Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Make Green Your Favorite Color

Being thrifty saves money.
But it can also save Mother Earth.

Did you know there is about a 90 percent overlap between being green and being thrifty.  Do something to save some green and you're probably also being ecologically green.

If you buy less, less will probably end up in the landfill.
If you make your own cleaning supplies there's less packaging to go into the garbage.
If you buy used something new does not have to be manufactured for you.
If you cook from scratch your car will not have to be used as much since you won't always be heading to restaurants or picking up take out.
If you compost, your food scraps will feed you and your soil.


If you buy less, you will spend less.
If you clean with baking soda, vinegar and dishwashing liquid you will spend less not having to buy so many one purpose manufactured cleaners.
If you buy used items, some with the tags still on, you will save hundreds.
If you cook from scratch you will save a fortune in money, and also in calories.
If you drive less you will end up pumping fewer gallons of gas and more green will stay in your pocket.
If you make your own compost you won't have to buy anything to enhance your soil, or lug it home.

Small things can make both you and Mother Nature richer.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thrifty

As anyone who knows me would tell you, I am thrifty.  For example, today I bought $66 dollars worth of clothing for$3.66 at Penny's.

Some people think of thrifty as cheap.  I don't.  I think of it as making the best use of the resources you have.

Originally, the word thrifty actually corresponded to success and respectability.  It was a complimentary word.

It meant an individual was thriving and prosperous.

Recently, it has taken on a more negative connotation.  It makes someone seem poor and ungenerous.  Cheap.  Lacking in appreciation for quality.

I disagree with the modern connotations.

Thrift allowed us to retire early.
Thrift allowed and allows us to travel.
Thrift means we are able to be generous to others.
Thrift means we are not at all poor.

Want a good life?  Embrace thrift.


Friday, June 16, 2017

June So Far



June sees us with a budget of $369.30 and a cushion of $450.42.

We are able to add to the cushion due to a $10 off a purchase of $10 or higher Staples coupon.  So, our cushion is now $460.42.

We Ate:
Meatloaf sandwich with chips and dip, tuna macaroni salad and fruit, chicken fried rice and Asian peanut and almond salad, oyster stew and salad, sloppy Joe, shrimp crepes with asparagus salad, leftover oyster stew, mooshu pork and fried rice, leftover shrimp crepes and salad, Rotatouille pizza, beef and bean nachos, leftover pizza, hotdogs and baked beans with three bean salad, leftover smorgasbord.

We Bought:

Whole Foods:  vital wheat gluten, unsweetened coconut.  $4.54

Staples:  Dunk in Donuts coffee.  $11.99

Aldi:  Chips, dip.  $2.38

Salvage:
Cheezits, jerky, cold brewed coffee (2), Regalia coffee (2), decaf coffee, natural peanut butter (3), cashew butter, horseradish, sees me seeds, refried beans, hatch green chili enchilada sauce, tomato puree, spaghetti sauce, green beans, pancake syrup, Newman's balsamic vinaigrette, ketchup, microwave popcorn, rice a Toni, Mac and cheese, saltines, teabags, frosted mini cheats, crunchy and soft taco shells. $37.33

Tops:  6 pounds ground beef ( stocking up), Quaker poppers. $12.04

Aldi:  corn, grapes, cream cheese, strawberries, asparagus.  $ 7.67

Bakery Outlet:  wheat and oats bread, pumpernickel rye bread, whole grain English muffin, plain mini bagels.  $3.54

Tops:  cereal (5), bacon (5), orange juice.  $23.97

Save a Lot:  broccoli, cucumber, olives (2), ground turkey (2), tomatoes, romaine lettuce.  $12.54

Aldi:  flour, sweet peppers, peaches, oatmeal.  $7.52

Save a Lot:  dry milk. $7.99

CSA box:  $20  (the strawberries were wonderful)

Hopefully we are stocked up enough that we won't have to spend much the next couple of weeks.  We spent more than we should have this half of the month when you add in our too frequent restaurant meals.

Restaurant Meals:

Papa John's Pizza:  3 item large pizza after one of those days.  $8.47

Lunch with Angela: $22.64

Lunch with Bob and Berwyn:  $22

 Lunch to use free sandwich coupon:  $4.76

Lunch with Angela:  $15.32

Lunch with Dad and Sharon:  $15.80

Our groceries cost us a total of $150.61.  Eating out was another $88.99.  So, combined our cost to eat was $239.60 or a whopping$16 a day for the two of us.  And, we only have $129.70 left from the monthly allotment to get us through the next fifteen days.  I believe we will be literally eating into the cushion before the month is over.  Luckily, it is a healthy amount.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Was A Good Month

After spending $97.98 during the first part of the month, we now have $283.63 remaining from the monthly allotment.

We got to add an extra $25 to our cushion thanks to the gift card we got when we filled a prescription at the Giant Eagle pharmacy.  Our cushion is now $328.27.

