Friday, June 19, 2015

Sharing Ways We Save

We have officially and thankfully survived our third week of unemployment and it has taken me so long to get this post up that tomorrow will make our fourth week!

I don't know if we intentionally did anything to save but our blessings were abundant.
We continue to utilize the library for movies, Internet, and books.  This past Tuesday was the kick off of the summer reading program so we signed up both kids.

When a neighbor realized that my husband was no longer employed he brought us over a turkey and some chicken along with a few popsicles and microwaveable meals.

We utilized the Food Bridge (which is the official name of the food program offered at a local church)

I was able to get the bank to refund a fee of 32.00 to us so we were able to keep gas in our van.

We emptied all nooks and crannies of the house and change banks and came up with 15.00 which we used at Aldi for a few groceries. Wit careful planning we purchased enough for five meals as well as eggs and toilet paper.

My husband received a 100 check in the mail as a reward for participating in some kind of health program when he was employed.  We were so surprised and sure it is the Lord's provision. It actually looked like junk mail....I am so happy my husband opened it!

We set up a yard sale at the end of the main road we live off of with some others and we made roughly another 100 dollars.

In the kitchen I made oatmeal raisin cookies from scratch.

Our chickens were not producing eggs so we gave them away.

We continue to air dry clothes and keep the thermostat at 79.

As you can see this weeks blessings were abundant and came just as we needed them.  If nothing happens I am to start work on June 22. And the money made should see us through until I can earn a paycheck two weeks later. We are doing blessedly well considering we had no savings as this began. Our landlord is aware of our situation and has agreed to work with us.

During this last week we took a day to play hairdresser and my husband cut my hair,his and our daughters.  We also touched up my color ourselves (i only did this because I think I am suppossed to start work on Monday, but I am still waiting for final confirmation and I wanted to appear professional, we purchased a box of 2.97 hair color at Walmart)

We also have utilized the Summer Food program for the kids.  You can google this and what the program is is breakfast and lunch provided by local schools for kids 18 and under.  Adults can eat for $1.50 but the kids are free.  We have mostly just taken the kids to eat.

 If you ever find yourself in a similar situation do not despair.  You are loved, God sees and He knows what you need!  Thank you to all who read I have made some wonderful friends and deeply appreciate you all.

I wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts,prayers and concerns.  My posting was late this week due to my husband being kept in the hospital for chest pains.  This was a scary time, but I am able to blessedly report that he is fine now, no major issues, and he is feeling much better.

After he came home my daughter ended up needing to go to the doctor too and she needed an antibiotic.  So there has been alot of caring for that had to be done, and we were just anble to get to the library today.  I have alot to learn about posting from a mobile device so no pics this week.  I will work on it. Thank you for being patient with me as I learn and grow!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Sharing Ways We Save

We have now survived two weeks of unemployment. We had a little savings and some wonderful blessings this week.

An Aldi recently opened in our area, we were on the way home from a pre employment drug screen and we decided to stop in.  We were able to make 22.00 go so much farther there then we could of at any other grocery store in our area.  Eggs were 1.29 bread was .85 and tp was .50 for 4 rolls, pasta .33.  (just a couple examples of items we picked up.

In the kitchen, we made hot fudge pudding cake, cinnamon rolls, and biscuits from scratch.  We have gotten creative in the kitchen making meals like lasagna soup, everyone has agreed to have an open mind.  Almost everything has been a hit.

School is officially over, my son's teacher sent him home with some things that have been a wonderful blessing as snacks for the kids, pop tarts, breakfast bars, and cookies.

Friday was National Doughnut Day, so we went to Krispy Kreme and each got a free donut.

My son had a friend spend the night, and his mom sent some chicken nuggets and cake mix, which we used to prepare a mostly free to us meal!  I just made mac n cheese.

On Saturday we had a free lunch at the Sr. Center here in town.  When I went to say thank you to let them know how their service makes a difference in our lives, they blessed us with 4 sandwiches, and 3 cups of soup to take home with some fresh fruit.  (best cherries I have ever tasted!)

I remembered the bread basket that a church does every Saturday, and they were finishing up, but we were still able to get some fresh delicious bagels, a bag of hamburger buns, and a loaf of wheat bread.

We all also went to the library as a family.  We found out we each can get a library card and we got tons of movies to watch.  We will also be participating in free summer reading events.  If you are looking for something to do that doesn't cost anything the library is a great resource!

Lots of board games have been played.  We seem to really be enjoying things, and though there are some fears it is nice that my husband isn't so worn out from his job that he is able to willingly and with a good attitude be an active participant in the family.

As you can see there have been many wonderful blessings that we have received this week.  I also may possibly have a job.  I accepted the offer because they are the only company out of all the applications. (over 20) to call back.  My husband received one call back, but no job offer yet.  The job offer I received is 45 minutes to an hour away from where we live.  It is full time, but will not start until June 22nd which means no paycheck until July 10th.

Another great blessing was that my son broke out in hives, that were really severe, hot, and swollen, we were blessed to find out the kids have Florida Kidcare even though we lost our regular insurance and we were able to take him to the doctor.  Two days later he was in severe abdominal pain, and tears and unable to lay down.  We prayed, and took him to the E.R.  his symptoms improved with some medication and the hospital let  us come home!

It was recital day for our princess and thankfully we had paid for all of that before unemployment occurred and she did great!  We enjoyed wonderful entertainment!

Mishaps.....I almost couldn't complete the pre employment drug testing.  I went in ready to go, and there was not enough product for them to measure.  So I had to wait an hour and a half.  I drank at least a literal gallon of water and still felt like I could not go.  I prayed and asked God to move, low and behold after that I filled the cup, and then wouldn't you know I could go constantly after that.

The stray that found us in December got out on a main road, thankfully he was not hit, but someone else picked him up (a friend saw it but she didn't know our dog was missing so she did not say anything) When she got to the house though and realized the dog was missing she told me how someone had picked him up in their car.  We decided to let that person keep him.

Our electric bill this month increased by another 50.00.  Extremely counter productive in our current situation, but we are doing all we know to cut expenses.  

So how was your week....I hope you are counting your blessings!

I always share this over at the prudent homemaker  and I must give Brandy a special thank you without her list I would not have had some of the things in my pantry to cook from scratch, and she has some great recipes!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sharing Ways We Save

We have survived the first full week of my husband's unemployment!  There have been many online applications and resume's submitted this week, but no productive employment or interviews obtained yet.

As far as saving, we have tried to be conservative by turning the thermostat up to 79 and using fans when necessary instead of turning down the a.c.

We participated in the food giveaway at the local church, you can participate every other week.  This will help stretch what we have.

For entertainment, we visited the library for books and movies.

We also attended a birthday party where the kids got to play on a water slide and were provided lunch.

A friend paid my husband 20.00 for cutting her dog's hair.

I made biscuits from scratch and they were actually good, I just need to cut them thicker next time.

We have continued to lay our clothes out to dry on the porch and on hangers (broken dryer)  Sometimes they were so stiff that they were crunchy...I have found that a squirt of hair conditioner with a little vinegar and water ( in the fabric softener compartment) softens them and helps with remove any sweat smell since the weather has gotten so warm here.

That about wraps up our week.  How are you doing?

Adventures and mishaps for the week...this guy disappeared for a week.  I shared his information with Animal Control and on Facebook etc.  We were so worried.  It turns out he was stuck in a 60 ft tree on property a street or so over from us.  Someone posted it on Craigslist.  So happy he is back home...thanking God!  (two weeks ago the other cat we adopted from the shelter a couple months ago died)  So  we are really relieved this guys made his way back home.