Saturday, May 23, 2015

My Off Centered Week

Well if you've noticed the lack of posts and the things I am posting on Facebook you realize I am "on the road" now.

I don't have much time for posting on the blog nor do I feel inclined to sit here(or wherever I am!)and write stuff.
Sorry 'bout that.

But I am just too busy "doing" right now to sit and write.



Just a few reflections on how things are going so far until I can catch my breath and fill y'all in on what Sluggy is up to later........

* It has rained almost every blasted day so far.  But not driving storms involving thunder and massive amounts of rain, just dribbles here and there constantly.  I think yesterday was the first day it did NOT rain wherever we have been.  The weather reporter tonight on the local tv station talked about a sand bag pick-up on Saturday and where to report to get yours.  There has been entirely too much rain here in the last 3 months!

* We are spending absolutely too much money.  Ok, let me correct that.......we are spending lots of money but nowhere near enough to make our lives unbearable in retirement later.  It just seems like we are running through the Benjamins like crazy!  Word of advice--do NOT look at your credit card statement while you are still ON vacation.   It will just make you sad. lolz
At least the extended stay in Lousiana motel has already been paid for so we won't be adding that hefty cost onto the c/c when we return home. 8-)

* I seem to be "eating my way through the South". ;-)   I have had meals in 5 of the 7 states we have passed through so far(and 1 of the 2 I've not dined in will go over to the "ate in" column later on this trip).  I am trying to make good(or at least better)choices at meals.  It's sad that when eating on the road(at hotels and in restaurants)that healthier choices are either non-existent or just plain boring(and expensive) or even worse, nasty.  Even so, there has been nary a doughnut, pastry or bowl of mac and cheese involved in the feeding of Sluggy to this point.
I did however break down and partake in a cannoli and the Italian restaurant on Thursday.............



* The hotels we've stayed at so far(5 so far in as many states)have been a real mixed bag of very good to "OMG, what are we doing in this one?!?" bad.  It seems the one I picked out to stay in for an extended time, I have been told is in the "ghetto".    Well we won't go out jogging at night here nor will we be flashing wads of cash(if we had any here)or diamonds(ditto).  The hotel seems very nice(and there is a pool!).  The prices these various hotels have charged has also been all over the place from a low of $50 a night to $137 a night...eek!  I like spending more on the side of $50 per night as opposed to that $137 one.

* We spent some time with this guy on Friday.............

Yes it's a hamster in a tux.
Its' funny how things happen and when.

We were here because of this......


My Daughter's now ex-car. (Daughter is fine.....the car?, not so much)


* Speaking of adventures in eating in unfamiliar locals.......I have yet to get food poisoning(knock on wood).  There were some questionable hours back in West Virginia when I thought I'd need a paper bag however, but it passed.

* Did I mention that we are spending too much money?  Ok, maybe I did......  We don't seem to have a lot to show for all this spending(it's mostly been for hotels and food)but we are filling up the trunk with adult beverages(well HUBS is).  I am on a liquor moratorium this year.  Ok, I lied, I did break down and buy a couple yummies but I think I've bought more bottled water and G2 Gatorade to consume on the trip so I don't break down and drink gallons of sweet tea which would be very bad for me in the long run.  Hubs' purchases have run to the bourbon and whiskey variety mostly.

* And I got to ride a bus earlier this week.......


Ok, not a bus out of here, but this short bus full of old people...........



More later on when I get another chance to post.

What have you been up to this week?

Sluggy

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Let's Hear it For Tightwaddery!



When did it become a bad thing to be tight or mean with your money?  Being careful with your dollars when spending them is as important as being careful when you earn it.
Tightwaddery should not have a stigma attached to it.

Now being a miser, that's another whole level.
Some folks  who are considered tightwads have an unhealthy attachment to money and some don't.  It's just a way of dealing with a budget and still being able to do pleasurable things without going broke.
Misers don't enjoy their money(except when they are hoarding it).  Tightwads just have priorities on where to spend their money and where not to spend it.

