HAPPENINGS AROUND HERE TODAY:
- Oooh it's chilly this morning! The temps were in the 30s last night and we didn't turn the heat on. I'm glad as I had to take off my sweater in the middle of the night anyway, one good side effect of having hot flashes when it's cool! It was 61 F in the living room when I woke up at about 7 a.m. Our high is supposed to be 64 F. I put on jeans and a sweater.
- Today the boy, Greg and I are driving to Mount Dora to attend the free military vehicle show and WWII battle reenactment at Renninger's. It's their first year hosting it so I hope it's worth the drive. The plan is... well we don't have a plan because Greg is reading on his Kindle and refusing to discuss any plans. He claims that we always end up doing what I want to do anyway so what's the use of him worrying about planning. Grrr. I really wish we could have a discussion about what to do, believe it or not I don't like having to do all the planning on my own, all the time! And when we don't have a plan, we're not as frugal as we should be. However, today I suggested that we eat out of lunch after our outing since the battle starts at 1 p.m., it takes us an hour to get there (so we need to leave at about 11:30 a.m. to have some extra time to explore beforehand) and he and the boy get up late on Saturdays so they're not up for having lunch at 11 a.m. I can't think of what restaurants they have in the area save for fast food places. The boy and I are fine with fast food (I have coupons for McD and BK), but Greg probably won't like the idea. Ugh. So the only real plan that I have is to come home on 441 N so we can stop by CVS and I can get more eggs with my gift card. Greg is on a huge "gotta eat protein" kick, which threatens to wreck havoc on my "let's keep it to $50 a week" grocery budget and we're down to less than a dozen eggs with 3-4 more days before I go grocery shopping.
- Also, he's going to Tampa tomorrow to spend some time with the eldest stepdaughter. So we'll have added gas expenses and he'll probably take her out to lunch. So we're going to be way over budget in Food Expenses for February anyway... might as well go out to lunch today too, lol. Yes, I should pack sandwiches, darn it.
- Confession: it's 4 p.m.,we've been back from our outing for 90 minutes and I have done nothing but read some blog posts here and there... and I don't feel like doing anything either. I have 2 days of dishes waiting for me to wash them. Sigh. I really should get to it.
- 5:20 p.m.: I still haven't gotten to it. However, I found an article I like on a blog I just ran across entitled Why Social Media Is Broken. I happen to agree with a lot of what he says. Ironically, his paragraph about Social Media (of which blogging is a part) is actually the opposite for me: "World's Largest Time and Productivity Bandit - the big problem with social media is how much time it consumes. People take pictures of every goddamn thing and post it on Facebook. But Facebook is just the most popular version of the genre. Twitter, Reddit, whatever - they all add nothing to your life, and detract much." Yes, blogging is a big time sucker and I could be much more productive were I to stop documenting every single cereal bag that I reuse. But would I? Probably not, and actually blogger has greatly helped me in my effort to be more mindful of how we spend our income and hence, more frugal. So, for me, blogging has added to my life (helped me save money and help me connect with others since I'm so antisocial IRL) and actually I think it enhances my life greatly. It might not be the life he aspires to, but it's the life I like and enjoy! But, yes, the way I choose to blog is resulting in my spending a lot more time on this blog than doing anything else. But I'm not on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat or any other platform, really. Blogger is it for me. It's a good thing or those dishes would never ever get done!
- Here's another thing that he says in another blog post that I agree with and really need to print and post somewhere to help me (us) keep our eye on the prize: "Wage-earners tend to look at "wealth" in terms of annual salary, not how much is saved. And that is one reason they remain poor even with a good paycheck."
- I reused water collected in the shower to flush the toilet.
- I have a bit of conditioner left in a tube. Not only is it hard to get out (I need to cut the tube open), but I also don't like that particular conditioner. It's been sitting on the side of the bathtub because I can't bring myself to throw it away but I also don't want to use it on my hair. Today, I used some of it as shaving cream. Glad I thought of this way to use it up instead of just throwing it away! I usually don't use anything as shaving cream, not even soap. Just water and my razor, works fine.
