Thursday, June 3, 2010

Money Diet - Day 3 and a free poetry reading

Today I spent $0.00!! I knew I could do it. My husband on the other hand bought some coffee for his boss and brought home a bag of coffee for the house. All and all, I think we did really good today.

In keeping with the spirit of saving this month, dinner was a concoction of vegetables and chicken, stir fried in my own homemade peanut sauce. It was very good if I do say so myself. I used the yucky (the kids words, not mine) peanut butter up in my sauce. They hate the natural, organic butter that I try to sneak into their diets. They always know, I have given up and now buy the Jif Natural instead. The chicken and vegetable were found in the back of my freezer and refrigerator.

I went to a lovely poetry reading today that was free. My daughter's 5th grade class read poems from poetry books they created as a end of year project. It proved to be highly entertaining and worthwhile. My own Hannah was the source of much of the entertainment. She comes alive when she is in the spotlight. No mumbling, quiet talking or blushing. She was really a star today. Bravo my sweet girl!

Tonight is a big night for me. The season finale of The Real Housewives of NYC is on. I am very sad to see the season come to an end. I watch very little TV, but this is a must see for me. Good night!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Money Diet - Day 2

So, I suck at saving money. I should not be Frugal Midwest Mom, I should be Spend Happy Midwest Mom. While I did not spend anything on myself today, I did make good on a promise to my son, soccer camp. Here is today's damage:

$8.00 - bread, tp, rice krispies (I have to make a treat for my daughter's class)
$215.00 - Soccer camp

My son is proving to be a talented soccer player, so we decided to let him participate in camp this year. Problem is, I kind of forgot that I didn't actually sign him up for it until today. Thus, leading to the huge expense on DAY 2! What will I do tomorrow? I know that I really have nothing I have to do tomorrow, so I should be immune from frivolous expenses. Time will tell.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Money Diet - Day 1

Today I spent a grand total of $1.50 with the change at the bottom of my purse

$1.00 - water bottle while at work. I usually bring my own in a stainless steel bottle, but I ran out and wanted ice cold water.

$.50 - handful of M&M's out of a machine outside my place of work. I have a sweet tooth after lunch!

Note to self: bring extra water and a cookie to work tomorrow and save $1.50!

Welcome Summer

Today is June 1st, I can't believe it, in my mind summer has arrived. With the new season, comes summer break from school and 3 months of bonding time with my kids. This summer we are not going on a vacation, instead staying home and hosting a foreign exchange student from France. I should mention that while we are not taking a summer vacation as a family, the kids are going to summer camp for a week in August while my husband and I go to a B&B in Door County for a couple days.

I am going to attempt to curb the major spending that has been going on over the last few weeks now that we know we are going to be home for the most part. I assume July will be an expensive month, so June will be the month that we try a "money diet". In other words, lets see how much we can save in June in preparation for the month that we host our student. It seems like this is a good day to start, it is the first of the month so I can start an accurate log of what we spend and save. My goal for today is to not spend any money, we have everything we need for food, my tank is half full and all bills are paid. Let's see if I can do it.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to all of servicemen and women who have served our country with honor. I know that it times like these, politics tends to divide us, on this day however, that should not be the case. Republicans and Democrats alike honor and respect those who give of their country. So, on this day, let us all just be Americans.