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Can you attract wealth?

August 30th, 2006 at 08:16 am

I've been reading a very interesting ebook lately titled "Happy Pocket Full of Money" about being able to attract wealth by changing your attitude and way of thinking. That's the very basics of it, there are so many "deep thoughts" in this book so that's it in a nutshell.

Anyway, I have story to share and I hope I don't come off sounding crazy. Yesterday I was in Wal-mart looking for some composition notebooks for my kids for school. I wasn't finding any in the school supplies, so I went to the office supplies section. I was pushing my youngest daughter in the cart and carrying my wallet in my right hand. As I was looking for the notebooks, I glanced down and saw a journal that caught my eye. In my mind I thought "That's such a cute journal"

I dismissed the thought, turned the cart around in the isle, checked the other side of the isle for the notebooks and did not find what I was looking for. I went back to the school supplies one last time to double check.

As I returned to the school supplies I glanced down at my wallet and was not only carrying my wallet, but also the journal that had caught my eye. It was the strangest thing!! Almost like the journal magically appeared in my hand. I don't remember picking it up. My daughter couldn't have picked it up-she was strapped into the cart. How did it get into my hand?

I think this is how we can attract wealth. Obviously, I did pick up the journal. But doing it was so effortless that I have no recollection of doing so and it seemed to just appear in my hands. I'm really starting to believe the stuff this book is saying.

By the way, I didn't buy the journal. I already have one. *Smiles*

Buy one get one at Walgreens

August 29th, 2006 at 08:51 am

I forgot to post this last week. I was so excited to go into Walgreens to get some drinks for lunch I was taking on with pizza (Dead Mouse Post)and find out they were having a buy one get one free sale on backpacks.

They were nice backpacks and only had two left so I grabbed them. I was going to make my son use his backpack from last year even though it was torn on the inside. So I thought he'd like a new one that he didn't get to pick better than that. I had my daughter with me-she wasn't to keen on the idea at first (of course they want to pick their own!) But I showed her all of the cool features like three pockets and a little hole for her headphones to slip thru. She was sold!

So, I'm adding $10 to my $20 challenge because that's how much I saved.

New total: $60

Am I A Cheepskate?!

August 26th, 2006 at 08:11 am

Ok, we just wrapped up our school clothes shopping and shopping for school supplies. Here in our school district each student gets a school supply list that has several items that they need to bring with them to class on the first day of school. When you have four kids attending school, that can get quite expensive.

So, this year I decided I was going to be a cheepskate and not buy everything on the list. For example, my youngest daughter attending school had "Hand Sanitizer" and "Box of Tissue" on her list. So, there's at least 20 students bringing a box of tissue. Really, is the 2nd grade class going to go through 20 boxes of tissue? And what about Hand Sanitizer? Can't they just got to the bathroom and use the soap in the bathroom?

I honestly don't think that us as parents should have to fork out the money for this kind of stuff. I can understand the pencils, crayons, colored pencils, erasers, notebooks, etc. can be furnished by us. But some of these lists go to the extreme.

And what infuriates me the most is last night my oldest daughter who is about to start middle school walked in and said, "I guess we didn't need to buy graph paper." and hands me an almost brand new graph paper tablet that my oldest son had brought home from school last year. Did he ever use the tablet? Maybe one or two sheets. Hello!! Why can't the teacher buy one tablet and, when needed, tear out a couple of sheets for each student?

We also found a couple of other items that my kids "had to have" that were nearly brand new and almost never used. This just irks me.

What do you think? Am I being a cheepskate?

Four No Spend Days!

August 25th, 2006 at 07:37 am

We had a great time on our camping trip! It was relaxing and fun and a great way to spend that last week of summer vacation with my kids.

Another positive is that I did not spend any money in four days! I know that if I plan right, this can happen more often.

I am going to add $20 to my $20 challenge total because I always eat out for lunch on Tuesdays (I get together with my mom and aunts for lunch) and this week I didn't do that. I think that brings my total to $50.

