Frugal Steps and Stumbles

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Frugal Steps:

  1. I used my Amazon Trade-in Credits to complete 95% of the Christmas shopping for my kids. I was looking only for a pair of cowboy boots, and my friend Diane found one in a Size 2 for $4 at a Payless out of business sale. Still looking for a size 12.5-1 for this year, but I think I will be doing Ebay using a Swagbucks gift card and Ebates to get 5% cash back.
  2. I got $0.50 in rebates from Ibotta.
  3. My mom babysat twice this week while we had medical appointments and brought bread and milk with her.
  4. I read a book using the Ohio Digital Library.
  5. Two of our medical appointments were in city areas with parking garages. I was able to find street parking for $0.75 at one and the doctor’s office gave us a free token to get out of the garage at another.
  6. I got 4 bottles of All Detergent at Kroger for a grand total of $2!
  7. My mom gave me a bottle of iced tea she got for free through Kroger’s Free Friday Download program.
  8. I worked almost 2 full days this week.
  9. I sold the pink shirt we bought for our son as part of a wedding on Ebay for $2.33.
  10. We spent this morning at the pool that is a perk of our neighborhood.
  11. We used some fun money to go to Wendy’s, but only bought bulk chicken nuggets and a single large fry, and used a coupon to get a free Frosty for the girls. It was $11 for 4 people.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. We threw out some old veggies and fruit.

40 Goals for 2017: Week 24

I’m keeping myself accountable this year by tracking my progress on my 40 Goals for 2017 every week. 

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

 

Week Twenty- Four

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. Holding steady at $4500 for the Mister and I have $1000, but that won’t likely change until my work hours increase later this summer.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. Classes started this week. The cost was $643 to do summer fast-track lessons and was half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. This will be sitting in savings until next year, but we are also at 100% for this as well. Done!
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of summer.
  5. Save $1050 650 for Christmas. Thanks to the $300 in Amazon Trade-in Credits from selling my grad school textbooks, I have completed Christmas shopping for my kids with the exception of red cowboy boots for my daughter and a book or two for each child. We decided we would stick to 4-5 gifts per child, and that has reduced our budget. The rest of the gifts will be small or just cash, and I am am about $60 from goal. I plan on selling the rest of my textbooks when I am done with school in 2 weeks. Almost done!

 

6. Save $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.   I can’t get this done without the Mister’s cooperation, and he is still in procrastination mode. 

7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. We’ll probably do a dump into this fund in the fall. I have a tentative date next June for our 40th birthday girl’s trip to Florida, and I know we’ll probably be getting a flight there. I hope to use my travel miles for it. We are staying in a friend’s parent’s condo for free.

8. Spend 600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.   I spent $239.99 this month so far in groceries and $83 in fun money thanks to the festival.  We don’t have any spendy plans for the rest of the month, just going to parks, the community pool, and $1 ice cream at a local ice cream place.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Nope. Hasn’t happened.

