Sounds like you are doing great

I’ll comment more later, but just a thought here for your dh.
Depending on what state you are in…Nevada especially requires someone to have a PI to do their mystery shops, especially in the casinos. If you happen to be in that area go to volition.com and check out the legit mystery shopping companies there. It wouldn’t be steady work, but it could net him some nice checks here and there.

Getting back on track… feeling confident!

So for my daily homework since today was payday, I paid off one of the credit cards (if you recall I paid 3 down right off the bat, kind of fell off the wagon due to Murphy and put back on some small charges).
So one down, and 2 small ones to go. After that we have more to pay down of course, but once these 3 are tackled we will feel “back on track.” Should have the other two down completely within 30 days…

DH needed $1,000 for necessary auto repairs so we diverted some of our pre-budgeted envelope money to that this month. Our EF was depleted last month due to all the other fun Murphy strikes! I wonder when we’ll have truly full envelopes!!! We just left $100 in the transportation and $100 in food for the next two weeks until next payday. That sounds like a lot but we both drive a lot for work and food isn’t cheap for the family and pets. But alas we do have a fully stocked fridge and pantry for now, and I do have the option of bringing home a work vehicle to use when needed (just don’t like to because we’re only truly allowed to do this in an emergency situation…). So I am feeling confident it will work out… will just be a little tight these next two weeks.

I am getting a nice windfall commission check on Oct 31 so that one will allow me to replenish the EF and hopefully throw a couple nice snowballs… even fill those envelopes properly :-)

DH is also trying to find some extra work to pick up. Hopefully that works out. He is a P.I. so he is trying to find some steady work with insurance companies and lawfirms rather than his usual clients which are just individuals. The individual commissions have been good to us, but they are terribly unstable. Hope we can find a good company to hire him on and give a little cushion too.

I resisted the urge to go out and eat yesterday

when I know I don’t have enough to cover it plus the other planned restaurant stops we plan on making this month. I really, really wanted to go to Texas Roadhouse but I counted the cost, really, and knew it would not cover tonight and tomorrow night plus TR. Dh is in a ham radio club which will have an eat and meet this evening. Then one of his car clubs has a meeting tomorrow and they meet a hotel. They meet in one of the meeting rooms and members have the option of going early and eating, which we usually do. After all that, I know we wont have $$ for Texas Roadhouse, unless we throw in some blow $$.

Oh, somewhere along the line I have paid extra on the water bill and now we have a whopping balance of 7¢!! I can’t figure out how I paid the extra, really haven’t taken time to look at it. I will probably pay a little something toward it so we don’t get delinquent for such a pittance. Oh, hey, there is my Texas Roadhouse money!!!! Well, I will ask dh about it before just doing it.

No we didn’t pay off the final cc

that’s scheduled for later this week. But we did get a lot closer to retirement. Out of the blue both men got a cost of living raise with no warning! Even better, it was retro-active back to Jun 30. Which meant it included some minor overtime!

We celebrated by going out for a cheap dinner and then the next day dh and I did our big once a month grocery shopping. We came in a little over budget as far as groceries and pet supplies were concerned, but $80 of it was new beds, stiff joint, and hot spot meds all at once for the dogs. Now to finish de-fleaing the sunroom before cold weather hits so the dogs and now Amy Jo, our old Mama cat, can be warm.

Amy is/was Jellybean’s Mama. When Street Cats got her she had been feral with a litter of kittens. They had tamed her down a bit before we adopted the two of them and Lizzie B on the same day ( I know, what were we thinking back in 2002 adopting three cats at once?)

Any way, Amy was never content being in doors, and one day this spring she went outside and refused to set foot back in the house until about a week ago, when she came in one night that it got cold. She roamed from room to room yowling for Beanie Boy, which just broke all of our hearts. It was a long night of the most mournful crying you’ve ever heard. Anyone who says animals don’t mourn their young should have been here. It would have changed their mind for certain.

After she had checked every nook and cranny of the house she demanded to go back out and refuses to come back in even as the night time temperatures are dropping. So we’ll put her cat bed near the heater in the sunroom this winter and hopefully she’ll sleep there.

We hauled off another load to the dump because of all the deep cleaning we’ve been doing in various areas, more on that another time. Of course I found more I wanted to cull while the guys were at the dump, a lot more.

The weekend was a good one, nice weather, lots of work to done inside and out and we ate well with me trying out two new recipes. Both were from the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond’s website. Saturday’s supper was so simple, but so good.

