Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 26

1. Walk 500 miles this year (245 down and 255 to go…almost halfway there)

I walked 15 miles this week!!! I braved thunderstorms, 100+ heat indexes, and horrendous humidity but I did it.

2. Eat less than 40 net carbs each day

I did this for six out of seven days…Mexican food tastes so much better with chips:)

3. Read two non-fiction books each month  Accomplished

Paris in Love: A Memoir

This month I read The Yellow Envelope Project (really good if you like self-exploration-type books) and now I am currently reading Paris in Love by Eloisa James (it is another memoir-type book).

4. Have two date nights each month Accomplished

Our kids are visiting their grandparents this week, so we have been having lots of date nights this week….and lots of walking dates…which is probably why I racked up 15 miles:)

5. Have two family game nights each month (1 out of 2)

We only had one this month for some reason???

6. Have one no spend week each month (3/4 accomplished)

I was having my no spend week this week and made it all the way through Day 5…..but then I decided to break it early when I saw that JC Penney’s was having a sale on my favorite brand of women’s clothing…so I caved…. **Don’t worry I only bought two tops, so I didn’t go too crazy:)

7. Try to only buy used items this year

Well its been almost two years, but I finally bought myself some new clothing (See #6 above). ** I have been trying really, really hard to find used clothing at the thrift store, but I have not had any luck at all….for two years!!  I must be either really picky or my thrift store has mega-crappy selection when it comes to women’s clothing:(

8. Add twelve new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (4 out of 12)

I decided to add one of the worksheets I made for my son this past year as a free item on my store’s site…so that still counts as a product…I think….

9. $5 weekly challenge

This week I decided to finish up my Save a life month and bought diapers again….you can never have enough diapers!

 

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Frugal Accomplishments

Five Frugal Things

1. Going out of business sale!

imageOur local Rite-aid stores are closing next week, so they had a 70% off sale on their entire inventory.  (While I did have to wait in line for 45 minutes!!!!) I did get amazing deals on fish oil, vitamins, coffee, and our favorite brand of shampoo.  **I should have taken a picture of some of the other ladies’ carts, they really racked up the deals that day.

2. Summer reading program

Our local library always does a great job when it comes to their summer reading program.  Over the past couple of weeks, we have attended an animal show and a cowboy roping/singing/history event that was highly entertaining….and air conditioned!

3. Dollar Tree

My son hates having his food touch other items on his plate, so to keep everyone happy I serve his meals on divided trays.  Well he is getting to be a big boy now (7!!!) and his toddler-sized plates just do not cut it anymore.  Luckily I found some big boy friendly trays at the Dollar Tree that have been making dinnertime much easier lately:)

4. Thrift store

This week, my best find was a new lamp shade ($1) for a standing lamp that has been broken for over a year.  The store was also running a sale on their books (any five books for just $1) so I picked up a Spanish-English dictionary, a children’s bible(in great condition), and three other books that looked to be worth a twenty cent gamble.

5.  Kroger deals

This week at Kroger, I bought five bags of shredded cheese for $.99 each, Doritos for $1.88, and received a loaf of bread for free….I love Kroger!

Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 25

1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (230 down and 270 to go)

Yikes! Next week marks half of the year already and I am lacking 20 miles to keep on pace for the year…so I better get walking:)

2. Eat 40 net carbs or less each day

I did this for all seven days.

3. Read two nonfiction books each month (One so far)

The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and A Life-Changing Journey Around the World

This past week I read The Yellow Envelope and really enjoyed it.  This is a true story of a couple who decides to sell all of their possessions and travel the world, seeking to find happiness and a new way of life for themselves.  I tend to enjoy travel books and this one did not disappoint.  I loved how the author made this nonfiction book feel like a fun fiction book, by creating stories about each country they visited.  This book also explored her troubled marriage and how the trip helped her to identify issues that they both needed to work out, in order to save their marriage (which they did!) **If you enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love and Wild you will like this book too.

4. Have two date nights each month

One so far, but the kids are visiting their grandparents next week, so I am sure we will fit in another easily:)

5. Have two family game nights each month

We played Cadoo and Old Maid for our games this week and then enjoyed a few episodes of King of the Hill (a family favorite).

