Sunday, July 13, 2014

Where I've Been





Wow, it's been over a month since I've posted! There have been some big changes here recently.

I started a new job and am now working full time as a cashier/receptionist in service at a Chevrolet car dealership. It is much easier on me physically and I love it!! I'm making more money per hour and get paid holidays, vacation, and benefits. I am off every Sunday and I have a whole weekends with my family every other week.

We have spending a lot more time at the beach at Pirates Cove. We get  there early and set up at a picnic table under an oak tree and make a day out of it. It's so nice to come home relaxed from a day out in the sun and water to shower, make a simple dinner, and turn in early. 

I recently bought a Kindle and have been reading like a fiend. Making up for lost time, eh!  

For the 4th of July we went down to The Wharf in Orange Beach and watched the laser light shows, fire enchantress and hula hoop girl acts and fireworks. It was an enjoyable evening.

Oh! And I almost forgot! June 29th, Alfred and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary with a day at the beach, of course. *big smile*

Overall, life has become more busy but it's all good. I'm happier than I've been in a long time. I do miss blogging regularly. I may only post once a week on one of my days off. I haven't quite figured it out yet. 

Until next time....

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Frugal Doings





Bought a pair of dress pants I needed for a job interview for $7 on clearance. They were a bit long so I asked Mama to hem them for me. Regular price was $19.97 for the pants. I saved $12.97.



When we bought our sectional sofa a few years ago it came with three large throw pillows. The colors were not to my liking. Several months ago I bought a gorgeous beachy fabric and Mama made slipcovers for them. They are perfect!

I was able to refinance my car loan from a 12.24% interest rate to 3.98%.



Our son bought his first new car, a 2014 Dodge Dart. He got a 5.14% interest rate and his payments are affordable. He bought his own insurance through USAA, who we also use, so we were able to remove him from our policy, lowering the premium.

Each month, I have been tracking our debt balance total. It's so exciting to watch the balance drop! 

One of Alfred's credit cards expired and the company sent us a new one. I have chosen not to activate it so we can pay it off. 

Took the girls bowling last Friday. For Kenzie it was completely free, Kayla and I had to pay for shoe rental which was $6.54 for the both of us. We had a lot of fun!

I've written out my budget for June. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Something to Ponder




Saw this on Project333's Facebook page yesterday. Since I'm radically purging belongings in preparation for a yard sale, I have come to the realization that I need very little to be happy.

What really matters to me? Spending time with my family and friends. Creating a haven at home. Good food. Making time for things I enjoy. Self-care and health. Making memories.

I just don't care about fancy vacations, name brand clothes, nights out at expensive restaurants, etc. There's nothing wrong it if you can afford it, but it's just never been a priority for me. 

I'm a simple girl at heart and it's the little things that make life worthwhile for me. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Frugal Doings, Accomplishments, and Goals



Frugal Doings:

I added $10.42 to the change jar.

My car battery died. Got a replacement for free.

We received two free tickets to a concert Sunday evening to see Foreigner and Styx.

Paid off two small medical bills....Yay!

Saved business envelopes from bills we pay online to use in the future.

Saved cotton ball from a medicine container to use to remove nail polish in the future.

Desperately needed a new pair of work shoes. I wanted Sketcher's Go Walk which run $60. I found a pair online at Amazon for $43.44 with free shipping.

Signed us up for KidsBowlFree.com. $19.95 and the kids can bowl two games each weekday all summer long. Standard shoe rental is not included.

Changed the AC filter.

Made a batch of brownies for dessert.

Saved the aluminum foil used to cover brownies for the next time I make brownies.

Accomplishments:

Cleaned out my car and washed it.

Cleaned off the front porch and deadheaded rose bushes.

Goals:

~ Pay the IRS off in full next week.

~ Declutter master bedroom. 

~ Mow lawn and trim bushes.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Plans and Progress




Sunday, Alfred and I worked all day on the back yard. This area surrounding the fire pit was really working my last nerve so I decided to try to tackle it. It was so overgrown and an eyesore.




This is what the are looks like now! I have some plants I want to move from the front yard to the raised brick bed and mulch it. I'd hoped to get to it today, but  didn't get around to it.

The girls wanted to go to the mall so we went. Got into the car to come home and all my car does is click, click, click. The motor doesn't turn over. It's dead. I text Alfred who was out of town who tells me to call a friend of ours who works with him. 

Brian, came and jump started my car and I drove it to the shop where they work. My battery, that I just replaced in March, was bad! I got a new battery for free. But I lost two hours I could have been doing yard work. I'll get to it eventually! 

I did get my car washed and vacuumed out today. That's another thing I just have not had time to do in recent weeks. There are always way too many projects to tackle on my off days. I just try to get to the ones that bother me most. I figure eventually everything will get done in due time. 

I have been radically purging my home of things we do not need or use and I can happily say it is so much easier to keep the house clean and tidy! So far, I have tackled the kitchen/pantry, dining room, and the office. My sun room looks like a hoarder's paradise at the moment! I am having a yard sale next month though.

I still need to tackle the master bedroom and bath, plus the outside storage areas. I have approximately four weeks to get this done. So that's what's happening in my little corner of the world this week.




Friday, May 16, 2014

Frugal Doings




I used envelopes from junk mail and bills I pay online to mail several hospital bills.

The comforter on my bed is reversible so I flipped it over to give the room a fresh look.

Cleaned my kitchen floor with vinegar.

Added vinegar to the rinse cycle while washing a load of dish cloths and towels to freshen them up.

Made a menu and shopping list for groceries for the week. Total was $110. After using my reward card ans a $5 off/$50 coupon, I paid $68.

Decluttered my pantry and kitchen.

Had to buy a new battery for the riding mower and was charged a $7 core charge. I took the old battery back and was refunded $7.63.



Thursday, May 15, 2014

Finding Freedom






These past couple days have found me ruthlessly purging items in my pantry and kitchen. The innards of my cabinets are nearly bare. Alfred said it looked like it did when we were first married and starting out on our own. 

To me, it looks like freedom. Freedom from a much too long to do list. Freedom from storing and organizing. Freedom from keeping up with the Joneses and needless spending.

The more I get rid of, the better I feel. I should have done this ages ago! I plan to go through my entire house with as much tenacity within the next five weeks and then have a yard sale.

I want just enough and no more.