Thursday, May 26, 2022

Nothing to Say

I haven't been posting since I have little if anything to say.  

I'm feeling low....just a generalized malaise I guess.  Nothing is going how I want it to go.  We are still trying to get our house ready to list.  2 more rooms to paint and 6 windows to replace.  Windows are proving hard to get ahold of in a timely manner.  The thought of moving is just feeling daunting to me but we have to get out of this 2 story house, the sooner the better.

Remember that Baltic States cruise I booked for 2023?  Well it got cancelled and I just don't feel like trying to book something else. sigh.

I want to go visit my Aunt and other folks up in MA and ME but my knees is bad again(I have to drive with my right leg) but my new primary doc doesn't do steroid shots in knees so I either had to find another doc or book into an ortho to schedule a knee replacement which will take months.  I am just feeling old and broken right now and my state of mind isn't good.  

Sluggy


Monday, May 23, 2022

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Lots of Rite-Aid transactions" Edition....


Along with the 2 online R-A orders I did last week, which I already talked about on the blog, I also did 2 transactions in the stores.  I spent down one cards BC a bit(actually just converted the BC to real cash with Ibotta rebates).  I got a few gifts for my sons, Pepcid and Vitamins for me, Band-Aids for Hubs, and the rest for future Giveaway boxes.  I need to go back as the cashier forgot to remove a hangtag coupon for $2 on the Vitamins and I forgot to use a couple of Band-Aid coupons which should put $3.50 cash back into my pocket. ;-)

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned.....
1. Sunday--Fend for Yourself
2. Monday--Breakfast for Dinner
3. Tuesday--Working Election Polls so ?
4. Wednesday--Chicken Fajitas
5. Thursday--Hubs cooking
6.  Friday--Homemade Flatbread Pizzas, Salad
7. Saturday--?

And here's what actually happened........
1. Sunday--Chinese take-out
2. Monday--don't remember
3. Tuesday--Subway sub at polls
4. Wednesday--don't remember
5. Thursday--Applebee's(I had chicken and salad)
6.  Friday--Cheeseburgers on Rolls, Cuke Salad
7. Saturday--Leftovers

The "don't remembers" were probably Fend for Yourself nights.  I had cheese and crackers one night and some canned ravioli another night.  I just didn't cook except for Friday last week.

What got put into the freezer last week....
*  2 pints of ice cream

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
* Ground Beef
* 1 pint of ice cream

I spent $86.73 on food/toiletries/HBA this last week. This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Total to $86.73 for May.  

There are 8 shopping days left in May.  

I've earned $73.57 on Ibotta in May.
I've earned $5.62 on Checkout51 in May.
I've earned $2.00 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in May.
I've earned 6,792 points from shopping on Fetch in May.
I earned $20.92 from food shopping on Shop Kick in May. 
I've earned $6.08 from food shopping on Swag Bucks in May.

That's $81.1/9 in rebates(not counting the Shop Kick/Swag Bucks/Fetch)on $86.73 in grocery spending so in reality it's $5.54 spent after the 3 rebate apps I count.

My savings percentage for the last week was 46.64% (without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)and the monthly savings total for May comes in at 46.64% so far(w/out R-A).  

Leftovers going into this week....nothing.  That's what happens when you hardly cook. lol

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Chicken Fajitas
2. Monday--Breakfast for Dinner
3. Tuesday--Rigatoni w/Mushrooms in Sauce, Salad
4. Wednesday--Orange "Chicken" Stir-Fry w/Veggies and Noodles
5. Thursday--Hubs cooking
6.  Friday--Homemade Flatbread Pizzas, Salad
7. Saturday--Leftovers

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu? Stir-fry veggies.  I got the mushrooms finally on Saturday for last night's dinner.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any deals on food at your stores this week?   


Sluggy

Friday, May 20, 2022

Frugal Friday....the May 20th Edition

So here are a few of the frugal-ish things that happened here at Chez Sluggy this past week.......

*  I made two online orders at Rite-Aid this week.


This transaction was a $1.67 moneymaker.


