All Over the Place: Do I Continue?

I am currently a little all over the place with this Blog. I am not sure what direction I want to go. I am a bit torn between lots of options to continue or stop blogging all together.

I was never a good writer, I actually dislike it. I never can find the right words to use and I am constantly deleting and starting over. The blog was started not because I like to write but because I wanted the accountability.

You see many people going on Facebook and declaring life changes they are making (eating better, working out, and so on). I started this blog for the same reason.

A blog is out of my comfort zone because I don’t like to be on computers in my spare time (I am on one all day at work). I usually only browse when I am on lunch or breaks from work. At home my use is for this blog, bill payments, and some fun browsing. Home use is very rare.

I grew up with a family who was mostly unplugged.  We never had cable, only local TV stations. Never had a computer until I was in high school with super slow dial-up.

I grew up reading, drawing, and following my parents around. My family would watch movies together and have family dinners almost every night until I started high school.

I was lucky to have the family I have, they loved me unconditional as I was a child and still loves me the same today. I read an article recently about phone use and was upset to think that as a family Josh and I could make a huge mistake with our little one and not even know it until it is too late. Electronics are attention grabbing and taking our attention away from our lives and loved ones.

I want to continue my journey to save money, live with less, and share changes. But to be a good blogger with followers means you have to read other bloggers posts, comment and stay current. blogging is a community. I am not an active participant as much as I wish I could be.

Being a working mom, I want to spend my nights as a family. I want my son to grow up how I grew up. With parents not addicted to electronics and who are active participants in my life.

I am conflicted.

 

 

 

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Entire Family Spending – October 1st-7th 2017

So it is time to try something new. I am attempting to log all of my families spending. So this is an all-inclusive list of both my husband and I’s spending. I have done this for two month in the somewhat recent past and figured I can do it again and share an entire month of spending in week increments.

I do plan to start tracking our spending and doing it for an entire year, but I do not plan to share my families entire spending list frequently unless it is a hit with my followers. My current plan is to share an entire month of spending and then wait about 6 months and see if it has improved, and why. Yes, I know currently I mostly talk about my closet but I am planning on moving on and in addition to my closet also “prune” in other areas of my life.

I will also remind my readers that one of my main goals is to save money for my families future.

So here it goes……..(rounded to the nearest dollar)

$160 Daycare for my Little

$6 Downtown parking for my doctor’s appointment.

$30 Co-pay for my doctor’s appointment

$66 Husband misc items (socks, blender bottles, personal hygiene, & yada yada)

$7 Gift from my husband:  Alien key chain!!!! JUST ONE OF THE BEST MOVIE SERIES EVER!!!!!

$10 Medicine co-pay

$145 Couples membership to Crossfit

$154 Groceries

Total: $578

In review: I could cut back at the grocery store. It’s like my playground. I find food planning to be so darn hard, so I buy all the things. I never know what I am going to want. Maybe this week I will plan my week of food before I go to the grocery store. Eww. I have tried this in the past a BUNCH of times and I hate it. Maybe I should try again. If i were to spend $154 on groceries each week that equates to $600 plus dollars. I know i can do better.

 

Winter Coat

I do not fit into my favorite winter coat. This coat I have had for years. It is a great quality jacket that even after 10 plus years it still looks brand new.

During my 7th-9th months of pregnancy I wore a coat my friend let me borrow. It was big and warm and amazing. It was one of the best winters in warmth and comfort. It probably helped that being pregnant I ran warm for once in my life.

Getting close to winter I decided to try out my old coat. No luck. My post pregnant self is still not back to original settings.

Do I try to wait it out or should I go buy one?

Keep or Donate?

 

My Current Issue that is bugging the crap out of me: Do I get rid of a pair of jeans?

Like many people in the world (I am sure I am not the only one), I fluctuate in weight. Do I need to keep three sets of clothing, the small, the fitting, and the large?

After the baby I got a pair of somewhat cheap jeans of around $30 from TJ Maxx when I decided I no longer wanted to live in pregnancy leggings. When I first bought them they were a bit snug and through the following months I wore them regularly. Due to the ridiculous amount of stretch that jeans now have, these pants have fit me through my transition of going from a 12/14 to a size 8/10.

This week I put on these jeans and throughout the day it was apparent that they are now to large to wear comfortably.

So what to do with them? Do I store them in the “large” section or do I part with them? Typically when I decide to get rid of something it is because it is ruined or I no longer like it. I have not gotten rid of anything I like that doesn’t fit me. It seems like a waste to get rid of something bought that I might use again.

It is unknown that if I keep them if I would use them again in maybe 4 months, or 4 years, or ever.

To obtain my goal of a minimal closet I should part with them, but the saving money side of me is telling me if I need them in the future and I got rid of them I would be spending money I wouldn’t have to if I kept them.

I need guidance…. what should I do?

 

A ‘Tiny’ Home Was NOT for Me

I loved the idea of small compact home. I lived in a 900-ish square foot apartment when a house by my sister was available for purchase. The house was cute and small. 703 square feet to be exact.

The house was in need of a serious pick me up and when I purchased the home back in 2013. The plan was to fix it up a little bit at the time. During the start of the renovation project it was much worse than expected and on day 4 there was no inner house left. The floors, the walls, the bathroom, the kitchen; everything was out of the house. What remained was the outer walls and a fairly new roof.

After the house was renovated and beautiful on both the inside and out, I had the perfect small home I thought I would love forever. The reality was that after 3 years living in the small home it became unbearable. Living day-to-day in the home was not bad but the small space and cluttered house was getting to me.Read More »