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Too Much Time on My Hands

June 6th, 2006 at 03:46 pm

So in an effort to organize my life and reduce our spending I am limiting my errands to one day a week, Mondays, which happens to be the day I pay myself. But now I feel like I have too much time on my hands!

All my errands were run yesterday while the Monkeys were at Summer Camp. Very peaceful. I went to the library (did not pay my fine of $7.20), then went to Barnes & Noble to buy my shower gift. I used up two GC. I can't believe how expensive books for kids are! I bought 5 little board books and it came to $37. Unbelievable. All our books have been hand me downs and gifts for the most part. Anyway, it will make a nice gift that I am excited about giving. The mom is a librarian, so I think she will appreciate it.

Then I went to Costco for our bread and produce plus some chips and dip to take to my book club, and bought a Costco Cash card for gas later in the week (I was driving Big Rich's car to save on gas).

I had to go to the regular store because Elder Monkey gets to pick what we have for dinner once a week and he requested tacos.

So I have $21 for the rest of the week.

I realized I spent $10 on the chips and dip for book club. I always volunteer for food. I think I may quit volunteering for a little bit. Save myself some money and give some other people a chance to pitch in.

Today we slept pretty late, then did our chores. On Tuesdays we have a play group that we go to. It was my week to pick so I just decided to have a pack your own lunch to the park day. It was okay, a little hot. It is 94 degrees today. Something with water might have been a better choice. But it was free and the kids seemed happy with it.

Now we are home and our chores are done and we have no errands to run and no money to go do something. I'm a little low on creativity today so the kids are watching PBS. Now that I'm fairly organized with my time and not spending money, I'm going to have to come up with things to do during the heat of the day. I'd bake a treat but it is just TOO HOT!

For dinner I am going to try making homemade pizza tonight from the dough recipe in the TWG #2. I hope it turns out OK. That and salad and we should be set.

I got a book from the library called Not Just Beans that has a scratch recipe for almost everything you would ever buy at the store. I think I may see if I can buy it from half.com. Definitely an investment purchase.

2 Responses to “Too Much Time on My Hands”

  1. Carolina Bound Says:

    Oh yes, Tawra's book! She was on an iVillage frugal website when I was some years book, and I remember her talking about her idea of writing a frugal cookbook. I think she's done very well with it!

    I went to the library, too, and did NOT pay my $2.80 fine. They didn't ask for it! Made me feel a little guilty, but I'd rather pay it when I'm on better footing.

    I've noticed, too, that I am less busy as I "frugalize." I think it's a good thing -- just feels weird.

  2. mjrube94 Says:

    Have you ever tried buying books from half.com? People sell them new, and they're pretty cheap, relative to a book store. You should check it out for future gifts...

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