Weekly Review – Food and Fun Goals Update

Work/Life Balance
Creating  a Work/Life Balance isn’t easy

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Update on our January and February Goals – Food and Fun!

January Goal

As you recall if you have been following my posts, I committed to monthly goals for 2018.  I decided that monthly goals as opposed to “New Year’s Resolutions” would be easier to manage and follow. January’s goal was to spend less, with the focus on food spending.

My Goal for January: Spend Less

The main focus was to spend much less on food.

We took the following steps to reach this goal:

  1. Set our goal (Spend much less on food)
  2. Made our plan (Use planning and creativity to spend less on food.)
  3. Put it into action. See my posts about  12 low cost breakfast options12 low cost lunch options , 12 low cost dinner options and 12 low cost dessert options.
  4. We made sure we were accountable by sharing our progress in the Weekly Updates: Announced our goal, plan and strategy, Week One update, Week Two update, Week Three update and then we wrapped it up here in this post.

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Weekly Review – January Goal – How did we do?

Low cost salad
January Goal – Spend less on food

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Update on our January Goal

How did we do? Was it worth it?

As you may recall I am making monthly goals for 2018.

My Goal for January: Spend Less

The main focus was to spend much less on food. Continue reading “Weekly Review – January Goal – How did we do?”

What’s for dessert? 12 Low Cost Dessert Options

12 Low Cost Dessert Options
12 Low Cost Dessert Options

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12 Low Cost Dessert Options

Okay, so for those of you that read my New Year’s Eve post, you will recall my goal for the month of January is to spend less money.  We spent way to much over the holidays so my plan is to cut way back on our food bill for this month. Continue reading “What’s for dessert? 12 Low Cost Dessert Options”

Weekly Review – Finding Work and Life Balance and Goal Update

Work and Life Balance
Creating a Work and Life Balance isn’t easy

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Work and Life Balance

No matter how you slice the “daily” pie, you still only get 24 hours!

Yep, I just made that up!

Three weeks into the new year I am finding that I am having a hard time maintaining a happy work and life balance. Continue reading “Weekly Review – Finding Work and Life Balance and Goal Update”

What’s for dinner? 12 Low Cost Dinner Options

12 Low Cost Dinner Options
12 Low Cost Dinner Options

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12 Low Cost Dinner Options

Okay, so for those of you that read my New Year’s Eve post, you will recall my mini goal for January is to spend less money.  We spent way to much over the holidays so my plan is to cut way back on our food bill. Since December 31st, I have gone shopping with a list twice and also bought some items for our stock pile. We have spent a total of $260.56 on food so far.  The plan is to eat low cost meals all month.  In the last few weeks I posted 12 low cost breakfast ideas and 12 low cost lunch ideas. Today we are focusing on dinner. Continue reading “What’s for dinner? 12 Low Cost Dinner Options”

Weekly Review – Credit Card Rewards and Goal Update

Wallet and keys
Credit card rewards, we charged everything last year.

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Credit card rewards, we charged everything last year

In my last weekly review I shared our dirty little secret!  Thank you for not adding any mean comments.  I admit I was worried revealing how much we charged on our rewards cards without giving a full explanation. We charged everything last year, why? Credit card rewards! Continue reading “Weekly Review – Credit Card Rewards and Goal Update”

Weekly Review – Back to Reality, Update on Goals and a Freebie

Dog wearing Santa hat laying on the back of the couch.
Back to Reality

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Well our son flew back to college yesterday, and I go back to my 9 to 5 tomorrow….Back to Reality

Our vacation is over.

We did have a wonderful two weeks off together though.

As you may recall I am making monthly goals for 2018.

My Goal for January: Spend Less

The main focus is to spend much less on food. Continue reading “Weekly Review – Back to Reality, Update on Goals and a Freebie”

Weekly Review – Saying goodbye to 2017

Young men waving goodbye.
Saying goodbye to 2017

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Saying goodbye to 2017!

Saying goodbye is always hard.  So many memories and regrets.  Take a minute to think about the good memories.  Did they cost anything?  If so, could you have done something similar but for less money?  Do you regret any purchases? Is it too late to take them back?

What will be different in 2018?

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Winter Break – Best time ever!

Winter scene, snow from back patio.
Winter Break – Winter at home (2016)

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Winter Break – Hands down, best time ever!

Having our son home from college has been a much needed pause for all of us.  I am fortunate to have a paid winter break from my employer and my husband is self employed so he was able to take some time off or re-arrange his workload around our family activities.

What a great week it has been (even though we didn’t get any snow).

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No Cost/Low Cost Holiday Traditions

Little black dog wearing santa sweater and hat.
Santa’s Little Helper

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Thank  you to those that shared some of their no cost/low cost holiday traditions.

As promised, here are some of mine!

 

When our son was little we made our own Christmas Card “picture” to send out to friends and family usually in front of the Christmas tree.  We would spend quite a bit of time picking a theme, getting ready and then take a ton of pictures.  We had fun choosing which one to use as our “Christmas Card picture” too! Continue reading “No Cost/Low Cost Holiday Traditions”