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Financial Peace University....

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A couple years ago my husband and I went through Dave Ramsey's online program: Financial Peace University. We paid off a lot of debt, but little by little it added back up and backslid a bit. (Reminds me so much dieting when someone loses weight then gains it back!) Anyways, a few months ago we were feeling convicted to get back on track. We have stuck to our envelopes for the past couple months and it feels good to be using cash and not racking up debt on a credit card!

I decided to do back to school shopping a little differently this year. Last year we paid too much and bought stuff that the kids did not even wear that often. They seem to have a few favorite outfits and wear those over and over again. Well, this year, I decided I'm waiting to do the shopping... I bought Adam a couple pair of jeans from a 2nd hand children's shop (Levi's for $8.50- look like new!) Bought them each a couple shirts from there too. A lot of their clothes from last year still fit, and it will still be warm here for at least the first few weeks of school so they'll be wearing summer clothes anyways. I'm sure I will have to buy more eventually, but I'll be looking for deals (by that time a lot of stuff will be on clearance) or checking back at the consignment shops.

Jon and I each get a weekly "allowance" and I've been saving mine up to buy the Turbo Fire dvds. Well, yesterday I was able to buy them off of Ebay for what I had saved up, and it was half off the normal price. I was so excited! Can't wait for them to get here!

Another blessing that happened this summer... I sold some old gold jewelry that I never wear to a local jewelry shop and they gave me a store credit. I was able to get several Chamilla charms for my Pandora bracelet, and I still have enough on the credit to buy a Chamilla bracelet for my sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and my step-mom for Christmas! Another bonus to that is for future holidays we'll always know what to get them (a new charm for their bracelet).

We are teaching the boys about money by giving them an allowance. They get paid bi-weekly, since that's when we get paid. They get paid based on if they do all their chores or only part. I've been trying to teach them to save it week to week for something bigger, but that doesn't always work... Josh usually takes his to Gamestop and buys a used DS game. At least he's only paying $5 for them instead of $20-30 that they cost in stores. Adam is the harder one... He'll blow it on junky things then be upset that he is out of money and the toy broke. Last time he did buy a nice T-shirt with it though... Our pastor's son is in a Christian band, and he bought a t-shirt from a concert that they put on at our church. He said he's wearing that on the first day of school emoticon.

The plan is to stay strong with our budget, even as Christmas approaches! I am hoping to get creative with our gift-giving so that we don't go totally overboard on gifts. We are usually pretty good at that anyways, but as the kids get older, the gifts they ask for are more expensive! Adam's birthday is next month. He's asked for a used DS from Gamestop. Josh bought one from there with his birthday money, so that's what Adam wants. They've both said for Christmas to just get them DS games. LOL.

It's funny how many things you can "do without" when you're on a budget. I've stopped buying magazines in the grocery store line. So many are filled with ads anyways. We're using the library more for books and movies. All of the "little savings" really add up!

  
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COUNTDOWN240 9/4/2010 4:03PM

    Hey, I used the FPU curriculum with my boys about 5 years ago, when I homeschooled them. I really got way more out of it than they did, but I'm sure it was good for them. After all these years, we finally started using the envelope system just 4 days ago...so far I am loving it and I like the cash system. It feels nice to pay cash and really makes you think about the things you buy......not using my debit card so much is really going to add the money in the bank.
When I was getting my cash out of the bank, I told the teller what I was doing and she said she does it too and that I would really find that I'll have more money at the end of the month. Well best wishes as you endeavor to "live like no one else!!!" emoticon

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XRAYGIRLY 9/1/2010 10:01PM

    that's awesome you are sticking to financial peace. my husband and i are following Ramsey's book and it's been working out great! it is a blessing to see what we can live without through all this! good luck with the process

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MWELBORN2 8/29/2010 10:57PM

    My spouse and I are starting Financial Peace University this week. I'm looking forward to it.

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LOVE_2_RUN 8/29/2010 10:03PM

    Little savings definitely add up!!

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BUCSCHIC07 8/29/2010 8:09PM

    I am looking forward to starting the finanical peace university. I bought his book a few years ago but havent actually started it but definatly plan to get started once we are moved next month!

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KIMSTUTZ 8/29/2010 6:26PM

    Thats awesome and i know what a great idea that is, but i cant get my DH to agree to the envelope system. we too sent thru a seminar quite similar a few years back, but we just havent ever followed it all thru. i guess until he is ready i cant make it happen alone. thanks for sharing!

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DMBMYLIE 8/29/2010 5:58PM

  Hi Erin, Smart ideas! The library has really helped me, I read 1-3 books a week,and have saved so much not buying them, i only buy my favorite authors, and then donate those to the library so i feel like i"m giving back. Turbo Fire is great, I have it and love it, you actually look forward to working out. Let me know what you think Jen

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Job update

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I've been at my new job for 3 full weeks so far. They had me learn pre-op and post-op first, which was pretty easy for me. Now I'm learning my actual job that I will be working (PACU, or Post Anesthesia Care Unit). This is where patients come when they first get out of surgery before they can go to post-op. They are usually sedated at first, sometimes with an airway still in until they wake up more. Once they are more alert and less painful (to the point where they feel that they could take a pain pill instead of IV medication) and they are able to maintain their oxygen level ok either on their own or on just 2 liters of oxygen, then they can be transfered to post-op. There is a lot to learn, since we can get some pretty critical patients. I had never taken care of a patient on a ventilator before, so I am learning what to do and chart for patients that have a ventilator. Anyways, everyone seems pretty nice so far. I do miss that fact that at my old job I knew what I was doing. But, it's also exciting to keep challenging myself and learning something new!

