Monday, October 6, 2014

Updates on the Budget

Sticking to the new grocery budget has proven difficult. Getting down to a smaller budget each week is going to take some getting use to and some changes to the way we deal with meals.

As you know I don't have a steady schedule so meal planning is difficult. The past couple months, with changes going on at work, my schedule has been even more unsteady. And coming up next month my schedule will be changing even more.

So how to adapt your budget to an ever changing schedule? A stock pile.

My stock pile is really dwindling right now due to my lack of dedication to my coupon binder. It unfortunately is almost empty.... It is amazing the impact of not having a full or even semi full stock pile. I find it very difficult to plan meals in tight budget months. We have limited options for eating at home and then we end up eating out and going over budget.

Here is my goal for the rest of the year, October, November and December: ReStock my Stock Pile!

How and I going to achieve this: Coupons! and Sales!

It's time to get back to basics, and when a coupon guru tells you how important a stock pile is, trust me, believe them!

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Budget Update


So far things are going pretty good on this new grocery budget. It has only been a couple weeks but I think this may be the best option for us.

The first week I stayed under $50 but the second week I went over by $20. The more we plan things out though I think we will be able to stick to our budget.

The grocery related news is that I finally went to the farmers market this past Friday! It took me too long to get there this summer. I got some lettuce, 2 huge zucchini, zucchini bread, an onion and home made kettle corn for 13$. Huge win!




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Monday, July 7, 2014

New Budget

This month I will trying out a new plan for my husband and my grocery budget. I have been trying to cut our grocery bill for a while and did great for a while on coupons but have found that I am lacking success lately. Or at least the success that I need to achieve to make my time cutting and organizing coupons worth it.

I was reading an article from my LearnVest email digest that showcased a couple different peoples' real budgets and one of them stuck with me. A young couple around the ages of my husband and myself spent around 100$ a week on groceries by planning out their menus each week. Right now I can spend up to $300-$400 a month on groceries, and our budget just cannot take it any more. So I am going to give this method a try.

Seeing as my grocery budget is the same as this couple, I am going to shoot for around $50 a week. I know its an ambitious cut, but I think it's manageable. Today is going to be my first trip and I plan on making sure I have what I need in my house for the next week of meals.

I think the most challenging part will be keeping my husband and myself to the meal plan we create at the beginning of the week. We have a tendency to do the impromptu dinner out.

I plan on keeping everyone posted as to how it goes. So wish us luck!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Soft Opening

Today I am doing a soft reopening of my etsy shop. Not going crazy with promotions and adding items until everything is sorted out. But I figured It wouldn't hurt to get things back up and running slowly.

Check out the updates to the shop and some of the items I just added:

http://aniemandesign.etsy.com

Feedback is always appreciated!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Etsy Shop is Coming Back!

After being absent from Etsy for almost a year and a half, I have decided to re-open the ANiemanDesign shop.

There is nothing in there quite yet but will be filling up fast and soon. In the next couple weeks I hope to return some of my current inventory back to the shop. I realized I do not have time to work on custom orders so it will only be pre-made items.


I miss my creative outlet and want to work on more of my crocheting and photography on my down time. Look for more posts about when the items hit the store!



Monday, June 2, 2014

What I Have Been Up to at Work

So recently I had the opportunity to help Nestle put together their patio space revamp. We used recycled poly style furniture made by Breezesta which lasts forever!!

The slats were two toned, black and grey. One side ended up being dining and the other side they made custom corn hole boards.

Check it out!










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