countdown until the end of school is on! We have 3 more weeks and I have one
additional week of workdays. One of the ways I want to save money this
month is by limiting our grocery budget. If I don’t go to Costco that
significantly reduces my spending. I currently have spent $145 on groceries. My
goal is to make it the rest of the month with spending less than $50. I know we
need to buy both paper towels and toilet paper with that money. I do hope
to use Swagbucks to earn at least one $25 gift cards to help with the cost of
these needed items. The homemade uncrustables were a huge hit, in fact, I
made 16 more for the next couple of week. I even made a breakfast quiche
Breakfast- Saturday Sausage biscuit – Sunday-biscuits and gravy.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday– Choice of breakfast burrito,
oatmeal, grits, cereal, or toast. Wednesday- baked oatmeal- peanut
Lunch–Saturday-breakfast burritos from
Sonic Sunday- Stuffed green peppers. Monday–
salad and veggie day. Tuesday–Wednesday-Thursday and Friday- uncrustables
for the kids, I will take a combination of left-overs and salad items. I even
made homemade chicken salad to use this week.
Dinner – Saturday-Pizza Sunday–Grilled spam, sweet potatoes and creamed spinach. Monday-Hamburger helper Tuesday– soft tacos Wednesday–Grilled pork chops Thursday–Chicken pot pie . Friday- Hamburgers and FF
we did more saving than we spent, which of course is the overall goal! We
decided to go to several yard sales that had been advertised in our
neighborhood, in addition to our church yard sale. I was very excited to
find a Vera Bradley laptop bag in perfect condition for $2 and a separate Vera
Bradley purse for $2. Another excellent find was a pair of converse tennis
shoes for Kendall for $3. I picked up several tuppperware plastic cups for ten
The other way
that we saved money this weekend was by eating out. I know that sounds very
strange but we were able to eat out for all three meals for less than
$30. First, at one of the yard sales we all grabbled sausage biscuits for
$1 each. I had already packed a cooler with drinks. For lunch, I stopped by
Sonic and grabbed 5 breakfast burritos for $5.35. I received this deal via a
text on Friday. It was well work the effort of reading the text and
pulling it up for the cashier to see. Finally, we ordered a pizza from a local
restaurant and used a discount card from the school for a total of $15.35 for a
14 inch pizza. We always take food with us to the pool so this made a
huge impact of our budget!
for this week includes swim team practice on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and
baseball games on Wednesday and Friday. As you can imagine this
means that we are extremely busy. I anticipated this season of busy enough to
try a couple of new quick and easy food tricks this week. I am so excited
to report that they worked!
always a big deal at our house. We all enjoy eating breakfast but also like a
lot of variety. I saw that Harris Teeter had “egg in a cup” on sale for $1.67
each this week. That gave me an idea and after a little bit of research on the
internet, I made my own “breakfast bags” Zach fried up a pound of sausage while
I diced green peppers and onions. I placed 1/8 cup of peppers, 1/8 cup of
onions and ¼ cup in a snack bag, in the freezer they went. My plan was to
stir a couple of eggs in a cup drop in the bag contents. This week we have
decided that you need at least 2 and usually 3 eggs if you chose to add cheese
to the mixture. In the microwave for 1.5 minutes or you can also add the
bag to a frying pan and stir. Zach was unable to eat 2 eggs for breakfast so we
decided to separate his bag in half and that seems to work well for one
egg. We also have some breakfast burritos in the freezer. These
simple omelets are a huge hit. HUGE win for quick and cheap
breakfast on the run.
Zach take their lunches to school every day, at this point in the school year,
we are tired and really want something new and fun for lunch. Both
Kendall and Zach love uncrustables and we have been able to purchase on sale
several times this school year, however at fifty cent each on sale this is an
expensive lunch. I had heard of several folks making homemade ones and
again after some research decided to try it. I was a little worried at first
about needing some special way to seal the outside, however after using one of
our glasses to make the circle I was pleasantly surprised to learn that by
using the glass it sealed the sandwich. Kendall says that these taste better
than the store bought ones. I spent sixty-cent on a loaf of bread for
these but otherwise have the peanut butter and grape jelly already in my pantry
from sales. I was able to make 8 sandwiches at the average cost of
ten cent or less each! I am planning to make another batch of these
1. Summer is
officially here in North Carolina for two very distinct reasons. First, I caved
and turned on our central air on Wednesday this week. The house temperature at
6 pm was 83* so you really can’t blame me. The second reason is that our
community pool opens this weekend and swim team practice will start next week!
