31 Days of Spending Zero::Update

Week one of the 31 days of living well and spending zero challenge is in the books.  How'd we do?  I thought we did really well until I got home from work yesterday.  I didn't think it was too difficult this week to not spend any money.  But I worked seven out of the last eight days.

Like most people we live paycheck to paycheck so when payday rolls around we usually have most of the check already accounted for.  This week was no exception.  I got paid on Monday and paid the bills that were due from the 1st-15th.  I shopped at Target and Costco and bought ONLY the items that were on my list!!!  That was a major score for me.  Have you ever gone to Target and only bought list items?  It's difficult.

One of the challenges this week was a pantry clean out.  I dug through the pantry and freezer and made lists of what we had on hand and will try to meal plans around that.  I also went to the grocery store for perishables.  My grocery budget this week was $30.  I spent $33 and was impressed that I got everything I needed!

I got home from work yesterday to find that my husband had purchased a new bicycle.  Ugh.  So I'm a little bit frustrated.  Apparently he is not on board with the challenge.  We've also paid for a new tires and a hefty car repair bill.

I put money aside back in April for my Rhinebeck trip with the Dragons (Bryan calls our crafting group that because as he says we sit around and "spew fire").  My challenge for that will be to stick to the budget I set up!

I'm excited to see what week 2 has in store!


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I did it!  I finished my Hitofude.  I cast on a little over a year ago.  I knit this sweater off and on for the whole year.  There always seemed to be something more important to knit (baby & Christmas gifts).

Last summer I searched for weeks for a yarn that I liked.  I found this Quaere Fibre on Etsy.  It is merino and silk.  And oh so soft.  The color is Butter!

I'm excited that it's finished in time for Rhinebeck.  And I hope the weather is warm enough to wear it at least for a little while!

A HUGE Challenge

I signed up for, what possibly could be the scariest challenge. EVER. I'm excited and very nervous. Have you ever gone a whole month where you only paid the basic bills and didn't buy any extras?  I haven't and that is probably why I am in debt up to my eyeballs. 

I have taken Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class twice. Once with my husband and then the second time because we missed crucial information due to previous commitments the first go. He's not totally on board with it yet so I'm hoping this jumpstarts a little desire to be debt free on his part. 

I sat down tonight and did a rough budget of things that we need to pay and some items we've committed to paying for. (Rhineback was budgeted for back in April so that's a go). I think to start with it will be a challenge for us to stop eating out and maintaining a weekly menu. 

Also Starbucks and impluse items at Costco and Target are an issue. I'm going to make a list and stick to that list!  Check out 31 Days of Living Well and Spending Zero to find the challenge. There are over 60,000 people signed up so far.

It is my hope that this challenge plus the accountability both here on this blog and with other bloggers (and participants) will lead to some lifestyle and budget changes.

Happy Friday Friends!

Knitting This Week

It's Wednesday again and that means it's time for the weekly yarn along.  I'm joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  So.  I didn't knit much this week and I feel that my self imposed deadline of finishing my Hitofude is rapidly approaching and I'll not get finished in time to pack it in my suitcase to wear at Rhinebeck.  Ack.  I tried it on last night and was a little shocked at how it felt. It was a little tight in the armpits and short.  OK, I know I'm not finished with it yet, but I'm wondering if I should add an extra repeat section.  Or will it work out in those two areas if I block it very aggressively?  Oh, the decisions.  

On the flip side I did finish the second the two washcloths I was making for Bryan's niece who just had a baby.  I thought the baby wasn't due until October and that I had time.  The baby was due mid September and came the beginning of the month.  I used Lion Brand Natural Choice organic cotton in the French Vanilla color way.  I bought it at Tuesday Morning.  Do you have a Tuesday Morning near you?  I'm not even sure how to describe Tuesday Morning.  It's a selection of ever changing and random things that are available at a super low clearance price.

If you are a cat lover you really do need to read Text From Mittens by Angie Bailey.  It's fun to read the sarcastic comments that Mittens texts to his owner.  I imagine most cats would be snarky and sarcastic since that is just their personalities.  

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

I know you've seen the commercials on TV for law firms that say "if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma please contact..." The picture in my head of such clients is older, gruff, blue collar working men.  That is so not true!

Let's start at the beginning.  What is mesothelioma?  It is a cancer that affects the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen.  There are three types of mesothelioma and they are differentiated by the affected organs.  Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs and is the most common of all diagnoses.  Peritoneal affects the abdominal cavity and pericardial affects the cardiac cavity.

What causes mesothelioma?  Asbestos.  Asbestos fibers are extremely durable and is resistant to fire and chemical breakdown.  The strength of asbestos and its heat resistant made it a material of choice is a large number of products such as roofing materials, insulation, floor and ceiling tiles.
The mesothelioma website has a list of products and so much information on this deadly disease.

Back to my mental image of a mesothelioma sufferer.  The list of occupations on the website is predominately blue collar workers.  For example, shipyard workers, aircraft mechanics, plumbers, electricians, and drywallers.

Heather was just 36 when she was diagnosed with mesothelioma.  Her baby girl was only three months old when she was diagnosed.  Her father worked in drywall construction and as a little girl she used to wear his work jacket that was covered in drywall dust.  Read her amazing story here.  Heather is now a ten year survivor!

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is Saturday September 26, 2015.   Please, pass it along.


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