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No-Spend Month: Day 16


Well, we have made it over halfway through the month.  Woohoo!  We still have over $200, but we are running out of things.  I’ll have to buy dishwasher detergent soon because I can hardly keep up with the dishes with the help of the dishwasher.  There is no way I’m going to try hand-washing all of our dishes for the rest of the month.  We have sold $163 worth of items and spent a total of $226, so we are only down $63 for the month.  Oh, I forgot about the doctor’s fees.  I forgot to take cash to our appointments, so I used our debit card, but we did have my little paycheck from last month in there to cover gas, and I’ve only filled up once so far, so we still haven’t dipped into my husband’s paycheck. 

  • Breakfast was leftover bacon and waffles from last night. 
  • The kids and I packed lunches for school, but my husband ate out to celebrate Boss’s Day.
  • I took money from our Christmas fund and bought books from our book fair for Christmas presents for the kids.  It was fun to do some shopping today, especially knowing that this money had already been set aside for this purpose and wasn’t coming out of our monthly budget. 
  • Our kids had a fall carnival at school this afternoon.  We were able to prepay for tickets last month and pick them up today.  The kids had a lot of fun and won candy and prizes by playing games.  

    The little girls had a blast in the bounce house and got to stay in a long time because no one was waiting to jump.

  • I put a pork tenderloin in the crockpot when we came home around 1:00 pm.  After the carnival, I cooked some pasta and green beans and sliced some tomatoes that my little ones picked this afternoon.  They went out by themselves and came back in with a bowl full of tomatoes, a cucumber, and a red bell pepper, and they were carrying a ripe cantaloupe!  I was too busy making last minute preparations for a carnival game to think about taking their picture with their harvest.  They were so proud of themselves.
  • I sold a few more things on our online garage sale for a total of $15.  I almost feel bad charging people for helping me clean out stuff that has been taking up space in my house.  I love all the free space I have now, and I don’t miss anything that I’ve sold.

Orange you glad it’s summertime?


I have pinned dozens of gift ideas for teachers, but my time management skills were lacking this year, and we ended up getting gift cards at the last minute or sending belated gifts and notes to my children’s teachers. I was determined to give them something creative and fun for the end of the school year. My children’s last day of school is tomorrow, so we just modified this gift idea to make it our own. My kids love knock-knock jokes and have worn out the “Orange you glad…” jokes, but I couldn’t resist creating these orange gifts.

Each child has a teacher and an aide in their classroom, so I wanted to keep the total cost of each gift under $10. I found orange boxes of popcorn on sale for $2 each. I had already purchased a large bag of mandarin oranges for the kids, so I added two to each gift to go along with the theme. Tropical flavored Trident gum ($1.29) rounds out the front view.

I bought a six-pack of Minute Maid orange juice for $4. The boxes of Reese’s Pieces were on sale for $1 each. The green bags contain orange slice candy ($1 each), and you can’t see them in the pictures, but I saw some cute, orange bag clips (4 for $1) and put one on each bag of orange slices.

A package of Goldfish ($1.67) finishes off the contents of the gifts. I already had orange ribbon left from another project, but I had to purchase the plastic wrapping paper ($4). I probably could have found some of these items cheaper elsewhere, but I had just left the twins’ well-visit, and Kroger was the closest store, and I just wanted to get it done.

I have plenty of orange letter stickers in my scrapbooking supplies, so I let the kids put those on the tags. Big Sister wrote the rest of the wording on her tags. Hers say, “Orange you glad it’s the last day of school?” Big Brother wanted me to write his, and he wanted his own saying. The kids are supposed to say the whole knock-knock joke before giving these to their teachers. We’ll see how that goes. I’m looking forward to finally giving their teachers something cute, fun, creative, and planned, and I stayed within my budget!