Been Away

I know it's been a few months since I posted, but we hit some really rough times financially. I haven't been posting because the cable bill was one of the first big expenses that had to go. I held onto my cable internet for as long as I could, but eventually I had to ditch that, too. That really sucks when you mainly work from home on your computer, but I have found ways around it. Public wifi has been my friend, but I spend what little time I have in those locations getting my work done instead of blogging. I could also use my phone for internet, but the truth is I absolutely hate trying to type blog posts on that tiny little screen.

The good news is financially things are getting better, and I was able to add my internet back to our monthly budget. We agreed it's one thing we can afford to have now because it really is more of a necessity to us. My husband has started his own woodworking business, so it's a benefit to him, too. I'll be opening up his online store soon.

Then I hope to get back to blogging on a regular basis even if it's just on my personal blog. I don't really care if anyone reads it because I blog for myself. It's my outlet when I'm so stressed I feel like I'm going to break or when my anxiety gets the best of me. I do plan on popping in here as much as I can to share coupons and deals as I find them. I'm very thankful for coupons as they've really helped me keep food on the table over the last couple of months, and I'm trying to get back into the full time couponing game.


Truck Woes Equals Money Woes

What a week we've had, and not in a good way at all.  We've been working to get our truck fixed, and after a complete transmission rebuild we found out the transfer case is bad, too.  That's going to be another very expensive fix, so it looks like I'm going to have to kick my couponing into overdrive to make up for the huge repair bill.

That means our vacation money for this Summer is gone now, too. Our friend offered to let us use her vacation house in Raleigh for a cheaper weekend getaway option, but it looks like that option is out the door as well.  The a/c in the house went out this week, so instead of heading up there for the weekend I'm helping my friend look research Raleigh AC Repair to find a company to fix it. If all goes well maybe we can take her up on her offer later in the Summer. We'll just have to see what happens with the truck and if rebuilding the transfer case (no way I can afford a new or refurb one) fixes our truck problem without having to pour even more money into it!


Should I Buy A Chilipad?

Whenever I start making a list of things I want to save money to buy for our household I always find a few extra things added to my list that I know I didn't put there.  Tonight I opened my future household purchases document on my laptop to see Hubby has added a chilipad mattress pad to the list.  Really it wouldn't be a bad idea for him. He constantly complains about how hot he is at night.  Our bedroom is the farthest away from the a/c (we have a huge window unit), but I'm perfectly comfortable at night.  He claims he's going to die if the temp outside is over 70 yet I'm quite comfortable at 80 degrees. We've battled over temperatures for 12 years now, so I don't see that ending anytime soon.

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Things have been all too busy around here for me to maintain most of my blogs, and my coupon blog has definitely suffered because of it. I've come to terms with the fact that I'm only one woman, and added two little girls to our family over the past 4 years has caused my online life to suffer.

I used to spend hours a day couponing, searching for deals, and sharing my finds. These days I spend all my time being Mama. Most days I don't get to touch my computer until well after midnight, and I'm lucky if I can coupon an hour every couple weeks at best.

Does this mean I give up? That would be all too easy! It just means I really need to sit down and find a way to better manage my time. It doesn't mean I'm going to sacrifice my time with my daughters. One day they won't be little anymore, and I'm not wasting a minute of the precious time with them. It does mean I will have to find a better way to spend my "free" time (like I have much of that!) to get the most out of the deals I can find.

After all, I do need to budget a little tighter and save as much money as I can with coupons and deals on our daily purchases so that I can replace my violin that was stolen from me a couple weeks ago. I'm really upset over it, and I know there's no way to get it back. The only thing I can do now is budget enough cash to purchase a new from that I can enjoy now and hopefully teach my girls to play later.