What have you done that would fall under the tightwad category?
I'll go first---
* I often will empty a vacuum cleaner bag and reuse it.  Have you seen the price of those things??! lolz
* I save and reuse bacon grease for cooking, much like my mother and her mother before her, etc. did.  My sister in-law does me one better as she has a "grease pot".....a dedicated container with a built in strainer for keeping your used bacon grease.  I am jealous of it and her! ;-)
* I have a sign on my dryer-Only for use on rainy days between the hours of 5pm and 7am and weekends(as that is when the rates are lower).
* I reuse plastic bags(Ziploc types), always!  Unless raw meat was in it the first go 'round.
* When my kids were little and their clothing sizes/growth from season to season was predictable I would buy deeply discounted clothing at the end of each season in sizes they would be wearing that season the next year and store them away until needed.  One Spring I bought 3 years of sweatpants and shirts for each of them at Walmart for .50¢ a piece.(And some of them got handed down to the younger ones and used twice or thrice.) 
*When traveling and the motel I am staying at offers a free breakfast(well not free really, the price is built into what they charge for the room)I will take extra items I don't eat for breakfast then on the road with me to consume later.  Sometimes these items are eaten at lunch or dinner time so I don't have to shell out even more $ for another "one never knows if it will be a good or a bad meal" on the road.  My "go to" take alongs are whole fruits(like a banana or an apple), a yogurt or two(if I have a cooler with me to keep this chilled until use), or bread and little containers of peanut butter.  A pb sandwich isn't the most elegant dinner but it's semi-healthy and filling and having one that is free helps stretch the travel budget.

I see Tightwaddery as a lifestyle choice.  Habits that just throw good money away/that are wasteful  get under my skin.  But I can part with my money for a good reason or for something I see as a good value or that gives me a benefit.
Frugality is the cousin of Tightwaddery but not as severe.

So what tips or habits do you have that the "normal" person/consumer would find strange, odd or questionable?

Sluggy
 

Monday, May 18, 2015

This Week on the Dining Table


It's the "Traveling Circus" Edition--
 

Here's a shot of my dinner last night.....that plus a small side salad.  I tell you it was an effort just to eat this last night after the day I had!
Oy......more details about that in the fullness of time.

 
Anyway, onward to the meal planning!
 
Here's what was planned last week.......

1.  Chinese Take-out(Mother's Day and I don't cook!)
2.  Salmon, Squash casserole
3.  Leftover Chinese take-out
4.  Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower
5.  Fend for Yourself/Wing Night
6.  Tacos or Taco Salad
7.  Subway sammies
 
And this is what actually happened--

1.  Chinese Take-out(Mother's Day and I don't cook!)
2.  Salmon, Squash casserole
3.  Leftover Chinese take-out
4.  Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower and Potatoes
5.  Fend for Yourself/Wing Night(I had a salad & a steak.)
6.  Chicken Parm, Salad
7.  Subway sammies

Everything went as planned.

Last week I made 6 trips to 2 different food stores and spent *sit down first!* $271.36 OOP on $476.49 worth of reg. retail groceries and toiletries.
So much for my "I plan on spending about $60 this week on loss leaders."!  Yah, the loss leaders were too good to pass up this week so we ran up the spending to the tune of $271.36.
Geez......

Yes last week was bad BUT......it was getting a lot of good deals, stocking up on things College Boy will eat(that I don't usually buy now) and I TOLD YA it would be a bad month for the food budget before we started May.
The good things are-groceries won't be bought the next 2 weeks and I earned $20 in Store Scrip this month for buying things like charcoal and trash bags that we did need anyway.
Ok, enough of my justifications.....

I had 0 transactions at Rite-Aid last week and spent $0.00

$504.10(plus $11.67 at R-A) spent of my $? May food budget.  I think I am done buying food/toiletries for May now(except if College Boy picks up milk or something but I can't think of a thing we don't have other than milk now.
We should be good until June rolls around.
I did leave him basic foodstuffs and pizza money so it's all good. 8-)

We have cleaned out the leftovers other than things CB will eat(which isn't much in the leftovers dept.) so I don't plan on coming home to any food waste. *crossing fingers*

There is no plan for the next 2 weeks but I'll share yummy stuff we eat while away instead.
Now doesn't that sound like fun? lolz
 
 
What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?    

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten that week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?

Sluggy