2. The square
foot garden is doing really well so far. I am excited to be harvesting lettuce
several times a week. I also will soon be able to enjoy green peppers and
jalapeño pepper. I notice this morning that we have our first zucchini squash
3. I have 5
weeks of working left before I get to enjoy a long summer break.
4. We are
managing to stay well under budget for groceries this month as so far we have
spent $12. I am planning to purchase some 2-Liter sodas for our Mother’s Day
5. We only have 3 baseball game left this season. Zach is still LOVING baseball. He has moved to the first of the batting order and is planning to attend a baseball camp at a local university to improve his skills this summer.
May is an exciting month for me this year. I am counting down
the weeks and days until my long summer break. I have also decided that I will
only be shopping in town this month, which means no Harris Teeter or Costco. I
will be picking up items as we totally run out or that are need for a specific
meal, like buns. I plan to cook from the freezers and hopefully start to
get some good garden items by the end of the month. We don’t have any more
lunchables so the kids are back to packing lunches on Sunday with lots of
sandwiches. This week of course is busy with baseball and piano. Swim
team practice should start next week as well. Quick easy and summer time favorites
are on the menu.
Breakfast- Saturday– bagels – Sunday-biscuits and gravy for the
girls, boys had a men’s breakfast. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday– Choice of breakfast burrito, oatmeal, grits, cereal, or toast.
Wednesday- baked oatmeal- peanut butter/chocolate chip
Lunch–Saturday-steak fajita using
left-overs Sunday-Seafood restaurant for Mother’s Day a week
early. Monday– salad and veggie day. Tuesday– hummus and dip
for me, Kendall and Zach had egg salad sandwiches, Wednesday-Thursday and
Friday- soup, wraps and sandwiches for kids. I have a salad for one day and
Dinner – Saturday-left-overs
Sunday–Left-overs Monday-Mini chicken tacos Tuesday– spaghetti and
garlic bread Wednesday–Steak and ranch potatoes Thursday– Chicken
sandwhich and FF. Friday- pizza roll ups.
April is in the books. I honestly can say I think it flew by. The success this month is planting the square foot garden! We already have lots of small plants and I am very hopeful to start eating out of the garden by the end of May.
We were able to stick to our menu planning for the majority of the month! I have also been really good at eating things before they have to be thrown away. Unfortunately, I have not been keeping a running record of our grocery spending but estimate we spent around $300. I am back to good record keeping today!
Fell off the wagon with keeping up with gas spending as well.
We are struggling in the area of finances this month as well. I am hopeful for positive news soon on this front. We increased our overall debt but also covered summer camps for all three kids. I am beginning to notice a pattern and know what needs to be done to change it…. I NEED TO STICK TO WRITING THINGS DOWN! Some good news is that my check was $100 more than expected. Matt was able to reduce his work cost by $35 a month. I also have a better budget in place. I NEED TO STICK TO IT!
I have continued with completing either Bible study or reading at least 3 times a week!
I did not use the treadmill this month. May is warmer and the pool will open soon which also gives me better opportunity for walking.
I was only able to post 9 times in the month of April.
We have continued to earn money with Swagbucks this month, we were able to gain $100. Currently we are grabbing gift cards to Dominos which are discounted at 20%. Pizza is good!
PLANS: 6 weeks of work left for me! Bring on the Summer! I am going to focus on using our money wisely this month! We are also planning of painting Lily’s room which should get us caught up to date on house projects!
Check out the previous post to see where we started.
This is picture overload. We are planning to add a desk this week. The other addition will be a baseball diamond on the wall. I will plan to make another post and link it here as well.
new bedding and beautiful gray walls!
Custom stickers decorate the fan, light switch and outlets….
Lily hand painted the knobs on the dressers and the sign.
Check out the way we repurposed these dressers!
Painted this shelf so it would match and he clean out and organized all his toys! The entire bottom row is nerf guns and at least 2 of the boxes have Nerf accessories in them as well.
Trophy shelf and custom hat rack also thanks to Matt
Final look at his bedding. Hopefully my mother can make a matching curtain.