This order was a $5.74 moneymaker.



*  Of course holding the Stockpile Sale was pretty frugal.  Got some coins for items obtained for little or nothing and those who bought the items from me got a great deal.  Razors, hair coloring and deodorant for $1?!!  Great deals.  Honestly I could have stood to get rid of more of it but I am happy with what left.

*   Spend a long day/night working the election, earning myself a few tax-free dollars. woot!

*  Went shopping with Hubs on Thursday to Ocean State.  I used free gift cards and we bought a few things with no OOP.

*  The painting in the house is almost done.  Just the kitchen and den left to go.  We have saved a bit by not hiring this job out.

*  We had a big lunch out on Thursday at Applebee's.  I used a gift card(it wasn't full so didn't quite cover the full cost + tip)and we paid a little OOP.  Better than paying fully OOP for food out. ;-)

*  It's been unseasonably warm here this past week as well as last week.  That= means not running the heat=we'll have a lower than normal electric bill for May.  Works for me!

*   I found money!

This penny at Rite-Aid on Friday.

This dime also on Friday at Rite-Aid.

 

This penny at the stockpile sale.  A gentleman dropped it and I picked it up to hand it to him but he said keep it.  You  don't have to tell me twice! lol


I went to Rite-Aid on Monday and found this dime there on that day.

Not bad for a found money week considering I only went to Rite-Aid two times this past week and I didn't go anywhere else besides to work the polls.

Total Found in last Week...... .22¢
Total Found This Year......$12.51

That's about all I've got for this past week.  

Any frugal wins in your neck of the woods?  Let's hear all about them!

And have a good weekend!  


Sluggy  

Thursday, May 19, 2022

May's Giveaway.....Come Enter Now!

Who's ready for the Another Sluggy's Boring Blog Box Giveaway for 2022?!?
May has arrived and we are well into the month.  Visions of vacations and travel plans are also here.

It's a hodge-podge of randomness this month to win but mostly travel sized toiletries and snacks.

Let's take a look at what is in the Giveaway Box this month........


1 x Eucerin lotion
1 x Old Spice deodorant
1 x Suave shampoo
1 x Dove men's body wash
1 x Tresemme hair spray
1 x Tresemme conditioner
1 x Tresemme shampoo
1 x Degree women's spray deodorant
1 x hand sanitizer
6 x Health Warrior pumpkin seed w/dark chocolate and peanuts snack bar
1 x Shoe Polisher
1 x pack of Tylenol
2 x Olay cream samples
1 x Paparazzi bracelet
2 x Moist Wipes
1 x Clorox antibacterial wipes
1 x Bookmark
1 x Pronamel toothpaste
1 x Vanity kit(nail board/q-tips/etc.)
1 x pack of face tissues
1 x makeup remover wipe
1 x Lilly's chocolate bar
1 x Orbit strawberry gum
1 x Builder's protein bar
1 x Think! protein bar
1 x Snickers brownie bar
1 x 6 pack mini Snickers bars
3 x Face masks

Close up shots of the goodies.........






Depending on where you shop, the winnings have a reg. retail value of approximately $50

Here's how this is going to work.....

* The giveaway is open to ALL readers, previous winners or not.
* There is a limit of ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PER DAY.  Come back each day to enter again.
* Only VALID entries will be posted.  A Valid entry is a limit of one per day and I MUST HAVE VALID CONTACT INFORMATION FOR YOU(either you are on the Giveaway Contact List which I maintain, your comment is connected to a Google/Blogger profile which links to your email address or you email me directly(my email is in the side bar on the Blog)your email address.
IF YOU ENTER THE GIVEAWAY AND DON'T SEE YOUR COMMENT within a few days it's because I don't have your contact/email info.

From all the VALID entries I receive I'll pick a winner at random and the winner has 48 hours from when the post goes live to contact me with their full mailing address.

In your entries I'd like you to guess how much I made at the Stockpile Sale.

