I caught myself thinking the other day, "If I get money back from taxes (This is highly unlikely. I'm fantasizing here, as I know I will be paying in), I'm going to buy an ipad and one of those cool litter boxes (you know, the ones that do the scooping for you)." Funny how the prospect of receiving unexpected money changes my mindset. Instead of using the money to pay off a credit card or to finally get the roof fixed, I'm ready to spend it frivolously. Why is it that we I think that "extra" money should be spent on wants?
For months I've been debating about getting rid of the monthly internet payment so why would I need a new computer? In all honesty, I have decided that I would die without being able to check my email daily so the internet stays. However, my sometimes-trusty, old computer works most of the time. No need for a new computer. So as long as my computer continues to work, an ipad would fall under the category of a want rather than a need.
And that ultra cool litter box? One of my frugal motto's is, "Don't pay someone else for a job that you can do yourself"....but I HATE cleaning the litter box. This is a job that I'd pay for someone else to do. Each time I longingly admire those poop-scooping models in the store, I talk myself out of it because they are expensive. As are the filters and the disposable tray which needs to be replaced every few weeks. Not only does the self-cleaning litter box continue to cost money but it also adds waste. I guess I'm stuck with the poop scooping job...and Kitty.
Kitty, the smelly pooper. If only I could get train her to scoop her own box.
Before I make purchases I ask myself the following questions:
Is this a want or need? Careful here, many wants masquerade as needs. (My detest for the litter box almost creates a need for that kitty box)
Will this product save me money? (Um, no.)
Will this product require additional purchases? (Liners and filters for the kitty box)
How does the cost relate to monthly bills? (Kitty box costs $100. That is equivalent to two months of student loan payments or one month of electric bill. Hmm, I rather have electricity than a kitty box).
Do I have something at home that could be used for the same purpose? (Yeah, me and an old scoop).
Two frugal blogs that I happened upon this morning. I will need to revisit later to get a closer look.
Family vacations are expensive. Gas, lodging, meals...oh, and then there is the admission cost to all the cool things that you want to see. Vacations cost more than a small fortune. Now figure in the loss of income (some of us don't get paid vacations) and you've "broke the bank". Enter the stay-cation. Gas costs are reduced. Lodging is covered. Meals, although still necessary, can be made at home and packed in a cooler. This summer, instead of taking a week off, I am taking a couple long weekends. One weekend we will be traveling "Up North" to visit my husband's college buddy. Otherwise we're keeping our exploring near to home.
Another benefit to a stay-cation is a little extra time for home projects. I can keep up with the laundry, instead of having a week's worth of laundry to do when I return home. Isn't that the worst part of vacation - the accumulation of dirty clothes you have to wash after being away from home all week? Gardening can…
My son become a teenager last fall and has since had to battle with teenage acne. At first he seemed to wear it with pride. His acne was a sign for all to see that he had made a passage from boyhood to manhood. This "rite of passage" has grown old and has been replaced with another rite of passage. Vanity. He's willing to try all the acne products at Walmart despite the way his mother freaks out as she reads the labels. Not to mention the cost. Thus began my search for a natural, homemade acne treatment for my dear man-child.
Common sense told me to start with tea tree oil and witch hazel. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and witch hazel is a natural astringent. Both helpful in treating acne.
Tea Tree Oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup witch hazel
10 drops of tea tree oil
Place cotton rounds in a container (I happened to have a small glass jar that the rounds fit perfectly in!) and top with mixture.
Making meals ahead of time saves time, energy and stress as I discussed onDay 12. This is another meal that I prepared a few weeks ago when I made ten meals for the freezer. This recipe won my families approval so I can now share it with you! :) In a freezer bag combine: 2 lbs of ground beef (or turkey if you wish), 1/4 cup oatmeal, 2 T. Wildtree* Hearty Spaghetti Blend, 2 T. Wildtree*Rancher Steak Rub, 2 eggs. Now here's the fun part. Squish it all up to distribute the herbs into the meat. Label the bag and store in the freezer. Easy. Gathering supplies (if already on hand) and assembling this meal takes less then 15 minutes. The hard part is remembering ahead of time to take the meatloaf out of the freezer to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. This is where sticky notes on the refrigerator come in handy.
When ready to bake, form into a loaf and bake for 50-55 minutes. Add marinara sauce during last 10-15 minutes of baking.
While baking the meatloaf prepare the "topping&qu…