Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Why I Want Out of the Rat Race

My husband just called me at work.  The wife of one of his good friends is in the hospital needing a liver transplant and it does not look good.  They've been told nothing else can be done.  The family has petitioned the transplant team to reconsider their decision.  From what my husband told me, she's only been retired about 5 years.  Wow!!  You work so hard to be able to enjoy your later years and this happens.  Now I know it happens to many people.  Some people don't even have the 5 years she has enjoyed but it has me really thinking.


This is why I want out.  I want to be able to enjoy my life.  I am not expecting to be able to travel all around the world or spend extravagantly on jewels and cars and houses.  I really want a simple life and being able to do what I want when I want and not have to plan everything around my employer's schedule.  I want to be able to get in the car and drive to the mountains or beach.  Yep we are lucky like that.  North Carolina has both and we are centrally located so it isn't a bad drive either way.  I want to be able to help others out without feeling like I am putting my department in a bind.  I want to wake up when I want to and not to the sound of the alarm clock.  I want to be able to run errands during the day, not when I am dog tired from work and in crowds of other folks who just got off as well.  I want to be more involved with my church and other ministries.  Especially those who help the working poor or pregnancy life homes 


Five years really isn't enough to be able to enjoy all of that.  What she and her family are going through right now is so sad.


Please pray for Helen and for her family.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I Don't Know How Much Longer I Can Take IT

I looked at my retirement calculator at work and according to it I still have to work 7 years, 11 months and 3 days for me to be eligible for insurance at retirement.  Honest to goodness I don't really know if I can last that long.  Everything and I do mean everything gets on my last nerve.  We have only 1 debt and that is my car payment.  It is just over $14000.00.  There is a part of me that wants to throw every red cent to it to get rid of it but............there is this other part of me that also wants to save as much as possible since we've we so bad about that for so many years.


We could make it on the hubster's salary.  It would be a real stretch but we could do it.  He is not so fond of that idea if you can relate. 


I'm just so ready to throw in the towel. 


What would you do?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Being Organized Can Be Your Best Frugal Strategy

What the what? Better than coupons?  Better than turning off the lights when not using them?  Better than not going out to eat?  Well a resounding YES and here's why.  This past weekend I finally got so tired of opening our cabinet/pantry doors and not knowing what is in there or have it falling out.  So I went to the Dollar Tree and bought some lovely lime green boxes( yep I spent some money to do this!) and started to clean them up.   The finished product is much better looking and organized.  I tried my best to have like products together so I won't have to spend a ton of time looking for things.  This is a major plus.  The downside you ask?  Well let me tell ya'll I threw away a lot of things like canned goods and such that were so far out of date that they could possibly kill us if we ate them.  I was really disappointed in myself for letting it get to this point.  Money literally being thrown away.  Bye bye! Hasta lavista baby.

Had I been organized these items would have been used or at least donated to a food pantry if we couldn't use them.  Even if used coupons and got great deals, I still ultimately lost because they were thrown away.  So that was my light bulb moment.

Below are pics of what the cabinets look like now.

This cabinet holds the many bottles of Penzeys spices  



This cabinet holds some canned goods plus a few odds and ends

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Fun Frugal Day (Well MostlyFrugal)

So tomorrow I go back to work.  I would really like to stay home a few more days but alas I must go back and face the music!  LOL.  Hope no banjos are playing if you know what I mean.

Today we did a couple of things that were totally free.   Well if you count the gas it took to drive there it wasn't totally free but we didn't have to pay anything else.  The RDU International Airport and Umstead Park are pretty much on the other side of the county from where we live but we ventured out today and went to the Observation Deck at RDU, then we went to Umstead Park.  Umstead is part of the state parks system in North Carolina and right here in Raleigh.  It's beautiful and great to go especially during the week when it's not so busy.

The cake.........well that wasn't free but it is delicious.  We also visited the Hayes Barton Pharmacy Cafe for dessert afterwards.









If you are ever in the 5 Points area of Raleigh, be sure to visit the Hayes Barton Pharmacy Cafe.  It's old school and plays old time music.  It's really neat.  Plus it isn't a chain, it's a local business so it is always good to support the local peeps.

Monday, February 20, 2017

What I've Done the Last Couple of Days

I took last Thursday, Friday, today and tomorrow off.  I needed some time away from work in a major way.  I mean I was going coo coo for cocoa puffs.  The last few days have been wonderful, with the exception of getting sick.  It really makes me yearn for that time when I can say good bye to fulltime employment.  It's nothing against my employer.  Like I've said before.  I want FREEDOM!

Anyhoo. I really have not done much except lay on the couch feeling yucky but I did manage to do a couple of things.


The pictures were taken from the NC Farmer's Market.  This is a slice of heaven ya'll.  And it will only get better as spring and summer arrive.  Juicy strawberries, peppers, homemade salsa are just a few of the items that I buy.  Most all of the farmers there will give free samples too so that makes it a double win for everyone.  You got to get there early though or you will have a devil of a time trying to find a parking spot.  It is incredibly busy.

The video is of my Aldi run today.  Lord knows, I did not realize that Aldi was so busy on a Monday morning.  Good grief!

Enjoy ya'll!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Have You Noticed Any Food Shortages

I belong to a British frugal food group on Facebook.  Why you ask?  Well I love all things British.  Anyhoo..............some of the folks there have mentioned some shortages on certain veggies such as broccoli.  The example they've given is they could only buy 3 heads of broccoli at a time etc.........Then the hubster said he heard there was a bacon shortage here in the States and I'm like NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Bacon should be its own food group.  I love that wonderful part of a hog.  The crispier that better.  And Hormel Black Label is my favorite although it is way too expensive for me!
Have you heard of any food shortages?  Have you seen empty shelves at times other than snow storm warnings?

I know that some of the blogs and facebook posts I follow speak of possible food shortages during times of civil unrest.  I know the country is going through some trying times right now but do you think it will come to that?  Food for thought!

Can You do All of Your Grocery Shopping at Aldi

Before I get into the question I want to share something funny.  A year or so ago you could not get my husband to step foot in Aldi.  He says he had a bad experience with bananas once.   They went bad very quickly.  Well................that can happen at any store, can't it?

Anyhoo...............................now he LOVES Aldi because of their prices.  So my question to you is are you able to do your entire grocery run at Aldi?  There are still a few items that I buy at "regular' grocery stores.  I am very picky about my salad dressing.  I only like certain kinds although I am considering trying to make my own.  Thrifymominboise.blogspot.com has shared posts with her homemade dressings and they look really tasty.

Are there certain items that you will buy AT Aldi?  I really love the baby bell peppers in a bag that they sell.  It's cheaper than Kroger in our area.

I'm also hearing some complaints about the prices at Aldi going up.  Have you noticed that in your area?

Right now, we shop at Aldi and Kroger primarily and from time to time will venture to Walmart.  What about ya'll?