Meal plan no. 24

Here’s what we are eating this week:

Sunday: Meatballs

Monday: Baked Chicken

Tuesday: Must-goes

Wednesday: Chili

Thursday: Tacos

Friday: Dinner w/Family

Saturday: Sloppy Joes

Meal plan no. 23

Here’s what we are eating this week:

Sunday: Chili

Monday: Spaghetti

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: Sloppy Joes

Friday: Dinner w/Family

Saturday: Meatballs

Meal plan no. 22

Here’s what we are eating this week:

Sunday: Chili

Monday: Mexican Steak

Tuesday: Grilled shrimp

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Pizza

Friday: Dinner w/Family

Saturday: Hamburgers

Hitch goals no. 7

Oh hey! I’m just a little late with my hitch goals this month. I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with life lately, I’m constantly going and not getting enough breaks to rest and recharge. So I’m trying to keep it simple this month since I have a lot of other responsibilities that I have to do.

  1. Exercise. I found this 21 day workout challenge that I liked. While the exercises aren’t easy, they don’t require a lot from me as far as time and sweating.
  2. Declutter Jake’s closet. To tell the truth I have already done this last week. But it happened in May and I need an easy win so I’m gonna count it.
  3. Cook more vegetables. I kind of cook sides for our meals but I am also a little lazy when it comes to cooking because Kevin never ate anything other than the main dish I made so I never got in the habit of making veggies to go with our meals. But I feel like my body is craving more than just the minimum I’ve been eating so my goal is to cook more vegetables and have fruit available.

Cash Envelope Budgeting

We are still working on finding our footing with our budgeting right now. It is May 7, 5 days after pay day and we still have yet to go get our cash out of the bank for our ash spending. Life is hectic, we have a lot going on and oftentimes I feel like I can’t think straight. Three kids and all.

We went to the zoo last Friday and I realized that I didn’t have any cash in the eating out envelope when we stopped for coffee. At first I pulled out my debit card since I didn’t have the cash, but I actually felt a little weird about that! I didn’t want to use my card at all, I have realized that I much prefer to use cash. Luckily I had some in another envelope so I just “borrowed” some from that one. I wrote down the amount so I could be sure to replace what I took. I need to be more insistent on getting our cash for spending though, because I don’t want to get in the habit of moving cash around like that. I think it leaves too much room for messing up and losing track of our cash.

This afternoon I intend to sit down and figure out the amounts of cash I need to withdraw from the bank to get our cash budgeting system back on track. I really should have already made the plan ahead of time but this is only our second paycheck to do the cash budgeting so I’m giving myself grace. I did use my card the other day and it gave me a little anxiety to use it instead of cash so I really need to get on this planning bit.

I’m also wondering if I need to write down what we spend money on to track where the cash is going. As much as I would love to have that record, I think it may be unnecessary. But. With us just starting out trying to take control of our spending, it might be super helpful to see where we spend our cash. I use the Mint app and it does the tracking for me with my card usage and checking account usage. I can also manually enter in where all the cash goes. Maybe I will just track my spending using the app if I can be diligent to enter in each amount as I spend it.

Having a budget for our different expenses has already begun to make me more conscious of our spending. The other day we had the opportunity to eat at the mall and I told Kevin that I didn’t want to waste our eating out money on the mall. There are other places I would much rather go. I was so pleased to realize how having a budget and making the effort to stick to it has already changed my way of thinking!

Anyways, I can’t wait until we can start to see even more progress from these changes we are making. I really love that we are strictly using cash to buy what we want. Having the budget in place really makes me feel more in control of our money because I am paying more attention to where it is going and I can better keep track of how much has been spent and how much is left.

Meal plan no. 21

We are starting out the week with Cinco de Mayo so of course we are having a Mexican inspired meal! Kevin likes to eat the mexican steak when we go out to eat and I have been looking for more meals to add to our rotation. I tried these out for the first time a couple of weeks ago but I had bought the wrong cut of meat. Mainly because I don’t know how to pick out steaks. But it was still good! And I’m looking forward to making these again tonight.

Here’s what we are eating this week:

Sunday: Mexican steak and tacos

Monday: Pizza

Tuesday: Chili

Wednesday: Bagel Bites

Thursday: Gumbo

Friday: Dinner with family

Saturday: Hamburger

We’re following a budget!

April turned out to be a weird month and halfway through we drafted a budget for us to follow. Our purpose: get rid of all our debt, medical and vehicle. I’ve had a loose budget in my mind for some of our expenses that I can control, mainly grocery shopping and I’ve been tracking our expenses for years using the Mint app. Now, we have a true, pen to paper, written budget for everything we spend money on.

I’ve been obsessed with budgeting for years and I am super excited to put everything I’ve read about and learned about into practice. It is now May and I’m pretty pleased with how we did in April. I went over the grocery budget by about $15 buuut the charge didn’t clear the bank until May 2. So on paper I was under budget but I know I went over budget on April 29. I’m not going to get too caught up in that kind of technicality because 1) we are just starting out and 2) almost every article I’ve read cautions that it will take several months to get a good flow going.

I’m pretty glad that I have always had the Mint app running in the background because it was an easy way to track my spending which made it easier to come up with a budget fairly quick. My next step for May is to get a spreadsheet set up that will allow me to input our income and expenses to see how we should be doing at the end of the month. Also, I love spreadsheets so any reason to make another one makes me happy!

We have a huge expense due this month and it will basically leave us breaking even in our main checking for two days. And that is why we are deciding to start this budget process and make it work. There’s some large expenses that we anticipate to pop up every month for the next few months and we want to have a better grip on where our money is going. Having a budget will give us the control and knowledge of what we’re doing with our money!

Meal Plan no. 20

Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Meatballs

Monday: Tacos

Tuesday: Breakfast

Wednesday: Corndog nuggets

Thursday: Meatballs and veggies

Friday: Dinner with family

Sunday: Bagelbites

Meal Plan no. 19

I’m looking forward to our meals this week, I’ve been trying to make what I eat to be more healthy. Since I’m breastfeeding, it’s so easy to just eat anything and everything I can get my hands on. So I’m trying to make more filling foods to keep me full for longer.

This is what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Chili

Monday: Pizza

Tuesday: Tacos

Wednesday: Cajun shrimp

Thursday: Meatballs and veggies

Friday: Dinner with family

Saturday: Sloppy joes

The secret to successfully keeping a clean house

As a home keeper and mom of three tiny humans, I am always looking for the secret to having a clean house. I’ve figured it out and it is exactly what I was afraid it is.

The secret to keeping a clean house is the most simple and common secret to being successful at anything: doing the work. That’s it. There’s no perfect one size fits all of cleaning the house that will work if I don’t work myself.

I’ve thought that this what it takes for a long time because with any good and successful venture, the only thing that works is doing the work. Luckily, doing the work is no harder than doing anything else. But what is it about a simple and uncomplicated solution that keeps me from doing it for so long? I mean, it has taken me almost 30 years to get to this point of actively wanting to keep my house clean instead of just looking around and wishing it was clean.

I also know the answer to that question and it’s not one that I really want to admit. It’s because I want to be lazy lately. This is a hard reason to accept because nobody likes to think of themselves as lazy. I know I sure don’t.

But maybe there’s something else holding me back. Maybe the reason that all of those wildly successful pins on Pinterest that claim to have the magic solution do not work for me is that I have not found a solution that works for me to keep a clean house. Because there is no magic solution, I just have to do the work and the results will come.