What We Ate:
Grilled cheese and tomato soup, cheese nachos and guacamole, grilled fish, zucchini, and corn with strawberries, hamburgers and hotdogs, grilled pork chops with roasted veg and baked potato, leftovers, homemade pizza, meatloaf with corn and potatoes, hamburgers and pea salad, grilled sausage, grilled chicken and Asian salad, leftovers, huevos rancheros.

We ran into some good deals on meat so we bought eleven pounds to restock the freezer.  The cost was $26.20.

What we bought:

Save a Lot:  ribs, boneless pork chops, sweet sausage, polish sausage, cottage cheese, grape tomatoes.  $ 22.69

Aldi:  pretzels, three bean salad, limes (7), mayo, Vidalia onions, sunflower seeds, corn on the cob.  $9.63

Tops:  coffee.  1.99

Giant Eagle:  spinach and feta salmon burgers. $7.99

Aldi:  sour cream, cheese. $3.87

Save a Lot:  green chillies  $1.29

Aldi:  eggs (2), half and half, ground turkey, Greek yogurt, pepperoni, avocados (4), tea bags, English muffins, baguette, oyster crackers.  $ 18.50

Price Right:  coffee, olives, jug peach iced tea, prune juice, tonic water, peaches(3), nectarines(3), cantaloupe, bacon (2), cheese (4), peas (2)  $29.17

Dollar Tree:

Frosted Mini Wheats  $1

Price Right:
Ramen noodles (for salad), elbow macaroni, bananas, cheese (7), hotdogs.  $15.64

We spent $111.70 in grocery stores this half of the month.  The grand total for the month is $209.68.

Because of moving, travel and enjoying time with friends, we spent $ 48.47   on food out.

Meals Out:
Lunch on moving day. $5.30
Dinner on moving day. $6.34
Breakfast day after move.  $ 2.19
Lunch with Angela. $13
Lunch at Aunt Millie's on the way to N.Y.  $13.65
Lunch with Pat.  $7.99

All together, we spent $258.15 eating this month.  That averages out to $8.37 per day . And, we have $122.14 to add to our cushion.  Our cushion now totals $450.42.

When we go back to England I will need that cushion to stock the boat.  For sure.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stuff. Too Much Stuff.

We have to be out of the cottage we have been living in since September by next Tuesday.  We have found another place so all is well, except we have to move all the stuff we have scattered around the cottage during the last eight months.

I now realize just how much yarn I have accumulated.  To be precise, one heck of a lot.  Two large boxes worth.  Probably time to focus on using some of that up before looking for more.

I have been working on Christmas items while here and three boxes of these items need an easily accessible home, along with a few birthday gifts.  Wedding gifts and birthday gifts needed in August also need to be corralled.

Then there are the clothes.  What should stay here, what should go to England when we leave, what should be donated?  And, just as important, what will fit in my suitcase.

And, what do I keep out to wear to two weddings and one wedding shower?

Then there is the food in the refrigerator, freezer and pantry.  What do we take with us, what do we get rid of, what do we give to friends?

And I'm sure there is more I am not even thinking of now.

My head is swimming.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

$97.98 May, The Start Of The Month


This month we get $381.61 to feed ourselves, plus the $303.27 cushion from previous months, for a total of $684.88 of possible spending during May.  Although, I have no intention of spending it all.  I'm still eating from our freezer and pantry and working on saving money, some of which will be used to help restock.



What we ate:  nachos supreme and spinach salad, homemade split pea soup, grilled Ahi tuna, leftover pizza, pasta with seafood sauce, slow cooker roast beef with vegetables, grilled hotdogs with baked beans and deviled eggs, Spanish omelette with chorizo, chorizo and white bean Mexican soup, grilled ham steak with noodles Alfredo, salami with ham and cheese sandwich and popcorn, Cincinnati Four Way Chili, grilled ribs, Greek  appetizers


Meals Out:

Breakfast with Dad.  $28.96
Lunch with Angela.  $11.12
Total:  $40.38

What we spent:

Aldi:
Salsa, cheese. $4.18

Aldi:  saltines, cheese (2), half and half, sweet peppers, avocados (2), BBQ sauce, tomatoes. $15.61

Aldi:  bread, milk, eggs. $6.10

Aldi:  potatoes  $2.39

Aldi:  eggs (2), romaine hearts, cheese (4), oysters, onion soup mix, canned soup (3), Apple's, zucchini, spinach, mustard, carrots, strawberries, blueberries, mushrooms $29.

  We spent $40.08 at restaurants the first half of this month.

For food we spent $57.90.

The total of the two was $97.98 over the last 16 days for an average of $6.12 per day.

When all is said and done, we now have  $586.90 of monthly funds and of cushion and I'm hoping I can keep most of it for restocking because that time is approaching.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Homebound No More

Yesterday was a red letter day:  I was released from in home nursing and PT.

I will start outpatient PT on Wednesday for both my hip and shoulder.  I'm really hoping I get the shoulder rehab finished this time before the next thing happens.

Actually, I'm hoping no next thing happens this time.  I'm ready for some boring everyday life.

In eight months I've had a broken shoulder, a broken elbow, appendicitis, perotinitis, a broken hip and a small bowel blockage.  Enough, right?