Sunday, January 8, 2012

Week in Reivew - 1/1 - 1/7

Carla's Low Spend Challenge - I have spent 49% of our monthly budget and we are 25% through the month. A cheque that I wrote last month and forgot about hit my account today.  Ouch.  Also, Mr. Goat went to town to get milk and came back with more groceries.  $100 more groceries.  I've decided that anything I sell can go toward the household budget for the month and still meet the challenge; now all I have to do is find the time to sell something.

I've started on my refrigerator - all the obviously spoiled food is gone.  Now I just need to clear it out, organize, wash it out, and put it all back.  I did remember to take a before picture, and to motivate myself, I am going to post it next week whether I have the fridge finished or not (I do not want you to see this picture unless there's one of a clean refrigerator next to it.).

2012 Goals
I signed up for Proverb 31 Ministries' daily devotions, but they haven't hit my inbox yet.  Not sure what is going on there.  I decided that my bible to read this year is The Holy Bible, English Standard Version because it is free on Kindle right now.  Aside from that, I haven't even made it to church - today I slept through my alarm again, which is crazy; before I had babies I never slept through alarms.  I'm not sure what to do about this since Carla's challenge prevents me from buying Clocky.

I worked out five times this week, once less than my goal.  Four days I pushed the twins in their stroller; one day I returned Christmas presents and walked around the mall.  I never made it to the gym because I had no one to watch babies in the afternoon; the person who usually does' mother died last week and so she was not available.  I will "make up" the visits over the rest of the month.  Since I don't need a Weight Watcher's membership, it doesn't meet the terms of the challenge; I will start tracking food next month.

All the money is on autopilot.  Mr. Goat's acting CEO told him they are planning to hire another programmer; hopefully that means we will continue to get paid.  More on that as I know more.

I was getting together stuff to go out to the berm ... and then both babies woke up at once.  Then I spent the rest of the afternoon watching the Broncos-Steelers game with a friend and feeding babies.  After football season, Sunday afternoons should be a great time to shoot; until then I'd  better plan for weekday afternoons. Aside from a bit of fridge cleaning, and keeping up with the dishes, no household work has been done.

All in all, a pretty good week, but next week I hope to do better.  If you tend to sleep through your alarm clock, how do you make sure and get up on time in the morning?


  1. Great job on the working out...and with twins in tow! (I really have no excuse!)

    It's challenging to have a low spend month, for sure. It seems expenses just pop up..

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your husband's job! I'm sure that is very stressful not knowing...

  2. Good luck with selling some items! Have baby stuff to sell? You can get rid of some stuff & make $$ for the month. Bad hubby overspending!! ;) There are free alarms you can get in the APP store, check for one of those maybe? The Proverbs 31 will come through... It took a couple days for mine too... But I enjoy reading them, I think you'll like them! :)

  3. I'm not selling baby stuff because I know someone who will need it in about 6 months. Except for stuff I don't like, such as the Playtex drop-ins. Someone else might like them, but I'm not giving them to anyone lest they think I was recommending them.