Week 3 Budgeting, Meal Planning, Homemaking

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Budgeting, meal planning, homemaking


Week three of budgeting, meal planning and homemaking.

Oy. What a week.

RSD reared it’s ugly head several times this week, with flares that knocked me over.  The problem with flare ups isn’t just *that* day. It’s also at least a day following, where everything is as touchy as heck, and I’ve learned to sit still, as much as I can, to avoid provoking another full flare up. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

So, how’d week three go?

To sum up in three words: Do over needed.

Budgeting

I literally pulled a ‘do over’. YNAB (You Need A Budget) apparently understands doofuses like me, and offers a ‘Fresh Start’ option. Yay.

I also discovered that a budget would work better, if only ONE of us were spending and tracking the money. Unfortunately, that’s impossible, with Wolf working outside of the home. Problem I discovered this week is that he’d been spending, and I had 0 clue about it. See, we decided to try using our one credit card for things like gas, groceries, because it has a reward percentage on it. We earn money. Seems like a good idea, right? Earn money for every day things that otherwise we’d not be, and pay off what we’re putting on it.

Well, that only works if you know things are being spent, what it’s being spent on, and how much. Wolf had been keeping receipts (so he says) but not actually giving them to me.

So, Fresh Start came in to play.

One item that needs to be figured in, is Zac’s Heart. As I mentioned in a brief post yesterday, a Mom I’ve known for over a decade lost her barely 17 year old son due to a car accident Saturday morning. Donating to help cover the cost of his funeral is a priority for me, so I’ll be figuring out this morning where I can pull from.

Meal Planning

Again, RSD messed with this. Didn’t stick to the plan, *but* was able to pull things together from what we had in the house. Somehow, we ran out of onions at one point. I’ve no idea how we managed that, as Wolf swears he bought them, and I can’t figure out how the heck I would’ve used them all up, but it definitely messed with my plans for that supper. So, that shows me I need to pay closer attention to what I’m using up, and to quit assuming that I still have ___ left in the fridge or pantry.

I swear, I don’t think I’ve ever ‘run out’ of onions before. Probably because I’d glance through, see what I had, and go from there, in a bit of a panic, rather than having a plan for the night, and discover a vital ingredient missing. Lesson learned.

Tomorrow, I’m going to talk about what has rapidly become one of my favourite budget recipe sites EVER. So, make sure you come back for that!

Homemaking

RSD. Need I say more? Oh, and running out of flipping ink for the printer, so that I couldn’t print out my weekly schedule didn’t help either. At all. Cause if I sit at the puter, to look at the schedule, do you know what happens? Facebook. Social groups. Youtube, email, and there goes a butt load of time.

I need more discipline, frankly, when it comes to time spent online. And while I’m dreaming, I’d like a winning lotto ticket, please. Cause that way I can *hire* someone to take over the laundry and cleaning. And, probably cooking too, if I’m being honest. In a new house, that’s big enough, has a specific play room, school room, and office.

Summing up

Well, I promised honesty, didn’t I? So, this is proof. I didn’t get anywhere what I had planned done, and now the world knows about it. Hopefully, this is a bit reassuring to folks. I’ve read other bloggers journey’s to becoming budget wise, etc, and felt like a loser in comparison, because my attempts NEVER went that easily. So, hopefully my reality can make your reality seem normal.

Because mine NEVER is.

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For those interested, the Zac’s Heart fund is for helping the family with funeral expenses. Any donation helps.

Thank you.

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Comments

Week 3 Budgeting, Meal Planning, Homemaking — 3 Comments

  1. Okay, so you outlined everything you did wrong (well, not *wrong*, but not *as planned*). Can you focus anything on the positive? For example, when life threw you a big gigantic curve ball this week (doctors call is RSD), you weren't able to do a lot of things you had planned to do. You thought about it and you've figured out a Plan B – for the budgeting aspect of things.

    But where are your blessings? What were some good aspects of your RSD-has-me-out-for-the-count-let's-do-something-else-for-the-time-being.

    I'm following Elise Adams and she has been a wealth of information for me in finding the blessings in the midst of the journey. You should check her out: http://www.leesyadams.com

    I look forward to reading about next week's accomplishments! 🙂

  2. Honestly, finding the 'fresh start' I took as a positive. Rather than beating myself (or Wolf) up over the miscommunications and missed entries, I figured out how to restart from where I'm at. Before, I would've felt defeated, and figured, “This will NEVER work for me! I'm too disorganized/lazy/dumb to do this!” and continued on, clueless as to managing our finances, and getting where we want to be.

    And, the fact that I did have a meal plan I could shuffle around was good. I had everything I needed, other than produce, to be able to pull another meal together. Not according to the schedule, but it was done, w/out a trip to the grocery store.

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