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, we don’t have any volunteer activities planned, but we are stretched to the max with medical appointments and swimming lessons. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I have only 2 weeks of work left and I plan to do a lot of it this weekend. The last day of my program is July 3rd. Graduation is mid-August.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We have nothing planned for June so far. I think we will be doing an in-home date this month. We already spent our date money with an extended family dinner out earlier this month. Honestly, there is zero time.
  3. Read 1 book per month I finished The Rule of Benedict and Brown Girl Dreaming was available on the digital library, so I started that and am about 80% done.  This is definitely a great read; don’t be put off by its being a children’s book. There is a reason it won a slew of awards. It’s wonderful! Next up will be Sir Julian Fellowes’ Snobs, which also was finally available after a long hold time. This makes 15-going-on-16 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I used a Groupon at a local vegetarian restaurant with my friend Jennifer.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. I will schedule it in for July.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I have not touched this since my last break.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned until the summer.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I probably hit it every day this week.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We have plans for July.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. Lots of 1: 1 time on my days off this week.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. The garage sale hits have tapered off, so I am starting to post somethings on Ebay.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. I hit this hard and totally redid my office using the organization suggested in Organizing Solutions For People with ADHD. The corner is cleared out and the bookshelf is more usable, especially since I sold most of my nursing texts to Amazon. I went through and tossed, shredded, or filed most papers, used colored files for easy visual recognition, pared those files down to only about 10, and cleared out my desk. Done!
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This is saving us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. I hope to have this done by end of summer.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We filled in the area and planted a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. I have ordered some bulbs to be shipped in the fall to replace the irises and lilies that died when our tree fell on them last year. We still need to paint the mailbox. My husband will be playing in Underwater Hockey Nationals (click the link to see a video) this weekend and we aren’t doing any house-related things until after then.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. This also makes the Procrastination List until after Nationals.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried another new park this week when we went to a street fair in Yellow Springs, Ohio.   We have plans to visit Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden in July when some friends are camped there. My sister and I plan to take the kids to Shawnee Lookout and Smale Park this summer too. Four of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Let’s be real, until my degree is done, this is on the backburner.
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. Not yet. Waiting for a sale.
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. I am putting this off until after my master’s is complete.
  5. Explore affiliates for my sites. I signed up for Share a Sale but need to look at which ones to work with. I dug out my passwords last week, so when I have time I can check it.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. I  hit it several times this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet. Also on the agenda for the next two weeks.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year.  I did brainstorm part of my next post but let’s be honest, I need to pull out two weeks of homework before I can get to it.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my master’s is complete.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

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Feeding 5 For $150 Per Week: 2nd Week of June 2017

Green Bean Delivery: $ 45.65

Of course I set everything up and forgot to take a picture! $10 in milk bottle return credits were deducted to get the final price.

We feel like we are still getting a bit too much food, so we are trying the U Pick option through Green Bean this week.

This week we had:
1 Each Onion, Vidalia-Organic $1.18
5 Each Nectarine, White $5.45
4 Each Kiwi-Organic $3.04
1 1-1.25 lb. Squash, Green&Yellow-Melon Acres $2.69
1 2 lb. Tomatoes, 2 lb. Roma-Organic $3.99
1 Each Lime-Organic $0.89
1 7-9 oz. Mushrooms, Portobello-Organic $3.99
1 Each Mango, Kent-Organic $2.49
1 Each Onion, Red-Organic $1.49
1 1 lb. Strawberries-Organic $3.99
1 5 oz. Spinach, Baby-Organic $3.99
1 1/2 lb. Mushrooms, Baby Bella-Organic $3.69
Produce Total $36.88
Groceries
2 1/2 Gallon Hartzler’s Milk, Whole $13.78
1 32 oz. Organic Valley Half & Half, 32 oz.-$4.99

Kroger Trip One: $47.22

Did you score the All detergent for $0.49?

Trip 2: $20

(The Mister bought beer and soy milk and iced tea before family came to visit).

Monthly goal: $600

Weekly total: $112.87

Running total: $239.99

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

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Frugal Steps:

  1. I cut my husband’s and my son’s hair using our Wahl Color Pro clippers.
  2. I earned rebates for a total of $0.75 through Ibotta and Checkout 51.
  3.  Swagbucks has offered 1 Swagbucks for every coupon you print on top of the 10 you get for every coupon you use. I printed coupons for 12 SB and will get 120 SB when redeemed. This month I already redeemed a $25 Hulu gift card and am almost halfway to earning another $25 gift card.  I am thinking my next gift card will be for Amazon, to go towards our Christmas savings.
  4. I used a Groupon for lunch at 50% off at a vegetarian restaurant ($20 for $40) and for an hour massage, x-ray, and chiropractic treatment for $37.
  5. We received a free Qvar sample for our 3 year old from her allergy and asthma doctor.
  6. I worked 2 days this week.
  7. I sold a baby item for $20. I priced it at$15, however the lady forgot our lunch appointment yesterday and felt so bad when we met later that day that she gave me an extra $5! This goes into our Christmas account.
  8. My Amazon Trade-in credits have started arriving!
  9. We fulfilled a summer bucket list item by watching a Netflix movie (Pirates of the Caribbean) and making homemade popcorn in our corn popper.
  10. My mom babysat the kids for free while I had lunch with my friend, and sent us home with rolls and ham.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1.  

