Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice when He could do something about it. But I'm afraid God might ask me the same question.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

for lack of a better topic...

Things are really mundane around here lately...we are 10 days into our no spend month and when I woke up on Sunday my husband said I was being trendy (I am never trendy)  because there were two separate articles in the newspaper about families using February as a no spend month.  So I felt a little between validated and pathetic.   Our no spend month may not be like the families in the paper who spend less than $10 a week..but I am pretty darn proud of the first week and a half...hopefully we can make it through the long haul.  I spent $87 the first week, which was on gas and groceries.  Our family grocery budget is insane.  We have a family of 8 and every one of us can eat like truckers,especially the littles.  For instance when I am grilling up chicken breast for one weeknight dinner I put TEN chicken breast on the grill.  That will feed everyone AND if I hide one, Marc can make a lunch for work the next day.   So needless to say our grocery bill is higher than our mortgage payment...usually.     I do feel a tad guilty that the stash of the cash is going directly into a Mommy and Daddy ONLY vacation fund...but seriously we need to get away and have some time without the constant chore and tag team parenting schedule we have going.  I know the kids will benefit from having their parents happy for sure :)  Plus the littles don't even realize anything has far.
I was bummed to have to shell out almost $30 this week on valentines stuff...does that make me a total scrooge ?  It's just busting up my cheapo groove that's all. 

I'm also spending this month getting organized and getting rid of a bunch of needless stuff.. trying to trash or donate at least one garbage bag o' stuff a day.  So all of the time I save from running errands,,, I spend getting stuff in order around here. 

So the month of February sure may not be to exciting around here, but it feels like a fresh start. A cleansing of sorts.  I will keep you posted about how I am feeling about my lack-luster month in a week or two.  
How is that for excitement :)
We do have a family fun side trip in March that has been in the works for months.  So we are all looking forward to that as well.  Disney on the CHEAP :) Sunshine here we come :)  


Kristi said...

You go girl. I've been meaning to do a "no spend month" for some time. I sorta like the challenge of it. And like you, I stand amazed at our grocery bill. All my kids are still under five and it is CRAZY how much they pack away. If only feeding a family healthy was as cheap as feeding them processed...
And good for you for creating a Mommy/Daddy vacation fund. I look forward to one of those someday.
But Disney? Side trip? Do those words go in the same sentence?
I can't wait to hear how cheap you are able to do it!

Shannon, Penny, Elias, Norah and soon to be Samuel..... said...

Love the topic! Love the pictures!!

Jenny said...

WAY TO GO!!!! I'm impressed with your no spend month!!! We need one of those too! I don't think you should feel one bit guilty about spending the $ you save on a little get-a-way for the two of you!! Those little trips are so important!!!

Gretchen said...

You are heading my way! I hope you all have fun at Disney. The temperature has been great until today...brrr.

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