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December 18th, 2013 at 05:51 am

Remember our frugal outing a few months ago to Indiana, the one I was super-excited about, for our Christmas photo shoot at the "Flick stuck to the Flagpole"? I thought I would share one of the ones we took:





Slowly finishing up the cards (cut the list way down). Perhaps not enjoying the Season to its fullest, battling flu and stuff like that, but enjoying life nonetheless.

The interesting thing is I am not obsessing about money, or the limited potential of it in the future. DH is most likely in the rounds of pink slips for 3/1. He was told 2/15, but the temps are not going to be coming back, so maybe that gave him the extra two weeks? Not sure. But whatever, my husband is back. The pressure of the job is gone. No more tied to the laptop regarding the budget numbers. No more stress of meetings with the OD people. He's cheerful, engaged, and serious about losing the 20 pounds he's gained back in this position (past 5 months). He'd like to return to healthy eating and has pulled out the VitaMix from my MIL (juicing) and going to the Y.

Money-wise what is going on here:
1) Should be on target to make large tuition payment with Friday's paycheck.
2) Christmas was all cash and I ended up spending $35 on each grandparent/uncle which were all nicer items purchased on sale and with coupons
3) Will still make January's mortgage payment this month also
4) Tenant only paid $500 of $725 because of a car repair and Christmas. I didn't fret. She called to let us know and said she'd add $112.50 to the next two payments.
5) Looking into a less processed life for January - no prepared or prepackaged food, and considering homemade cleaning supplies
6) I've started a list of things we use regularly and things the kids will be needing so I can shop with a purpose. I think if I frequent Goodwill once a week, I'll be able to anticipate things and have them on hand.

So, that is all that is new here.

6 Responses to “Sharing a pic ...”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    Love the pic!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Cute pic! I cut our gift list down and that really helped with the stress and the expense. You have great plans for your finances. I have a cheap homemade laundry detergent if you want it. It works pretty well.

  3. snafu Says:

    thank you for sharing photos, kicked me back to memories of those dares when we were kids. Delighted DH is getting positive vibes from change. There was a show called 'Greasy Business' on Marketplace which detailed auto oil change scams
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=marketplace+greasy+business&oq=marketplace%2Cgre&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.8221j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=91&ie=UTF-8 [hope the link works]

    SA has a section of Tips to help us all reduce costs in various ways. These small reductions seem inconsequential but have surprising results in total. I began making laundry detergent from a video on You Tube which reminded me of a much loved grandmother who made her own detergent. I've been doing it for years because the results were outstanding. Sports gear get so much cleaner, it doesn't take much effort to make and the cost per load is pennies.

    I bought a bread maker at one of the charity shops for under $10. and really enjoyed making bread for very little effort. The variety is nearly endless and awakening to the scent of fresh bread is joyful. It got to the point where I was making a loaf a day since we were eating a loaf of bread a day. Uh oh...it started to add inches to our waists so I've cut way back. I keep flour in the deep freeze now because I fear getting weevils if flour isn't used quickly.

    Sending cyber hugs and best wishes

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I make dishwasher detergent and I love it! Much better than the commercial stuff.

  5. crazyliblady Says:

    As for homemade cleaning supplies, we use a cleaner throughout our house that is really simple to make. We take a bottle that is about 18-20oz. (not sure as I have never measured it) and fill it up halfway with white vinegar. Then, put in a squirt of any dishwashing liquid you choose. Then, fill up with water from the tap. We clean kitchen counters, the microwave, windows, mirrors, etc. with this and do not get streaks and everything comes out sparkling clean. I don't know if it works on shower doors, though, as we don't have one.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Neat pic!

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