If you are on my Giveaway emails list just leave a comment and your name(with last name initial please)to enter. If you aren't on the Giveaway emails list make sure you leave your email in your comment OR email me your email privately after you leave a comment(my email is in the side bar area under "About Me").
I'll leave this giveaway open until May 26th, Friday at 11:59 pm Eastern  Daylight Savings Time(EDST).  I'll  pick and post the winner on May 27th, Saturday.

*Please note these rules*
I'll post the name/ID of the winners on this blog on  and those persons have 48 hours from the time stamp on that post to contact me privately via email(my email addy is listed on my "About Me" page, as well as on my side bar).

Disclaimer--This giveaway is open to those with mailing addresses within the US only.  As the cost of postage to foreign countries has gotten too high I am sorry to say I can no longer afford to mail boxes outside the US.  These giveaways are not sponsored by any companies.  I pay for it all(the cost of items given away and the postage to mail it all)out of my own pocket.

***PLEASE NOTE***

Please make sure there is a way for me to contact you in your comment.

If you're not a registered Blogger User with YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION on your User page, please put your email addy in your comment or email me your email addy privately when you leave a comment so I can get a hold of you. If your Blogger associated user profile is a GOOGLE one make sure your email info is linked to your profile.

So let's get this Giveaway started. Good luck to everyone!!!

Sluggy

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Rite-Aid Online Order This Week

I think I am recovered from working the polls.  It was a very long day with not a lot to do.  Primaries are often like that as traffic is not quite high.

I placed an online Rite-Aid order on Sunday.  This week there are various Spend $60/Get $20 in Bonus Cash coupons.

My order showed up today in record time.  Here is what I got.......


1 x R-A masking tape
1 x R-A duct tape
1 x 2 pack Scotch packing tape w/dispenser
4 x Scotch packing tape w/dispenser
2 x 3 pack Scotch cellophane tape
2 x Japonesque nail file packs
1 x Japonesque face tool

They also threw in a sample pack of Zyrtec wipes for free which I wasn't expecting.

The total came to $61.68.  No coupons were used(online order and there were no digital Qs).  I did use a code for 25% off(since I bought some R-A items)so got $15.42 in discounts so paid $46.26. I paid with Bonus Cash.  

I earned back $52 in new BC(3 x $8 wyspend $15 Scotch, 1 x $8 wyspend $12 Japonesque and $20 wyspend $60 promo).  Plus when you spend at least $34.99 shipping is free too. 8-)  And a Zyrtec sample thrown into the mix as well.

All this useful stuff for a $5.74 moneymaker?  Yes please!!

Now I wait for my second online order to arrive which I placed on another account on Monday.

Sluggy

Monday, May 16, 2022

This Week on the Dining Table

The "I Got Nothing" Edition....

Recovering from Saturday's sale and preparing to work the polls tomorrow.  The house is a mess and needs putting back together.  I can't get motivated to do much right now so am putting off a lot of stuff.  

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned.....
1. Sunday--Applebee's Salad
2. Monday--Fish, leftover mac and cheese, Beets
3. Tuesday--Breakfast for Dinner
4. Wednesday--Leftovers?
5. Thursday--Hubs cooking
6.  Friday--?
7. Saturday--?

And here's what actually happened........
1. Sunday--Applebee's Salad
2. Monday--Fish, leftover mac and cheese, Beets
3. Tuesday--Subway subs
4. Wednesday--Leftovers
5. Thursday--Tuna Noodle Casserole, leftover Beets
6.  Friday--Chicken Yakisoba w/Veggies
7. Saturday--Chinese Tale-out

Chicken Fajitas and Breakfast for Dinner didn't happen last week again. sigh.  Lots of take-out(3 times!)as I was in set up Stockpile Sale mode and was not in a state of mind for cooking and too busy with that and Hubs didn't take up the slack in the food department.  The only meals I "cooked" were Fish/Beets meal and Tuna casserole(the yakisoba was a tv dinner).
I feel like I've been dialing in meal planning and cooking for awhile now.  Why can't I live on a cruise ship and just go to the restaurants when I am hungry?  This cooking thing is for the birds sometimes. lolz

What got put into the freezer last week....
*  Nothing

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
*  Fish portions
*  2 tv dinners

I spent $0 on food/toiletries/HBA this last week. This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Total to $0 for May.  

