It’s a new year and like so many others have done I’ve started it off as I intend to go … staying busy! I made out my ‘to-do’ list for this week over the weekend and promptly started work on it this morning.
One item on my list is to read the book “What Money Can’t Buy, A story from the Great Depression by Emily Steiner. There are 368 pages in the book, and I’ve set the goal of reading 74 pages a day for 5 days. I met the goal for today’s reading! This is the second time I’ve read this book and I’m enjoying it just as much now as I did the first time … only this time I’m paying a bit more attention to how they survived! (I have a lofty goal of reading one book per week this year and given my track record of not finding time to read hold in your hands books, this goal sounds a bit ridiculous. Ha …. I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge so we’re going to see what I do with this one this year!)
Another item on my list is to declutter 20 items per day this week and I’m happy to say that I was successful today! Twenty items were put back where they belong, rehomed, or tossed. I’m really trying to improve on my organization this year and am baby stepping my way through the process. Living in a small house means you either stay ahead of the clutter or it will literally overtake everything!
Our main meal of the day today was leftover beef stew. Hubby made a crockpot full the end of last week and there was enough left for another meal. We enjoyed it today; it was just as good as the day it was made! In our attempt to ‘up our frugal game’ we’re trying to be mindful of what we have in the refrigerator and not let anything ruin.
I boiled some eggs to make egg salad. I haven’t had egg salad in a really long time and am looking forward to having it again. My plan is to have it in a low carb wrap. What do you put in your egg salad?
I also set in motion 2 things we plan to do to help rebuild our emergency fund that took an unexpected hit in the fall … but then isn’t that what emergency funds are for … those unexpected things that pop up in our lives. Here are the two things I added to my weekly to-do list that will add a little variety and maybe just a little bit of fun to rebuilding our emergency fund:
Zero out Sunday: Every Sunday I take the last 3 digits of our checking account amount and transfer it to savings. Example, if the amount is $249. 18, I’ll transfer $9.18 to savings, zeroing out the amount in our checking account. It’s not a lot, but it’s something and it doesn’t usually cause financial hardship. Every little bit adds up over time.
Do you have ‘unconventional’ ways of saving money?
I read a post written by Annabel over on The Bluebirds are Nesting on the Farm titled ‘Save Like Nana Did’ and boy oh boy, did it inspire me. While I stay busy most of the time, I picked up some pointers for making better use of my time and got a whole bunch of gift ideas.
That’s it for today, I’m going to settle in with my book and cross-stitch project for the evening.
Meet you back here tomorrow, Lord willing!
Until then …
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