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  1. A New Beginning.

    by , 08-18-2013 at 11:14 AM
    I've been trying to figure out how to stay on track with everything: bills, budget, housework, work, etc. I feel overwhelmed. I divorced over 6 years ago. You would think I would have a handle on things; however, it has just been getting worse and worse with finances. So even if no one reads this but me, maybe seeing it in print will inspire me to do better.

    I have a 16yo daughter that will be a senior tomorrow. I have one year to figure out where the college money is coming ...
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  2. Weekend reprieve

    by , 08-17-2013 at 12:23 PM (My Journey on the Frugal Side of life)
    Had the pleasure of having my young niece and nephew stay with us last night while their parents celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. We took them to a movie and breakfast out this a.m. It was so fun and enjoyable. We see them less than once a year, and I miss them so much. Today is a family gathering and my sister asked me to bring desserts. I didn't plan ahead so off to the grocery store this a.m. and needed to pay regular prices for ingredients I needed. Tomorrow I may play a round of golf ...
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  3. Empty nest short lived

    by , 08-15-2013 at 10:24 PM (My Journey on the Frugal Side of life)
    Got word from my Norwegian foreign exchange student from 2 years ago that he will be arriving Sept.2 for a 2 week visit. I warned him I'm on the frugal train and trying to save money. He understands that I won't be going out to eat or spending money on entertainment while he is here. He'll have his own spending money but I provide a place to stay and meals with us.
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  4. Change of life...

    by , 08-14-2013 at 10:09 PM (My Journey on the Frugal Side of life)
    Thinking about my goals for the future tonight. I am going through a new chapter in my life. I want to live this chapter with more purpose.
    Change of life often refers to menopause. Yes this has brought physical changes to my body. Daily hot flashes and weight gain. I also turned 50 this year. These life events are motivating me to take better care of my health. I think more about how fast these first 50 years have gone by. My future retirement years will be more productive and enjoyable ...
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  5. Is it Fall Already?

    by , 08-14-2013 at 07:14 PM (Creative Call)
    The leaves are already turning yellow on some of the trees across the alley! I feel cheated out of summer. I have been very busy.

    The last couple of days I canned 32 cups of sugar-free applesauce (with stevia). I also finished hooking 5 rugs for sale, and have another 4 almost ready to go. I received a cheque for the ones that sold. That feels good.

    I am gearing up for a big sale this fall. I was given 'heads up' notice one of the shops I sell my rugs at will ...
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