There are 15 shopping days left in May.  

I've earned $15.25 on Ibotta in May.
I've earned $0 on Checkout51 in May.
I've earned $0 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in May.
I've earned 0 points from shopping on Fetch in May.
I earned 0 Kicks from food shopping on Shop Kick in May. 
I've earned 0 Swag Bucks from food shopping on Swag Bucks in May.

That's $15.25 in rebates(not counting the Shop Kick/Swag Bucks/Fetch)on $0 in grocery spending so in reality it's -$15.25 spent after the 3 rebate apps I count.

My savings percentage for the last week was 0% (without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)and the monthly savings total for May comes in at 0% so far(w/out R-A).  

Leftovers going into this week....1 portion of tuna casserole. Ugh I'll have to cook a lot more this week.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Fend for Yourself
2. Monday--Breakfast for Dinner
3. Tuesday--Working Election Polls so ?
4. Wednesday--Chicken Fajitas
5. Thursday--Hubs cooking
6.  Friday--Homemade Flatbread Pizzas, Salad
7. Saturday--?

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu? Still need mushrooms for the Fajitas and Salad Greens.  I'll need to go to the grocery store this week.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?   Great deals considering inflation nowadays.


Sluggy

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Sale Aftermath...How Things Turned Out

 Here's the set-up for the sale........






And here is what was leftover afterwards.........

Half of what was on this table is gone.  This is after restocking it.


Again, almost full after restocking it but there are big holes where product use to be.

Top shelf half empty, middle shelf sparse and bottom shelf only had two packs of pull-up diapers left.


I have to laugh because this white shelf wasn't part of the sale(I forgot to move it back in the garage).  It was filled with bottles of drinks but people bought about half of those drinks. lolz


Lots of stuff sold off of this makeshift table.  The 5 cosmetic items were added later and that green basket was overflowing with cosmetics at the beginning.


The white basket was overflowing with deodorants to begin with and the table was filled with stacks of razors.  The 5 packs left were put out/restocked near the end of the sale.

The entire bottom shelf is empty here and only 8 things left on the top shelf.

This shoebox was overflowing with toothbrushes at the start of the sale.  Just 3 kid's brushes left at the end of the day.

Some of the leftovers are being kept, others are going to the food bank and the rest will appear in giveaways still to come in the months ahead.

All in all it was a good sale and put lots of coins back in my pocket. 8-)

Sluggy


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Packing Up the Stockpile Sale

I am beat.  Traffic died off around 11 but I stayed out until noon.

But I am flush with cash monies too and got rid of a lot of stuff. 8-)

Over to rest my knee and recover.

Here's a happy tune for today.....


Sluggy

Friday, May 13, 2022

Frugal Friday....the May 13th Edition

So here are a few of the frugal-ish things that happened here this past week.......

*   No food waste this past week.  Leftovers have been consumed mostly for lunches and we have absolutely NO leftovers at this point.  Crap, that means I need to cook. ;-)

*  No shopping at all since a week ago last Friday(except for 1 trip to Rite-Aid where I didn't spend any money).  Eating from what is here except for take-out on Mother's Day and Subway for dinner another night.

*  It's been unseasonably warm here this past week.  That= means not running the heat=we'll have a lower than normal electric bill for May.  Works for me!

*   I found money!



I found a nickel at R-A when I went there on Tuesday.

Not bad for a found money week considering I only went to Rite-Aid one time this past week and I didn't go anywhere else.

Total Found in last Week...... .05¢
Total Found This Year......$12.29

* My trip to R-A on Tuesday also netted me this......

Along with spending $21.10 in BC and gift card I earned back $38 in BC plus $2.50 on Ibotta for buying 2 Degree deodorants, I also got $19 in cash back($15 for the BC coupon the cashier couldn't get to work and $4 for a post coupon).  I'll have to forget to use BC qs more often if it ends with me hauling a bag of toiletries home, as well growing my BC by $17 and $21.50 in cash! 8-)))

That's about all I've got for this past week.  

