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Missed You, Too, Lux!

November 29th, 2009 at 08:58 pm

I fell off the blog wagon. We had the ole move the wedding up six months thingy with DD that put a crazy spin on the summer and fall. But, she eventually moved it till next year. Whew! I am still in debt a whole lotsa money, but working on it. I still don't have a dryer or most of cable stations. Makes me feel like I'm back in the olden days of my youth. Kinda interesting though. We have to plan more. We did see ourselves following our budget so well that we combined categories and now just keep track in bigger bunches. Still on budget, just not any better on debt. Sigh. We haven't added to debt except for wedding and college expenses...and oh yeah, the dang car keeps me stressed by breaking down on trips. But, I've always gotten where I was going or back home so that good people can fix her up. I want to keep her on the road for a couple more years at least. Sometimes, it feels like she has as many miles on her as I do.....

We had the gang over for Thanksgiving. They decided that it would be better held here. But, THEY did ALL the cooking. Man, was that fun! But, they left all the leftovers, and now we have a fridge full of food. I made a list of around seventeen meals we could make out of all the leftovers. Hubby said to start prioritizing what to eat first. The rest could go in the freezer I guess. Kinda full already though. Will make for some interesting meals as we work our way through it.

I've gotten most of my Christmas shopping done. Staying pretty much on budget...hope I can keep that up. I pulled out all the wrap out to use up this year. My plan is to finish up and not step into stores or browse online. Since we are ALL trying to be frugal this year (most of the kiddo persons are teachers--man, teachers don't get the credit they deserve...very long days and weekends with salaries that don't reflect that!) so we are all getting creative with gifts. Or trying to think outside the box with gifts. And, I kinda like that. And, my brother just had his first start college and his second get to driving age. Boy, is his fun just starting!

I try to get all my books used or swapped or something. I have been doing pretty good with my book "hobby." One of the few times we actually went to the bookstore and bought a new book Hubby and I bought the SAME book on the same day at two different stores. We definitely need to work on our communication. I am returning mine. I just regifted a whole series to DS. Feels good to recycle some of the ones we won't be keeping. I've also gone through a bunch of clothes and recycled them to relatives who actually do wear them. I am beginning to enjoy this mindset. I feel like I'm not consuming as much, and I'm recycling stuff that can be used. Except that Hubby's old chair has GOT TO GO. Or be dealt with somehow. We are getting an older couch from DS that will be perfect on our back enclosed porch. Just need something to crash on out there. And, either Hubby or someone passed on a weedeater to them. We seem to do a swap around the family sort of thing.

I am getting fed up with the debt. I know that it is just not being dealt with, and most would just say buckle down and get it done. That's what I'm going to do next year. Freedom year. Wonder what it feels like....

6 Responses to “Missed You, Too, Lux!”

  1. LuxLiving Says:

    THERE you are! Good to see you back!

    Car troubles? You might want to check out the link in my latest blog entry - I want that one wheelie gyro dohickey:

    http://luxliving.savingadvice.com/2009/11/29/link-cheapest...

  2. homebody Says:

    Wow you have been gone a long time! Glad to see you back!

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Good to see you!

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Well hello there!

  5. janH Says:

    Thanks everyone for the re-welcome! Lux, one set of the kids bought a Yaris and loves it. Their other car is a ten year old Corolla that still gets tremendous gas mileage after all this time and l40,000 miles. Our other cars are domestic. Over 100,000 miles each, but have needed more repairs. I've seen a lot more motorcycles lately, some two and some three wheeled thingies. But, not a single one wheel yet! I'll keep a lookout.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Glad to see you back! I was on hiatus for a while, too, and I'm so glad I was prodded back!

    To get rid of that chair, you might want to try to find a freecycle group in your area. People around here have great success with moving out their old furniture to people who really want it!

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