Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Searl House Happenings...

I haven't felt much like blogging lately.  I am not sure why.  I guess just the busyness of life.

We have 5 weeks of school left.  I am looking forward to having the time off.  I am also looking forward to spending it with Kid # 4 and 5.  Not that kid #4 really wants to spend it with me lol.  He will turn 17 over the summer and is much more interested in his friends :)

We are moving right along in our debt snowball.  In January we paid $100 towards the car ( not so great of a snowball there but better then nothing). February we paid $ 1080 ( now that is more like it!!), March - $ 246 ( small but ok) and April - $ 1251.50.  So we are moving right along.  Hopefully the snowball will keep rolling in the bigger numbers.  

We got a pretty good size tax return this year.  I have it in our savings account.  We are first shopping for new car and homeowners insurance which I hope to have done in May.  Once that is complete we will transfer all the rest of the return towards our debt repayment.  I THINK that will knock our balance down to half way being paid off which would then put us right on track to be debt free by the end of the year.  We really need to start considering what we will do when the debt payment is done.  Last time we became debt free we didn't have a plan for what to do after and got side tracked.

I have not been doing well with meal planning.  The first couple of months at the beginning of the year I did really well and we cut our grocery budget by almost half.  I am working on getting back to that, especially for the summer.  I would like to be able to save as much as I can even in the warm months.  We always tend to spend a lot when the weather is nice.  I am hoping to curb that this year.

I posted before that we are going to participate in a yard sale with my daughter in law and her sister.  I have fallen off the wagon of preparation.  This week I hope to get at least 4 more boxes ready.  Of course it is mid week already so I need to get on that :)

Over the weekend I sewed Kid # 3 and Kid # 5 some maxi skirts.  I am trying to clean out my craft stash and actually make some of the things I have bought supplies for!  It is time to get rid of some of this junk in my life!!  I will post some pics of the skirts soon.  I think I will have to make a couple for myself also :)


  1. You are doing great on your debt repayment!!

    1. Thanks Lena! I am sure hoping to continue to do so :)