Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sharing ways we save

I am unsure how productive this last week would be considered.

My doctors visit with a new primary care landed me a standing appointment with a cardiologist at the same time.  I had to wear a heart monitor for 24 hours.  My heart rate is too low.  Thankfully the cardiologist doesn't think it is a major issue because of my age, but I have two more tests scheduled to be sure things are working as they should.  Then i had to go back to the primary care doctor because we had to finish the appointment I had with her....so 3 visits to the doctor in one week just for me....equals copays for each visit.

The second very large flop was my husband getting a speeding ticket totaling a whopping $129.00.

The final flop i can recall was our electric bill was 32.00 over my set budget.

I have still been following and participating with the facebook group for the 40 bags in 40 days challenge...and as we were decluttering, i sold a few pieces on a local facebook yard sale site for a total of 60.00.  It  is crazy that the uhaul truck we had when we moved here was packed so full that we still needed another trailer behind it...and now we have gotten rid of soo much. 

I don't think this will be frugal in the long run, but my son's birthday is next month.  He had expressed interest in lizards that my nephew has, so he gave him one with the cage set up and all. I was grateful because he got something he really wanted, and I didn't have to pay for it.....the lizard, cage and everything all at once would have been pricey, and I am trying to keep it simple this year.

My husband has worked 30 hours of overtime for the last two weeks.  That will help pay for upcoming events. (and that speeding ticket)

The water bill was $7.00 under budget

the kids picked wild blackberries while I was at a doctor's appointment they were with Aunti L and apparently these grow somewhere on her property.  Would you believe that in 33 years of life i cannot recall ever eating one.  Of course they washed them, i ate some, and to my surprise they were soooo delicious.  the kids ate some on ice cream
I can't wait till more are ripe and we can pick some more...i am going to put some in pancakes too.

In the kitchen this week we made spaghetti sauce.

That is all that I recall.  I am preparing to take the kids out of town this coming Monday the 23rd.  We are headed to North Carolina to spend time with Aunti P and her daughter Kayla.  Aunti P is traveling for business and we will meet and spend time with them.  I researched and found the most affordable hotel.  I also mapped the trip and know how much gas money I should need.  We will be taking snacks and lunch from home to minimize spending on food while we are in the car.  I have looked up the area, and found a free museum I can take the kids to, and we have planned one outing that will cost money, but I set a budget for it. 

How was your week?

As far as my prodigal issue, I am having trouble allowing forgiveness to be unconditional, as I discover new details.  I still need alot of prayer, and have been praying alot about the forgiveness part.  I am harboring bitterness which I know is not healthy.  Thanks for listening.


  1. It sounds like your week had its ups and downs. I am glad that your doc isn't worried about your heart rate- that is a relief. The ice cream and blackberries look delicious!! Mmm!! I bet the berries will be great in pancakes. It sounds like your trip will be fun and you are really prepared! I hope you guys have a great time with your aunt. And know that you are in my prayers, my friend. I can imagine that it must be very difficult to deal with what you have going on. Know that you have people who do care and are praying for you and that our God is bigger than any hurt you may be feeling. Others may let you down but He will never let you down!

  2. yes it definitely had its ups and downs. Thank you for the prayers...it really means so much to me....you have no idea how much. I hope you are having a nice summer break with those kiddos!

  3. Hi, I just discovered your blog and I think we live in the same area! Enjoy your trip!

  4. thank you ......that is really cool that we may be in the same area......we hope the trip will be exciting!