We just had Philly Cheesesteaks made per her recipe. They took less than 20 minutes to make, and the total cost including the chips and pickles I served them with was less than $10 for the three of us and we had leftovers. The ingredients sound strange, a good quality deli roast beef, white queso Velveeta, milk, cayenne pepper, black pepper, deli rolls, butter, onions and various colored bell peppers. But the combo was divine. Both men said they wouldn’t mind having this a couple of times a month. It certainly beat anything at Arby’s hands down!

Sunday’s supper took a lot longer to fix, but was equally as good. We (meaning dh and I) made her Spicy Dr. Pepper Baby Back Ribs. You can pretty well get the ingredients from the title. Besides the pork ribs and DP there is a can of Chipotle in Adobo Sauce and brown sugar involved. She makes a marinade/sauce from that and only that, but because that marinade is so spicy (and I’m so wussie) we did the marinade in her recipe and then used my homemade bbq sauce during the cooking process. The two combined was out of this world good.

One thing dh mentioned was that restaurants really rip you off on what they call a half rack of ribs. We sprung for a $30 pkg of baby back ribs at Sam’s club—it had three racks in it. We used one rack for supper and then froze the other two rack separately for future meals.

Each rack made 4 large servings for us (and we are big eaters) so that $30 ended actually only costing us roughly $2.50 each serving for the meat (ds took the fourth serving for lunch today) with it I served corn on the cob and cole slaw with Cherry Cheesecake Pie for dessert. So again I fed the three of us a good meal for less than $10 each. Who says you can’t eat good on a budget?

Tonight will be my basic stretch the ground beef meatloaf with the usual fixings.

I plan on spending today and tomorrow finishing the countdown calendar for the number of months until the mortgages are gone because we should start paying extra principal as early as this week and I am so excited. I’ll post photos when it’s done and this site is ok for payday loans on Florida. Oh part of that massive grocery shopping involved two herb plants. For some reason our Wal-Mart had a large display of a few herbs in their garden center. I stumbled across them while looking for the perfect mums and pansies for the front porch. I didn’t buy either flower, but I did purchase a healthy looking basil and an equally healthy looking cilantro plant for the office (best room for winter sun and plant growing in doors in the house). I brought those home and potted them up right away. Now I have my two most used fresh herbs on hand for the winter again for less than the cost of buying a few fresh leaves or a bunch at a time. I’ve got seeds for other herbs and plan on adding them to the bakers rack with these two soon.

There are a couple of “free” blue grass competitions we want to see at the fair that starts this week so we picked up 4 advanced fair tickets for some cheap weekend entertainment this next couple of weeks. We haven’t actually paid for fair tickets in years.

We generally go on the $1 preview night, rush through and come home in a couple of hours. This year we plan on making a staycation out of it on one maybe two weekends. It all depends on dh’s work schedule because as usual for the fall they are predicting overtime being mandatory soon.

We’ve not done a full day at the fair since he started with this company because of the annual OT, but I certainly won’t complain if he gets to do it. It will put us that much closer to retirement and lots of free time!

This year the fair is charging $10 to park a vehicle and then another $8-$10 each to get in. We’ll be taking advantage of the free shuttle service at the free parking lots that are about 3 miles from the fair and paying $6 each with our advance fair tickets. That can add up to a huge savings with us planning on doing 2 days total at the fair (either all in one weekend, or split between both weekends of it) So $24 vs $60. Advance planning saves a lot!

I agree with most it is hard to tell people what to do/not to do

The best advice you can give them is to read TMMO… it makes perfect sense on its own, and if they aren’t truly ready or willing to read the book I doubt they’d truly act on any advice from you either!

I hope the fact that they’re asking means theyre almost to the point of fixing their habits!

I can’t imagine taking out a HELOC when you own your home free and clear! Yikes… that will just have them paying more in the longrun.

That has rat hole money?

Or whatever you want to call it. I have a specific amount I carry with me at all times that is for “emergencies” only. A great sale is NOT an emergency, grabbing a burger is NOT an emergency. I am talking you are away from home and boom you have a flat, or something like that which takes just a little cash to get it fixed and out comes the rat hole money for it. More than once has that money saved our bacon when we are traveling. Because those emergencies often happen when the banks are closed and I can’t move funds immediately.

Or like when we were traveling to Las Vegas two years ago through AZ and none of my bank cards would allow me to run debits in AZ. That rat hole money put fuel in our truck to get us out of AZ.

When we lose power

I just think of it as camping with better beds. Kids don’t seem to mind too much and I have the landline just incase we need a reliable phone. My friendly neighbors and I have agreements among us and those that aren’t friendly, don’t get the benefits of sharing resources.
My mom’s house goes off grid many times during the year and I have tried to convince my sister to get them a generator. Perhaps, this year.