For This I Am Thankful

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Thursday, I will be catching some early morning Black Friday sales at Rite Aid (FREE ear buds, people!), enjoying the annual Thanksgiving service at my church and getting down to the business of eating, a little later in the day.

So, I thought I would share my gratitude today, instead.

  • My health and health and insurance…for this I am thankful
  • My family and my place in it…for this I am thankful
  • My own Mirror Image…for Her I am thankful
  • My job and manager…for those I am thankful
  • My passport…for this I am thankful
  • Travel rewards and points…for this I am thankful
  • The opportunities to give and serve others…for these I am thankful
  • Honorable Police…for them I am thankful
  • Dedicated garbage collectors…for them I am thankful
  • Patience…for this I am thankful
  • Forgiveness…for this I am thankful
  • The election is over…for this I am thankful

Have a marvelous Thanksgiving and a Happy Black Friday!

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Eating Green This Summer

Funny Vegetables

I won’t try to fool anyone.  I love myself some cookies.  And donuts.  And pie.  And fajitas and fried chicken.  Love, love, love.

But in the summer time, I get giddy for garden vegetables.  The fresh from the garden taste of tomatoes and cantaloupe is a joy to behold and I am all in.  This year, I planted several tomato plants, eggplant and green pepper.

In addition to doing this out of a desire to have another dimension to my life.  I also look forward to the monetary savings of growing my own food.  Truly, I experienced physical pain earlier this Spring when I had to hand over $2.49 per 2-pack at Aldi for green peppers.

Except for a handful of cherry tomatoes, nothing major has come from my garden, yet.  In fact, the beetles are eating my eggplant and a rabbit has laid claim to the green pepper plant.  But, I am not discouraged!  That is because so many others are doing quite well on their gardens and guess who gets to benefit?  Me!!!!

So far, I have saved by not having to buy zucchini or squash or celery because other gardens surplus has provided for me.  In fact, my mom went so far as to not only give me a load of squash and cucumbers, she took some of the squash, turned it into an amazingly delicious casserole, let herself into my house and left us dinner for the evening.  THANK YOU, MOM!

I am looking forward to when my little patch of gardening earth starts throwing up the goods.  I will eat those veggies and share them, too.

Saving money by gardening is delicious!

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Monday Money Review

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Uhhh!  What a weekend. Glad THAT’S over.

Let’s see what the money had to say about the weekend. So, here we go:

Before

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $28
  • Gas = $0
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $20
  • Groceries = $35
  • Dollar Tree = $0
  • General household shopping = $10
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
  • Gifts = $25
  • Restaurant = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $35
  • Fun Outing = $10
  • Total = $143

After

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $28
    • Church (tithes/offering) = $0
  • Gas = $0
    • Gas = $0
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $20
    • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
  • Groceries = $35
    • Groceries = $55.11
  • Dollar Tree = $0
    • Dollar Tree = $13.89
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
    • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
    • Clothes Shopping = $6.35
  • Gifts = $25
    • Gifts = $0
  • Restaurant = $0
    • Restaurant = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
    • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $35
    • Prescriptions = $0
  • Fun Outing = $10
    • Fun Outing = $0
  • Total = $143
    • Total = $75.35

 

My weekend was sort of carried somewhere in a hand basket, to turn a phrase.

I went to Dollar Tree to get a few items on Saturday – which were not budgeted for.  And I went to Aldi as planned and came in WAY under budget but then busted that by getting some additional items from Shoppers and Giant. Those were special snack items and craft items for Mirror Image.I blew the clothing budget, too because even with the $10 off $10 coupon I received from JC Penney, Mirror Image suckered me into spending $6.35 on a slick pair of pants for her. (The local JC Penney is closing and they are practically giving the stuff away). The clothes shopping ban is still only applying to me, you see…

Then downhill we went.

Shortly after we arrived at church, Mirror Image grasped my arms with tears in her eyes and it was clear she was in distress. She shared that she was having horrible chest pains and off we went to Righttime (Urgent Care). I am happy to say she was feeling better later in the day after treatment and rest.

There was no Sunday spending – salon, pharmacy and fun outing were all nixed for the time being. So I was under budget for the weekend money but I am sure when I get the bill from Righttime, there will be a different accounting.

Monday will be GREAT in comparison, I am sure.

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Monday Money Review

McDonalds M&M McFlurry
MMMMMMMM….Monday

It was a beautiful weekend with highs in the ‘50s.  I was inspired and therefore very, very busy!!  Later this week, look for some photos of organizing madness in the Thrifty Image household.