    Our insurance won’t pay for the spacer and mask our 3 year old needed for her new daily inhaled corticosteroid for her asthma. It was about $37.

  2. That spacer’s new med? It will probably be for the longer term and it will be a Tier 2 copay of $25/month. This brings us to 7 prescriptions a month and $85/month, and doesn’t include the extra OTCs we need. 

40 Goals for 2017: Week 23

I’m keeping myself accountable this year by tracking my progress on my 40 Goals for 2017 every week. 

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

 

Week Twenty- Two

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. Holding steady at $4500 for the Mister and I have $1000, but that won’t likely change until my work hours increase later this summer.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. Classes started this week. The cost was $643 to do summer fast-track lessons and was half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. This will be sitting in savings until next year, but we are also at 100% for this as well. Done!
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of summer.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. $589 in my Christmas savings so far once my $300 Amazon Trade-In credits come through. I shipped all 13 books and have started getting the emails saying my gift cards have been added. I am hoping to come under budget for Christmas when I institute the Rule of Four this year (1 want, 1 need, 1 things to wear, and 1 to read). I also have sold $25 worth of items on a Facebook sale page.

 

6. Save $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.   I can’t get this done without the Mister’s cooperation, and he is still in procrastination mode. 

7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. We’ll probably do a dump into this fund in the fall. I have a tentative date next June for our 40th birthday girl’strip to Florida, and I know we’ll probably getting a flight there. I hope to use my travel miles for it.

8. Spend 600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.  I signed up with Platejoy.com to help me plan low-carb healthy meals within the macros I am striving to meet. I spent $127.12 this month so far.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Nope. Hasn’t happened.

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, we don’t have any volunteer activities planned, but we are stretched to the max with medical appointments and swimming lessons. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! After completing this week’s work, I have only 2 weeks of work left. I have this week off, and then two weeks in a row to finish it out. The last day of my program is July 3rd. Graduation is mid-August.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We have nothing planned for June so far, and I am trying to figure out how to squeeze one in.
  3. Read 1 book per month I am about 90% done with The Rule of Benedict. I just finished Carrie Fisher’s  Wishful Drinking and The Princess Diarist  and found them entertaining. This makes 14-going-on-15 read out of 12. Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I used a Groupon at a local vegetarian restaurant yesterday with my friend Jennifer.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. I will schedule it in for July.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I have not touched this since my last break.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned until the summer.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I probably hit it every day this week.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We have plans for July.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. Lots of 1: 1 time on my days off this week.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I posted 7 things on our neighborhood garage sale while we were quarantined in the house. I sold a too-small pack of swim diapers, a too-small infant’s life vest, have several people interested in our old cloth folding hamper and my son’s size 8 jeans. I posted his shirt from the recent wedding on Ebay. I have a few more things to post, but I am making headway.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. I hit this hard and totally redid my office using the organization suggested in Organizing Solutions For People with ADHD. The corner is cleared out and the bookshelf is more usable, especially since I sold most of my nursing texts to Amazon. I went through and tossed, shredded, or filed most papers, used colored files for easy visual recognition, pared those files down to only about 10, and cleared out my desk. Done!
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This is saving us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. I hope to have this done by end of summer.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We filled in the area and planted a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower beds, improving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. I have ordered some bulbs to be shipped in the fall to replace the irises and lilies that died when our tree fell on them last year. We still need to paint the mailbox. My husband will be playing in Underwater Hockey Nationals (click the link to see a video) next weekend and we aren’t doing any house-related things until after then. Right now there are too many extra practices.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. This also makes the Procrastination List until after Nationals.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried three new parks so far, the last one being the state park where we hiked for Girl Scouts.  We have plans to visit Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden in July when some friends are camped there. My sister and I plan to take the kids to Shawnee Lookout and Smale Park this summer too. Three of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Let’s be real, until my degree is done, this is on the backburner.
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. Not yet. Waiting for a sale.
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. I am putting this off until after my master’s is complete.
  5. Explore affiliates for my sites. I signed up for Share a Sale but need to look at which ones to work with. I dug out my passwords this week, so when I have time I can check it.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. I  hit it several times this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet. Also on the agenda for the next two weeks.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year.  I did brainstorm part of my next post this week when I was stuck under a sick 3 year old.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my master’s is complete.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