- Swagbucks goal today is 75 SB. I'm at 43 SB at about 11 a.m. Update: but I reached my goal in the early evening.
- I did have lunch before we left: a pita with "egg salad" (which is low fat mayo spread on the pita and a sliced hard boiled egg on top), a cheese stick and a navel orange. Both my kids felt that my egg salad sandwich was "weird and disgusting". What?! Weirdos. Greg also had a sandwich whereas our son just had breakfast.
- The Military Vehicle Show and the WWII Battle Reenactment were free, which is good because they were... meh. The men liked the weapon demonstration (they were firing blanks). The area that they used for both the demo and the battle was very small and poorly situated, IMO. We got there 45 minutes prior to the battle but we still couldn't see anything because there were about a 2-3 person depth in front of us and everybody was standing and everything was up a few feet up on the hill but we were standing down the hill so that made it even worse. The reenactment that we had attended a couple of years ago in Bushnell had been much better as there actually was an encampment and the reenactors provided educational insight. Still, it was nice that we went together and we did see a lot of Jeeps and several big military trucks too (but no tanks).
- I did pick up a brochure for the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo that has a $3.00 coupon on it so I'm going to see how far it is from here because the brochure makes it look very nice. None of us knew where Largo was, though. Well, it's just West of Tampa and South of Clearwater, so about 1h 45 min from here. Totally feasible! I'll have to pencil that in as another family field trip.
- We resisted buying any snacks at the reenactment and stopped at CVS on the way home. I bought 2 dozens eggs (on sale for $2.49 each), a Dr. Pepper for Greg ($1.89), a bag of candy for our son ($2.87) and a box of cookies for us to share ($3.00 on sale). I redeemed the $0.99 in ECB that I had earned earlier this week and then the cashier asked if I wanted to use the coupons on my account. I didn't think that I had coupons for anything that I was buying but I said sure... and $2.00 came off. So my OOP was $10.09 but it was all FREE to us since I use the CVS gift card that I had earned via our Mastercard Rewards program. Well, once in the car I looked more closely at the receipt and the coupons that the cashier deducted were for Cottonelle and Viva, so color me puzzled! But woohoo!
- Greg reused logs that he had cut out of a huge tree branch that had fallen in our yard last year to make a border for the small berm on the side of his shed. Looks nice and rustic, it was free, and it allowed him to get rid of the pile of wood that had been sitting in front of the shed: win, win, win.
- I was supposed to make grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with a Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad Grains mix for dinner, but i forgot to precook the salad and let it cool so instead I gave my tribe some options: our son decided to have canned ravioli (from Aldi, $0.69, I believe) since he loves them, my daughter and I split a box of Campbell's Organic Tomato Basil Soup (I had gotten it for free several months ago) and she had a grilled ham and cheese sandwich while I had the same but with a fried egg inside too, and I made the same grilled ham, egg & cheese sandwich for Greg, along with a can of Campbell's Heart Healthy Chunky Chicken & Noodle Soup (I had gotten it for free at CVS a couple of weeks ago). There are bananas, oranges and apples on the table if anyone is still hungry and we have yogurt in the fridge. Dinner taken care of. Dishes? Not yet.
WE SPLURGED ON:
- Gas to drive to Mount Dora.
HOWEVER, WE FAILED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS, BUT LEARNED SOME LESSONS:
- No failures today, yay!
TASKS ACCOMPLISHED TODAY:
- Fed the cats
- Went to the WWII Military Vehicle Show and Reenactment
- Bought more eggs for Greg :)
- Read blogs
- Cooked dinner
- Read more blogs
PROGRESS TOWARDS MY 2016 GOALS TODAY:
- Hmm, I thought about doing the taxes. Lol.
HEALTH ACCOMPLISHMENTS TODAY:
- 2 cups coffee
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup decaf coffee
- 2 cups OJ
- bowl of granola with banana and whole milk
- Mid Morning Snack:
- egg salad on a pita, string cheese, navel orange
- Mid Afternoon Snack:
- navel orange, string cheese, slice of raisin cinnamon bread
- grilled ham, egg and cheese sandwich, basil tomato soup
- Evening Snack: