Monday, October 19, 2009


I spend a week all excited to post and then nothing for awhile. Sorry I don't have more to say. I am pretty sure everyone gets tired of reading how chaotic my life is. I want something interesting to say or something great to share with you.

Someday soon you will get something great. Something like: We are currently in the middle of making pomegranate jelly and I forgot to take pictures of the kids taking all the little seeds out of each and every pomegranate.

I really need to find where I left my camera.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A bit stressed out right now.

I have a biology test this week, a history test, and homework due for my communications class. The biggest issue I am having is finding the time to study. So, instead, I am sitting here waiting for my oatmeal to be done writing on my blog.

Study time is my hardest time to find. With working on the weekends, I want to spend the time I am home with the kids. During the week, I am homeschooling L and M (because she has to do what big brother is doing), running kids around, making meals, trying to keep the house up, etc.

I am also waiting to hear back from a job I applied for. I sure hope they call. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the place I work now. But, the new place has benefits and hours to work that would work better around my schedule.

I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday a bit more.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Menu Plan Wednesday?

I have decided that each Wednesday (haha, I sure hope I keep this up) I am going to post our menu for the week. You see, our store ads come out on Tuesday but start on Wednesday. Which means, on Tuesdays I can go through the ads and see what's on sale and what I may have a coupon for. This way I can keep our food budget real low and know what to cook each day.

I am doing quite a few crock pot meals because those are the nights I either work or have school.

So, here are our dinners for the next week:
  • Chili in the crock pot and Cornbread
  • Toni's Pork Roast-in the crock pot
  • Creamy Potato Soup-in the crock pot
  • Baked Chicken
  • Taco Soup-in the crock pot
  • Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta
  • Lasagna Rolls
If you are lucky (and I remember to), I will post recipes as I make them and hopefully a picture or two.

Cutting Back

I have so stressed out this week about money. I am currently waiting to hear back from a job I applied for so I can work full time doing 3-12 hour shifts a week. This way, it won't interfere with mine and hubby's school too much.

I am also trying really hard to find ways to cut back on spending. I feel like we already have cut back so much. It's sorta becoming depressing.

I think I am going to talk to the cable company about lowering our monthly bill. We currently pay $107. for basic cable, internet, and our phone line. I don't know if it can be lowered or if cutting cable will lower it very much, but I have to try. If we do get rid of cable, we can do Netflix, which is under $20/month. We can watch some t.v. shows online (like Grey's Anatomy! Did you know you can watch the newest episode online the day after it airs? Just go HERE!) We definitely can not get rid of internet because we need it for school. Not only ours, but the kid's school as well.

Another one is our cell phones. I LOVE texting. We have unlimited texting with our plan and two phones. We pay $115 a month. This seems outrageous to me. I think it might be time to forgo the texting and get to the absolutely cheapest plan available. (I am really going to miss my texting.) It might also be time to look at a different company. How much do you all pay and for what kind of plan?

Because of the great weather, we are finally able to keep the air conditioner off for good. In the summer it just isn't possible to keep the air conditioner off. We get to 110 degrees most of the summer! Now, we just need to keep the heat off as long as possible. It has been dropping into the 40's at night and I really hope it doesn't get much lower than that.

Hubby has been doing most of the driving to the kid's school. He takes them every morning and picks them up at least 2 or three afternoons a week. Since he drives a CNG van, I get to save my gas. He pays just under a dollar a gallon for CNG where as I have to pay $2.70ish for gas/gallon.

If anyone thinks of anything else that can save money, please let me know.