Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Serious spending freeze in March...

OK, so I took inventory on what is in my cupboards and in my closet for March and I should be able to make it through the month on a VERY tight budget, I'm thinking that I will be able to go through a lot of the food that is in my cupboards and eat through what's there before having to buy more. I'm sure you must all think I'm crazy, but I'm really trying hard to get this darn debt paid off by the end of the year and I really want to make some significant progress in the next couple of months, so I'm really buckling down and tightening the belt. I have 2 $100 gift certificates for local restaurants that will net me plenty of food to help me get through the feeling of being deprived.

I have about a dozen books coming from the library and they will keep me entertained for the month of March along with several movies that I have on my DVR that I've been recording. As much as I'd love to go to a concert coming up, I'm going to pass this time around and use the savings to put toward this debt. As I said at the beginning of the year, this is my year of frugality and while I haven't been spending much, I also don't feel like I've been doing much to sacrifice in spending and if I make more of an effort, I think those efforts will be rewarded in seeing more progress being made to reduce the debt.

I'm going to live like a pauper for awhile and I'm OK with that. I just want this darn debt off my back so I can move forward with my life...that's all, same story as usual, but I'm looking forward to seeing some more progress. Wish you all a frugal day...

Monday, February 21, 2011

I threw a party this weekend...

A good friend of mine just became a Willow House representative and I've always loved their products, in case you aren't familiar, they use to be Southern Living at Home. Anyway, I had a party at my condo this weekend in the clubhouse. I made some appetizers and desserts, opened some wine and threw a little party. It was so fun to get together with my girlfriends and we sold a lot of stuff, this is good for my friend as she will have made quite a bit of money on Saturday night and good for me because I will get a lot of free product. There are a few things that I want for my condo, since I lost a lot in the divorce, it will be nice to replenish some things, but there are also a lot of great items that I can get to give as gifts to my family and friends. All at for free or at a deeply discounted price, I'm looking forward to seeing what my total credit will be when this is all done. My sister in law saw many things that she wanted, but couldn't get everything, so now I know what to order so I can give her that for her birthday! Yay!

The rest of the weekend was pretty mellow, Friday night I was home baking some desserts for Saturday night and Sunday I watched my niece and nephew for a bit and then went home to read a good book. All in all, not too much money spent this weekend! Hope you all had a fun, frugal weekend as well!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Still just plugging along...

Not much to report, except that it's the 15th day of the month, and I've only spent money 3 days so far this month. I'm still housesitting for my parents, so I'm saving a ton of money by not having to buy groceries and using less gas getting to and from work. Looks like it's still going to be a few days before I have to spend anything. It was nice not to have to deal with anything for Valentine's day for anyone either. My ex has decided that he thinks he still loves me and wants me back, no thank you! He already cost me enough money and I'm certainly not going down that road with him again. Looks like I might finally have a buyer for my wedding ring too. I should know more by the weekend, so I'll keep you all posted. If I do sell it, I'll be able to pay off over half of what my current debt is....YAY!! Trying not to get too excited yet, but it would be fantastic if it works out.

Sorry, kind of rambling here, just not too much going on....

Monday, February 7, 2011

Saving money, putting it toward reducing my debt...

So, I'm house sitting for my parents for the next 20 days and I realized this morning while looking at my budget, this will save me a bundle of money. My parents grocery shop as if they still have a houseful of kids, so there is PLENTY to eat, therefore I will not need to go grocery shopping for quite awhile. Yay! I'll be at their house using there electricity and saving on my energy bill at my place. Their house is closer to work than mine is, so shorter commute equals savings of gas. They also live much closer to my brother and his family and I usually drive out there at least once a week to go see them, so that'll be nice to save time and money. They have a big, beautiful, brand new house, so it's kind of like being on vacation too. :) Except for that part about having to get up and go to work every day. :( Oh well, I'll at least enjoy some serious savings while staying there.

Oh, and I sold 2 books on half.com that will net me about $70 which will go directly toward debt reduction as well. Yay!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Frugal, easy recipes that strech your budget...

I cook a lot at home and rarely eat out, I bring my lunch to work every day and really enjoy a good home cooked meal. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that are easy to make and feed a lot for little money.

Taco Soup
2 lb. ground beef, turkey, chicken (whichever you prefer)
2 cups chopped onion

Brown the hamburger and onion until cooked throughly. Add to crock pot or soup pot.

Dump the following in, do NOT drain the cans...

1 can tomatoes with chiles
1 can chili tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can corn
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can diced chiles
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch mix
1 can sliced black olives

Heat thoroughly and serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheese and sour cream. Enjoy!

Corn Chowder

4 slices of bacon; browned
1 cup onions
1 cup celery
1 cup grated carrots
4 cups diced potatoes
2 cups water

Boil until almost done and add...
2 15 oz. cans creamed corn
1 8 oz. canned milk
2 T chicken bouillon

Heat through completely . So good!!!

These are 2 of my all time favorites soups and I never tire of them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.