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Using up and making do

November 16th, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Yesterday I made banana bread and muffins using 10 ripe bananas that we would have to throw out soon. I had all the other ingredients on hand AND I used coconut flour so they are gluten free. The make a nice snack/addition to breakfast and aren't terrible for us.

I am trying to keep my spending from November 12- December 4 to $1000. $400 for groceries, $100 for eating out, $300 for room heaters, $50 for gas, $50 for the water bill and $75 for my cell phone. That leaves $25 to spend on whatever.

So far I have spent $449.80. The heaters came in at $246 but should help us save money this winter by heating only the rooms we're in while keeping the house set at 55. Groceries are at 144.89. I am trying to keep it as low as I can because I know we'll go a little crazy for Thanksgiving.

This week we're making two meals, then one day of fish, one day of frozen leftovers, one day of "regular" left overs, one meal out and one meal at our couple friends (we alternate Sundays). I have enough food for an additional meal we can make if we happen to run out of food. If not, it will be in rotation for next week.

AirBnB is going amazingly well. Our space is/was rented for 14 days this month (so far!) and will bring us $1183 with minimal effort. This is unbelievable. We want to keep $2000 in the account at all times ($649 for mortgage and then $1300 for property taxes due in spring) and once we get above that then we'll start using it for utilities or to pay off the renovation bills.

The wants are plaguing me big time right now. I am trying hard to focus on my goals and make do with what I got. But I have a list a mile long of all the things I want when I have disposable income again Smile

5 Responses to “Using up and making do”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    You are doing a good job!!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I just made banana bread, too! Good luck sticking to your spending plan.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Good job on using what you have and they sound delicious! Glad the Air BNB is working out well too.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's awesome about the rentals!

  5. pjmama Says:

    Sounds like you're doing awesome. Glad the AirBnB rentals are working out for you!! The wants have a tendency to do that Smile But stay strong!! Focus on what's important to you.

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