6. Try to buy nothing new this year

Nothing new was bought this week

7. Have one no spend week each month

Not yet

8. Add twelve new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store this year (3 out of 12 completed)

No yet

9.  $5 weekly challenge

This week I bought diapers to donate to the Save a Life center.

Frugal Accomplishments

Five Frugal Things

1. Made birthday “cake” at home

My daughter had a birthday this past week and we decided to forego the traditional cake and made Carmelitas (think oatmeal cookies stuffed with caramel and chocolate) and brownies instead.  **Considering she usually asks for a Great American Cookie cake, I count this as frugal:)

2. Birthday gifts

I usually make it a point to not go too crazy on birthday gifts (mostly because I have a large extended family and my children usually get way more presents than they really need)  This year my daughter asked for a few books that she had been wanting, “good” brown hair ties (she has insanely thick hair), Ranch flavored sunflower seeds, two huge boxes of her favorite gum, and a meal out with her best friend.

3. Kroger deals

Our Kroger had amazing deals on condiments this week.  I picked up five bottles of Heinz ketchup and five containers of Kraft mayo for $.99 each.

4. Pool passes

We enjoyed using our discount season passes to a local water park this past week twice.  **Each year they go on sale for half off in March, so this provides us with a nice weekly outing each week in the hot Alabama summer.

5. Zero food waste

Any week that I can boast that no food was wasted, is a good week in my books!

 

Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 24

1. Walk 500 miles this year (220 down and 280 to go)

I walked all of my miles outside this week.  My strategy for walking in the summertime (in Alabama humidity) is to go early or late and so far it is working out well:)

2. Eat less than 40 net carbs each day (4 out of 7 days)

This was my worst week of the year so far.  **I had a mild stomach bug so I basically ate whatever I wanted for 3 days last week.

3. Read two non-fiction books each month

Not yet. I did pick out two books from the library, but both were terrible!!!  Life is too short to waste it on awful books…

4. Have two date nights each month

We did have a date night last week, but it was on one of the days I was not feeling the greatest, so I did not enjoy my food as much as usual:(

5.  Have two family game nights each month

Not yet

6. Add twelve new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (3 down and 9 to go)

Not yet

7. Have one no spend week each month

Not yet

8. Try to buy nothing new this year

I actually did buy something new this week (which proves I am not too weird!)  We bought my husband a Sega Genesis Classic Console for his Father’s day gift.  **Even though my son opened it early and thanked me each night for “giving it to him”, it technically was for my husband:)

9. $5 weekly challenge

I am continuing my Save a Life theme this month and picked up baby wash and lotions to donate this week.

Frugal Accomplishments

Five Frugal Things

1. Sold my husband’s truck

This was a nice surprise for us because we had not officially listed the truck for sale yet.  Luckily, a local landscaper saw it parked by the road at my parent’s house and asked if it was for sale.  Of course, we quickly said yes and sold it within 2 weeks for exactly how much we paid for it two years ago. So no money was lost and we all walked away pleased.

2. Kroger deals

Kroger had a lot of things on sale this week, so I stocked up on bacon, chicken thighs, chips, and shredded cheese for really great prices.

3. Rabies shot

Our local veterinarians offer discount rabies vaccines once a year for $12, so we made sure to take our beloved Sadie (at 6am!) to keep her up to date on her shots. **Apparently this year they had all of the dogs remain in the cars to help speed along the process….and avoid dog fights:)

4. Rocket City Brew Fest

My husband enjoys craft beers, so he was happy to sign up to help out at a local beer sampling event on Saturday.  **To thank the volunteers, the event planners let them attend the weekend festival for free if they volunteered for one night, so my husband was more than happy with that arrangement!

5. Credit card reward points

I earned $16 in reward points this month by simply using my credit card for things I had to buy anyways.  **This is only considered to be frugal because I have not paid any interest in almost 9 years and I always pay off my balance each month.

 

 

 

Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 23

1. Walk 500 miles this year (210 down and 290 to go)

I walked 13 miles this week!! I had a combination of perfect weather (though still hot) and willing walking partners, that made it so easy to go over on this weekly goal.

2. Eat less than 40 net carbs each day

I did this for all 7 days.

