Frugal Friday on Saturday

This week was okay budget wise.

We did go to Trader Joes and I haven’t decided whether to make that part of my May grocery bill or just call it for April which now sits @800. This includes all food, non-food, cat food, and alcohol( which is just wine for me as B is not drinking at all with his treatments.)

I’m leaning just calling it for April and just moving forward.  The only extra bills were the medical co-pays. One was for $500 and the other $350.  That’s just medical and part of how we’ve budgeted the GFM money.  All other bills are done and the budget is set for May.

We’ve sent in the long term disability forms but really don’t know how they would calculate that.  It would be nice but I’m still not sure even how that works.

I went to Target and got a fan since now the weather is getting warmer. I also picked up cat food and some cloth napkins we needed.

We did go to Home Depot for more garden supplies but I consider that seasonal expenses especially for the garden which will produce veggies. That was @ $130.

Tomorrow is a gym day and B needs platelets. So I’ll go and then wait at Starbucks for him as it usually is a shorter infusion.

Dinner is Greek Chicken Souvlaki.

 

Friday stuff

So yesterday was another test for B. This was the cardio stress test. Today it’s an EKG and x rays. So all that’s left is the CT scan in May and he’ll be ready to go to transplant.

Yesterday I drove and my daughter came along and we went to Whole Foods and then Barnes and Noble. Barnes and Noble is such a waste. It is so expensive. I was checking out cookbooks etc and they are full retail price as opposed to Amazon where it’s usually half that.  It was nice to look at the books but I want interested in buying.

Then since B hadn’t eaten we went out for brunch and it was really nice to do. I’m definitely a Scrooge when it comes to eating out but this time I was okay with the bill and the food was good. Not great but good.

So then today I’m going to forge forward to Social Security and be prepared to wait.  I figure 2-3 hours all said and done. After that, I may go to the gym but it kinda depends on how I feel.

My food budget is pretty much used up for April so I need to use all of what I have in the refrigerator and freezer. Tonight I ‘ll make a homemade pizza.  If anything, I’ll need salad stuff but right now I’m set for the next week.

 

Our weather looks really nice this next week with temperatures in the 70’s which I am so ready for. All our grasses are growing like crazy so the mower will be going none stop. A lot of this is seasonal grass, not lawns. We only have 2 small areas of lawn we keep green.

Some things have been planted but it’s too early for tomatoes, etc.  I think my daughter(the gardener) did plant lettuce and radishes so we’ll see how they do.

Next week looks open except me trying to get this crown done. I’m not looking forward to that but since it seems dental with Medicare is non-existent I better do it now. Still, that’s another copay but whatcha going to do?

 

 

Monday morning

Just went to get my blood test again to check my WBC so I can start pomalyst tomorrow or Wednesday.  I called Optum RX and the prescription hadn’t been called in yet….huh.. So I had to call Mercy cancer center and get the nurse. So it should be faxed today. Geez…it’s a good thing I still can think.

The budget for October was pretty blown in the way that we had such big expenses. But those were out of the EF for the roof and the trees. Food and non food(cat food, cleaning, wine etc..) came in @ $800. household ( like home depot etc) came in @ $300. So not too bad. Every thing else was normal or lower. Our electric has been great at @ $100. Thats low for us. The last medical from the bone marrow biopsy co pay is this month so, that’ll be done. Paying for my Invisalign will be ongoing for a year I’m guessing. I’m going to order propane and put that on my cc so I can get the points. I’ve already used points to get 5 gift cards for christmas.

I finally got the outside windows done using Windexs outside sprayer. It’s a good product if you can’t afford someone to do your windows.  B has been cleaning the yard up before we start getting the rains and its an ongoing process. Leaves, pine needles… on and on. But it looks good.  We’re suppose to get rain Wednesday or Thursday.

I might go walk another round in the park. I feel like I need to up my time walking to an hour total. But then I get lazy and don’t do it. We’re still walking in the morning buts only about 25 -30 minutes. I think I need to build up to an hour. I thought about a fit bit with the steps that you can see buti’m not sure I want to spend $125 for it. I’m visual so I’d need the one with the screen. we’ll see.

Working the budget

imageWell, the rain has stopped. Actually since we weren’t camping it was great to get that much rain for the garden . But, it’s suppose to be 100 by the weekend. Go figure?,!

So, it’s budget day. All Julys bills are in and I have a few to write out and send. But, I send those to coordinate with the next pay check. I’d hoped to have the Prius paid off by now but as usual we are not really ahead. I put$50 in Santa, and moved $500 back to sinking. It’s again not what I hoped but at least it’s something. Groceries I’ve put at $300 and that may have to include non food. I’m going to do some batch cooking for the freezer ,so I made need more bulk items. Yesterday, I made a spinach lasagna and this yummy pesto penne pasta bake. Both are in the freezer. I’m going to do enchiladas and double stuffed potatoes. It’s off to Costco today and winco. June we did spend less on food, but non food and cat food were too high.

If you remember our cat tucker has feline diabetes, so we are feeding him can food every 4 hours.

I’m not budgeting any clothes for July. We spent too much in June which is unusual. I almost never buy clothes but I found a few things I needed. I still need new walking shoes, but that will have to wait till I see how the budget is. B needs tires and a 30,000 mile service. Both big money items for us.

So yesterday, I decided not to box up the Franciscan dishes. I decided I don’t use the shelves their on,because there too high for me. So I’m going to see if I do use them , if not ….

I got school art and main lesson books( for you Waldorf people), down to 1 bin. We also have almost another load to go to the thrift store. A tent with no poles I found. Where the heck did that come from? So out in our funky barn we have shelves I the middle ,that actually help the structure, and that’s where I store Christmas etc. My goal is to only have what will fit on these shelves. Christmas is about 4 bins, LOTR binders( kids stuff) 1 bin, art work 1 bin, Z’s brio set 1 bin, Star Trek stuff 2 bins if I’m honest:) ,and some others. But it’s almost where it’s good for now.

What I’ve discovered in this simplifing journey, is each time I go thru stuff, I find less to keep, less that really just doesn’t need to be stored in a bin. Many many years ago, we were very influenced by everything Japanese. Hence , my daughters name is Sachiko. But we were very wabi sabi. Alan watts kinda, “Uncarved Block, Unbleached Silk”. So I guess it’s always been there for us. But after you live somewhere 20 years, stuff accumulates. We still have a very small house( under 1000 sq ft), but as anyone with kids knows, stuff just appears. So it’s now, less is more.