Happy September! We’ve been busy this week saying a last good-bye to summer and also celebrating my birthday. It hasn’t been the most frugal week ever, but we did have some money-saving highlights.
- Our front light post stopped working, which is a problem when your block has no streetlights. Mr. Saver, aka The Reluctant Do-It-Yourselfer, tackled the problem with tenacity, battling mosquitoes and a stripped screw that did not want to budge! He replaced the entire light that sits atop the pole. Bravo!
- Speaking of Mr. Saver, he has been on a LED lightbulb conversion kick lately. I hope he will pen a post for you in the coming weeks on this wise long-term investment.
- Came in under budget on our electricity bill, and pushed the surplus money into our long-term savings.
- Made an extra $ 65.00 selling items on eBay and Craigslist.
- Started back to work for fall. Starting next week I will be working about 20 hours a week. When working on family finances, you can’t forget to examine the income side of things. Watch for an upcoming post on transitioning from SAHM to part-time employment.
- Sorry, you knew I was going to say it… eating from the garden! The 3rd crop of arugula is just at the right size. I’ve almost thrown in the towel on the zucchini… I can’t keep up with it and I am afraid to look and see what kind of baseball-bats are growing under all those leaves.
- Ran a report to look at our grocery spending this month, which was low for us. Spent a total of $ 338.00, or about 85.00 a week. We were home all month, and ate at home most days. My guess is that we spent less by eating meals based on what we had at home, and using a lot of garden produce. We had a lot of vegetarian or almost-veg meals.
We ended the week depositing a bit of unspent money into our long-term savings and also Christmas gift budget accounts. We are so close to meeting our goal to increase cash savings!
How was your week?