Phil 4:6- 7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I have been trying to track our electric meter and watch the total, and if it looks like we will exceed my budet of $170.00 I look for ways to cut expenses.
I hate line dried crunchy clothes but I was given a tip dry them for only like 5 minutes then they will be softer so I am trying that this week. For the past two months my bill has been right at 170. I unplug things when not in use, and keep the thermostat mostly at 80.
I mentioned a few weeks ago we went to Wisconsin, I collected all the free samples coffee and tea included so I have added the coffee from the hotel to my coffee can....(i have a smorgasbord going on in that can). I also brought home all the soaps that are free, and Ms. Brown gave us an abundance of little gray shorts for the kids that have been perfect for summer in Florida, as well as swimming, and sleeping in.
We looked on pinterest for DIY mixes for an easy bake oven and were blown away by all the options. My daughter used her money to buy regular sized bisquick, cake mix, sugars, chocolate chips, and we will be able to bake in that thing quite a bit....it even gave me ideas for her birthday and Christmas....(the easy bake oven was the toy my daughter chose at the church's thrift store while we were at the bread basket. While not a need and I feel every dollar needs to count...it was just a dollar and she had her own money anyway.) It has her interested in cooking...and it is teaching her to wait....it takes about 15 mins to bake just one pizza.
Started saving my husband's soda cans again...it will take time to get anything from them...but I use the pop tabs for crafts too.
I have mentioned that I use Swagbucks. I have been working it faithfully, so far blessed to meet daily goals etc. Well I had signed up or done a survey for Publix and Motts, and won free movie tickets to see the Secret Life of Pets !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are super excited. We could use a little break.
We were blessed to recieve some potatoes, a can of tomatoes, two packages of hot dog rolls and spaghetti noodles from a friend going on vacation and would not be able to use the items.
I made an angel food cake from scratch, and sugared down some end of life strawberries from the bread basket. It actually wasn't bad.
I made body wash using a generic bar of the Dove brand that Dollar general sells......my husband was using my shampoo as body wash as he hates bar soap. I found bar soap in the cabinet. I got more body wash from the generic brand then I do the name brand.
I used empty bottles and jars around the house to bottle it.
We visited the bread basket again...and it was definitely a blessing. Two answered prayers I desperately needed fresh collard greens and we were soon going to run out of milk. We got a half gallon of milk!!!! Allowing me to stretch dollars! Praise the Lord!.
I continue to use baking soda and a couple drops of Dawn as dishwasher detergent.
We returned a small car part for about $4.00 that we couldn't use. And scratched up loose change. We ended up with about $7.00.
How was your week? I got to admit, emotionally things are stressful. Belinda's funeral was Saturday, we were unable to attend, but our hearts were with everyone. The finality of her being gone is setting in to know the next time my "dad" comes she won't be with him. Definitely struggling with a little depression. Love you all though.