Any frugal wins in your neck of the woods?  Let's hear all about them!

And have a good weekend!  I'm off to finish setting up for the Stockpile Sale....


Sluggy  

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Busy Busy.....Get Er' Done!

 When I went out to Rite-Aid on Tuesday to roll my Bonus Cash I notice there was a sign up at the entrance to my community/neighborhood.  Seems the 'gods that be' decided to hold the Community Wide Yard Sale in May, this Saturday!!  Usually it's in June and that is what I was planning on... a Sale in June so I could coordinate my Stockpile Sale with that community yard sale.

So I've been a busy bee the last 2 days trying to get the garage set up for the sale.  First I had to move stuff out of the way(the front of the garage)then I had to move tables and shelving.

Luckily Hubs and I had spent last weekend moving totes into the storage unit so I got all the tables/shelving in place by Wednesday.  Plus I had moved most of the inventory to sell down into the living room already.  So I've been putting the stuff to sell out and set up all morning.  Here's a look at where I am right now.......



I have the dining room table, a card table, the patio table, a short shelving unit and a tall shelving unit set up now.  I still have to set up some boards on chairs for more shelving and drape the back shelving with sheets along with getting all the products set out.  Then I get to price sticker it all....oh joy!  Then I'll put an ad on all the usual online places to advertise the sale.  And Hubs will place the signs Friday night.

Well at least this will be out of the way after Saturday...unless I don't sell enough then I'll have another sale in June followed by hauling stuff to the Food Bank.

Hubs is making progress on the painting inside the house too.  Upstairs hallway and stairwell are done.  Now he is doing the downstairs hallway and then the kitchen and den are on the list.  Still waiting on the windows to come in so the handyman can do those.  After that we are DONE making  improvements/repairs.  Then it's time to call the realtor in. ugh.  I just hate this process......

And in other news I got an email from the cruise line yesterday.  Remember that Baltic cruise next June I booked 1 week before Russia invaded Ukraine?  Well it's been cancelled.  Boo.  Sonya Ann said I am a country wrecker.  You want a country invaded and destroyed?  Just have me book a cruise there. ;-)

That's about all going on here today.  What's happening in your world?

Sluggy

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

April 2022 To-Do List......Outcome

Here is how the April To-Do List turned out......

* Pay Bills  DONE  Always on the top of the list and always gets done.

* Read 1 Book  FAIL  Been going down the Youtube Rabbit Hole instead the last few months.  Need to stop that!

* Hold Giveaway DONE  



* Mail Giveaway  DONE  Mailed and received.

* Clean out Inserts/Coupon Envie  DONE  My Coupon Envie really needed a good cleanout which I did.

* Editing More Old Photos  DONE  Got up to July 2017 done.  Now it's onto the August part of that trip.

* Post about Old Trips  DONE  I got one installment of the 2017 monthly Western trip posted.

* Work on Genealogy  DONE  I've been working on a couple of  projects so of for others.

* Roll/Spend Bonus Cash  DONE  I've gotten a few trips done and BC rolled in April.  Crazy trip yesterday(this is May though)in which I spent $14 in BC and $7+ change on a free gift card but ended up with $38 in BC back plus $19 in Cash back(post Q style)as well as 2 bags of stuff to cart home.

* Eat down the Freezer/Pantry  PASS  We've been eating a good bit out of the freezer/pantry and you can actually see the stores going down.

* List Items on eBay  FAIL  Didn't even get one thing listed in April.  Maybe in May? lol

Nothing thrilling here but I got the bare minimum done.  How about y'all?  Did ya get anything accomplished in April?

Sluggy

Monday, May 9, 2022

This Week on the Dining Table

  The "Happy Mother's Day" Edition....



This Mother's Day Meme was going around on Facebook.  That's some sort of a birthing ruler.  1-10 cm showing how wide the cervix is opened at birth.  There was an admonishment to buy something nice for your mother since she went through this for you. lolz
I hope all the moms out there(furbaby moms, etc. too)had a nice day yesterday.  


Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned.....
1. Sunday--Ham Steak, Creamed Spinach, mac and cheese
2. Monday--Leftovers
3. Tuesday--Breakfast for Dinner
4. Wednesday--Sheet Pan Nachos
5. Thursday--Hubs cooking
6.  Friday--Take-Out
7. Saturday--Chicken Fajitas, Spanish Rice

And here's what actually happened........
1. Sunday--Ham Steak, Creamed Spinach, mac and cheese
2. Monday--Leftovers
3. Tuesday--Sheet Pan Nachos
4. Wednesday--Fend for Yourself
5. Thursday--Chinese Takeout
6.  Friday--Salmon, Green Beans, Carrots
7. Saturday--Leftovers

Chicken Fajitas and Breakfast for Dinner didn't happen last week.

What got put into the freezer last week....
*  Nothing

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
*  Ham Steaks
*  Creamed Spinach
*  Salmon
*  Green  Beans

I spent $0 on food/toiletries/HBA this last week. This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Total to $0 for May.  

There are 22 shopping days left in May.  

I've earned $0 on Ibotta in May.
I've earned $0 on Checkout51 in May.
I've earned $0 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in May.
I've earned 0 points from shopping on Fetch in May.
I earned 0 Kicks from food shopping on Shop Kick in May. 
I've earned 0 Swag Bucks from food shopping on Swag Bucks in May.

That's $0 in rebates(not counting the Shop Kick/Swag Bucks/Fetch)on $0 in grocery spending so in reality it's $0 spent after the 3 rebate apps I count.

My savings percentage for the last week was 0% (without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)and the monthly savings total for May comes in at 0% so far(w/out R-A).  

Leftovers going into this week....Soup, Spaghetti and Meatballs, mac and cheese.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Applebee's Salad
2. Monday--Fish, leftover mac and cheese, Beets
3. Tuesday--Breakfast for Dinner
4. Wednesday--Leftovers?
5. Thursday--Hubs cooking
6.  Friday--?
7. Saturday--?

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu? I've got everything I need for what I planned.  Seeing as half the week is NOT planned, we'll see what happens then. lol
After lugging crap to storage and reorganizing things here in the house and garage I am just not feeling the urge to cook/meal plan/buy food.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?   Great deals considering inflation nowadays.


Sluggy

Friday, May 6, 2022

Frugal Friday.....the May 6th Edition

So here are a few of the frugal-ish things that happened here this past week.......

*   No food waste this past week.  Leftovers have been consumed mostly for lunches and mostly Hubs.  

*  No shopping at all since last Friday.  Eating from what is here except for Thursday night, Hubs got take-out since he didn't cook anything.

*  Another 4 purse sized bottles of hand sanitizer for free from Rite-Aid this past weekend.

*  Having to pay for a storage unit isn't frugal per se but if using that extra space to sort stuff out which allows me to hold a stockpile sale(which in turn generates cash and frees up more space)I'm gonna call it a win. ;-)

*   I found money!

I found this dime under the self-checkout machine at Walmart last Friday finishing my Ibotta Bonus.

When I went to get a storage unit on Tuesday I looked down and in the gravel road was this old penny.

After getting the storage unit I drove to Mickey D's to get an iced tea and give my nephew a birthday card(his birthday was on Wednesday).  He wasn't there and there was no line in the drive-thru.  Not being busy nobody was at the money window and they were taking money at the second/food window.  I saw all the above change on the ground by the money window(and more that I didn't have time to gather up).  I stopped and picked up some of the change on the ground(and there was no donation slot there).


Hubs and I took both cars to the storage unit on Wednesday.  As I was unloading my car I looked down and saw this dime.
I great found money week considering I didn't go much of anywhere this past week.

Total Found in last Week......$1.57
Total Found This Year......$12.24

That's about all I've got for this past week.  Nothing exciting here so move along. lolz

Any frugal wins in your neck of the woods?  Let's hear all about them!

And have a good weekend!


Sluggy  


Thursday, May 5, 2022

What's Going On This Week So Far?

