some zucchini from my freezer. So I made 2 loaves of pumpkin zucchini bread. 

2. On Tuesdays we are busy with evening activities so we have been having sandwiches. We are out of lunch meat at the moment so I made egg salad to have instead. 

3. I have had 3 no spend days this week :) 

4. I cleaned a sliced some strawberries that we had not eaten fast enough and added them to my berry freezer bag. We will use these for smoothies. 

5. I spent a little over $65 out of our $200 for two weeks grocery budget. Hopefully that will be all we need until next Thursday's pay day :) 

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!