Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer Break

Well, it's finally here, school is officially out for summer break. We have nine weeks until school starts back up again in August.

I've already been up this morning cleaning up the kitchen. While my last day was yesterday, my daughter has been out of school for over a week and there have been more dishes to clean as a result, a sure fire sign of summer break. :)

We went to town for a routine doctor's appointment for her and then took my Mom on some errands she needed to run.  I used that as a chance to pick up some roadside watermelon and cantaloupe. And because it was so hot here today, that is what I had for dinner. 



It was delicious too! Finally home now and been straightening the house up this evening. Now that school is out and I'm not working every day, hopefully, I'll be back to blogging more often. I hope you all have a great summer this year.  :)

Belinda
CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011-2014.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Midweek Update

This post is from two weeks ago. I didn't get a chance that weekend to finish it, but I did want to post it. I've been working every school day and haven't made the time to sit down and finish this post, but here it is anyway. 

Here are some of the frugal activities we did this week:

1. Paid bills online this week saving the cost of postage. The website of my auto insurance didn't want to load for me, but I kept trying and eventually after the 3rd day of trying, the webpage loaded and I was able to pay it. If all else had failed I would have just dropped a check off there as I drive by there every day during the week. 

2. Worked four out of five days this week. I could have worked five, but I had to get my car fixed on Wednesday. The Mother of one of the teachers I regularly sub for passed away this week. The school asked me to fill in for her one of the days she would be out. I told them I would if they could not find anyone else because I had to get my car fixed. They were able to find someone else for that day. Next week is state testing, so I doubt I will sub every day, but so far do have three days scheduled. 

3. Rather than spend 50¢ on the newspaper, I perused the grocery store ads online this week. 

4. Food came from home this week...

Monday
Breakfast:
Lunch: Ham Sandwich, Salad
Dinner: 

Tuesday:
Breakfast: Bagels with Cream Cheese
Lunch: Pasta Salad
Dinner: Homemade Vegetable Soup

Wednesday
Brunch: Brown Rice with Vegetable Soup 
Dinner: 15 Bean Cajun Soup



Here are some of the NOT so frugal activities from this week:

1. Spent $856.05 on my car repairs this week. I've not had a car payment for many years, and I want to keep my car running as long as possible. I would rather have a repair bill like this every once in a while than to have to make monthly payments on a car. 

2. Had a tree fall onto our van this week. 



Of course we were upset about the van, but we are still counting our blessings. You can't see from this photo, but the house sits just past the dogwood tree where the top of the fallen tree landed. The tree could have fallen on the house, but it didn't. And the dogwood tree caught the worst of it. If it had not been for the dogwood tree the van would have received more damage. 

How has your week been so far?

Belinda
CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011-2014.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”