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Sleep Issues & Saving Money

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Today I am going shopping for jewelry and clothing although that doesn't mean I will be successful in finding anything or buying anything. I've having a slow start to getting out the door due to my kids and husband staying up super late last night and laughing and making all kinds of ruckus that woke me up. I'm happy they were having fun together, but not too happy to be woken up several times.

I have such a hard time staying asleep at night and since I'm a light sleeper, when there are loud noises and I get woken up, I'm up for hours. I hate being a light sleeper, but have been that way my entire life. It's made worse that the living room is directly below my bedroom and we have a sort of hallway area outside my door that you can look down and see the living room.

Our house is very small too so any noise is easily heard, especially when it's right outside the bedroom. My husband is able to just lie down on the couch and go take a nap anytime during the day, but I haven't ever been able to do that so I am grouchy and irritable all day if I don't get enough sleep. emoticon emoticon

I slept until 9:00 today and that's something I never do but I suppose the lack of sleep caught up with me and my body needed the rest.

I took my daughter yesterday to get her hair cut after she settled on a style she liked and it looks really good. She's been asking for a haircut for a while and I finally gave in although we didn't have a coupon and took her after our schooling was done. She's pretty happy with it, which makes me happy that she's happy with her appearance. She picked out the hairstyle that Terri Hatcher has which has several layers (she currently had all her hair one length) but shorter than Terri's is since I think (and she agrees) she looks better with shoulder length or slightly longer hair.

We stopped by this mom and pop grocery store on the way home that is near my home that I haven't been to in quite a while. They have lots of groceries and toiletries there that are usually marked down majorly due to some of the boxes or cans being dented or dinged, short-dated (although they have items that don't expire until next year), but are dirt cheap as well.

I've found out through the grapevine that lots of the home schooling friends I have go there and buy from them so I gave it a whirl last year. Anyway, we got some protein bars there that were $1 for 6 of them (name brands) that my husband likes to take to work, some Propel Zero bottles for 39 cents each (which I love), Starbucks single coffee packs for 49 cents (has 3 coffee singles in it), etc.

I'm hoping that the budget-friendly things I do will rub off on them and they will have a good idea of what to do with their budgets when they are old enough to get their own jobs and pay their bills. I'll at least feel like I've done all I can to teach them how to stretch their money and be able to afford a few "wants" they have a desire for when they have to purchase those items themselves.


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KISSFAN1 6/7/2011 6:52AM

    Chubbyvegan - That is awesome about your life changing after you started budgeting. I know it has to be a great feeling for you to not worry about your future and not having huge debt hanging over your head. emoticon

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CHUBBYVEGAN 6/6/2011 7:44PM

    Great blog!My whole life has changed since I found the joy of budgeting. My friends can't believe that I have 0 debt and my husband and I max out our Roth IRAs during the year, while they are keeping their student loan debt around like a pet. You have so much more control over your life when you control your money and your money doesn't control you!

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KISSFAN1 6/5/2011 7:48AM

    Tiad - Thank you! LOL I'm not an expert in budgeting, but I do pretty well on our one income and make sure I stretch it as far as I can without being a miser or as my kids like to call a miser, Mr. Crabs (Sponge Bob character who is super tight with money and won't spend it), LOL.

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KISSFAN1 6/5/2011 7:47AM

    JLitt - It's a pain for sure to be such a light sleeper. I've always seemed to have the bedroom in the worst possible place for sleep ever since I can remember as well, LOL. emoticon

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JLITT62 6/4/2011 6:23PM

    I'm a very light sleeper, too. And it's terrible when my folks visit cause they stay up much later & blare the tv.

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TIAD21 6/4/2011 1:57PM

    It sounds like you are doing a good job of modeling budgeting skills! Maybe if I read your blog some of that will rub off on me too emoticon

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Too Hot to Breathe Around Here

Friday, June 03, 2011

It has been unbearably hot around here lately. Yesterday I took my daughter and son to my daughter's horseback riding lessons and they were cutting the grass where she normally rides the horse so we had to go inside the horse barn instead. What a miserable experience since it was even hotter in there than it was outside (which was bad enough) and my daughter finally realizes what I said to her a few weeks ago regarding how hot it would be riding this summer was true.

