Saturday, March 29, 2014

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Day 16

Today's challenge invovled a quick pick-up of the house, and vacuuming the air vents throughout the house.  Since today was my normal cleaning day, I pick-up the house before I get started.  Here's an after of the kitchen, much tidier without a bunch of junk on the table :-)

The air vents took a little longer, as I had to wait for my husband to do them, since they are all up near our 10 foot ceiling.  But with only 7 to do, it didn't take long.  He also did the duct work as well.
As for purging 7 items, that was simple today, I working in the nursery going through my sewing/craft stash.  Needless to say, this is all going out for sale!  There's at least 50 items in there, YEAH!
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March Budget Update

This month I started off with an additional $49 in the grocery budget, which is always nice!  We cashed in our coin jar the end of last month, so into the grocery envelope it went. Even with the extra money, I still managed to go over budget for the month, by $1.23 - ugh!  Well, April should be easier.  The baby is due the 10th, so I don't plan on doing too much shopping after that.  We have very well stocked freezers, as well as a full pantry, so there isn't really anything we need, other than probably more diapers!  Here's how the month worked out...
  • Week #1 (+ Saturday 03/01 $19.56): $74.44 OOP, Earned $25.72 ECB's, $10 CVS Gift Card, $20 Target Gift Card, $5 Amazon Gift Card from Swag Bucks, and $99.99 from Amazon
  • Week #2: $77.06 OOP, Earned $25 ECB's, $7.99 MIR, $63.58 Wal-mart Gift card for a return, $5 Amazon Gift Card from Swag Bucks, and $15.04 from Amazon
  • Week #3: $65.85 OOP, Earned $38 ECB's, $2.49 MIR, $8 in Catalina Coupons, $5 Amazon Gift Card from Swag Bucks, and $23.97 from Amazon
  • Week #4: $46.23 OOP, Earned $20 ECB's, $8.99 and $15 from MIR's, $5 Amazon Gift Card from Swag Bucks, and $30.02 from Amazon
Grand Total OOP for March: $263.58
Total Earned: $433.79
Amount Remaining: $1.23 Over budget, even with the leftover from February added in - boo!  But we are very well stocked for when Baby Rogers decides to come, and I have everything I need for my labor bag.  I finally feel prepared, which means that the baby will probably take it's sweet time getting here :)  Anyway, it all balances out in the end, so here's to doing better in April! 

Weekly Spending Report: 03/23-29/2014

This week I went over my monthly budget, but with the baby on it's way in just two weeks, I did a lot of stocking up, and I feel good about what I purchased, and the price I paid.  It's good to have easy meals and snacks on hand for after the baby comes.  Here's how the last week of March went down...
  • Tuesday's CVS Trip: $5.28 oop, Earned $20 ECB's, and $8.99 MIR
  • Tuesday's Giant Trip: $22.50 oop
  • Tuesday's ALDI Trip: $8.80 oop
  • Saturday's ALDI Trip (no picture, 2 boxes Pop-tarts, 1 bunch Organic Bananas, and 1 pkg String Cheese): $9.65 oop 
  • Saturday's Bath and Body Works Trip (no picture, 2 hand soap, used free item coupons from Facebook): Zero oop
  • Earned $15 MIR for my Contacts  
  • Earned $5 Amazon Gift Card from Swag Bucks
  • Earned $30.02 from Amazon
Total OOP: $46.23
Total Earned: $79.01
Total Remaining:$1.23 Over Budget -- Boo!  Hopefully April will be better :)

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