Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Week Three of No Spending

I don't really have much to update... still going good. Like I said before, it's been surprisingly easy. Probably because I know this is something that I need to do. It's crazy how we get swept up in the spending, the wanting, the "gotta have," and even the justifying wants by making them, in our minds, a "need."

For instance, one night last week, Connor had wrestling practice so the boys ate a light dinner and off we went. Afterwards, they were "starving" and I didn't really want to go home at 7:30 and make food so McDonald's quickly morphed from a want into a need.

We could have easily come home and had sandwiches and carrot sticks. But, well, it was late and they were withering away and I was lazy.

Along with not spending money, I've been trying to spend my time more wisely. This week, I was able to do some more cleaning in the basement and make baby food. I've always said I wanted to make my own baby food, but have never done it. This is a huge accomplishment for me!

Thirty-five containers of food, if I feed 2-3 a day, it should last 10-14 days. And I figured the price to be about .43 for each 4oz. serving, not including labor. But really, it took probably no more than an hour total. Not too shabby.

My Facebook fast didn't last all month but that's going good, too. Trimming my friends list helped immensely and in 26 days, I've done 25 posts which is less than one a day, a huge improvement over what I was doing! No one wants to see or hear about every moment of my day (I can't imagine why not!) and yes, I realize that they can hide me from their timeline but I don't want them to do that! Plus, way less time on Facebook means more time for cleaning and cooking during the day (at least until Emmett quits sleeping 5-6 hours during the day) which means a happy momma with lots of time for her kids and husband in the evening! 

I do stay home, after all, to take care of the family and house, not to Facebook ;)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Over Half Way!

Well this day has really gotten away from me but better late than never, huh? And I got to spend some quality time with a friend I haven't seen in a while which was super awesome. I wouldn't trade that for anything!

I am just over half way through No Spend November and I must say it's actually been rather easy. Of course I really could have gone for some yummo On The Border for lunch today (and any other day!) instead of making lunch at home... but other than my vice of eating out, it's not been difficult at all. In the beginning, I said I didn't think my spending habits were out of control and I do believe that if nothing else, this is evidence of that. If I did overspend and spend frivolously on a regular basis, I think this challenge would be much more difficult.

Another thing I am trying to accomplish this month is getting some projects done around the house. This week, I got totally fed up with washing burp rags every day, I finally pulled out my sewing machine to sew up the fabric that I had cut out.

And while I was at it, decided to shorten the bed skirt that had been crumpled on my closet floor for months.

Phew! I am NOT a seamstress! Thank goodness those projects are done and I am able to tuck the sewing machine back away, not to be thought of again for at least another three years.

Two things I am not doing so well/ at all this month are staying off of Facebook and purging 5 things a day. I did, however, trim my Facebook friends list from 239 to 105 which has helped considerably in how much time I spend on there. There is so much less STUFF to get distracted by now! I have decided to do the purging challenge separately in January. I think putting all these things together in one month was maybe biting off more than I could chew. Too much to keep track of.

Focus, Elizabeth, focus.

Time to sign off for another week. Thank you for following my blog and supporting me through No Spend November!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Two Weeks Down

Good morning! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Pretty low key here, as usual- especially when the older two boys aren't here. It's too quiet sometimes then!

If you missed my post about week one of No Spend November (the name that's caught on around here and I like it so much, I think every November will be No Spend November!) you can read about it here.

Week two went really well, probably even better than week one. I can't remember the last time I thought in the format of a status update and I trimmed my Facebook friends list from 239 to about 105. Wow! That made such a huge difference! I've gotten on there a couple times since then and my news feed is so much quieter, it takes just a minute to browse it and I don't get sidetracked by SO many posts.

I'm surprised at how easily the spending part is going. Oh, I did have one setback. But how do you say no to your husband when he wants you to join him for lunch? He eats out every day anyway, so that's money he would have spent regardless. I really couldn't pass up the invitation so we did spend a few bucks extra for me to join him. We used to do that on an almost weekly basis and we just don't any more so it was quite a treat! Not to mention the onion rings were delightful :)

The hardest part for me was not buying books at the book fair. The boys and I always go to the book fair and get a couple books for each of them. They are books, after all. I'd much rather spend money on books than toys! It was hard but I told them no and stuck to it. Much to my surprise, they understood and didn't really argue about it. The oldest was a tad more persistent in asking but he eventually gave in and didn't throw a fit.

So, what have I accomplished in not spending money and time on things I don't need to? Well, we've enjoyed more family time and I have been more productive. Yes, I managed to get almost everything on my cleaning list done last week! This week, I hope to get it ALL done. Also, I've spent some good, quality time reading my Bible and preparing for Bible study and praying. It's been good!

Looking forward to week three. My goals for the week are to get all my housework plus projects done. See you next Monday!

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Challenge Has Started!

Well, it's November 4th and so far, it's been going pretty good.

Dan's birthday was this weekend and we took a trip to Indiana to see my dad. We spent some money but that was accounted for in my preset guidelines. We had a fun weekend of traveling, visiting, and a little shopping- antiquing, the wine and cheese shop and this wonderful candy store that I could have bought out! The older boys thoroughly enjoyed visiting with grandpa and Emmett was such a great traveler!

Dan bought some antique woodworking tools and I got this beautiful bean pot to replace the one I lost in the big D.
Yes, we argued over a bean pot. This one is perfect and has wonderful memories attached to it!
I managed to stay off of Facebook for the most part. It got the best of me on Dan's birthday and I just HAD to log on to wish him a happy birthday :) I've spent a good part of my thoughts forming status updates, though, that I couldn't post. My brain is overrun by Facebook. Aaaargh! Definitely need to take this break!

I need to figure out how in the world to get all my stuff done. That's my focus for this week. I feel like there are never enough hours in the day and I'm always trying to get the basic things done that need done that I never have time to do anything extra, such as sewing or little fix it projects. I load and run the dishwasher but it takes forever before I can find time to unload it. Wash and dry the clothes, no problem. Fold them, eventually. Put them away, maybe...

I know I'm not the only one that struggles with this and maybe I'm being obsessive but there has GOT to be a way. I don't even work outside the home so that's an extra 9+ hours at home a day and I STILL can't get it done. I find this extremely frustrating.

And, on that note, since it is November, and the point is to be spending more time being thankful and appreciate who and what I have in my life, I'm thankful that I have this beautiful home to live in and take care of. I'm thankful for my family, immediate and extended, and for time that we get to spend together.

See you next Monday with another update. Please, comment below and let me know if you, too, struggle with getting everything done and how you organize your time.