She was ready to let yesterday be her last day until it cools down some, but we will most probably go next week and let that be our last event for a while. I know she will miss it though because she's doing so well and enjoys it so much, not to mention her piano teacher is taking the whole month of July off, so that means I will have to scramble to find something to occupy my social daughter who loves to always be busy with some events.

I price matched some items yesterday at Wal-Mart on our way back home from horseback riding although all of us were practically wilting from the oppressive heat. I got some cherries, squash (my son and husband LOVE squash casserole so I got the squash for 99 cents a pound) as well as me some frozen veggies to get my vegetable intake in since I need to go back to eating more than I have lately.

I plan to stop by Harris Teeter this weekend without the kids since I normally only go there once a week when they don't have triples or super doubles and get the main awesome deals there. They also have some deals available only on Saturday so that's the best day for me to go to pick those items up.

I've got some Kohl's cash ($20 worth) to spend this weekend and I will most probably pick up some cute marked down jewelry for my daughter and I since she and I are trying to get a variety of things to accessorize our outfits with.

It's so funny because she picked out some things that I bought for her that I would probably want to borrow and vice-versa. I'm not very adventurous with jewelry since it's sort of the same thing I went through when trying to learn how to use eye shadow. I started off with very light and subdued tones in eye shadow and now I'm a little more adventurous and daring although I'm not into really weird colors or super obvious colors like yellow, pale blue, etc.

I'm sure I'll get more adventurous as time goes by with my jewelry as well, but my daughter is even less adventurous than me where jewelry is concerned, so I guess we'll both grow and learn and get more confident about matching up colors, types, etc. of jewelry. I know I'm really paying attention to manniquins, people, magazines, people on tv, etc. more now and how they dress and match up things than I ever did before.

I feel like a teenager who has just discovered make-up, or electric rollers, etc. for the first time, LOL. emoticon emoticon

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KISSFAN1 6/3/2011 5:05PM

    Well I'm used to the heat having grown up and lived in the south all my life (South Carolina and North Carolina) but I still don't care for the heat regardless of being used to it, LOL.

I prefer the fall/winter over the summer heat anytime. I guess I take after my father who hates the hot weather too.

My daughter's horseback riding lessons are in the middle of the afternoon when it's the hottest possible so she's either out in the open with no shade or inside the horse barn (which is metal and has a metal roof) where it's even hotter than outside the barn. emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 6/3/2011 2:46PM

    Guess those of us living in Florida year round learn to adapt, I get up early to walk and try to do what I need to do outside by 10 am or after 6 pm and do my inside chores or errands in the heat of the day. Guess I would sweat more if I got out there in the heat, but then I might also melt (I can only dream) to nothing.

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-CHERYL 6/3/2011 1:08PM

    I moved down to Central Florida from Connecticut in 2007. It's usually hot here, it's been in the 90's for weeks. It's hot. But comparing it to summer in the north, I'll take Florida. I'm seeing all my friends in cooler climates suddenly complaining about the heat, when a month ago they were complaining about the cold. I guess because it rarely gets below 50 here (and 50 feels really freezing now) but it's not that oppressive stifling heat from Connecticut and the air conditioning here is awesome, unlike the states where it gets cold and they only need AC for a few months. As long as I'm not in direct sun, 90's are no problem for me. We do have to wait till at least 6pm to do any serious walking or it's too sunny.

Hopefully you'll adjust to the heat soon!

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Bummed About Our Local Library Woes

Thursday, June 02, 2011

It's the second day of a new month and I now have my coupon box cleared out of expired coupons and since there were no coupons in the paper this past Sunday due to Memorial Day weekend, everything is filed and ready to go.

I've been having zero problems finding meals to make around here due to my cupboards being well stocked as well as my freezer and fridge thanks to triple coupons awhile back.

I've been doing something every week (almost) and that is going through all the sales papers and stopping by either Harris Teeter and/or Wal-Mart (where I can price match from other stores and don't have to stop at so many of them) and picking up the items that are dirt cheap because they are on sale and I have coupons.

I don't do that but maybe once a week as I would literally have a grocery store in my house if I did that every day like I do when Harris Teeter has a super doubles or triples event. emoticon

I ordered the kids tests (required by our state when you home school) and we're trying to catch up on some books I purchased last year that we never got around to using due to my son's struggle with getting the basics done due to a learning disability.

