April in Review

April was a really fun month. We started it off at Disney so how can I complain? I did come home with a nasty cold which put me out for the first two weeks of the month.  This month I have also been dealing with increased pain due to my psoriatic arthritis.  My insurance stopped paying for Humera and it took almost a full month to get the new prescription.   I am hoping it will help and I can get back to life. 

Groceries- Budget $975/ $450   $ 945.76 Goal Met! By the skin of my teeth! 

Auto/ Gas. Goal -= $600.  Goal Met!  We have spent $257.17 without gas to and from Disney. Including Disney gas we ended up at $750. 

Blogging- 15 posts per month. 4 posts this month. Yeap a struggle.  I knew this was low but wow this may be the least ever. 

Exercise-We walked a total of 25 miles at Disney. I have not been able to walk since.  Better things are coming once I get all my medications fixed. 

Earn extra money: a $50 gift card from Fetch.  They moved the goal but I was able to cash in for a $50 gift card to Amazon!   I will only go for $10 in the future as it took me a year to earn this card.

TIME for Summer Goals
1. Kitchen Floor
2. Bathroom Floor (Matt responsible)
3. New to me car
4. Back Deck?  Redo  if possible
5.  Purchase and process a whole cow including canning broth and ground hamburger
6. Restock freezer with 100 meals and at least 50 breakfast burritos and 52 packs of bagels.

Sounds like I am going to be super busy!

February in Review

February is complete!   I would like to say that we enjoyed some of the slowest month of the year but then I would not be correct. I will say we are steadily moving forward!

Groceries- Budget $975/ $450   $1059.04 Goal fail! No reason just we bought food.  I do know that grocery prices have risen 25% but other than that we failed!  We are doing a no spend grocery challenge for the month of March until just before our trip. I am hoping for the best!  I do have some free money to use so that should help!

Auto/ Gas. Goal -= $600.  Goal Met!  We have spent $334.49 this month.  This did not include the tags so the better number is $450.  March will be expensive as well, the car needs an oil change and we need gas.

Blogging- 15 post per month. 8 post this month. Yeap a struggle.

Exercise- I am down to 207 which is 19lbs!   I did manage to walk an hour 3 times this month. I am challenging myself to walk 10 times before our trip!

Earn extra money: a $50 gift card from Fetch.  I am at 49653. Slow as slow!

December in Review

December was a hard and busy month. I got to make two trips to Florida and visited with Haley both times!  We have had quite a bit of sickness this month. Matt missed 3 days of work. I have missed several days of my Christmas Break due to being sick.  Now is the time to start looking ahead and planning for the future after reviewing goals of course!

Groceries- Budget $975   $1564.96 Goal NOT met!  I am heading into the pantry challenge where I hope to save enough to purchase at least half a cow this summer.

Auto/ Gas. Goal -= $600.  Goal NOT Met!  We have spent $561.57 this month.  The most expensive part of our trip to Florida was gas. We get 8.9 miles to the gallon when pulling the camper.

Blogging- 15 post per month.  9  post this month.  I am continuing to struggle with this again.

Exercise- I am struggling both with my health and how to improve it!  I am losing a small bit of weight. I have been sick at least the last week and half so no progress.

Earn extra money: a $50 gift card from Fetch.  I am at 45552. That means I need 7448 more points. Or 30 more receipts to scan at the minimum.  I seriously doubt I hit this goal before March at this point but I will keep working.

 

November in Review

November has flown by!  We have stayed much busier than expected.  I am hoping to get a handle on my life and schedule but seriously December is going to be just as busy!

Groceries- Budget $975   $726.18 Goal met!  Going to try something new in December. First I am using Walmart Delivery for this month. My goal is to get and keep stocked while controlling the budget. I do like the fact I can see what I am spending as I go.  Second I will be moving any amount left in the budget to a separate account marked for meat purchases.

Auto/ Gas. Goal -= $600.  Goal Met!  We have spent $384.64 this month.  Gas prices are coming down. Lots of driving planned for December!

Blogging- 15 post per month.  10 post this month. Small increase are always good!

Exercise- I am struggling both with my health and how to improve it!  I am losing a small bit of weight. The goal for December is to maintain with more weight loss focus in January.

Earn extra money: a $50 gift card from Fetch.  I am at 40000 need to get to 53000. This has been such a slow process.  Doubt I will get this card this month!

October in Review

October has come and gone.  And nope I did not find the balance for life.  November and December are my favorite months!    I am going to try and get better with doing things and keeping up!

Groceries- Budget = $975.$475   $1455   Goal NOT met! The problem is that we had 5 weekends this month so it resulted in two shopping trips to Costco. Yikes!

Auto/ Gas. Goal -= $600.  Goal Met!  We have spent $468.55 this month.  I am not sure why but Matt’s job change has not resulted in a decrease in the gas budget.

Blogging- 15 post per month.  7 post this month. I am actually really surprised that this was as high as it was!  I am hoping for more balance.

Exercise- I am struggling both with my health and how to improve it!

Earn extra money: a $50 gift card from Fetch.  I am at 37000 need to get to 53000. This has been such a slow process.  Not even sure if I will get the $50 by Christmas

 

September in Review

September has ended. I am struggling to get back into a routine and to balance work and home.  The goal for October is balance…

Groceries- Budget = $975.$475   $396   Goal met! I have been working to use what we have and to eliminate waste!  Menu planning is in full force but we are also giving ourselves grace to eat out if needed!

Auto/ Gas. Goal -= $600.  Goal Met!  We have spent $436.50 this month. This is still significantly higher than I was hoping for but I plan to get an average for next year based on September to December.

