Today is Monday so I normally plan to post a menu plan for the week but Life Happens.
Last Monday night we began to smell something burning in the house. Lily around 10:30 heard a pop sound. I woke up around 4 and knew immediately that the air was not working.
Just for the record highs last week have been above 90 each day. Tuesday night and Wednesday night the kids all stayed with Amanda. On Thursday, we were blessed with the ability to borrow a portable air conditioner which we are using in our bedroom. On Saturday and Sunday nights we have been blessed by storms that have cooled not only the air but made sleeping in girl’s room possible.
We have not been following a menu plan- it is simply too hot to cook and add anything in the air. We are eating out most meals. We have done minimal laundry as again it is too hot to add any more heat in the house. We have spent time at the pool.
It has also been too hot for me to concentrate on working , I did manage 2 hours in Guam last week but have an uphill battle ahead.
Sleeping is hard when you are hot. Functioning as a normal human being is hard when you are hot.
Other small things are going wrong that just add to the stress. But it only takes a minute to realize that we are facing only very small problems compared to others.
February was an extremely busy month. I worked an additional 60 hours in Guam. This meant that everyone has stepped up and is doing lots of extra stuff around the house. February has brought lots of rain. But the good news is that I have finally decided a plan for the square foot garden which will increase my overall growing space, raise the beds and make it pretty. This will be an intense time consuming project but I am very excited by it.
Groceries– budget amount is $650. We have actually spent $599.71. This is not as low as I had hoped but still a full $50 under budget. I am only planning to purchase needs in March and then use the rest of the money for food in Disney.
Auto/ Gas / Insurance: . My goal is $400 a month. The price of gas has significantly (60 cents a gallon) increased over the past 2 weeks. We are also driving to work and school five days a week. total for the month is $280.69 so well under budget. Next month will bring oil changes to both vehicles. So I anticipate the amount to remain under budget but not by much!
Cash Envelope system- GOAL Met! We are continuing to use this system. I was able to pay an additional $500 on our Disney trip this month but also covered the cost of the repair of the washer. Both Matt and I got paid this past week so the envelopes are back to zero. Any money saved this month is spending money in Disney.
Goal #4- Blogging- 15 post per month. This is post number 6 for the month. See explanation from above
Goal # 5- Fitness– Goal is to exercise of some type at least 10 days a month. Nope not even close
Goal #6 – Bible study- Goal- Read or Listen to the entire Bible in a year. I have been listening to a podcast every day that I drive to work. I should be able to listen to the entire session by June.!
Earnings- $25 in gift cards
No Spend Days- another fail
March is going to be a month of financial change for us. We are in the process of re-financing our mortgage to drop the interest rate again. We are also considering rolling some other debit in the re-financing so I will explain everything once it is settled. March should be fast and busy but the Disney count down is on so I am excited!!!!
This year we significantly reduced our food for two reasons. First was COVID 19. Second I had to work for 3 hours! We had wings, weeines and chips in addition to
Our chartouse board
Kendall’s requested veggie tray!
And desert of course!