Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Around the house..

Today has been uneventful. Thankfully. It's those eventful days that do me in.

I've been hearing about all the kids going to school today ....and I have to admit, I can already get tears in my eyes just thinking of Gabriel on his first day. Isn't that awful, I still have 2 years before he's there, so what in the world am I crying for? I'm such a baby.

I cleaned out my pantry today and decided to take a picture because I thought it looked so organized, and because it will never last. I 'purged' (as they call it in the organizing world) and am now preparing myself for a interesting experiment.
A friend emailed me an article on a couple who decided to go on an extreme budget. It involved doing their shopping for an entire year in just ONE day. It included groceries, gifts, clothes and other necessities. They even thought of dining out (which was severely cut-down to twice a month) and bought themselves gift certificates for the restaurants. All the money for expenses was spent in one day, therefore whatever money came in each month could be applied to debt (which was the point of their extreme budget - to pay off their debts as quickly as possible). They wanted to keep track of money spent and if something ran out, then they had to live without it. they even put away a $10 bill for each month to buy milk and fresh veggies.

Impressive huh? well now I've got you thinking that's what we're doing. but no. We ARE going to try it for one month though. And if it works, we're going to do it every month. I'm WAY too brainwashed by those Wal-mart displays that cry out 'buy me...you need this!' I run in for one thing and walk out with 10.

I have way too much stuff, and I'm sick of it. So, therefore it's something I can work on. And work on it, I will.

If you're interested in the article, let me know and I'll email it to you.

1 Timothy 6:10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.


girlebert said...

Would love to see a copy of the article. I doubt I will last on it, as I have so many things that I NEED,..., Mean WANT to improve in this house to apply that strategy, but I will read it:)

Anonymous said...

Poor poor Ashlyn. When you run out of diapers half way through the month, she will have to wear dishclothes tied together with rubber elastics off of the beef packages. It'll will be neat to see your pantry after your large grocery shopping, and then you should take another picture when its the end of the month. Can you still buy Tim Hortons coffee??

Leanne said...

Hey there anonymous,
Sounds awfully familiar to what my friend Jen was saying lastnight...you wouldn't happen to have any relation would you? (dork) Tim Hortons coffee will be pencilled into the budget fyi. The hubs couldn't live without it.

Anonymous said...

Your pantry would look SO much better if everything was in tupperware. Fresher too. They have a liquid tight, air tight seal that keeps the freshness in and the bugs out.