Lately I feel squished in the house so today I did my best to do some purging, starting with the kitchen. I deleted extra pans and plastic bowls without lids. Things we’ve never used since I moved here, like a Continue reading stuff stuff stuff
The area of Utah that we live in experienced record winter snowfall this season, followed by the usual weeks of sub zero temperatures, then followed by a week of rain in early February. This caused a great deal of flooding. Continue reading What is UN-necessary Flushing?
Last week my neighbor asked us if we wanted to pick cherries from her tree. The tree was so overloaded with fruit that it was dropping off the tree by the bucketful! JB picked the first bushel and I tried my Continue reading Drying Out
Gardening Lesson #1 Onion sets don’t need water before planting. My mother gave me some tomato seedlings in cups, along with several bundles of small onion sets with lovely green tops, which were in a plastic grocery sack. The seedlings Continue reading where have you been?
At the thrift store I found a wide slot toaster in great condition for $6, although a bit of a wonky contraption with some sort of egg cooking tray and missing the egg tray cooking bits. Our current toaster is a cheap Continue reading A Thrifted Wonky Looking Toaster
In December I was given a $50 gift certificate by the foster caseworker. He named a whole bunch of stores I could have my certificate issued from. Something like WalMart, where I could have purchased groceries, was not an option. Continue reading A week of spending
I grew up surrounded by books. There is a faint memory of watching a television, sitting on the white painted plywood kid chairs my dad built for us when we were kids, wearing pajamas and a bathrobe. That memory is very Continue reading Libraries, gardens, and chicken coops
This morning was chilly. I got up and built a cheery little fire. Yesterday was rainy and I think the forecast is for more rain. All of the snow has finally melted except in the most shaded of places, and Continue reading It’s looking like Spring!
It’s getting to be spring. I have lots on my to-do list right now. Get KL’s room cleared and walls washed and painted and move the office into it. Get the extra bedroom downstairs emptied, walls washed, and painted. I’m thinking of making Continue reading How about a clothesline?
The grocery store had a sale on chicken breast at $1.59 a pound, which is the best price Ihave seen in a year. My mother wanted some, so we picked up two 40 pound boxes of minimally processed boneless, skinless Continue reading Pantry and Freezer Restock!
We are enjoying the next five days in Salt Lake City. We won’t be missing church in our LDS ward. It is Stake Conference today, and JB calls that “Mormon day off”. We got packed up and stopped by the Continue reading Vacationing with toddlers on a budget
The bad: Yesterday I went downstairs for a loaf of bread and discovered that the freezer had been turned off, likely by toddler fingers the day we were moving things around. It was almost a total loss. About 25 pounds of chicken Continue reading Final February Frugality
It has been a quiet weekend. Our toddlers are back, so life gets a bit more interesting with two preschool age children underfoot. We had to put our truck in the shop, and the mechanic bill came to $450. JB’s Continue reading Sunday Spending
JB and I sat down with laptops in laps and talked money for nearly two hours. We started with our base income and went over expenses line by line, beginning with the house payment and utilities, then annual expenses like vehicle registration, irrigation Continue reading The Financial Pow-Wow
As a couple, we are approaching our first year anniversary, and we’ve been living in the same house now for just over six months. We were both single for a very long time and had our own ways of budgeting Continue reading A look at January and February expenses