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Feeding 5 For $150 Per Week: 1st Week of June 2017

Kroger: $75.54

My husband stopped and got soy milk and Clif bars for $18, so that isn’t pictured, but the total for all is above. He is going through more Clif bars as he goes through extra hockey practices in preparation for Nationals next week.

Green Bean Delivery: $51.58

Monthly goal: $600

Weekly total: $127.12

End of Month total: $127.12

 

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Frugal Steps and Stumbles

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Frugal Steps:

  1. We cancelled last week’s Green Bean delivery because we had a surplus of food to work through. We may end up doing this one per month.
  2. We used points we had accrued to get a free Domino’s pizza.
  3. My mother brought a ton of fruit and some homemade rolls.
  4. I baked brownies from scratch for $0.30.
  5. I used a free printable to make a summer bucket list with the kids.
  6. Seeing Captain Underpants was on that list, so today we are going at matinee prices.
  7. My son had the pukes earlier this week,and I used hydrogen peroxide and a ton of baking sod to de-puke the room.
  8. I used Amazon Trade-In to sell 13 nursing textbooks for $290.
  9. I sold $15 worth of items through a Facebook garage sale.
  10. I went through Swagbucks to try the Dollar Shave Club,which will cost us about $6/month for mine and my husband’s razors. It was $1, but I added on a second handle for me,and paid $6 for 2 handles and 4 cartridges. I will get about 2100 Swagbucks back, which is almost enough for a $25 gift card.
  11. I redeemed a $25 Hulu gift card through Swagbucks just in time before my last gift card expired!

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. We threw out some too ripe bananas and a pieces of chicken no one wanted.

40 Goals for 2017: Week 22

I’m keeping myself accountable this year by tracking my progress on my 40 Goals for 2017 every week. 

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

 

Week Twenty- Two

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I am thrilled to say the Mister is already nearing 100% with his 2017 Roth and is at $4500. I have $1000, but that won’t likely change until July since my work hours are very reduced until then.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. Classes started this week. The cost was $643 to do summer fast-track lessons and was half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. This will be sitting in savings until next year, but we are also at 100% for this as well. Done!
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of summer.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. $564 in my Christmas savings so far once my $300 Amazon Trade-In credits come through. I just shipped 13 nursing textbooks yesterday and I will get $300 in Amazon credits back. I love this method because I don’t have to pay shipping and all I have to do is pack it, drop it off at the UPS Store, and forget it. Once my last 3 weeks of class work are done, I will trade in my last few texts.

 

6. Save $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.   This is on the Mister’s proscrastination pile. We’ve been stuck in the house sick for 2 weeks, but that doesn’t keep me from being annoyed summer vacation has started and this is not done.

7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. We’ll probably do a dump into this fund in the fall. I sold $10 of my son’s old things on a Facebook garage sale site, so I am at $123.

8. Spend $500600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.  I signed up with Platejoy.com to help me plan low-carb healthy meals within the macros I am striving to meet. I spent $593.10 in May.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. This weekend? I organized all of my papers in my study, so I have them at hand.

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, we don’t have any volunteer activities planned, but we are stretched to the max with medical appointments and swimming lessons. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s . I donated an extra $20 to a local autism program.