A Camping We Will Go!

August 21st, 2006 at 11:20 am

Well, we're off for our official vacation. This year we decided to go camping because my husband is very busy (he's a professional builder) and is working on two homes up the canyon where we will be camping. His grandparents own a large piece of land up there so we can take our camper up and park it without any problems.

It should be a frugal week as I will be up in the mountains and with nothing to tempt me to shop or eat out. I do have a few more things to get at the store for the trip so I will be going over budget on this weeks grocery budget.

The kids are excited-they love it up there! They can hike, fish and ride their dirtbikes anywhere. They are ready to leave and so I have no more time on the computer. Be back on Thurs!

College Students Save Money!

August 17th, 2006 at 06:36 am

Every day I receive an eNewsletter from Mary Hunt's Debt Proof Living website. The other day it had a great tip for college students. When you go to buy your books go to the book store and get the ISBN # of all the books you'll need. Then order the used books on Half.com or eBay. You might save hundreds of dollars!

Free Pedicure Set *First 300*

August 17th, 2006 at 06:25 am

I found another great freebie! If you're one of the first 300 applicants you can claim your free pedicure set!
Click Here!

Budget Buster!

August 16th, 2006 at 07:37 am

I went grocery shopping yesterday for our camping trip next week. My total: $127.63. Ugh! I really wasn't wanting to spend more than $75. But I did get things like paper plates, napkins and paper cups, plus I bought some bulk items like drink mix and cereal that we will use after the trip.

So, I have only about $15 in my grocery budget for the next two weeks. Can I do it?

Free Sample Infusium 23 Shampoo & Cond

August 15th, 2006 at 05:32 pm

Here's a free sample for you to try. I've always liked Infusium 23, but haven't used it for awhile because I get the cheap stuff. I'll send off for the free sample though!

Click Here for the Free Sample

What doctor does this?!

August 15th, 2006 at 03:57 pm

A couple of days ago my nephew who is 13 years old had a roping accident. He loves the rodeo-especially the roping competition. He's actually quite good and has already won some awards.

Anyway, he almost lost his thumb in this accident. The doctor scheduled surgery and they made the two hour drive to the hospital. The doctor opted not to do surgery and after a several failed attempts, popped his thumb back into place and wrapped it. My nephew is on his way to a full recovery.

The cost for this procedure? $0! Zero! Nothing. How many other doctors would have put a pin in his thumb just to make a buck. How many other doctors would have done the same thing, but charged an arm and a leg? This was a great blessing because like us, his parents are self-employed and cannot afford to carry health insurance.

Let us remember there are wonderful people in this world!

Priceline Summer Package Deal Save up to $300

August 15th, 2006 at 09:24 am

I've been browsing the internet for coupons - I've never used them before. I can't believe how many great deals and coupons are offered online! Priceline is offering a summer package deal:

"Book a Flight + Hotel package during our End of Summer Super Sale. You can save up to $200 just by booking your flight and hotel together. And now, for a limited time, you'll get an additional instant rebate up to $100 when you book a vacation package by August 27th. That's up to $300 savings in sun-soaked destinations like Las Vegas, Florida, Hawaii, and Cancun or Big City destinations like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.* "
Click Here for More Info

I'll post more as I find them!

$20 Challenge

August 14th, 2006 at 11:57 am

This weekend we didn't eat out once! We usually eat out at least one time on the weekend-either Fri or Sat. So I'm going to make my first addition to the $20 challenge. I'm going to figure it as $30-that's about the average bill when my husband and I eat out. If this happens again I'll figure more because we take our kids out once in a while too.

$20 Challenge: $30

Grocery Budget

August 14th, 2006 at 11:53 am

Well, after the post I made yesterday and reading through the comments made, I've come up with one idea. I'm going to make a menu every week-something I haven't done in a while. Then I'm going to create a shopping list from the menu. I've decided that I will budget $100 per week for groceries, including toiletries and non-food items. We'll see how it goes. I have a family of seven so I think this should cover it. For motivation to keep things under budget I'm going to put any extra into the $20 challenge.

