Our Debt Repayment Progress & Savings Goals #37

In last month's debt repayment report, I shared that Murphy had taken up residence in our house. Well, Murphy is an unwelcome house guest who just won't leave.  We're handling our many unexpected expenses so far without going into debt, but I sure … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: Greek Morphemes Lessons (It’s NOT Greek to Me!)

Bookworm is a bookworm, as his name suggests.  He loves reading, and he likes making jokes and playing with words.  For these reasons, I thought he'd enjoy reviewing Greek Morphemes Lessons (It's NOT Greek to Me!) from Ready to Teach. Why Use Greek … [Continue reading]

How I Feed My Family of 5 for $6,500 a Year–Week 12 (March 20 – March 26, 2015)


Our pork share was supposed to arrive at the beginning of March.  It's been delayed and we probably won't receive it for a few more days.   Meanwhile staying within the budget is difficult since I've paid out over $250 for pork that isn't here … [Continue reading]

Finding the Silver Lining When Faced with Unexpected Expenses


A casual acquaintance of mine, I'll call her Emily, recently posted on Facebook that she and her husband are looking at buying a new 12 passenger van, so she was soliciting input about the different kinds available. I don't like to admit this … [Continue reading]

Menu Planning for March 29, 2015

Every time I try to go without a menu plan it's a disaster.  Not because we blow our budget and go out to eat but because we're scrambling at the last minute to make a meal.  You'd think I'd learn my lesson by now, but nope, every few months I … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: Thick as Thieves a Circle C Milestones Book


Bookworm is a huge history buff, and he loves learning about horses.  This combination of interests made reviewing Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow a perfect fit for his literature curriculum for a month.  Even better, the book, part of the Circle … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office


Do you long for more order in your homeschool?  Would you like one program where you could keep an assignment calendar for each of your kids, keep track of personal appointments and responsibilities, keep your children's grades AND produce … [Continue reading]

How I Feed My Family of 5 for $6,500 a Year–Week 11 (March 13 – March 19, 2015)


Our pork share is now completely paid for except the $20 I have to pay upon pick up. We're waiting on it.  Hopefully it will come soon because our freezer is looking mighty bare! This year, I'm aiming to spend $6,500 total for food for my family. … [Continue reading]

How We’re Paying Cash for Phase One of Our Son’s Braces


So, Bookworm needs braces.  We've known this day would come, but we kind of buried our head in the sand and ignored it. However, now that he is almost 11, the time is here.  Yikes! We saw an orthodontist at the beginning of February who … [Continue reading]

Our Homeschool Week Review – March 19, 2015

So much for my wish to be done with dental appointments.  I had to go see the dentist again to try to figure out what the red spot on my gum is since having the root canal improved, but did not heal, the red spot.  This time, the dentist found a chip … [Continue reading]