Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Our New Car

I forgot to tell y'all we got a new car. Here it is!!

Last Minute Thanksgiving Buys

LThis year we are staying in G town. Just the 2 of us. We won't have a "spread" but a few things like ham, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes and rolls. I had most items in my pantry (yah). I did buy the ham and rolls tonight. In addition I bought a pound of pork sausage and English muffins. I plan on cooking up the sausage, add a jar of cheese wiz and then put on cut English muffins.  Freeze and they come in handy for a tasty breakfast!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Homemade pizza

I'm not that great a cook and in all honesty I don really enjoy it but groceries is one of the main areas we all can save big bucks. So today I whipped up a pizza.  Yes the crust was homemade. I actually used flour, oil, salt, sugar, yeast and water. Kneaded it a tad bit and voila! A crust. It's not the best tasting pizza I ever had but it was cheap, filling and not full of preservatives. 

The hubster likes pepperoni and I'm a plain cheese kind of gal. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Car Update Numero Dos

The hubster got a call today from the repair shop.  Damages are over $6500.00.  The car is not worth that much according to Blue Book.  We were told that someone from STate Farm will be contacting us within 2-3 business days to discuss our options.  Sounds like it's totaled.  Not what we wanted to hear.  Now we have to get in the mindset of getting another car.  Oh joy, what fun!!

So very glad it is Friday and pay day for me. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas Movie Love

I love Christmas movies.  I mean what is more fun than to watch movies that just make you feel good and they usually have snow and all that kind of good stuff.  It's kind of rare to have snow at Christmas here in North Carolina.  So I got to thinking about my favorite Christmas movies and here are 3.  I love many more than that but I can't think of them!  Of course I love almost all of the Hallmark movies this time of year.  So here goes:

I know, kind of sappy and feel good but what can I say?

How about you?  What movies do you love to watch over and over again at Christmas?

Car Update

well actually there isn't much to update.  The car repair shop called the hubster and told him they were in the process of taking apart the car to see what needs to be fixed and will call him tomorrow morning to give him either good news like how much it will cost to repair or bad news like we have to get another car.

We are really hoping it can be fixed!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Starting the Declutter Process

I'm not a minimalist by any definition of the word but I am one who as I get older can't stand clutter. In fact it can make me anxious. Hubby has the biggest bathroom. My counter space is limited. I didn't keep much on to begin with but now I'm cutting back more. I may put a candle on it but not sure about that. This is just a very small beginning to a very large project. I'm feeling confined by my junk. 

What about you?  What is your decor style?  More is more or less is more?  I dread working on the rest of the house. 


What's the Hoopla About a Red Cup?

This hoopla is being blamed on conservative Christians.  I, for one, am a conservative Christian and I don't give 2 hoots about Starbucks' plain red cups.  And none of my conservative Christian friends care.  I mean, come on, we all have better things to worry about people.

For one, I find it very hard to find a consistent good tasting cup of coffee from Starbucks.  It may taste good one day but go somewhere else or another barista and it can taste awful.  Not to is very expensive.   Now I am not saying that frugalistas should never buy Starbucks coffee or from other coffee shops but think about it how those costs add up.  Most like me probably buy a cup of coffee once in a great while and that is fine.  Heck it's fine if you buy a cup every day as long as you have it budgeted but is it really worth it to spend over $100 a month or more just for coffee?

I don't know about you but I will be ever so grateful when this story goes away.  It will be replace by other ridiculous stories but there is always hope!

For all of those who served in the armed forces a big THANK  YOU!  Everyone in this country should honor and respect you personally even if they don't agree with whatever wars that have happened.  Even if they hate the president in office.  Please respect those who are charged with providing freedom for the citizens of the US!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Hello Murphy!

Murphy happened. On my birthday no less. Dh hit a deer coming home way early this morning. He was driving back from the mountains after attending a horrible football game in which we lost. I got a phone call at 1:30 am telling me he was fine but he hit a deer. He was about an hour and a half away from home. The highway patrol officer had to shoot the deer to put it out of its misery.

The car had to be towed to Raleigh. Thank the Lord for triple A. Saved us a ton of money for towing. I picked him up about 4 in the morning. 

We will be carpooling for quite some time as it will be about 3 weeks until they can start work on the car. That is IF it can be repaired. It may be declared totaled. I hope not as that means we will have to replace it. It's a 2009 Corolla so we won't get a lot of money for it. If it's fixable we only pay a $50 deductible. We really don't want to have to buy another car. And that is my biggest concern right now. We finally have an emergency fund. Not a huge one considering everything but all told about 7500.00. I was getting excited about reaching 10 grand by the end of the year. I know that's nowhere near where we should be but we are doing better. So disappointing to know if it weren't for my foolish spending over the years this would be just a blip on our screen. 

I am so very thankful that no one was hurt. 

Here's a pic of the car. Looks fixable to me but it wasn't drive able and I'm no mechanic. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

An Aldi Treat

Run don't walk if you love salty sweet snacks. I bought this last night at Aldi and it's really good.  

Forgive the photo. I took it at work against an ugly backdrop.

If you get the chance try them!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The More I Shop in Aldi

The more I love that store.  DH is an avowed Kroger man and they do have good prices here in NC.  They also carry some items that we can't get at Aldi but let me tell ya that Aldi is becoming one of my top 2 stores.

For you Aldi lovers out there-what items do you love the most and the least?