I've been giving them some math tests daily from our math curriculum that we finished up a few weeks ago to refresh their memories and we're using some of the other books that I mentioned earlier that we haven't had time for until now.

Hopefully after we get the testing done I plan to take a little bit of time off (not too long though) and just enjoy some fun summer activities which we all need for sure.

We got the sad news a week or so ago that our little local library (as well as others in towns around this area) would possibly be closing down and I was so upset because we depend upon and use our library so much since we don't have access to the public school libraries.

I don't have a house big enough to hold all the books I would like to keep on hand although we do have plenty of books. If we're studying Mexico, as we are doing now, I would have the internet as a resource, but want to be able to show and read to the kids about the people, their holidays and customs, the history, etc. from a book.

The economy is causing so much havoc it seems around this area and things that we took for granted seem to be slipping away from us. I'm hopeful that we will be at least open for 3 days a week as the librarian I talked to yesterday mentioned may be a possibility vs. closing down completely.

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KISSFAN1 6/3/2011 9:16AM

    Thanks, it sounds like they will be going to a 3 day a week basis which is sad, but better than closing.

You're very welcome, I hope that the information about coupons and how I use them help others save money in their budget as well.

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SHAKENMA 6/2/2011 10:09AM

    Good luck with the library situation. emoticon

Thanks for the tips with the sales/coupons.

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KISSFAN1 6/2/2011 9:53AM

    JLitt - Thanks so much, I hope they can stay open as well, even if it is for only 3 days a week. I just can't imagine a library being shut down, but they are even shutting them down in Charlotte as well due to lack of funding.

I really hope we can have lots of activities this summer because I want it to be a fun one for the kids.

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KISSFAN1 6/2/2011 9:51AM

    Thanks for the suggestions. I used to be a very avid yard saler but my house is around 1200 square feet and with 4 people, it is very easy to get crowded and cluttered fast.

We have a bookshelf in our living room filled with books as does my daughter in her room. We're just limited on space and while I know I can find cheap books easily (I had to get rid of quite a bit of our books over the years due to lack of space, not because of money costs) I just am limited on how many I can keep.

We have to have room for our regular schooling "curriculum" books/workbooks first as well as any extra manipulatives, etc. and then regular books are next.

I bought my daughter a Kindle for her birthday due to limited space we have for books, but unfortunately we have found that most of her favorite books are not available for the Kindle and we have to keep checking them out at the library.

There is another library not too far away from us in another county, but it is not as convenient for us as our local one is.

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JLITT62 6/2/2011 9:34AM

    Even tho I hadn't used a library since I was a kid til we moved, now I would be lost without it. I sure hope yours will stay open!

Looking forward to hearing about your fun activities thus summer!

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MADYANKEE 6/2/2011 9:27AM

    The two things I do when I move is register to vote and get a library card, so you know I love the library. I have also lived in very small towns where the library was only open for a few hours, or not in town, or didn't have all we needed.
Here is what I did. On the way to stores, or back from church, watch for yard sales. You can usually pick up books cheap. Salvation Army, if available, school libraries sometimes have book sales, especially colleges.
With home schooling usually comes a home schooling network. Ask to see, if they are willing to let you borrow books that they have used. Other parents will have children younger and older. So you offer the books you aren't using to borrow. Check with friends, neighbors, church members and not only your own church. people are extremely helpful when it comes to books for children, somehow the idea makes them more helpful, I have found. Expand on my ideas and you will have all the books you need or almost all.
It worked for three generations in my family. We all still keep our own private libraries. I hope this helps.
Good luck.

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Hoping To Have a Fun & Physical Summer

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

It officially feels like summer time around here. We have had temperatures in the high 90's (today is supposed to be 97 degrees) lately and boy am I ever glad I have some summer clothes that fit me okay now.

We're going to have to focus on inside events with our home school group (or swimming, LOL) because it is entirely too hot to be outside for long in our humid part of the country. emoticon emoticon

We'll be doing things like bowling, roller skating, swimming, etc. hopefully this summer. All things that involve activity, but are fun and help you to be cool at the same time. emoticon

My husband and son have been walking and running a little bit in the evenings together as my son has put on more weight and my husband is trying to get healthy due to high blood pressure/diabetes.

