April follow up:
*finished up redecorating plans
*had the First Communion celebration
*stocked up the freezer
*did a lot of honest soul searching and communication with DH (ongoing)
*made 50/30/20 budget
*start walking 3x's a week
*list some things on ebay or half.com
*follow 50/30/20 budget
*no new debt
*look into new employment
*add SOMETHING to my $20 goal!
*work on a garden or at least a couple of tomato plants
A couple things I did different in April were to send in some rebates and do a cash pay survey (nothing received yet).
Will be receiving $500 bonus from one of the agents at work. Have earmarked this for replacing the front posts on the porch, they are rotten! Got two gc of $50 from Home Depot from Mypoints in case we need to pick up some tools or nails or something. See how cheap this ends up being!
Archive for April, 2006
April follow up:
Too tired to blog much! Girl Scouting took up most of my night last night and today.
Got first paycheck for May, started May 50/30/20 budget. Gave hubby $100 for "his" savings account, $100 monthly misc. and $50 monthly gas. We'll see how he does with it! He did decided he wanted Chinese for dinner and went and bought it with his own money and picked us up a movie "Fun with Dick and Jane", okay. Enjoyed some time just eating and watching (kids were with Papa for a few hours) and NOT arguing about money! :-) Wish me luck!
Did great grocery shopping yesterday! I only spent $50 for $270 worth of groceries! Wow! Beat that one! :-)
I returned a bunch of things that have been unused or not the right size, etc. That came to around $57 cash back in my pocket, then $50 out of pocket, then a rebate of $167 in check form for Costco.
Went to Aldi's first. It is amazing how much cheaper thier items are! But there is a limited selection of items. I have my favorites! $50 there.
Then to Shop n Save for the more named brand stuff, with coupons. They had a $10 off a $50 purchase. I almost could'nt make the $50! I had to throw on some gum and candy! $40 there.
Then I stocked up at Costco on meat and chicken and other goodies for the freezer! $170 there.
So I treated myself to lunch and I still have $3 in my purse!
A little success feels sooooo good!
I gave hubby our "State of our State" address yesterday and as touched on in my No Refi entry, it did not go well. He really wants me to go to work full time and I am dead set againist it. I want to raise my kids myself! I know I have not been the best steward of our money, but we are not living in a cardboard box! I make our payments on-time and pay more every month. Yes, vet bills were a killer, but should I have just paid $60 to have her put down instead of $500 to keep her alive? No dental insurance last year and $3000 in dental bills, should I have put DD down? I'm not saying its all bills and no "Junk". But everytime we overspent eating out, you can bet his butt was in the chair next to mine eating his fill! I am reflecting on Priceplus and his struggles and wonder if this is how my husband sees me? As a giant spend thrift? He buys for himself when he wants, I buy for 5 people and 3 pets. Why is everything my "fault?" I am trying to bring it around, yes we have had greater CC debt before we have had to pull ourselves out of (all my fault before, I'm sure), but now things are under control. Yes, we have debt, but we are okay! Food on the table. He keeps saying now that I am going to kill him, having to work to keep up with my "extravagant" lifestyle. I do not buy clothes, get my haircut, get manicures, have huge stashes of "stuff" that I bought for no reason. When I do buy clothes, I go to the thrift store, my girls have some new things, but mostly hand me downs and garage sale stuff. Sorry, I just needed to vent! I'm having a pity party!
What do you all find that sells well on the internet? Is Half.com better than ebay? Do hardback romance books sell, or money books, or cookbooks? What would you all suggest? Thanks!
Talked to hubby tonight about the refi. He says no go (after shrieking about how much we still owe). He prefers to hide his head in the sand and when I pull it out every once in a while, he has a moo cow. I know we can raise kids cheaply, but I sure have'nt figured out how to do it for free! Just can't get that through his head! Anyway, I gave him two options, refi or buckle down. He chose buckle down, so we will do this the old fashioned way. I had already made my budget in accordance with the All Your Worth book by Elizabeth Warren, so now it is time to practice it! Hi-ya, time for some of the black belt budget tightening! I still would have loved the instant gratification of a refi! :-( Oh well!
