Saturday, November 26, 2016

Comings and Goings

So how all of ya'll doing?  Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?  Are you full and tired of turkey already?  Me?  I'm more of a ham girl myself.  It's been a bit since I posted.  Oh my I need to do better than this folks!

So last weekend we went to the Raleigh Christmas parade.  It was nice.  Even nicer that the weather was AMAZING!

Here are some photos from that day.

BTW-how is your christmas shopping going?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

I Withstood a Want

For me this is BIG. I've always wanted a red leather Coach purse. Today is my birthday. We were in the Boone and Blowing Rock area this weekend. On the way home there is a Tanger outlet mall with a Coach store and low and behold there was this beautiful red leather purse. For $149 I could take it home. I put that bad boy on and went to a mirror to see how good it looked. It looked great!  Beautiful. Perfect size. And I did I mention it was on "sale "?  The price tag original price was $395.
My dear husband said get it. It's your birthday. But something snapped inside at the last minute. I put it back on the shelf.  That my blog friends was a big step for me.  You see.......some ladies like shoes, I love purses.  I have way too many purses but it is really hard for me to give them away or sell at consignment shops.  I have made money in the past with selling several Vera Bradley purses via consignment though.

I'm not sure I will ever be a minimalist but I sure don't want to be a purse hoarder either!  LOL

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Can We Stop the Food Wars?

Please?  Yesterday I read a post on facebook from one of my local farmers markets.  It was about a farm in Georgia that had closed and how great the goats were etc............Now don't get me wrong, I love farms, I like to support them when I can and I dearly love farm animals.  However I kept reading the article and this farm charged $8.00 for a dozen eggs.  I realize that farmers have to charge a fair amount for them to make money so I am not being critical of this farmer but I left a comment simply stating that most people I know simply can't afford $8 a dozen eggs.  There is a demographic out there that can and I say that's great!  Go for it but it's too much for me.  Well the farmers market responded to me that they wanted to teach me to buy my groceries, all of them, at the farmers market.  They said that I would need to buy better beef but perhaps use less of it and that most Americans have a ton of food waste.  Yes that is true indeed but I did buy a pound of beef at the NC State Farmers Market ONCE at either $8 or $9 a pound.  Nope! I won't be doing that again.  I replied back that for folks on very limited budgets it was hard to justify spending even $5.00 for a dozen eggs.  I know of a family of 5 whose grocery budget for the month is $100.00 and no they are not on any type of assistance and no they don't want to be on assistance and yes they qualify for assistance.  The wife does an amazing job of getting really good deals on her food.  I'm sure that what she buys would send most foodies in a frenzy worrying about her family's health and the state of the earth.  Nope she doesn't buy hardly any snack or junk items because 1-they can't afford them and 2-they have food sensitivities that prevent it.  With her spending $50 every 2 weeks it makes no sense to spend 10% of her budget on eggs.

So I guess my point is why don't we all let folks buy what they want at the grocery store or at your local farmers market.  Let's let them spend what they feel is a right amount for their family.  Let's support the farmers when we can because that is important.  Most farms are not the huge farms that people want to protest against but rather family farms that are working hard to treat the animals the correct way with love and care while at the same time making a living for their families.

So I will try to buy more at my farmers market knowing that I can't succeed 100% of the time and I will also buy groceries at Kroger and Aldi.  That is the way I can save money for MY family.  I don't expect everyone to feel this way but I hope I've given ya'll something to consider.  I know the article spoke to me about the need to support the farmers but it also spoke to me that many have no idea how hard it is for some families to put even the cheapest of food on the table while trying to keep a roof over their heads.

See!  I actually do shop at the NC Farmers Market