Debt Progress – Last Update of the Year

When I last made an update on where I was to being debt free meeting my goal for this year. I had said that I was going to do another progress report before the end of the year hit. I make a payment to one of my debts twice a month but I am still excited to see that amount go down after every payment.

The debt I am focusing on jumped around the first 5 months of the year. I how however am not going to get into what kind of debt it is though. It is was just under $6,000.00. I wanted to have my debt paid down by one third come the end of December. If I break this out separate I will have paid this down to a quarter of the debt left owing. Currently I am just over half way paid off!

The revolving debt I have not really made much a dent in. I do not feel defeated though. I knew that when I made up the payment plan in June that I had a ways to go. I do not gamble (with my own money but that’s a post for another time), so how could I magically pay everything off in a year? I would love to say by the end of 2017 I will have everything paid off but I am re-thinking how I will precede with that year.

I have a method to my madness and I will write a post on what worked for me personally. I just need to make sure that it works for me since I am still on the first debt. There could be half a dozen tweaks I still need to make before things settle on the right path.

Half Day Wasted!

I could have gotten so much done in the last three hours. What I managed to complete is a different story. I am dressed, the dogs have been let out, and Bullet has had his nails cut. I suppose I did eat lunch and make pasta salad but that does not feel like any kind of accomplishment.

There is quite a bit I still want to get done (and yes writing this post was one of them). I veered off from doing my Container Gardening series. I do have the three tomato plants in the house right now and they are flowering right now. I will do an update when I have them situated where I want them to be.

I have decided though I will stick to the once a week post for sure. I made up a random list of topics. The plan is to pick one and write on it; I did choose ones that I could write on and were not series type ideas/topics. There is no guarantee that this will actually work but will not know until I give it a shot.

Fingers crossed that I actually like this process and it makes things a little easier with balancing everything.

Weekly Menu: January 24, 2016

This will be the first post of this kind. I did a DIY of a Weekly Menu Planner. I have been using it, although it has a been a long adjustment (I know less than a month and I feel like its been forever). The second week I did not update and the third week I did not really follow it. I had things that seemed to go bad quickly and I went out for dinner/lunch with my Mother the one day. I think I have this figured out though. There are going to be some items that I prepare on Sunday for certain meals. A good example of this would be my dressing for coleslaw. It is a basic cream/vinaigrette so we (our whole family) also use it for all kinds of salads.

Here is my menu for the week. I like how it looks so hopefully I can stay with it. I will let you know at the end of the week anyways!

January 24 2016

Sunday- Butter Chicken, I think this is pretty self explanatory

Monday – Spaghetti Squash, this all depends if the squash is still good or not. I will use a red (tomato) sauce and also add a meatless chicken cutlet. I think its similar to a chicken parmesan (I could be wrong but it might be healthier too). I love it!

Tuesday – Some Like it Hot, this is a name off one of the local restaurants menus and I really don’t know what else to call it ha-ha. Pasta with an alfredo sauce, corn, mushrooms, onion, and shrimp. This is a HOT dish, I use crushed peppers in the alfredo sauce and when I boil the pasta I put in chilli infused oil. You can feel the burn on your lips 😛

Wednesday – Turkey and Coleslaw, for the most part straight forward. I will still have NAAN bread left over so I will use a piece of that. Top it off with coleslaw and the turkey burger. Maybe a couple other ‘burger’ toppings depending on how I feel.

Thursday – Stir Fry, the type will all depend on what I am feeling that day.

Friday – Fried Veggie Sandwich, what ever veggie I need to use up in the fridge will get fried.

Saturday – Left Overs, now if there are no left overs I consider it an open day for what ever I feel like having.

Unpacking and Organizing

I LOVE my label maker. I know that makes me sound like a nerd or what have you. I love having things organized though and label things helps keep it that way. So much so when other people are in my house. It has gotten quite the work out since I started unpacking boxes and putting things a way.

I have all the boxes labeled kitchen and pantry emptied. I have put away the few boxes of cleaning supplies. I finished the clothes (I got a washer and dryer finally) and ironed which was pretty nice to finally have done. Now The next set that I am working on is my bathroom and bedroom boxes that need to be put away. These boxes are mixed so it is quite the balancing act. I would like to get rid of the card board boxes though. That is why I am doing those ones specifically.

I will be posting organizations photos though. Plenty of things will take time though and I am always looking to improve my process. Well I better get to work, time waits for no one!