Okay, my poor $20 challenge fund is stuck at $90. Now, I'm glad I got that high, and I have'nt spent any of it, but still I have'nt added to it! I think when my rebates come in, I will put them in there, but help! I am a literal saver, I have to have the actual cash to put in it. Should I start charging my kids when I clean their rooms? Any suggestions?
So,1 doctor said DD3's arm was not broke, another said it was. Took her to the pediatrician, he said he thought it was, off to the specialist today, yep its broke. All casted up from her fingers to her armpit. No more soccer, no gymnastics recital, no writing all her thank you notes for her First Communion gifts (think she did this on purpose?) and we'll see if she can still play the piano this way. This little adventure cost us about $200. Thank you insurnace. So if your friends ever say "Go over the limbo bar", know that it is a BAD idea!
Lets see.... first, thought DD3 might have broken her arm/elbow. She went to a birthday party and the kids told her to limbo OVER the bar, which of course did'nt work. I told her to tell them to go first next time. Went in for xrays. Sure looked broken to me, but pediatric specialist says no. Will keep it in a splint this week still.
Sent in for 2 rebates! Yeah! I hope I filled out all the paperwork correctly. They can sure be tricky!
Husband came home to tell me his company is being bought and merging with another company. It is kind of frustrating because 1) he has only had the job since October and 2) the company is owned by my brother in law and we had no clue what was going on or in the works. Just goes to show....
I still want to refinance the house for 200,000 at 6.5%. Then we could pay off all credit cards and our HELOC (which I hate and has gone up to 10.5%) Right now we are at 165,000 at 6% for only a few years of payments. I am willing to forgo that. The equity in our house just keeps rising even though the market has gone into snooze mode. We had a subdivision of million dollar homes go in adjacent to us, so that really helped. Easily it could appraise for 240,000 and with the way the market is going, up to 265,000 and we are not moving anytime soon! What do you all think?
A no spend day today and I have been cooking dinner at home for over a week, except for Saturday night that was DH's celebration night. Trying to be really careful!
Yeah! We survived First Communion. Every thing went well, no one goofed and embarassed the family! :-) DD1 carried in a banner, DD2 sang in the choir and DD3 was our guest of honor. All the family was there and many friends too. Even DD3's 2nd grade teacher came, that was sweet of her! The party was nice. My sister left the church early and came to the house to set out the food and she said she thought she had walked into the wrong house because of all the changes I made! Food was plentiful, (leftovers for days!). They had messed up on the cake at the bakery so I ended up getting two cakes for free. Free is nice, but I could have cried. Oh well, I got over it! Very tired now! Tomorrow is church, laundry and REST! Will try to post a pic!
Went to the dentist and she was able to fill my tooth without a root canal. Of course she said "We'll see how it goes", but I'll pretend I did'nt hear that!
Almost a no spend day, had to pay a $50 copay at the dentist, but who cares! Better than the 300+ I would have paid before!
Still making dinner at home and following my menus! Looks like tomorrow night is taco night!
Going to go see a musical with some friends tomorrow night. Don't really want to go because of the big day on Saturday, but someone bought me the ticket and I feel obligated to go (although I should'nt!) Called "Meonpause the Musical". Should be interesting!
Well, went to bible study, and out for fellowship, then an hour at 2nd job.
Took DD's to Walgreens to pick up some meds. Spent 20.00 on 1/2 off Easter stuff. Bad job on my part!
Had to run to JCPenney and pick up extra set of curtains to finish the kitchen. DD1 wanted chips. I told her to grab her money and we went to the dollar store after Penneys. Also found another rug for the front hall on sale, will see how it looks. So more decorating money spent.
Got my first free sample today! Degree DO from Walmart. Cool!
Still haven't received the $30 from cashing out from a survey I took.
Burned out on the ebay thing. Every transaction was great - but one. I got a lady who did'nt pay and was an absolute lying nightmare. Will stay on the purchasing end of this for a while! Maybe I'll try some books on Half.com.
Glad to hear everyone has laundry out on the line! Glad our 90's are gone for at least another week.
Have to go back to the dentist tomorrow. Went for check up on Monday. May need a root canal!:-( Will find out tomorrow. So glad we are finally blessed with dental insurance! Had I waited any longer.. who knows!
Gearing up for the big party on Saturday. Trying to make sure everything is clean so I can just concentrate on getting shopping and food done on Friday.
Thats all for now!
