How We Are Saving Grocery Money With a Larger Initial Investment

If you read our recent shopping post you know that we only budgeted $400 in total for groceries in the month of February after we spent January “Just Making Do” from the pantry and freezers.

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This Week’s Shopping Haul $193.13

Shopping Collage

This Week’s Shopping Haul $193.13

Restocking for the month

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Controlling the Chaos-Days 33-37-Clearing Digital Clutter

COntrolling the Chaos Days 33-37

New month – New Project

Clearing and Controlling Digital Clutter

If you missed January and would like to begin with paper organization you can find those links here.

Are you excited to take control of your digital disaster?  I know I am (Hubby has been after me forever about my desktop screen and various other digital “projects”.)

This week we will be working with the following schedule:

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What A 3-Layer Cake Taught Me About Decluttering and Special Moments

What This Cake Taught Me About Decluttering and Special Moments

For starters, lets just put it out there.

I am an (undiagnosed) 42 year old mom with ADD, OCD and hoarding tendencies.  A crazy combination, let me tell ya.  I thrive on being involved in lots of stuff, and I am already planning new things before that “stuff” is even finished.  Sound familiar?  I am one of those people who could have a five bedroom house with three projects in progress in every room (and 100 more stacked in another).  Of course, these projects would be spread ALL over the room and take days and days to finish because they would need to be perfect while the rest of my house fell apart and I had a nervous breakdown, over the mess and stress.  I would still be planning my next project.  I swear, my brain never shuts down.

I love to recycle and “buy” things because they are cheap or free.  Yard sales, clearance, thrift stores, estate sales, these are my nemesis.  I bring tons of things home for “future projects” that I end up just moving around and reorganizing 100x.  Can I get an amen from anyone like me?

This past December I became very sick.  More than my usual challenges I could barely stand up, walk and breathe without severe pain or struggling for breath.  Then a routine exam showed a mass in my right breast and we decided to have a precautionary biopsy.

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February Budget Snapshot

February Budget Snapshot 2016

Many if you have asked specifically about our budget and I have made the decision to share it with you.

Please note: I will not be sharing our actual income and total expenses due to conflict and split family issues, but I will share our list of bills and how well we do controlling our gas, food and supplies costs since I can control those.

We are skipping January due to the fact it has already passed and I didn’t keep super great records but I do know we spent around on $200 on groceries and supplies for the ENTIRE month while we implemented the “Just Make Do January” challenge.

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2016 Goal Update (Month One)

2016 One Month Goal Update

February is upon us folks!

Do you know what this means?  

It means we survived another month; spiritually, financially and physically!  Woo Hoo!  I am celebrating!!!   Everyday in God’s world is another day to rejoice.

I promised to share a one month goal update and here it is; the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

Yep, I am putting it all out there in cold hard facts.

 

2016 Goal Update (Month One)

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26 Great Ways We Saved and Earned This Week

26 Great Ways We Saved and Earned This Week

26-Great-Ways-We Saved and Earned This-Week With Frame

As always, we have saved and earned using many of the methods we shared previously in the “Ways We Saved and Earned This Week” Series, including sticking to the “Just Make Do” Method, using draft dodgers, dressing warm, turning off lights, packing drinks and snacks for traveling and more.

Here are additional, specific ways we saved and earned this week.

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How Can You Keep Saving? We are so broke we don’t even try anymore.

How Can You Keep Saving. We are so broke we don't even try anymore.

In this post I hope to answer a few questions we have come across as we have shared our goals and setbacks for January 2016, as well as my opinion some advice.

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Controlling The Chaos Challenge Days 24-31

COntrolling the Chaos Days 24-31 Photos and Memorabilia

Fantastic!  We have made it to Week 4 of the “Controlling the Chaos” Challenge.

We have our budget, bills, bags and loose paperwork under control now we are going to tackle our printed photos.

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A Comprehensive List To Include In Your Yearly Budget (so you don’t miss a thing)

A Comprehensive List Of ITems to Include In Your Yearly Budget (so you dont miss a thing)

This is not a “how to” budget post.

This is a list of items you should consider as you are creating your budget, regardless of what budget method you use.

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