happy Monday - my devo for today said to 'look for joy in hidden things' - perfect for a monday, don't you think?
i thought i'd give you an update on my 'budget analysis' that i decided to do at the beginning of the month.
i have not been crazy weird about it, but here's what i did. i gave myself a budget to work with for a whole month, not including all of my bills - but just the flex purchases, things like food, gasoline and other items.
i thought i was doing GREAT! i have unsubscribed from a whole bunch of daily emails from places that i love...no temptation. i have not really 'shopped' for anything. i have only gone to the thrift store ONCE. whew.
ummmm...except for one thing. i have all but blown the 'budget' dollars by today, the 22nd of october. with 10 days remaining in the month.
budgeting is not as easy as i thought it would be! i have to admit, i've not really felt restricted, mostly because i have lots of stuff to do/make around here that i did not have to purchase.
admittedly, a lot of my entertainment has been food-related.
|I canned the last of the tomatoes....4 more quarts of homegrown goodness.|
|I started back up with making my homemade yogurt.|
|I tried a new granola recipe.|
i also froze seveal kinds of soup, and roasted a chicken. no, i did not starve :)
i dug down deep and found more stuff to paint. because i will never, ever be caught up with painting around this place!
|the dresser went pink, and went to the basement.|
|the basement became my new 'bunker' home, and my upstairs bedroom became a guestroom.|
|the living and dining room became a different 'color.' again.|
and then there were the crafts. i have crafts in every nook and cranny, many of them unfinished.
|i made candles from candles - blog post to come this week.|
|and you all have seen the quilt...which i have not gotten very far on...but farther than this!|
i think the funniest part of the whole month was the mail i received on saturday. i prefer to think of it as the yin-yang of my finances :) sigh. i have a feeling this battle is going to continue.
have a good day!