Sunday, November 30, 2008

Snowy Sunday

What a week! It's hard to believe I've had off since Wed. I told dh yesterday - because I'm doing stuff, it's not like it's relaxing time off that I notice. Wed is get ready for Thursday day. Thursday is visit with family day. Friday is shopping day. Yesterday was get over it day (and my birthday!). Today is...holy cow, where did this week go day?

Anyway - my mom was sneaky and gave us an early xmas present. You got it - she bought us a Wii! We've been playing with that for the last few days. I got some really good deals on games on Friday with the money we've been saving up to buy a Wii. Nice! And, she said she'll buy me a Wii Fit as soon as we can find one for a non-xmas-inflated price. yay!

I didn't get much else at BF sales. Got my CVS deals, which was nice. And a couple razors at Walgreens. I did splurge with birthday money and got myself a new robe (sorely needed - mine was literally falling apart!) and some pretty jewelry. I don't even feel bad because I never buy things for myself.

Otherwise, not much. I finished the work for my online class (YAY!) and printed up last years' tax return so I can do the FAFSA for spring semester classes.

It's snowing...and not supposed to stop until well into tomorrow. We're supposed to end with about 8-9". So...I might be home tomorrow. That would be sa-weet, only because, like I said, I feel like I haven't even had time off. I know, I know...I'm lazy. :)

Have a nice rest of your weekend...the Packers lost :( and the evil Vikings and the evil Bears play tonight. I'm in trouble - I want them both to lose. :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, we're off to my mom's in a couple of hours, so I took some time to hop in and say hi. My bronchitis is almost gone - still have coughing fits on occasion, loads of fun. :)

We've been overspending, as we usually do when I am sick. I've been physically exhausted trying to overcome this sicky spell...and I just get very ornery about doing simple things. Like making dinner. What a princess.

I'm working on getting us back on track. It doesn't help that I have Wii sickness. I want one. Badly. The Wii Fit to be precise.

But even looking at the Black Friday ads, which I ADORE - BF is one of my favorite days of the shopping year, second only to Dec 26th -- but there's not much in those ads that's worth getting up at 4:30 am and hitting the crowds. Seriously. I plan to hit CVS for their freebies (although I spent all my ECB's a few months ago and haven't really been hitting them, so I'll have to spend cash, which isn't cool...), and Walgreens had a few things that looked interesting. And Boston Store. And...that was it.

Three stores. In past years, I've easily hit 12. Disappointing.

Okay - I gotta go make some green bean casserole to take along. :) Have a marvelous Turkey Day!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday Update

Great football weekend! The Badgers won in a great game yesterday, and the Packers won today against the Bears. Woo hoo!

Money - we've overspent this week due to my sickies. I just get so exhausted at the thought of little things making potatoes or something...and we went out way too much. I get into a 'screw it' kind of mood when I'm sick. I need to get over that.

I'm keeping the weekly groceries low because of that. HOpefully it will work.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Doctor & Ebay & Freebie

Well, I finally went to the doc today for this nasty cough I've had for 3 weeks. They upped my asthma meds and it seems to be helping. A lot. Also got pills for bronchitis. I can't keep missing work. Ick.

And I relisted a bunch of stuff on ebay. Keep fingers extra crossed that they sell this time. I lengthened the listing to 7 days (I usually do 5 days), and got one more new listing up there. Man, I hope they sell...I want to get Wells Fargo paid OFF!

I watched Oprah today, too. She had Peter Walsh on, and there's a freebie - a free 8x11 hardcover photo book! I'm totally going to do one for my mom for xmas. You have to pay shipping, but otherwise, it's a $30 value!

Saturday, November 08, 2008


Only one thing (out of 10) sold on ebay last night. :( It's just a bad time to be trying to get stuff out of the house...I'm hoping it will get better before Christmas.

I have about 10 boxes in the garage that need to come downstairs to the basement to be stored until flea market season next year. I want to go through them and get two boxes packed to take to my mom's on Thanksgiving for her to take to her antique booths. That means sorting and pricing. She said she will take them to one of her booths (she has three) as space permits. She lets me drop stuff in there without having to pay the overhead -- I tell her to take out the 6% commission that the antique malls charge, but she usually doesn't. So...that could get stuff out of the house as well as help us get Wells Fargo paid off by March.

I've started a new ticker for WF...maybe that will help keep me on track!

Also - thanks to jpkittie for the info & link to Cindy's Porch! Love the site! I'm so excited to find someone a little less...intense...than Flylady. (Love Flylady - just can't keep up) I'm looking forward to looking around the site a little more!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Happy Friday!

We've been doing really well on the not-eating-out. Really well. I'm very proud of us. We're actually marking it on the calendar, and even putting dollar amounts on the calendar when we're really tempted to go out, but stop ourselves. Dh caved earlier this week, but overall, we've eaten out once in the last 2-1/2 weeks. For us, that's terrific.

And for the times that we've wanted to go out but stopped ourselves, we've saved about $100! I can't believe we wanted to go out that much!

So...this is really helping us.

I told dh I'm really sick of spending money all the time. It seems that we can't even go to the grocery without dropping at least $30. That's very frustrating.

I did get 10 things posted on ebay, ending tonight...but it's not looking good for sales. :( Keeping fingers crossed that they'll go. I just want stuff OUT of the house, and I want to pay off Wells Fargo by March! That's a little over $ to do it, we need to sell things. Really.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

November already!

Amazing how fast time goes by...just amazing.

Well, we did well at the salvage store - spent $36 and got a LOT of stuff.

The bad news is...we still are really struggling staying on a grocery budget. We think we're doing okay, and we justify a LOT. But...until dh agrees to switch over to cash, we just don't track it well.

I have done cash for groceries before, and it works, but we feel "deprived". I point out that once the crushing debts are gone, we'll be able to ease up a little, but we need to keep with the budget. It's very difficult.

So - we are trying something new. $50 a week + extra for dh to use the debit card (he usually just buys milk & eggs during the week if he runs to the store). Nothing else. We have so much in the house, this really shouldn't be a problem. We'll see how it ends up...