Debt Snowflake Challenge #5, 2013

Last year I had a Debt Snowflake Challenge and “found” an additional $7,499.25 to apply to our debts. This year my husband and I have the gazelle intense goal of paying off my student loan by August 31, 2013.  In the past four weeks of the Debt Snowflake Challenge, we’ve “found” $374.43 to put on […]

Organic Grocery Challenge Update, April 18 – 24, 2013

Sometimes, it’s just cheaper in the short run to go to the grocery store and pick up what I need. This month, I’ve felt the pinch in the grocery budget because I’m paying for bulk purchases.  In early April we paid $590 for a 1/2 side of beef.  This will easily last us into the […]

Deep Cleaning Our Bedroom: Before and After

For the most part, our main living areas and the kids’ bedroom are fairly organized and clean.  (I’m not big on cleaning, so I’m sure those places would make a neat freak shutter, but they are mostly presentable.) However, we have three problem areas–the finished basement, the kitchen, and our bedroom.  We took the tiny […]

Organic Grocery Challenge Update: March 28 – April 9, 2013

This post, my friends, should actually be called how to blow your entire monthly grocery budget in 12 short days because that’s just what we did.  Before you think we got all irresponsible though, and lived the high life eating lobster and crab legs (don’t I wish!), there are two important things to know. First, […]

Organic Grocery Challenge Update: March 21 – 28, 2013

We had a less expensive week this week, grocery wise, but we’ll be buying another 1/4 of beef next week, so I have a feeling the grocery budget will explode. Right now, I’m under budget, but that is all about to change after next week. Here’s what we bought (and ate) this week for groceries: […]

Saving for Japanese School, Update #2

At the end of 2012, I announced that our big, hairy, audacious goal is to save $10,300 for Japanese school–$3,300 for the summer, and $7,000 for the academic school year. At the time, I mentioned that we were absolutely committed to summer school, but we didn’t know if our money would stretch far enough for […]

Organic Grocery Challenge Update: March 8 – 20, 2013

The good news is that having a freezer cooking session has definitely helped lower our grocery costs this month.  I budget in $800 a month, and so far we have spent $600.  I still have at least a week’s worth of meals in the freezer for the family as well as frozen vegetables, so all […]

An Update to Our Organic Grocery Challenge

On July 13, 2012, I vowed to see if I could feed my family a mainly organic diet and not spend more than the USDA deemed is necessary for the “thrifty” food plan for a family our size and age.  I called this my Organic Grocery Challenge, and I planned to spend less than $156 […]

December No Spend Challenge: Week 2

For 3 weeks, from November 29 through December 20, 2012, we are having a no spend challenge.  (Actually, a spend less challenge.)  We have set aside $300 for gas, transportation, entertainment, Christmas gifts, and groceries. We spent a bit too much money last week ($160.97), so we tightened the purse strings this week. Here is […]

Flash Savings Challenge #4, Final Update

Four weeks ago I set a goal for myself to have a 4 week flash savings challenge.  At the end of the 4 weeks, my goal was to have $3,000 in our emergency fund savings.  (We started with $611 in our savings, so we need to get $2,389 in four weeks.) We did make a […]