Tuesday, March 31, 2009

no spending update.


Last year when I started my no spending diet I had no idea where this would take me. I had hoped that it would put some extra money in my pocket and really make me think about every purchase.
Now that I am on this diet I am seeing the fruits of my labor. When we had to replace the engine in Rusty's truck, we had the money. We do have the money in savings to fix my car but we have decided to wait and take it out of a pay check instead of dipping into our savings.
Now I do think about every single purchase that I make. Yesterday I had pulled out a London broil. I could not figure out what to do with it, so I jumped on line and found a beef stew that could be made in the crock pot. The price of beef has done through the roof, so I decided to use only half of the London broil, and just add a ton of veggi's. I used all the veggi's that I had, even if I was not following the directions. Everyone loved it and there was nothing left over!
Oh sure I have splurged a few times, but not as often as I use to. It is nice to have that extra money sitting in my bank account.
Yesterday the high school called me to inform me that my girls friend's son was injured and need to go to the hospital. So I go and pick him up and and I am looking at his finger. It just looked bad. Every joint in one finger was out of socket. It was just gross!
I am trying to figure out a way to send three children to magic mountain for christian day. The tickets are $30 each and I want to give each of them $30 spending money. I could just hand over the money, but I don't want to do that. I don't want to find a way to make the money, and not take from our personal account. I have until the end of April to figure all of this out. I can do it. I know I can.
My experiment with the girls cleaning the house is working out very well. Tomorrow they switch. I think this has been good for them because now they are seeing how much work goes into keeping the house clean.
Ryan brought home a field trip form and his class is going to Sea World this year. I am glad that they are going because this lets me off the hook on taking him. I know that sounds bad, but he will have more fun with his friends then hanging out with Rusty and I.
Life is good and my day is calling me.

4 comments:

Linda's World said...

Sounds like a good way to save money. Unfortuantely, since I'm retired and just getting a certain amount month after month,I am seeing that it's getting harder to make the dollars stretch. The place I shop for groceries has a bin in the meat department with discounted meat that's within a day or two of the 'Best By' date. The other day I got 2 packages of ground beef for around $4 that a few days back would have been over $6. I brought them home and wrapped them better & popped them in the freezer. I also clip coupons like crazy. It's really a good thing that your're doing, especially with kids in the house...they always want and/or need something. Linda in WA

LYN said...

I AM CUTTING BACK TOO..
I CAN LIVE ON $50 OR $500 ..KNOW WHAT I MEAN??

Lori said...

I admire what you've done this year, and thank you for sharing it with us.

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