Blogging- 15 post per month.  7 post this month. Did I mention needing to improve on my balance.

Exercise- 1 enough said!

Earn extra money: a $50 gift card from Fetch.  I am at 35000 need to get to 53000

August in Review

August is sort of a sad month. I have to end my summer break and head back to work. This year we decided to add some last-minute fun and headed to Florida to visit Haley and David for a 5-day trip. It was just what we needed!  September is a month of change with football and pool closing and the ending of the summer garden.

Groceries- Budget = $975.   $775.74   Goal met! My freezers are full! We have lots and lots of prepared food!   I am going to change this goal for September until December to $475 a month to help reduce our overall debit. I will also be buying only items we need but buying a re-stocking amount.

Auto/ Gas. Goal -= $600.  Goal not Met!  We have spent $651.19 this month. This was mainly our trip to Florida. No regrets. I am expecting that this amount be reduced by half to $300 a month with Matt’s driving cut down my more than half. However, I will not change the official goal until December.

Blogging- 15 post per month.  12 post this month.  Trying to live in the moment and enjoy more than posting. I am better in August but need to step up my game!

Exercise-  5 days of exercise makes this an ok month.  I am going to try and continue walking one day a week.

Summer Goals- These were established in June so this will be a good way to keep up with where I am at.  I will say that we ended up cleaning and organizing both Matt’s building and the dinning room closet.  I did not meet all these goals but I am proud of what I accomplished!

  1. Get 100 dinner meals and an assortment of other food items prepared for simple cook and eat meals.   Goal reached! Now to enjoy the hard work.
  2. Organize the office and shred any paperwork that is no longer current and relevant.  I need to go through and shred the items in the top drawer but otherwise this is almost complete. Still have one more drawer to shred!
  3. Redo our master spreadsheet.   No progress
  4. Organize and delete pictures from my phone in order to free up space.- Goal met! Next I need to work on my photo books.
  5. Earn a $50 gift card from Fetch.  I am almost 75% there!  This is taking a long long time. I am going to continue to save for this $50 goal!

I have a few things on my to do list for September but will share as they happen!

July in Review

July is one of my favorite times of the year.  I have the entire month of summer break!  Ad of today, I have 17 days left until I return to work.  I do have some fun plans for August, but I also have alot of task that need to be completed before I return to school. I have just started with massive food perseveration from the garden.  This year has also been different due to Matt losing his job the last day of June.

Groceries- Budget = $975.   $1090.77   Goal not met!  I am working to stock the freezer for the school year. My thought is that everything will even out in a couple of months.

Auto/ Gas. Goal -= $600.  Goal Met!  We have spent $359.02 this month. Matt and I are both driving less. This does include our trip to Oak Island and also the trip to Atlanta.

Blogging- 15 post per month.  10 post this month.  Trying to live in the moment and enjoy more than posting. I will be better in August.

Exercise-  7 days of exercise makes this the best month this year! We also have a YMCA membership through Lily so I am going to hope to continue this trend.

Summer Goals- These were established in June so this will be a good way to keep up with where I am at.  I will say that we ended up cleaning and organizing both Matt’s building and the dinning room closet.  Next up is painting the living room.

  1. Get 100 dinner meals and an assortment of other food items prepared for simple cook and eat meals.   I currently have 52 dinner meal. Not sure I will hit 100 but I am going to be close.
  2. Organize the office and shred any paperwork that is no longer current and relevant.  I need to go through and shred the items in the top drawer but otherwise this is almost complete.
  3. Redo our master spreadsheet.   No progress
  4. Organize and delete pictures from my phone in order to free up space.- I may need to make this a yearly goal.
  5. Earn a $50 gift card from Fetch.  I am almost 75% there!  Slowly but surely this is working.

August here we come!

June In Review

June the month of freedom!  Summer break has officially started, and we are enjoying.  This month is a pretty typical month if there is one. The focus has been on the garden and starting to get things in the freezer.

Groceries- Budget = $975.   $1222.18   Goal not met!  I knew this was coming.  We did stock up on some things, I ordered my first Azure Standard order and we needed chicken and pork.

Auto/ Gas. Goal -= $600.  Goal Met!  We have spent $491 this month.  I did have 2 weeks of no driving to work. It will be interesting to see what July’s spend is!

Blogging- 15 post per month.  13 post this month. I do know that my end of year work was much more than I anticipated. Hopefully back on track for July.

Exercise-  5 days of water exercise makes this the best month this year!

Expenses:  Usually month.

July is our summer vacation and Kendall’s birthday so I expect some extra expenses!

Month in Review

May is always one of the busiest month of the year. This year was no different!  The only weird thing has been the weather with only two days above 80 all month.  I did end up turning on my air conditioner much earlier than normal due to the high pollen counts. I can’t sleep if I can’t breathe and sleep is very important to me!  May was also as expensive as I thought!

Groceries- Budget = $975.  Goal Met! $815.14.  I am going to plan on the grocery budget being all spent the next couple of months as we stock up for the fall and winter!  My goal is to stay at budget while stocking up which is not always an easy thing to do!

Auto/ Gas. Goal -= $600.  Goal Met!  We have spent $445 this month. YAY!

Blogging- 15 post per month.  This is post number 17 WOOHOO I think this is the most post every!

Exercise- one official day and I am dealing with knee pain again. I have a shot the first of June so hopefully this will help!

Expenses:  YIKES!  Camp for Kendall and Zach as well as swim team . I had to dip into savings.

June is a month of catch up and reset for me as my summer break begins!