One thing that I'm having a hard time with though is my eating pattern at work. In pacu, I haven't been able to get a break like when I was orienting in pre- and post-op, so by lunch I am starving. We are not supposed to eat on the actual unit, but I think I am going to have to find something small that I can keep tucked away cause I start to feel sick if I don't eat after a while. Also, when I get home, I'm so tired and sometimes feel stressed so I want to just eat, eat, eat. We have been eating dinner later now cause my oldest son has football practice in the evenings. We haven't been eating until around 8 pm. Well, going from lunch around 12 till dinner around 8 is a long time, so I need to focus on a healthy snack to slip in between there somewhere without totally overdoing it and eating an extra MEAL in there. Either that, or eating my meal around 5:30 or 6 and then when they eat after football having a small snack or just sitting with them... I don't like the idea of not eating together as a family, so we will see... Workout-wise, still doing them! I've been doing a lot of my turbo jam dvd's lately at home instead of always going to the gym, it's been helping time-wise. I just ordered Turbo Fire yesterday by the same person that made Turbo Jam. Can't wait for it to get here!

  
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MRE1956 8/29/2010 8:51AM

    Here's wishing you all the best.....

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Updates on my life right now!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Started my new job this past week. So far, so good! Everyone has been very nice, and I'm catching on very quickly. Right now they have me orienting to pre-op for surgery. I do that for the rest of this week as well, then the following week they will teach me post-op. Last week I worked 5 days, this week is 4. That has been a little different for me, since I'm used to working just 3 days (12-hour shifts) so I'm having try to keep up with everything at home too on work days. I have been doing ok with keeping up with workouts, laundry, and homework. I stayed up late last night and finished the rest of my homework for the week, so no more homework until next Friday. Yeah!

For workouts, I have been wanting to incorporate weights again, but have not had the time to create a "program" for the gym. So I've started using my ChaLEAN Extreme dvds again. Had to start right off with the 2nd dvd, the PUSH month, since a friend from my old job had borrowed the first one and returned it all scratched up and it won't work anymore. When I called Beachbody about getting a replacement, it was going to be about $40 for one dvd, so I didn't re-order it. I was kinda bummed about it cause now my set is not "complete" but oh well.... I have not been running very much this past week since I've been working out at home and it had been so hot outside. It was easier to workout at home than to go to the gym right after work because I had to pick up the kids after work from the babysitters. This week I will get out at 2:30 every day, so hoping to make it to the gym right after work each day, workout, shower there, then get the kids and go to Adam's football practice that starts this week. Let the busy-ness begin ;-).

  
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CCLEADBYEXAMPLE 8/14/2010 9:43AM

    Hey girl!
BTW those pancakes you made the other day sound YUMMY!
So are you working more days just to get through orientation? What classes are you taking this Fall?
That sucks on your DVD, if I ever come across an extra one I'll send it your way:) Did you try checking with your coach?
Also, if you ever get Turbo FIRE it does have Burn 1 on one of the DVDS. And they do have the tracker sheets online at Team Beachbody so you can still do the Burn workouts just not with the actual DVD's. You could then do them at the Y with your family!
Have a great weekend darlin...
Casey

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KIMSTUTZ 8/13/2010 10:01AM

    So glad you are finding a way to still take care of yourself while making changes in your schedule with your new job. Definitely you are a good time manager! how old is your Adam? where does he play football? my adam just turned 21! and is a Jr. at Akron Univ for a sememster. had had been in Toledo for 2 years and is changing directions in his major so living at home this sememster. now i have to cook more, LOL



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GAELENEC 8/8/2010 9:33PM

    Way to go for keeping on trying to fit your workouts in; just makes everything else flow a lot more easily.

Good luck w/ the new job!

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JACKIE4019 8/8/2010 4:56PM

    Congratulations on your new job. It does sound like you are real busy.

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AMYLOVESTZU 8/8/2010 12:20PM

    emoticon emoticon ON THE NEW JOB.. ONCE YOU GET INTO IT ITILL BE EASER FOR YOU WITH YOUR WORK OUTS

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DONNAEDA 8/8/2010 11:50AM

    fantastic about your new job. Sounds really great. You seem to have it all under control. Congratulations on all your accomplishments. remember take time for yourself during all this busyness

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MORNING_NOONAN 8/8/2010 11:20AM

    Hey, I had a similiar problem with a scratched up DVD from a Beachbody set. I found a replacement on Ebay, the seller also had an incomplete set but had the DVD I wanted and it cost less then the price of one!! You might be able to look into that or maybe a yard sale? People often purchase these DVDs with the hope of starting a new fitness routine but eventually the DVDs just gather dust in the living room. Maybe someone else will have the DVD you are looking for??

