Kendall did not feel well the day of our county swim meet but these are some of her pictures I had to share!
Today was the final swim meet of the year and I have a ton of pictures that I will post during the next week but for now we have been doing some serious saving.
First up is a budget buster- we have a leak in the main water line from coming the street to the house. The first leak occurred over the Fourth of July and it failed again today. Matt was able to fix the leak and repaired the leak for less than $5. If we could have found a plumber to come out on a weekend or holiday just the service fee is at least $100 per trip, so we saved at least $200.
We were given a bag of cucumbers and squash. To be honest, I am exhausted and did not want spend anytime doing anything in the kitchen. But this is a lifestyle choice so I fried squash for dinner, chopped up and cooked the remaining squash with onions and carrots. I have a squash casserole ready for the oven tomorrow and we have a bag that will be used for a casserole in the future. The cucumber have been cut into spears and place in a jar. Our pickles will be ready in three days and will last in the refrigerator for up to a year. This is hard to place an exact price on but I am going to say that we saved at least $10 by doing these things.
We did save money at the County swim meet by waiting to purchase t-shirts until later in the day, when the price was reduced, we saved a total of $7.50.
How are you saving?
I have said many time that it is the little things that save money. So after realizing how far behind I am on blogging this month, I thought I would make a list of things we are doing this summer to get our budget back under control.
How are you saving money today?
This is honestly one of the busiest weeks this summer. The kids and Matt have Vacation Bible School every day from 8-1pm, swim practice on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, swim meet on Tuesday and swim dinner on Friday. On Friday, we also have piano and Matt is scheduled to work both Friday and Saturday. It will be busy and just in case we get a storm on either Monday or Thursday, the girls have cheer practice. The good news is that we have been planning ahead so this week should not blow our budget.
Here is the plan:
Breakfast– Saturday- Gravy Biscuits, Sunday- Chocolate Banana Bread. Choices will include cereal, toast, grits, breakfast bars, granola bars eggs or left over baked oatmeal or breakfast burritos-previously made The focus this week is quick and simple to get everyone to church and work on time.
Lunch- Sandwhiches, left-overs, chicken nuggets. This should be the biggest struggle of the week.
Dinner- Saturday- Lunch- Sandwiches. Dinner- Pasta salad
Sunday- Lunch- Pork roast, potato salad and deviled eggs. Dinner-nachos made with Taco Rice
Monday- Hamburger steak and French fries or left overs from Sunday.
Tuesday-Wraps during swim meet
Wednesday- Cheeseburger Pizza
Thursday- Chicken and Broccli in crockpot with rice
Friday- Baked spaghetti.
The plan for dinners this week is to prepare ahead as much as possible. I did go ahead and make the Baked spaghetti on Sunday. Each night if we can prepare the next day, we should survive this crazy week.
July is the middle month, it brings several exciting events and also provides an excellent time for me to look at our budget and decide what is and is not working. Matt and I spent several hours over the weekend looking at number both the ones in my head and the ones that are on paper. This has been a very different year so far for us in several ways. First is that Matt has not had a steady income of any form. This is the first year since he started working at home that we have not had this extra money. We also have taken on several expenses including remodeling the kitchen and our van that was purchased exactly a year ago. Next is that I have been very diligent about keeping a close tab on the actual amounts that are being spent. Here is a list of the current change that will go into effect this month.
Overall this reduces our budget but allows us to continue to work on bigger goals.
The garden is producing at a much slower rate than I had anticipated but we are still able to use and not purchase a lot. So far we have been able to cook and freeze green beans, freeze a couple of lasagnas bags and 6 set up for squash casserole. The tomatoes are starting to come in and I have been able to freeze several bags of tomatoes. I am not sure if I will be able to make spaghetti or not this year, but we have enjoy several really good sandwiches. I was also able to make one batch of cucumber relish. I planted an additional 10 plants of cucumbers but with the extreme heat and little rain till this week, I only have 4 of these survive. The biggest disappointment this year is the corn. I don'[t think that we will be able to get more than we can eat. We are in the process of developing a water collection system that should help to ensure more and better results next year.