Me on a Budget.

2 Sep

I have always been on a type of budget, but I’m not going lie, it’s never been very strict.

However, it is now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m typically a frugal person. Yet, having to be frugal and being frugal are two different things. I’m learning and applying it mostly to food and other things you could buy at the grocery store. (Don’t even get me started on clothes, shoes, and accessories. I have a weakness for expensive material) Here is my plan:

1. Meal Plan: Make sure we eat what we already have, first and foremost. Then do meals with same ingredients.

2. Coupon and watch for sales.- My one problem with couponing though is that the food that I like and buy don’t typically have coupons. I hardly buy anything that is processed, we try to eat clean in this house.

And finally, I have found that the best prices on produce (for me, at least) can be found at my local farmer’s market:

This is the haul from Saturday’s trip to the market (I also walk, saving on gas. Yay budget!).

3 kinds of lettuce, a bunch of green onions, 2 Maui onions, 3 red peppers, and 3 green peppers.

I do realize that if I went to three different stores all over town, I may have been able to save even more money, but I’m happy with what I got. I am also a huge believer in knowing where your food came and at the farmer’s market, it’s easy to get an answer.

This haul of veggies last us all week; lunches and dinners, plus the cost of other ingredients (most of them, already in the kitchen). I’ll give myself a pat on the back.

Now to figure out how we’ll eat this week!

Slowly, But Surely

27 Aug

A month and a half ago (give or take a few days) we moved my stuff and wedding gifts into the house. I’m not going to lie there are still items in cardboard boxes, wedding gifts still stacked in the corner,  empty product boxes waiting to be recycled,  a second bedroom dying to be organized, and an office begging to be used.

Working forty hours a week, finding time to write, read, have fun, cook, clean, and organize is not an easy task. I’m not complaining, it’s just sometimes I wish there were more then 168 hours in a week or that I could surive on 3 hours of sleep like Martha Stewart.

I may have gone crazy, but I am sharing my messy disorganized  quirky house with you. Don’t judge, it’s a work in progress.

This is the downstairs. It is in disarray to say the least. My goal is to buy a new coffee table, get rid of unnecessary boxes, find places for gifts, move the “office” that is on the dinning room table upstairs, and get things organized. I’m hoping that if I give myself two weeks, I’ll get it done in one.

This is the loft area of the upstairs aka the office. More boxes and a desk that needs some TLC (pardon the risers, it needed to be higher) and organization. If I get this done sometime in September, I’ll be happy.

The second bedroom that has become overflow from my closet and other loose ends. To be realistic, this room may not get cleaned up until December….since everything without a place ends up here.

Our bedroom isn’t so horrible. We need coordinating bedding, a home for the shoes, a rug to cover the cable line, and real night stands. Please notice that our bedside tables are cardboard boxes.

Keep an eye out for “after” photos and nag me, if you don’t see any soon. No pictures mean I’m not organizing or unpacking!

Hello world!

17 Aug

Hello world is the title that WordPress gives the first post on a new blog and you know what, I am sticking with it! With a first post, I am saying “Hello World, my name is Nicole and I am a writer.”

I’m not sure what my plans are for the blog itself. Right now, it is simply a blog, that will be personal and hopefully help me to someday become the successful writer I dream of becoming. However, the perfectionist creative person in me is caught up in the visual aspects of where my words will shine on the internet. There are so many themes and options, I just don’t know what direction I want to go in. In a way, I am dressing my blog and while I have a closet full of options, I still have nothing to wear.

So, if you see my blog get a face lift or begin to look like a bit of a mess, I am still working on finding a perfect outfit.