HAPPENINGS AROUND HERE TODAY:
- I woke up way earlier than I had hope and took my coffee outside to enjoy the birds waking up and chirping at each other. The sky was cloudy so I checked the weather app on my phone and we were supposed to get 50% chance of rain in the afternoon! So I didn't the garden... however, we never did get any rain!
- Our kids are teens so we don't do anything for Easter anymore and they really don't care. It saves us money and time.
- I set a quart of milk (bought on 50% off clearance) to defrost so we have enough milk for tomorrow morning's breakfast.
- My ex called me yesterday to coordinate my daughter's "moving in" with us full-time starting tonight. It makes life so much easier for everyone, especially the kids, when ex-spouses can actually communicate without arguing. My ex and I have worked very hard, from the time we knew we were separating, to make sure our kids' interests were ALWAYS at the forefront of everything that we did. Anyhoo, we agreed that I will be claiming our daughter on my taxes next year since she'll be living with us more than 6 months (as divorced parents, we have the option to exchange exemption for our children with one another and do so every year). We have never paid child support to one another. Instead, we share all expenses such as clothing, school expenses, medical expenses 50-50 with the help of a spreadsheet that we keep on Google Drive and both edit as needed. We also always seek the other parent's approval prior to adding an expense to that spreadsheet or even incurring the expense. It's worked very well for us for 15 years. We will continue with this arrangement. Yes, I will spend more money on our daughter due to food, etc, this year, but our middle son went to live with his dad for several months a few years ago so this is evening out. Also he pays our daughter an allowance based on her grades (and "unfortunately" for him, she has more than excellent grades!) whereas I pay her for chores she accomplishes. We agreed that our daughter will continue spending every other weekend at her dad's and agreed on the transportation arrangements as well.
- I printed some coupons from my usual sources: coupons.com via Swagbucks, Smartsource, Redplum, Target, and loaded some digital coupons to my Publix and Walgreens digital wallets.
- We're very low on bread and Greg doesn't like eating my homemade bread because he claims that the yeast hurts his stomach, so I defrosted a few slices of rye bread for him (I had gotten a loaf at 50% off at Save A Lot, a few weeks back) and I also baked a new loaf of bread for our son and myself.
- In trying to use up the sour milk, I made 2 batches of chocolate chip pancakes (our son and I had some today and I froze the rest), 2 batches of buttermilk cornbread (using the sour milk as buttermilk, thanks for the tip, Lana!), and a batch of instant chocolate pudding, which I split into 6 smaller containers for our son's snacks - I might freeze half of them since the pudding has set a little, since the milk is already kind of sour). I still have about 1/2 a gallon of milk left so I'll probably make waffles and crêpes tomorrow and freeze them as well. The kids will be happy to have those for breakfast in the mornings and it'll save me some money on cereals so win-win.
- I received 100 KFR points by entering bonus code CORNYLOVESEASTER in my Kellogg's Family Rewards account (exp 4/12/15).
- Greg downloaded a free book to his Kindle.
- I did 2 loads of laundry on cold/cold, using cheap detergent ($1 to $1.50 a bottle after coupons) and vinegar as softener. I dried the undies/socks/ cleaning cloths/cloth napkins/polyester clothing outdoors on the racks or on hangers in my laundry room and put the cotton clothing in the dryer on the Auto Moisture Sensing setting. Hopefully the clothes will dry before the rain starts!
- My (brand new) patio umbrella is already giving me problems... small nuts and screws keep coming off it by themselves. Today was the 2nd time that I noticed one of the "arms" had come apart (2 parts joined together by a bolt, a spacer and a nut) and I couldn't find the nut anywhere... it's really tiny. Our son joined me in looking for it but we couldn't find it. Finally, Greg spotted it just by chance, in the opposite direction of where we had been looking for it. I put it back in place without the spacer because I think the bolt might be a bit too short so it doesn't grip the nut as well as it should. If it happens again, I'll have to contact Lowe's about exchanging it.
- I was going to make "Classic Chicken Parmesan" with chicken drumsticks instead of thighs but then I decided to just grill the drumsticks with some of that Ten Things Farm seasoning we like so much and cook some pasta on the side. I used up a 1/2 cup of pasta sauce that was in my fridge and the rest of the veggies from last night's dinner went into it too. Easy, peasy and very tasty!
- We didn't drive anywhere today either.
HOWEVER, WE FAILED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS, BUT LEARNED SOME LESSONS:
- No frugal failures per se, but I did send some money to my sister who has lost her income pending the resolution of horrible, unfounded accusations about her at work. You know "guilty until proven innocent?", well, apparently that's not the way it goes in France. Even with all the workers' advantages over American workers when it comes to their jobs, her employer is able to suspend her from work and not pay her one cent for at least 3 months following hearsay accusations. It's a total nightmare for her and my whole family. The only good thing is that my 2 brothers and I, as well as her parents (she's our half-sister on our mom's side) are rallying around her and helping out as much as we can, which, unfortunately, is probably not as much as she actually needs, but we won't let her and her kids be out on the street without any food. I sure hope there is some resolution soon and that all goes as best for her as it can.