I see so many areas where all of us need improvement, including exercise and I hope to get more active as a family. It's a struggle sometimes with how long it takes me to get schooling done with my learning disabled son. By the time schooling is done, housework, cooking, activities, etc. I am mentally exhausted and only want to relax.

I hope that once we take a few weeks off this summer after our testing that I can do more activities that are physical in nature. I can't take the entire summer off from schooling as my son has a very bad memory and I fear he would fall back even more in his schooling should we take off too much time.

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-CHERYL 6/1/2011 11:04AM

    It's great that your family is trying to get moving together.


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Family Shopping Day & Learned My Daughter Is Watching Me

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My family and I took a day to shop together yesterday and ate out as well, which is something that we normally don't do much of.

We ate at a restaurant that my husband and I had gone to for our anniversary when the kids were with my parents last summer and we had tried going there for my daughter's birthday in March, but it was way too busy. It's a very busy restaurant because the prices are pretty good for eating out and the food is wonderful.

We got our chance yesterday to finally take them there and they loved it. I got grilled tilapia and shrimp with mango pico de gallo, steamed broccoli and baby carrots and loved what I got. I really wish I could get my fish to taste the way they made it. I don't think I did too badly in what I picked out to eat and it was delicious and light on a hot day and I loved it.

My daughter and I bought ourselves some more jewelry (mostly for her) and my husband and son got a pair of much needed shorts since our weather has gone crazy hot here lately. In fact it's supposed to get to 97 degrees today!
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I also got a cute Alfred Dunner purse at Ross Dress for Less that was marked down to only $12.99 that is very classic looking. I love classic looks but I sometimes like to throw in something a little quirky but fun, but for the most part I prefer the classic look because you don't have to worry about it going out of style too much.

We went to JC Penney's and I got myself a pair of jeans that were on sale that I needed badly since all my jeans are too baggy on me. It was a relaxed pair (which I have to wear since I am curvy and have hips) so of course it's roomier than say a pair of straight jeans would be, but I was thrilled that the size 8's were too big and I had to get 6's!!! My daughter got a necklace there as well that she liked and the funny thing is it was one that I picked up and almost bought a week or so ago, LOL. She saw it (I didn't see it at first) and picked it up and trust me there is a lot of jewelry to chose from there, so it was weird that she wanted the necklace that I had picked up as well when I was shopping alone last week.

Since I haven't worn jewelry much in decades, my daughter and I looked at all the mannequins and what jewelry they had matched up with the clothing to give us both great ideas on what we could do to make our wardrobe jazzier.

She and I are both crazy about fashion at the same time so it's been cool to have that in common and have a fun mother/daughter shopping trip to compare what we both like or dislike with each other.

She was in the dressing room with me when I was trying on clothes at Ross and we started talking and she mentioned about how the clothes I was trying on were stylish and how differently I dressed now from years ago. I guess it never occurred to me that she noticed that I wasn't taking care of my appearance back then (of course I showered, shaved, washed & blow dried my hair, etc.) but I didn't bother with stylish clothing, jewelry, or make-up much at all.

She joked that she would hurt me if I started wearing old people clothes which I realize now that I was really wearing back then. I'm not trying to dress or look like a teenager so there is no chance of me trying to pull that off, but just because I'm in my 40's, it doesn't mean that my days of wearing stylish clothes is over.

I used to pay so much attention to my appearance when I was single, at least as much as I could afford at the time which wasn't much, but I sort of let it all go after I had my first child and was busy raising my children, being a stay at home mom, and home schooling them as well.

I'm so happy that my husband, daughter and I are proud that I'm taking more care in my appearance and not neglecting that anymore. Life is too short and should be more fun and I'm learning that now.

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JLITT62 5/31/2011 10:48AM

    So many of us lose ourselves over the years - so nice to find ourselves again!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 5/31/2011 8:45AM

    Loosing weight is its own reward but its so great to have more choice. Raising a family takes so much energy. Once the kids are grown I think a bit of me time is deserved. I have a good relationship with my kids and it is so valuable. Well done!

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