Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekly Spending Report: 05/10-16/2015

Even with all the work and stuff going on this week, I still did a LOT of shopping.  I was able to stock up on a LOT of great deals, and needed items!  Here's what we ended up with...
  • Sunday's CVS Trip: $1.54 oop
  • Sunday's ALDI Trip: $38.83 oop
  • Sunday's Giant Trip: $57.25 oop, Earned $0.50 Saving Star Rebate for the Suddenly Salads
 Forgot the cold items, whoops...
  • Wednesday's ALDI Trip: $22.43 oop
  • Wednesday's Wal-mart Trip: Zero oop (used gift card from a bunch of returns)
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip: Zero OOP, used a gift card
  • Earned $7.19 Rebate Check from Ebates
Total OOP: $120.05
Total Earned: $7.69
Total Remaining: $171
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Menu Plan Monday: 05/18/2015

 
This week I am hoping to be able to get some things done around the house.  I have an ever growing to-do list that needs to start getting things crossed off of it!  I kept the menu simple since I also have to work a few days this week.  Here's what cooking...

Breakfasts: Eggs, Bacon, Bagels, Yogurt

Lunches: Leftovers, Lean Cuisine Meals

Dinners:
Sunday - Subs
Monday - Take out!
Tuesday - Crock-pot Meatball Sandwiches, Onion Rings
Wednesday - Crock-pot Creamy Taco Chicken, Mexican Rice, Corn
Thursday -  Leftovers
Friday - Homemade Pizza
Saturday - Hot dogs with Mac and Cheese

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: 05/11/2015


Happy belated Mother's day to all the mom's out there!  I celebrated Mother's day by doing a little shopping and not having to cook, which is always a plus!  This week I work Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, as well as Saturday, and I have a meeting I have to attend on Friday.  Plus we are loading up for a show on Thursday, so things are little nutsy around here.  But all is good!  I kept the menu fairly simple, since it has been super hot here for the past week or so, and I haven't felt like cooking much.  Here's what's on the menu for this week...

Breakfasts: Bagels, Yogurt/Granola, Fruit, Eggs

Lunches: Leftovers, Ham Sandwiches

Dinners
Sunday - Leftovers (from Friday)
Monday - Leftovers (from Friday)
Tuesday - BBQ Sandwiches with Leftover Coleslaw and Taco Dip (from Friday)
Wednesday - Dinner with a Friend (pizza or subs)
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Spaghetti with Meatballs, Vegetable, Garlic Bread
Saturday - Homemade Pizza

Desserts: Strawberry Shortcake!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Weekly Spending Report: 05/03-09/2015

This week, we didn't really need anything, so I just made a trip to Dollar Tree on Saturday to pick up a few things and peruse the aisles.  Here's what I ended up with...
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip: $8.95 oop (plus a 5-pack of size 4 diapers, not pictured)
Total OOP: $8.95
Total Earned: Zero
Total Remaining: $291.05

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Weekly Spending Report: 04/26-05/02/2015

This week was a little crazy with Joe gearing up for the Civil War event here at the museum, so I didn't get to do a whole lot of shopping.  I did manage to stop at ALDI for a few things, but with the budget mess-up last month, I paid with money I shouldn't have had left, and still had money left over, which I added to our 'fun money' envelope.  So, the only trip that came out of the budget money was my Dollar Tree Trip, which you can see below...
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip: $2.12 (2 newspapers)
Total OOP: $2.12
Total Earned: $0
Total Remaining: $0

April Goals Post



April was better than February and March, but not by much.  I had a tea to run, and re-started my contract job here at the museum, plus we celebrated Howard's 1st birthday!  So, needless to say, things have been a little nut-so around here with all three of us trying to get into a new groove.  But I think we are finally starting to understand and follow our new routine.  I did get some things done, and I am hoping to really knock some stuff out in May!  Here's what I accomplished in April...
Household:
  1. De-clutter the whole house in January, February, and March -- Done!
  2. Do a Deep-Spring, and Deep-Fall Clean in March and November  As well as keep up with my weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly cleaning chores. -- I was able to keep up with my weekly cleaning responsibilities (and the laundry) even with all the crazy going on in our lives.
  3. Paint the Windows/Sills/Trim in the Kitchen and Nursery. -- I am hoping to work on this in May.  The weather has been nice, but usually when I'm working, so hopefully May will be a little more cooperative.  
Family:
  1. Write a 'love letter' to Joe each month -- I did manage to accomplish this in April.  It was an email message, but it was kind of a nice surprise for him to find among the museum and civil war emails that are filling his inbox.
  2. Take a trip to Maine in June with the hubby, and Howard. -- N/A
  3. Take a Trip to Ocean City in August -- N/A
  4. Get together with family at least once a month -- We got together with Joe's family on Easter for dinner, and then we got together with both families for Howard's birthday party.
  5. Plan and Execute Howard's 1st Birthday Party -- This was a total success!  I am planning to do a couple of posts throughout May illustrating how we celebrated his 1st birthday frugally, even with having a party for family and friends.
Blogging:
  1. Have 2 Freezer/Pantry Challenges (January and July), post updates on the blog, and defrost the chest freezer -- N/A
  2. Post my Menu Plan, and Weekly Spending Report every week, along with at least 1 other post per week.  This may be an update, a reveal, a recipe, a shopping trip, some Aldi Deals, or a frugal find. -- Well, I did keep up with my weekly spending reports, and my budget and goals updates, but that's about it.  I did do one Menu Plan post, but only 1.  I really want to make this a priority in May since I am working now and have a little time at the computer without a toddler on my lap. 
  3. Plan and execute a 31 days post for October. -- N/A
Health:
  1. Lose at least 20 lbs -- I don't really want to talk about this right now.  I didn't gain any, but I also didn't loss any either, and I'm starting to get frustrated.  Hopefully May will be better!
  2. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy, and do exercise of some kind everyday. -- I did this to a tee.  Joe and I have been walking every evening, and I have been drinking plenty of water, and trying to eat as healthy as I can manage right now.  I'm going to play around with eating different healthy things and see if it makes a difference.
Budget/Income:
  1. Do at least 5 Flea Markets throughout the year, and list at least bi-monthly on Amazon/Facebook Yard Sale. -- 1 Flea Market done to date.  
  2. Earn Swagbucks everyday by completing the daily poll, toolbar log-in, and NOSO offers daily.  (Try to earn $10 a month) -- I'm up to 943 swagbucks, only 1257 more and I can cash in for the $25 reward!  We'll see, maybe May will be the month!
  3. Set a monthly budget, and coupon and deal shop as needed to stay within our budget. -- I did coupon and deal shop this month, but I some how screwed up the budget, because I should be out of money, actually in the negative, and I still have money in the envelope, so...  But it all works out in the end.  I am starting May out fresh with $300, and I'll go from there.
  4. Put at least an extra $100 a month on Joe's Credit Card starting in May -- N/A
Hobby-Related:
  1. Scan the huge-a** box of photos we have had since my mom died two and a half years ago, and get them sorted to give to people, as well as put the ones I decide to keep in albums. -- I'm not even planning to work in this until later in the year, July maybe, or possibly not until Fall, we'll see.
  2. Continue to work on Howard's baby book -- Howard's baby book is all caught up, until he does something else new, or we go to the doctors and have weight/length to record.  I secretly wanted to have this caught up by his birthday, and I succeeded!  I love it when that happens!  I still have to write about his birthday party, but I am hoping to cross this one off in May!
  3. Try something new at least once a month and blog about it.  I have a LOT of new recipes and crafts I want to try -- This so didn't happen, again.  Maybe May will be the game changer!
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ALDI Deals: 04/29/2015