Well on Monday Hubs took me out for a Mother's Day lunch(too crowded on the actual holiday)to Red Lobster.  They have Endless Shrimp on Monday so I got that.
I decided I shouldn't have had a helping of Shrimp Scampi(too much garlic and butter)as my stomach didn't feel well.  I ended up throwing up lunch afterwards. 8-((

On Tuesday I went to my old storage facility and  got a new unit.

This is where I'll be emptying the garage contents so I can stage a stockpile sale in the garage for next month.

I've made 4 trips so far and the garage is in a stage of chaos right now. lolz  It's getting worse before it gets better in there.  I'll take another load over to storage on Friday.

I burned a fair amount in the firepit of old wood/broken pallettes/tree branches piled by the shed. 

Hubs got the soil in the garden boxes so I can plant there as soon as the weather is warmer here and we are out of the frost/freezingtemps overnight.

I've got photos through July of 2017 edited.  Now it's on to August 2017.   8-))

Hubs is filling wall dents and dings and sanding in prep for painting the upstairs hallway.  Maybe by Monday he'll be ready to start in on the downstairs hallway, kitchen and den.

What's going on at your house?


Sluggy


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Income & Spending Report 2022....the April Report

Now that we are living on an annuity, 401K$ withdrawals and social security payments, I am still going to keep track of our monthly spending and income, and hopefully we'll still be able to live BELOW our means and I'll have some leftover monies each month to tuck aside.

I am trying to be as transparent as I can with how much is coming in and how much is going out.  8-)


On to the April report---

I had 2 goals for April.......
The 1st is to actually finish the month in the black and not the red.
The 2nd is to try to have a little cash leftover at the end of the previous month to tuck back into a slush fund.  This slush fun may be to apply toward unforeseen bills that are coming due in subsequent months, to spend on "extras/wants" during the year or to just sit there and grow until the end of 2022.

I can report that we finished up April in the red.
The amount we ended the month of April with?....-$616.96

Income or Funds We Can Access

The "income" in April---

* Monthly annuity payment of $3,229.07(after tax withholding)
* Interest earned on non-retirement accounts of $148.90
* 1/3 of Quarterly 401K withdrawal=$1,733.37
* RMSA account to pay for health premiums totaling $2,226.13
*  Cash in Pts. on M/C of $16.21
Total "Income" for April.....$7,353.68

Expenses in April---

* Irregular bills in April were $1,645.58
* Variable Expenses in April came to $4,098.93
* Health insurance premiums totaling $2,226.13
Total Expenses....$7,970.64

$7,353.68-$7,970.64=-$616.96

Slush into April of $42,061.98 in that Fund, subtract $616.96 and we get $41,445.02 going into May's 2022's Slush Fund.
The Slush Fund on it's Page(tab at the top of the blog)shows a subtraction of $616.96

Outgo
As for the variable expenses this April here are the good and the bad side of things....

HERE are the GOOD THINGS

*  The Internet, cell phone and WAM was the same as last month.
*  The electric bill was $71.23 less than March's bill.
*  The gas c/c was $31.30 less than in March(because we didn't use Sunoco gas much but used other stations and put on m/c instead).
*  The water bill went down by $5.11 compared to last month.
*  The Mastercard was $336.24 lower than March's bill.
*  The Amazon card was lower by $83.34 this month.


HERE are the BAD THINGS

All the regular bills were lower but we had 3 Irregular bills to pay in April--
*  Yearly Real Estate taxes of $1,414.58 were due.
*  I paid $200 toward our December cruise.
*  State taxes of $31 were due.


The Food Budget costs for April are in another post, which is located HERE.  Food costs are included in the credit card payment(mainly but sometimes our WAM cash too).

FINAL THOUGHTS on April 2022---As predicted in March's wrap-up we did indeed finish in the red in April.  Mostly due to vacation expenses in March that got paid in April.  Nothing we didn't anticipate though.  The irregular bills were also expected in April.  We took a small quarterly 401K withdrawal but divided over 3 months it didn't add enough income not to be short in April.  Thankfully we have the Slush Fund to draw from for this overage of bills.