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JAZZERCISEGENIE 8/8/2010 10:33AM

    sounds like U R busy but have a plan. I just started ww yesterday, The points get me confused but hope as time goes on it will get easier

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5K and my day with my hubby :-)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

My husband and I ran another 5K today at the Venitian Festival. My time last year was 32:05, this year was 31:12. I was REALLY hoping to break the 30 minute mark, but didn't happen today... It was a good race. I started out great. Whenever I looked at my Garmin watch I was running around 9 minute miles... Lost time in the last mile. There is a STEEP uphill at the end that is KILLER. I had actually forgotten about it from last year, but my husband kept talking about it, so I went back and read last year's blog and saw that I had talked about it there. LOL. It was soooo hot, it was making me kinda weak and nauseated at the end. I had a pain across my upper chest/collar bone area when I was running. Not sure if it was muscular pain or gas? I was taking little sips of water out of a sports bottle, so I may have sucked in some air with it. Or it could have been from beathing too fast... Hoping to keep improving, and I will keep striving to break that 30 minute mark!

Afterwards, my husband and I went and got cleaned up, then went and got a bagel from a local bakery there. We went into a doggie bakery and bought our dog some treats. Afterwards, we went to the beach. The waves were huge and water was warm, it was perfect beach weather! Afterwards, we came home and helped the boys organize their bedrooms. Bought Adam a new desk (on clearance at Menards, woo hoo!) and a dresser. His was falling apart, so it was making his room look horrible. Then, we finally took some time to relax. We made root beer floats (I used Diet Dr Pepper, cherry vanilla flavor) with low fat vanilla ice cream (mmmmm....) and watched the movie Dear John. I hadn't seen it or read the book yet, now I want to read the book to see how that ends! I have found with Nicholas Sparks books that his books are always WAY better than the movies! It was a good movie, so I can't wait to read the book!

  
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CCLEADBYEXAMPLE 7/19/2010 5:03PM

    Sounds like an awesome day! My other half and I went on a date taht night to celebrate meeting 2 years ago that day-oh if only all days were like that!:)
Casey

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JACKIE4019 7/18/2010 5:37PM

    That is so great.

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MARYMAC45 7/18/2010 4:40PM

    Very well done. You are awesome.

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KIMSTUTZ 7/18/2010 2:20PM

    Thats awesome that your DH runs with you too! I always look forward to when mine can take a walk with me. I usually walk with my dad at the track, cause my DH works nights, but hoping that changes soon! Love diet floats too, yum! emoticon

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GAELENEC 7/18/2010 11:57AM

    You set a new PR! Way to go!

and in 90 degree heat, that float sounds just awesome.

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SOPHIKKO 7/18/2010 10:13AM

    Haha you are just like me and my DH.. can't go out without buying something for our pets!

That diet dr. pepper float sounds amazing!

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MUMMAMICHELLE 7/18/2010 4:37AM

    That sounds like a fabulous day! Great improvement on your 5K and I loved Dear John. :)

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J4HIM1121 7/17/2010 11:09PM

  Well done on your 5K!

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New Job :-)

Friday, July 16, 2010

I had a job interview a couple weeks ago, and I found out last week that I got the job. I was nervous at first to switch jobs and try sometime new, but the day before I got the call about the job I had been reading a book that had a lot of Bible verses about how God stretches us and challenges us to grow and change in life. So, I knew that this was meant to be. The day after I told my manager that I'm switching to a different unit, she announced that she is leaving as well. So, there will be a lot of changes coming up in my "old" department. The director had just left the week before, the manager is leaving, all of the charting guidelines are changing... I took that as confirmation, as well. I am excited to do something new! I went down to PACU the other day to get fetal heart tones on a pregnant patient, and the nurses down there said they heard I was hired and that they were so excited for me to start working with them. I start in August, I'm just waiting to get my training schedule from the manager. The training is 3-4 months, and after that my schedule will be Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. They know that I have school on Thursday evenings, and the manager said that several staff is willing to either switch days with me, or let me leave early on those days to go to school. My hours are 7:30 AM-8:00 PM. My gym opens at 5, so I plan to get there right at 5 AM, workout, get ready there, then heard to work. The gym is right down the road from the hospital, so it should work out perfectly! I will miss a lot of nurses that I work with now, but I know that we can still get together to visit. I have worked pre-and post-op before, so it should be somewhat similar to what I was doing, but I will have to learn a lot of new things as well. I'm willing to accept the challenge, as I go furtheron my journey in life, I'm learning to keep expanding my knowlege and experiences in life!

  
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WISEONE68 7/17/2010 12:49AM

    wonderful, sounds like things are falling into place...I love it how God's plan comes together!!
also, your pics are GREAT!!!! Have a wonderful run and alone time with hubby tomorrow! you deserve it!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 7/17/2010 12:25AM

    emoticon What a great opportunity! I've worked many areas during my nursing career and wouldn't trade one of them. They've all been a challenge, but well worth it! Enjoy learning and the challenge of your new position!

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