Here are some of the awesome deals at ALDI this week...
  • Serra Ladies Canvas Shoes $6.99 pair
  • Crofton 2 pk Chalk Mugs $2.99 per pk
  • Crofton Tea Kettle $6.99 ea
  • Crofton 2 piece Muffin Pan or Cake Pan with Carrier $7.99 ea
  • Crofton 2 pk Insulted Cookie Sheets $8.99 per pk
  • Easy Home 3 piece Woven Tote Assortment $7.99 ea
  • Adventuridge Foldable Multi-use Basket $8.99 ea
  • Fit and Active Banana Cream or Orange Cream Light Greek Yogurt $0.75 ea
  • Baker's Treat Boxed Donuts $2.49 ea
  • Best Breakfast Chocolate Chip Waffles $1.29 ea
  • Village Bakery Mini Muffins $2.79 ea
  • Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen White Pizza or 4 Cheese Pizza $3.99 ea
  • Season's Choice Cheesy Broccoli or Cheesy California Blend $1.49 ea
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: 04/27/2015


This week is going to be a little crazy with getting ready for the Civil War event here at the museum this weekend, plus working, and taking care of Howard, so I planned super simple meals.  I was also super realistic and planned some take-out/frozen pizza meals, because that's just life sometimes.  We also have a freezer FULL of food just itching to be ate, so I tried to make use of that as well.  Here's what's going on in the Roger's household kitchen this week...

Breakfasts: Bagels, Yogurt

Lunches: Leftovers, Sandwiches, Carrots and Dip

Dinners:
Sunday - McDonald's
Monday- Chicken Fajitas, Mexican Rice
Tuesday - Steak, Sauteed Mushrooms, 3 Cheese Noodles, Broccoli
Wednesday - Cheesy Baked Pork Chops, Rice Pilaf, Green Beans
Thursday - Alfredo Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli, Garlic Bread
Friday - Civil War Set-up here at the museum, Take-out
Saturday - Frozen Pizza/Take-out, depends on how Joe and I feel after working all day
 
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April Budget Update

April was a crazy month.  I knew I was going to go over budget before I even got started, since Howard's first birthday party was this month.  We managed to do things fairly frugally, and I plan to share all of that in several posts.  I went over budget on paper, however, I still have money left in the grocery envelope - not really sure how that happened?!  So for May, I'm just going to start with a fresh $300 and go from there.  The leftover money is going into the 'fun money' envelope, because, well, because I said so. 
Total OOP: $349.84
Total Earned: $61.29
Total Remaining: Zero

Weekly Spending Report: 04/19-25/2015

This week was a little crazy budget-wise since we had to do the shopping for Howard's first birthday party this Saturday.  We are planning a little ice cream and cake party with lemonade and iced tea for some family and friends.  It should be fun!  I have some posts planned about it in the future, so I won't share too much now, but I'm pretty excited about it!  I also bought some diapers from Wal-mart (using my bank card - different budget) and received $21 cash back from TopCashBack.  Here's what we ended up with for this week...
  • Sunday's CVS Trip: $40.22 oop, Earned $18 ECB's
  • Sunday's ALDI Trip: $39.05 oop
  • Sunday's Giant Trip: $35.84 oop, Earned $4.29 MIR (Lysol TapTop Cleaner) (picture is missing one snickers bar)
Total OOP: $115.11
Total Earned: $43.29
Total Remaining for April: Zero, actually negative money, but somehow I still have money left in my envelope, which means I either can't add, or I can't count money????  I don't know, but next week starts May's budget, so I'm just going to start with a fresh $300.

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