THOUGHTS going forward into May 2022--Besides the semi-annual car insurance(an irregular bill), things should be lower.  Regular bills like electric will continue to go down as we heat with electric but it won't be hot enough for the a/c yet.  If we can keep the c/c bills lower in May maybe we can come out ahead this month.

So how was your April financially? 
Did you spend less than the income you had in April?
Did you stay within your budget or not?
What did you do with any money leftover at the end of the month?
Did you pay off any debts or put extra toward your mortgage principle or into savings, in an emergency fund or a retirement account?
Or did you blow it on a want?

If you posted your financial progress on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so we can go check out your progress too and celebrate or commiserate with you!


Sluggy 

Monday, May 2, 2022

This Week on the Dining Table

 The "More Brandon Sightings" Edition....



At the chance of offending more readers(!)I was behind this pick-up at the light leaving Rite-Aid last week.  My photo skills suck through a raindrop filled windshield but it reads, "Let's Go Brandon"....or whatever you want it to read. ;-)

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned.....
1. Sunday--Hamburger on Roll, Beans
2. Monday--Ham Steak, Veggies TBD, mac and cheese
3. Tuesday--Leftovers
4. Wednesday--Wild Rice Mushroom Soup
5. Thursday--Hubs cooking
6.  Friday--FFY or Leftovers
7. Saturday--FFY or Leftovers

And here's what actually happened........
1. Sunday--Hamburger on Roll, Beans
2. Monday--Take-Out Pizza
3. Tuesday--Wild Rice/Mushroom Soup
4. Wednesday--Meatloaf, Mixed Veggies, Au Gratin Taters
5. Thursday--Hubs didn't prepare anything so I had a can of ravioli.
6.  Friday--Leftovers(Don't remember what)
7. Saturday--Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad(I had wild rice/mushroom soup)

I am just not feeling domestic lately, and that mostly  includes cooking.  I am in "just find something easy and heat it up" mode.  Fresh produce season has still not arrived here.  Heck, we had snowflakes falling on Saturday!

What got put into the freezer last week....
*  3 packs of frozen burritos

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
* Pack of Mixed Veggies
* 12 Meatballs

I spent $56.43 on food/toiletries/HBA this last week(mostly drinks, burritos and toiletries). That was in 2 trips to Walmart to do Ibotta deals. This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Total to $291.75 for April.  

There are 0 shopping days left in April.  

I've earned $192.19 on Ibotta in April.
I've earned $4.44 on Checkout51 in April.
I've earned $8 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in April.
I've earned 27,856 points($27.85)from shopping on Fetch in April.
I earned 3155 Kicks($12.62)from food shopping on Shop Kick in April. 
I've earned 3370 Swag Bucks($33.70) from food shopping on Swag Bucks in April.

That's $205.63 in rebates(not counting the Shop Kick/Swag Bucks/Fetch)on $291.75 in grocery spending so in reality it's $86.12 spent after the 3 rebate apps I count.

My savings percentage for the last week was 55.35% (without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)and the monthly savings total for April comes in at 52.75% so far(w/out R-A).  

Leftovers going into this week....Soup, Baked Beans, Meatloaf, Spaghetti and Meatballs.  

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Ham Steak, Creamed Spinach, mac and cheese
2. Monday--Leftovers
3. Tuesday--Breakfast for Dinner
4. Wednesday--Sheet Pan Nachos
5. Thursday--Hubs cooking
6.  Friday--Take-Out
7. Saturday--Chicken Fajitas, Spanish Rice

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu? Mushrooms is it I think(I like to put them in my Fajitas and could make a cheese/mushroom omelet on Breakfast night).  I've got quite a few bags of Tortilla chips so the Nachos will help use some of that up.  Also have peppers strips in the freezer that need using(Fajitas)as well as cheese(Fajitas and Nachos).

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?  I haven't even looked at the grocery ads since early April.  The only food buying I've done is picking up what is required in town or a deal when I am in Walmart.


Sluggy