So far so good. I have not gone into credit card shock from cutting mine up. In fact I was inspired from Rays making her menu up for the week I did too and tonights dinner was on the table even though it was a rush night. And I have planned up to next Tuesday!
I got the new curtains hung in the kitchen and I think this and the bathroom are ready for company viewing! :-) I cleaned the carpets (the dog continually pees) and put away all the laundry. I don't want to clean anything else too soon before this weekend (why even try?).
I did treat myself to lunch today and I had to get gas, so not a no spend day. Hopefully tomorrow!
Yep, we're talking credit cards. I just got done reading All Your Worth by Elizabeth Warren (suggested by someone on this site, thank you whoever!). It made so much sense! I have worked out a great budget using their 30/20/50 plan. I hope this is a great beginning. After I figured up my plan I cut up two cards, a big player and a little fish. How scary it is. What if....., but then what if not? I am going to try more cash only. I will use any money from extra side jobs to pay ahead on the cc bills. We'll see how it goes. Wish me luck!
Hope everyone had a blessed Easter and enjoyed a nice day!
Okay, obviously even with my sprucing up around here,(by the way, I finished the bathroom today! Everyone but me hates the color, oh well!) I have been watching too much TV. After my HGTV rant, I move onto Oprah.
As my favorite tightwad guru Amy Dacyczyn once said "I wanted to raise my fist and say It's not true, it can be done!" And unlike Contrary1 who felt warm fuzzies from the show, I felt angry. They had the guy that did the "Supersize Me" movie and his girlfriend go live on (or close to) minimum wage for ONE MONTH. They could not use their money or credit cards and even moved to Ohio for their experiment. ONE MONTH. Yes, they were broke, but I think rather whiney and it was only for ONE MONTH, so where do they get off saying "Oh we understand what you are going through", or "Oh it was so hard". Puhleeeze! Shes a chef, he's a filmmaker and they live in New York, cut me a break. Not only this though, they had a husband and wife and their 4 children that live off his $9.00 per hour job. She quit her job when their one child was diagnosed with autism. They barely make it paycheck to paycheck and are always afraid the end is near. Yes this is very scary, but what are they doing about it? THAT is my question! She said their groceries are $250 per week. What are they eating????? Way better than me even though I feed only a family of 5 and not a family of 6. Holy cow, I wish I could spend $250 a week! Why does'nt she take in some day care, or typing or something? Work in the evenings after hubby comes home?
I'm sorry, we raised 3 kids on 30,000 per year (actually under) for quite a few years before my husband got another job. I stayed at home and took care of the kids and worked lots of odd jobs to help out. It can be done!
They did have one woman on who broke her wrist so she could'nt work (don't know what her previous job was) and lost her job, therefore her home and had to live in a shelter. I felt bad for her, she did dig her way back out, but again she is living paycheck to paycheck. Could'nt she get a second job to put into savings or buy a car? Even for a little while for security? Instead she lives everyday terrified something will happen again.
I DO agree Health Insurance is killing many families!!! We have lived through that too! We just started regular insurance through my husbands company in February. For years we had to have individual health insurance and my husband had had a heart attack before. Guess what? Cha-ching!
Yes, they need to raise minimum wage, and find an affordable way for people to have health insurance, but the doom and gloom of Oprah??? Once again, pure sensationalism, not journalism.
Oh, forgot to confess, temp got up to almost 90 today and I caved in and turned on the AC. I hated to do it and I called DH first to approve. He backed me up. Only did it because it looks like were heading straight into summer. Tomorrow is supposed to be a record hi. Missouri is funny like this. Spring lasted a whole week! Gee!
I've still been working like a busy bee to get the house ready for the First Communion. Got the cutie knick knacks up in the kitchen and bought 6 new chairs (25.00 each at Garden Ridge on sale.) for the old table (I just painted it, I'll paint just about anything!) Just waiting on the curtains. Hoping to paint the bathroom tomorrow. Will definately need the AC for that!
Followed the advice of some of our friends here on the blog and joined the mypoints insiders club. Some of the local dining places look promising. Up to 7500 points, but I like to lo hold them and savor what I could spend them on. Still have a $165 Costco rebate to use too. Hate to use it on consumables, I'd like to get something we would use like a power washer or pneumatic (sp) nail gun. Who knows!