3. Read two non-fiction books each month

Not yet

4. Have two date nights each month

Not yet

5. Have two family game nights each month

Not yet

6. Add twelve new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (3 down and 9 to go)

I am finally done writing up all of the study guides for my daughter’s next school year, so maybe I will get back on track with this yearly goal soon. (How can she be in high school already????)

7. Have one no spend week each month

Not yet

8. Buy nothing “new” this year

Nothing new was bought this week

9. $5 weekly challenge

babyitems1

I decided to switch it up and buy items for our local Save-a-life center for the month of June. So this week, I bought diapers and pacifiers to donate.

 

 

Blessings

Blessings This Week

Here are some blessings that I received this week:

1. Raincheck

I missed out on a great deal on ice cream sandwiches last week at Kroger because they sold out quickly during their 4 day sale promotion.  While I was checking out at Kroger last week, I was chatting with one of my favorite cashiers and I told her about how bummed I was to miss out on that deal.  She quickly looked up at me and smiled, then proceeded to write me a raincheck (plus one for my mom) so I could get the ice cream sandwiches the next time I came in.  I guess it pays to be nice and friendly to store employees:)

2. Missing books

My daughter was mentioning last week, that she was missing a book in a series and hoped to find it used somewhere.  While shopping at the thrift store this week, we happened to find a copy (but it was not in great condition) so we decided to wait.  Imagine our surprise when we found it the next day in the library’s used book room, in perfect condition! ** I also had been trying to remember the name of a book that I had read a long time ago and was surprised to find it there as well. This was more of a coincidence but still a blessing in my book.

3. Play dates

When you homeschool, sometimes its hard to meet up with kids your own age during the summertime (especially if you are not blessed to have neighbors your own age)  I always feel very blessed whenever my children can play with other kids.  So I am feeling doubly blessed this week, because both of my children have days that they will get to “play” with other children.  **The quotation marks are for Emma, because I do not know if going kayaking counts as play in a teenager’s book:)

How were you blessed this week??

Frugal Accomplishments

Five Frugal Things

1. Used books

I have been looking for a few books in a series that I have been reading lately, so I was happy to find them at the library used book room for just $.50 each.  My daughter also found a book that she was missing from a series for just $1.

2. Kroger deals

Lots of great deals were to be had this week. I picked up 32oz of shredded cheese for $5, salad dressing for $.99, and my favorite brand of detergent for just $1.99 each.

3. Thrift store find

We lucked out and found a huge tub of Duplo blocks for just $2.99…which is a steal…so we scooped it up and will gift it to my nephew, who is totally obsessed with Legos, for his birthday next week.

4. Yard sale find

My son found a Nintendo 3DS game at a yard sale and his deal-savvy grandmother negotiated a great price of $3 for it. **I am terrible at negotiating, but my mom is wonderful at it:)

5. Family night

To avoid getting takeout, I made homemade pizza and peach cobbler for our family dinner night this week. **Anytime I avoid takeout is considered a frugal thing around here!

 

Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 22

1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (197 miles down and 303 miles to go)

We have had a hot and humid summer week this week (typical for Alabama), but I sucked it up and did all of my miles outdoors. A lot of sweating occurred but it felt great:)

2. Eat under 40 net carbs each day

I did this for 6 out of 7 days this week

3. Read two non-fiction books each month Accomplished

I am marking this as completed this month. I have been reading American History and High School Biology textbooks for the past month, in preparation for homeschool this fall.

4. Have two date nights each month Accomplished

We had a date night last week and enjoyed a delicious meal at a local Mexican restaurant, so this one can be marked off this month as well.

5. Have two family game nights each month  Accomplished

6. Add twelve new products to my Teachers pay Teachers account (3 down and 9 to go)

No…..

7. Have a no spend week each month  Accomplished

8. Buy nothing new this year

Nothing new was bought this week.

9. $5 weekly challenge

april charity pic

This was my charity haul for the month of May.  For the month of June, I think that I will focus on buying items for Save a Life. **My mother and daughter volunteer at Save a Life each week and apparently they take all sorts of items for new mothers and children up to the age of 4, so I thought that will be a fun change of pace for my weekly charity challenge.