Sunday, September 27, 2015


Princess Unicorn Cow-Cow Sugarcube sitting on her throne in the sun. ❤️��☀️ #cats #royalty #herhighness via IFTTT

Friday, September 25, 2015


So this is happening today. Expansion of the front landing and covering the crappy concrete that never stays painted. Thanks Dad!! #diy #homeimprovement #improvise #reno #home via IFTTT

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Mr. Nugget (Casco) begging for leafies while I make pickled eggs and applesauce. This cat is an unexpected vegetarian! #cats #autumn #kittybegging #hessocute via IFTTT

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Joanie enjoying Chris's company ❤️���� #backyardchickens #chickiedoodles #mylifeisawesome via IFTTT

Monday, September 14, 2015


On deck: old homemade bread and three eggplants were needing a use. Decided to make Italian breadcrumbs for eggplant meatballs and freeze them. #wastenot #gardenbounty #diy #vegetarian #eggplant via IFTTT

Friday, September 11, 2015


One dozen Amish pickled little eggies from the girls. Saved these up for a few days, but soon enough, we should be getting around 5 eggs a day! Yum yum! #preservation #pickled #amish #eggs #backyardchickens via IFTTT

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


I thought these were really pretty. They used to be my grandmother's, but she passed. I have no use for Princess House; way too fragile and fancy for my brute ways, but they're awfully pretty. #pretty #dainty #ladylike #princesshouse via IFTTT

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Welcome home, guys! Trouble loves to sit in the hottest part of the house... Upside down ❤️������ via IFTTT

Sunday, September 6, 2015

September Challenge: Week 1 - Grocery List

This is what we've got for this week's groceries.

Everything was purchased at Price Rite, and most of these are generic brands. I can't recommend Price Rite enough. Yes, you have to buy and bag your own plastic bags. Yes, the clientele is kinda rough. But if you bring your own bags (shouldn't you do that anyways? ;) ) and go when the crowds are thin, you've got prime grocery shopping time at excellent prices!

Old fashioned oats $2.39
Flour - 5lbs $1.69
Granulated sugar - 3lbs $1.99
White vinegar (gallon) $1.89
Pack of 8 potato bread rolls $1.59
Tortillas (pack of 12) $2.99
Mushrooms (20 oz) $3.78
Yams ($0.69/lb) $1.61
Broccoli ($1.29/lb) $1.81
Green pepper ($0.99/lb) $2.83
Ginger root ($1.89/lb) $0.49
3lb bag onions $2.69
Bananas ($0.38/lb) $1.50
Sour cream $1.94
5lb bag carrots $1.49

A grand total of $30.68. I have a meal plan, so let's see how it works out for the week!

September 2015: The $30/week grocery challenge

My sister got married this summer (yay!), and we've had a lot of fun with traveling, gifts, and luxurious spending. Well, luxurious is questionable. Our idea of luxury isn't average, but really, it's been a spendy summer. We spared no expenses throughout the summer, which is very unlike us. 

We have some goals that we established over a year ago financially that I'm going to re-visit here in text. 

The goal is to eliminate all of our debts, bringing our overall monthly expenditures down to minimal levels. Once that happens, we will employ the use of compound interest with the left over money. Mr. Money Mustache is the inspiration here, along with a few others. 

  1. We've been trying to pay down the mortgage. We bought the house at a ridiculously low price right after the real estate crash, enabling us to enjoy immediate equity in the home. We no longer pay PMI, and haven't paid any since March of 2013. 
  2. We've been trying to bulk up our emergency funds as it makes both of us very nervous to drop below a certain level in that regard. After this summer, we're at pretty dangerous levels as far as we're concerned. If a medical emergency occurred, or even a job loss on either of our parts, we're up shit creek without a paddle. We're working diligently on bringing that back up. 
  3. Throughout the above 2, we're trying to bulk up our Roth IRA. Not easy to do when you're already spreading it around, but we'll get there... eventually.
Last month and at the beginning of this month, there were a few expenditures that weren't planned, and we pretty hard-hitters. Our budget will take a hit because of it, but it's not too bad, and honestly, more like a fun challenge.

Instead of our generous $60/week in grocery money, I've cut it down to $30/week. I also cut the gas budget to $10/week instead of $20 a week. $20/week usually fills the tank easily, giving us the energy to take sunset drives and enjoy some wind in our hair.

I mentioned this on Facebook and people went bonkers, as though it's impossible. Also, some political comments that were unsavory, but really, fuck'em. I'm doing it, even if some people have no choice out there to live with a budget like this constantly.

Here are the rules we set for ourselves:
  • Everything that we already have (spices, canned goods, condiments) are fair game. This is not the SNAP Challenge, this is a personal budgetary challenge.
  • Eating out is not permitted in the budget, but is allowed using non-expense money, which is also extremely tight. So tight that I hesitate in even buying a cup of coffee when out, so yeah. Eating out is not really an option either way.
  • We can buy things at the store in between grocery runs, but it has to be under the budgetary account.
Pretty easy, right?...

...I'll post weekly receipts of what we buy and what we cook, and we'll see how we do!