Budget Results February 2016

Budget Results February 2016

I shared our February expected expenses and budget here at the beginning of February and now that life has slowed down a bit I want to share how that plan worked for us including where we saved and gulp overspent.

We saved (came in UNDER budget) on the following:

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The 7 Minute Home Maintenance Plan (That Works)

The 7 Minute Maintenance Plan That Works

A few weeks ago, I shared how a 3-layer chocolate cake changed my view on life and “clutter”.  I wasn’t sure that I should be so open and honest in a post about my home, family and shortcomings, but it was a hit with the people who needed it.  Over 50% of those who read it, went on to share it and many contacted me to let me know just how much it struck a chord with them.

That is what I pray for when I create a blog post, not to go viral, but to inspire others to be uplifted or aided by my post.  (Not that I would mind going viral.)

Today I want to share how I have been maintaining the house now that it has been “de-cluttered” and is much, much easier to maintain.

I call it “zoning” or “maintenance” rather than cleaning.

It just makes it sound so much easier and less stressful.

Don’t you think?


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30+ Ways We Saved & Earned This Week

30 Ways We Saved & Earned This WeekThis week we share all the ways we saved and earned, including tools and links for items we used or substituted.

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Controlling the Clutter Challenge Days 38-44 Digital Clutter

COntrolling the Chaos Challenge Days 38-44 Digital Clutter

Controlling the Clutter Challenge

Days 38-44

Digital Clutter

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20+ Ways We Saved & Earned This Week and You Can Too

20 Ways We Saved and Earned This Week

Ways We Saved & Earned This Week and You Can Too

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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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