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Library Books!

October 26th, 2006 at 05:15 pm

I went to the library tonight and got the following books:

Gardening 101 (I want to have a vegetable garden in the spring!)

No Need to Knead: Handmade Italian Breads in 90 Minutes

The Tightwad Gazette III

Living the Simple Life

and

Unshaken (by Francine Rivers, an amazing Christian author)

Off to read!

WOOHOO!

October 26th, 2006 at 06:27 am

Last week, I paid off an $800 debt. This week, I paid the ending balance on one of my credit cards, $227.43. So that's two debts gone in two weeks! I feel tons better even though I still have a long way to go.

Baby steps, right?

Doing better

October 17th, 2006 at 07:34 am

On my paycheck last week, my overtime was on it! That was about $350 extra, which gave me enough money to pay off one debt in full. Now I can focus on the others!

I've been working on correcting small behaviors that are hurting me financially. Every day I used to stop at the gas station to get a cup of coffee. (Which I suppose is better than stopping at Starbucks, like I used to!)

$1.09 x 5 (days per week) = $5.45

$5.45 x 4 (weeks per month) = $21.80

I bought a 36-count box of Folger's coffee-in-a-bag for $6.85 and a bottle of peppermint mocha creamer for $1.99, which should last me all month.

$6.85 + $1.99 = $8.84

This is a total monthly savings of $12.96

I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but $12.96 x 12 = 155.52 (provided I stick with it!)

My freezer is full!

October 12th, 2006 at 07:44 pm

There was a 12-Hour Meat Sale at the Apple Market store in Peculiar, today, so after I got off work, I stopped in.

I spent 47 dollars on meat. This is what I got:

2 4.5lb whole chickens
1 3.3lb pork tenderloin
1pkg 8.8lb pork chops (16 chops!)
1pkg 4.4lb pork shoulder steak
1pkg 10lbs ground turkey
1pkg 10lbs ground turkey

I did the math, and I saved $57 dollars, going by the full price of these items when they aren't on sale. This meat will easily last us 3 months.

Still here... still in debt.

October 11th, 2006 at 10:20 am

Gosh, being a grownup is hard.

I'm still here. Still working part-time. Still carrying the burden of $15000 in credit card debt. Trying not to be depressed.

I bought two new rugs for the kitchen today on clearance. The total was $3.22 for both. Not too bad, I didn't feel guilty spending the money.