It's going to start off weird already because next week we're going camping for about four days. So I'm going to purchase groceries for next week tomorrow. I'll check in two weeks from now with my total under-budget -hopefully there will be some.

Today I made my dinner menu:
Mon- Lasagna & Salad
Tues - Hard Shell Tacos
Wed - Hawaiin Haystacks
Thurs - Scalloped Potatoes & Corn

Friday we'll be leaving for a wedding and will be eating out this weekend.

My total for today's groceries was $59.07 I tried to sub-total as I shopped and estimated $60 before she rang me up. The biggest part of my grocery bill was the ground beef. Six pounds cost me about $16.00. My husband and I usually by in bulk from my uncle-he's a meat processor. It's been awhile since we've bought meat from him, but I will definitely be calling soon.

Groceries purchased today: $59.07

$20 Challenge

August 13th, 2006 at 12:37 pm

Ok, I've been struggling with this one. I read in someone's post that the $20 challenge was saving money that you normally wouldn't have earned, and since I'm a sahm I don't earn much. I do teach an exercise class four days per week and earn a little from that. So I won't count that money or the money I get from my change jar (just cashed it in a couple of weeks ago for $248!).

But I've decided that I will count the money I save when choosing not to eat out (since that's such a sacrifice). The money I accumulate is going to my "Why'd you go and do something stupid like that" credit card with a balance of a little over $5000. I'll post the exact balance and the story behind it later.

I've decided I might try selling a few things on eBay, after I clean out the kids closets before school if there's anything worth selling.

So my balance for the challenge right now is $0, but hopefully it will grow and I'm going to brainstorm tonight for more ideas.

Any advice??

Fingernails made of gold??

August 12th, 2006 at 07:01 am

I was driving in the car yesterday with some of my kids and I started listening to their conversation. I hear my son say, "Wouldn't it be nice if our fingernails were made of gold and everytime we clipped them we could sell them for a lot of money?".

My daughter responded by informing him that gold isn't really worth that much and he probably wouldn't make that much money if that could happen.

Where do my children come up with this stuff?

How much is gold worth anyway?......

Dead mouse in the driveway

August 11th, 2006 at 01:39 pm

Well, this being my first post I guess I'd better tell a little about myself. I am very blessed to be a stay at home mom to my five wonderful children. My husband is a self employed contractor and the last few years our finances have started looking up. But that's usually when we go and spend big money and get into debt again. Anyway, I'm hoping that by logging my spending and (hopefully) savings in this blog, we'll get out of debt sooner.

My biggest vice: eating out! I don't really enjoy cooking and so I love to eat out. I guess it's good that I live in a very small community -population about 1500 give or take a few. There's only one small cafe in town. There's a college town about 30 min away that we go to alot that has all of the good restaurant's (It's getting a Chile's and Taco Bell soon-yeah!).

Anyway, to get to the point of my post. Yesterday I took my girls swimming and on the way home we grabbed three medium pizza's at Dominoe's. The total:$16.04. I justified the purchase by thinking we'd have leftover pizza for dinner. Well, when I got home my older son was here playing with his cousin's and they decided to have some pizza too, which was fine. But one of his cousins saw a dead mouse in the driveway, got grossed out and threw his entire piece of pizza on the ground for the cat! This infuriated me for several reasons:

1. Our children of ours think they have it so good that they think nothing of throwing a good slice of pizza on the ground. Why is that? I guess they need to go without for awhile so they can know how good they really have it.

2. I felt guilty about buying the pizza anyway because I knew it would have been just as easy and more affordable to come home and make the kids sandwiches

3. I'm not big on wasting anything. Turn the lights off when you leave the room-don't waste electricity. Recycle. Stuff like that. Seeing the cat eating a perfectly good slice of pizza. What a waste.

4. One less piece of pizza for dinner that night.

So.. was the pizza really necessary?