But that is the future; here’s is where we work out if this past weekend matched the expected weekend money. So here we go:

Before

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $328
  • Gas = $20
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
  • Groceries = $45
  • Dollar Tree = $10
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
  • Gifts = $0
  • Restaurant = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $35
  • Fun Outing = $0
  • Total = $438

After

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $328
    • Church (tithes/offering) = $328
  • Gas = $20
    • Gas = $22
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
    • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
  • Groceries = $45
    • Groceries = $76
  • Dollar Tree = $10
    • Dollar Tree = $0
  • IKEA – $0
    • IKEA = $0
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
    • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
    • Clothes Shopping = $31
  • Gifts = $0
    • Gifts = $0
  • Restaurant = $0
    • Restaurant = $3.80
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
    • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $35
    • Prescriptions = $0
  • Fun Outing = $0
    • Fun Outing = $0
  • Total = $460.80

Gas was a little higher than planned as I filled up on Sunday rather than earlier in the weekend.

OMG groceries! I left my shopping list on the refrigerator door and that was a major fail.  Also, the price of avocados went back up and I treated us to a package of jumbo shrimp so I could make Mirror Image’s favorite breakfast – shrimp and grits. I basically just got a lot more than I planned and more that what I should have.

No Dollar Tree this weekend. I have most of the supplies I need for room reorganization right now and let’s face it – I had practically moved in to the DT over the last couple of weeks.

I hadn’t planned to go shopping but, Mirror Image made a case for new combat boots as she is embracing the hipster wardrobe style. So we went to the Salvation Army nearest our area.  We had barely walked in the store when she spotted a pair. Who goes to a Thrift Store and leaves with exactly what they came for? We purchased those as well as a short jacket for her. While it was kind of fun being around STUFF, I didn’t feel at all compelled to break my personal clothes shopping ban.

The restaurant category was in effect again this weekend. For fun, I suggested dessert for lunch after church on Sunday and Mirror Image got a McFlurry with M&Ms. She doesn’t read this blog so I can honestly share that this was solely for my benefit.  I needed the extra time for the lunch I had planned to prepare and eating a dessert would keep her from reminding me how hungry she was, over and over again, until it was ready.  FYI – I made Rhee’s b-b-q chicken for lunch and it was delish.

Weekend money fail.

So I went over budget largely due to a whopping grocery extravaganza and an unexpected shopping trip for the kid.

Better luck next weekend!

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Weekend Money #4

 

Source:Trident Fun Audit/Wakefield Research  — Jae Yang and Paul Trap, USA TODAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What fun and exciting things are we going to do this weekend?”  I know what that means…

That means the weekend is here and it is time to plan the money!

I am going to pre-spend here on this post, then reconcile on Monday.  I plan for this to be another avenue of accountability and budgeting.  So here we go:

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $328
  • Gas = $20
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
  • Groceries = $45
  • Dollar Tree = $10
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
  • Gifts = $0
  • Restaurant = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $35
  • Fun Outing = $0
  • Total = $438

Church (tithes & offering) – I was paid this week – yeah! I set aside my tithes and offering first.

Groceries – I need to stock up on the basics – dairy milk, almond milk, cheese and the like. Aldi has chicken thighs on sale and that is my FAVORITE chicken to buy so that is definitely on the list. Aldi also has some clothes drying racks on special this week I may pick-up.  I would like to start using the dryer less to save money.

Gas – It is so inexpensive now.  I think it will only take $20 to fill me back up.  I am just below half tank right now.

Dollar Tree – I still need a few more organization bins and then I should be done. I will also likely get Mirror Image a few boxes of Hot Tamales or Sugar Babies.  She will separate those out into smaller portions to add to her lunch during the week.

Restaurant – Gosh, I hope not. I gave in to Mirror Image last weekend and went to Panda Express. But I want to stay strong this weekend.

Prescriptions – I will definitely pick that medicine up this weekend!

Fun – Mirror Image wants to have a friend over for a slumber party this weekend.  So between that and making clay for her class project, I think we will have the giggly girl and making a mess fun all covered. The adults of the house will be having fun walking the thrifty pooch many times, watching movies from the library, reorganizing the home office and taking FULL advantage of the FREE HBO PREVIEW on Verizon FiOS this weekend!!!

I will be back on Monday to tally up my successes (or fails).

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