Week In Review Dec 19-24

The good:
-We were able to do some extra Christmas giving. Which is always fun for our family.
-We received a very nice end of the year bonus from J’s employer. With it we paid extra on our house, bought a new stereo for our van, and set aside some money for a family vacation in 2017.

The bad:
-We did really well this week, mostly due to not going anywhere 🙂

Christmas Eve is spent at my Grandma’s house with my Dad’s side of the family. We do a potluck meal, play games, open a few presents, and sing a few songs.

Christmas morning will be our family around the tree. At lunch the rest of my family comes over and we spend the rest of the day together. 10 kids, 11 and under, and 9 adults makes lots of fun!

Have a Very, Merry Christmas Season!

Save

Week in Review Nov 28-Dec3

week in review

The good:

-We received the $50 gift card rebate from our tire purchase in September

-A local discount store had clothes B1G1 free! I bought 6 shirts and 2 packs of socks for $28 (normally $58)!

-We used the weekend to get our pendant lights up and finish the trim in our room and the bathroom. Now I have to paint it all.

-J’s employer gave us a $25 gift card to a grocery store for Thanksgiving.

 

The bad:

-Ate out one too many times (again) and went $20 over budget.

 

It was a pretty uneventful week.

Week in review Nov 21-26

week in review

The good:

-We paid cash ($400) to get our heating/cooling system air ducts cleaned. They were pretty nasty (the previous owners had 3 dogs indoors and did quite a bit of remodeling). We are hoping that will help with our allergy problems.

-I found a great deal on a bedspread on Black Friday. It was the only thing that I bought that day and it was online. A king size that was originally $160; I paid $20 shipped! It wasn’t the original one that I was saving for, but for that price I figured I could afford to give it a try!

-J spent his Black Friday working on putting up all the trim we purchased last week.

-Thanksgiving is potluck style with J’s family. I made mashed potatoes and a corn bake. I think I spent less than $10 on both. His mom sent us home with leftovers.

-We attended our city’s Christmas parade and then came home to warm up by the fireplace.

The bad:

-When we were putting up Christmas decorations, I realized we needed (wanted) more lights. I went to our local discount store and bought 3 packs of outdoor LED for $5 each. Plus, an extra indoor set for $3.

Save

Week In Review Nov 14-19

week in review

The good:

-We put $400 into our ROTH

-I had an event for my business that allowed me to put an extra $200 on our mortgage.

-We made our monthly contribution to our oldest 2 kids 529’s

-We returned our unused attic insulation. I was going to purchase pendant lights with the refund but didn’t find any I liked at that particular store so we ended up buying trim for our bedroom and upstairs bathroom instead. We got super lucky and found cut off pieces of our baseboard trim (all about 5-6ft long) in the discount bin for $2 each! We bought all the baseboard for both rooms for $22 (original cost $62)!

-I filled up our van for $24. Gas is only $1.99 right now, plus I earn points at our grocery store that translated into $.39 off per gallon!

-I went through a bunch of baby clothes (our youngest is 4) and donated a couple of garbage bags and small boxes full of items. We always get a receipt and itemize on our taxes.

-I earned $5 from the Saving Star app and had it deposited it into my paypal account.

-We received a refund from insurance for not having any claims in the last year.

-I bought my pendant lights with the above refund. I purchased a discounted gift card to save a few extra dollars.

The bad:

-We ate out more than we should have going over budget by $20.

-Even with our great deal on baseboard trim, and our store credit for the return, we still spent more than we intended on that particular trip to the home improvement store. Home improvement stores are our downfall 🙁 Thankfully we were able to cut some other things to cover the cost.

-I bought a sandwich for my work event instead of making one at home.

 

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Save

Save

Week in Review Nov 7-12

week in review

The good:

-We purchased the needed insulation for our attic. J was watching for deals for the last few weeks, this led to us spending $100 less than we initially thought. Then after he finished the job we had 6 full rolls left over to return. That will give us almost $70 back, plus there is a rebate for the rolls we used!

-We received another rebate in the mail. This plus the money we get back from the insulation will more than cover the 2 pendant lights we want to hang over our kitchen counter.

-We were able to put $200 into our ROTH

-We put an extra $150 on our mortgage. We are already ahead of our goal for the year!

-I officially finished Christmas shopping! I do still have one gift to make, but I am done otherwise.

-All our presents are wrapped in gift wrap that was free. I have been using the packing material that comes in my boxes for my MLM business.

-All 4 kids needed socks. I went to Dollar General on a day when they had a $3 off $15 coupon. Spent $18.50 for 4 packs of socks.

The bad:

-I was craving subs so I picked some pre-made subs up on my weekly shopping trip for a meal. They were cheaper than a sub shop, tasted really good, and the money came out of the leftover cash I had in my grocery budget.

 

Save

Save