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I have a two week break from homework, though this week I worked on one piece to try and get ahead. The last day of my program is July 3rd. Graduation is mid-August. My cap and gown just came in the mail today.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We don’t have anything planned yet this month, but might try for a Friday night at the end of the month.
  3. Read 1 book per month I finished Hedda Hopper’s The Whole Truth and Nothing But and am about 60% done with The Rule of Benedict. Not only did I finish that, but I finished Kathy Griffin’s  Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index (yeah, I read that before the recent public kerfuffle, so I will just leave it at that) and Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic . Her other two books, Wishful Drinking and The Princess Diarist  just came available in my digital library holds today, and I have 30 days to finish them, so I will be plunging into those next. I really found Shockaholic to be funny, and she is a pretty engaging writer, with a lot of self-deprecating humor. It only took me a day to read the book, so I think I will whip through these quickly and be back to The Rule of Benedict.This makes 12-going-on-13 read out of 12. Goal met! Yes, I will continue to indulge my love of reading, after four years of my reading time taken up by dull textbooks and dull papers. 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I have plans to use a Groupon at a local vegetarian restaurant with my friend Jennifer next week. My mom will be watching the kids.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. I will schedule it in for July.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I have not touched this since my last break. I had plans to work on it, but I have spent every day of summer vacation underneath a sick child, tidying the house, or doing laundry. The Puke Plague hit us hard!
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I brought it downstairs though!
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned until the summer.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I probably hit it every day this week. It’s easy to do when you are stuck in the house.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We have plans for July.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. I have started our summer schedule, which includes a little relaxation time with PBS Kids in the morning (aka my time to exercise and write a blog post or do homework), chores, dyslexia friendly phonics, reading, and spelling work for the older two via Reading Horizons, early reading fun via ABC Mouse and using Montessori-based sandpaper letters for the 3 year old, math via Khan Academy, book reading time,  and computer coding programs for our 9 year old. I have had a lot of reading time with each girl, played catch in the yard with the kids, and played a game of Uno with the boy.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I posted 7 things on our neighborhood garage sale while we were quarantined in the house. I sold a too-small pack of swim diapers, a too-small infant’s life vest, have several people interested in our old cloth folding hamper and my son’s size 8 jeans. I posted his shirt from the recent wedding on Ebay. I have a few more things to post, but I am making headway.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. I hit this hard and totally redid my office using the organization suggested in Organizing Solutions For People with ADHD. The corner is cleared out and the bookshelf is more usable, especially since I sold most of my nursing texts to Amazon. I went through and tossed, shredded, or filed most papers, used colored files for easy visual recognition, pared those files down to only about 10, and cleared out my desk. Done!
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This is saving us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. I hope to have this done by end of summer.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We filled in the area and planted a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower beds, improving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. I have ordered some bulbs to be shipped in the fall to replace the irises and lilies that died when our tree fell on them last year. We still need to paint the mailbox. My husband will be playing in Underwater Hockey Nationals (click the link to see a video) two weeks and we aren’t doing any house-related things until after then. Right now there are too many extra practices.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. This also makes the Procrastination List until after Nationals.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried three new parks so far, the last one being the state park where we hiked for Girl Scouts.  We have plans to visit Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden in July when some friends are camped there. My sister and I plan to take the kids to Shawnee Lookout and Smale Park this summer too. Three of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. I scheduled myself to work through Brilliant Pins on Monday and it didn’t happen. Too many pukey kids
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Let’s be real, until my degree is done, this is on the backburner.
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. Not yet. Waiting for a sale.
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. I am putting this off until after my master’s is complete.
  5. Explore affiliates for my sites. I signed up for Share a Sale but need to look at which ones to work with. I dug out my passwords this week, so when I have time I can check it.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. I  hit it several times this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet. Also on the agenda for the next two weeks.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year.  I did brainstorm part of my next post this week when I was stuck under a sick 3 year old.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my master’s is complete.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

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Feeding Five For $150 Per Week: Last Week of May 2017

Kroger: $74.80

Aldi: $46.66

Monthly goal: $600

Weekly total: $121.46

End of Month total: $593.10