It’s that time of year – A spending frenzy.

Do you have a time of year when you spend way more money than at other times of the year?  I do. And it’s here.


When the temps soar, so does my mood.  BUT, so does my spending.  :(

Just in the last week, with balmy temps of high 60′s and low 70′s,  I went on a bit of a shopping spree and spent over $200 on the following:

  1. Two Fitbits.

    • Tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes
    • Monitor how long and well you sleep
    • Wakes you (and not your partner) with a silent wake alarm
    • LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal
    • Slim, comfortable and easy to wear (sold with both large and small wristbands included)
  2. Two books. 

The books were gifts and came out of our gift budget.  However, the purchase of the Fitbits were a bit impulsive.  Okay, a lot impulsive. I was very close to joining Weight Watchers when a friend told me about the Fitbit.  It helped her keep track of her calories and exercise and was helping her lose weight.  Yes, please.  However, the selling point for me was the fact that they were wristbands and I would definitely wear them.  I also thought it would be great to have my husband track with me, so I bought one for him.  A little competition is a good thing, right?

Still, useful or not, I didn’t budget for them. (AND, I didn’t pay for them with cash.  Never a good thing.)  I now have to pull money from another category to cover the expense.  Rest assured, I will not be pulling from my emergency fund.

Since I keep track of all of my spending and have been doing so for the past 4 years, I can review previous years’ spending charts.  Guess what month I spend the most?  May.  Yikes!  I’m hoping that since I’m aware of my spending patterns, I can put a spending freeze in place for the month of May.  Not a “No Spend”, or fiscal fast, but a cash only, “spend for necessities only”, type of month.  I already know that I have Mother’s Day, my son’s birthday and a weekend getaway planned, but if I can plan my spending ahead of time, I may just have a chance at keeping my budget intact.

I’ll keep track each week in May and post my spending here for all to see. Keep me honest, folks. 

How about you, is there a month where your spending goes haywire?  If so, which month?


Have you hugged your chicken today? Um, what?

Check this out!

SO CUTE!!!!!

Smart Money, Smart Kids – Last call and a quick reminder!

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Happy Easter!

May you have a very blessed Easter!


From a very cute Easter bunny….

Smart Money, Smart Kids – Instructions to claim your Freebies!!!

Hi all,

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Washing dishes. A new found pleasure.

Yesterday, while cleaning out the fridge and freezer, we noticed water coming out of the dishwasher onto the floor.   Scrambling for towels, we quickly cleaned up the water on the floor.  My husband found a bunch of stuff clogging the drain inside the dishwasher.  Once he cleaned it out, he started the dishwasher again, thinking he took care of the problem.  Unfortunately, we ended up sopping up the floor again, noting, obviously, that the clog on the inside was not the problem.  We turned the power off to the dishwasher and decided to wash our dishes by hand, at least until we could figure out what was wrong with the dishwasher.

After washing the dishes a couple of times, I had forgotten what a pleasurable experience it could be.  I wasn’t so sure I wanted to fix the dishwasher!  Contrary to the picture above, I’ve been enjoying washing dishes by hand.  There’s something very calming about soaking my hands in hot sudsy water and cleaning each dish, pot and pan.  And, you know what? It’s quicker!  Yes, if you do the dishes, dry them and put them away, you are done. No need to load the dishwasher, run the dishwasher, unload the dishwasher and then put away. Of course, I’m not so sure how I’d feel about doing dishes after a major holiday! ;) !

My husband did end up fixing the dishwasher, thanks to the internet.  Apparently the clog was in the hose under the sink, not in the dishwasher.  A little vinegar released the clog, and it’s running just fine. (HINT: Always keep a HUGE container of white vinegar on hand.  That stuff is amazing!)

I’m a bit bummed, actually, as I was looking forward to the excuse of hand washing the dishes.  Oh heck,  no excuses necessary. I can hand wash my dishes anytime I want, and I think I may just do that!

Do you have a dishwasher or do you do dishes by hand?  If you have a dishwasher, could you live without it? 

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