Well, Maybe Tomorrow,...
Date: Dec 28th, 2004 2:01:18 pm - Subscribe
Mood: Eh

I didn't exactly start fresh today, as I had intended. It was cold, and oh, so hard to get out of bed in the morning. So, I'm parked in front of the computer, which is such a powerful draw for me in the morning. I enjoy my cup of coffee and reading my email. I should use that pleasure as an incentive, though. From now on I will save the email and coffee as a reward for completing my morning routine. No routine - No email. It works for my kids with chores and video games.

One of the areas where I must make a change is finances, and one of the best ways I can do that is by preparing a family dinner every night. When I don't do that we make more trips to the grocery store, and we eat more junk. When I do plan menus and prepare dinner every night we save money and I lose weight. SUCH A PAYOFF! So, why do I resist doing it? I don't dislike cooking. I just procrastinate. Oh, and a messy kitchen is part of the problem. It really all works (or falls apart) together.

I started a new blog where I'll share recipes and menu plans. Check it out: What's for dinner?

I reduced the number of cell phone minutes we have on our plan, which will save us money. I had increased them because I needed extra minutes for my business, but now I don't. Our entertainment budget is now ZERO, which doesn't mean we won't be having fun as a family. It just means that we will be looking for free ways to have fun. We have a family zoo membership, so that's one thing we'll be taking advantage of. We'll also be playing more board games, and doing jigsaw puzzles together. Instead of buying microwave popcorn and renting movies, we'll be air popping corn that I buy in bulk and checking movies out from the library. During the summer we'll have more picnics, maybe get the deck cleaned off and eat outside more often.

Basically, our plan is to live more on less. We want to increase our enjoyment in life while decreasing the amount of money we spend. Can we do it? Well, we really have no choice. It's either that or continue on this disastrous path.

Mike and the kids are doing 15 minutes "blitzes" every night which is very helpful. A blitz is when we turn on music, set the timer, and clean as hard and as fast as we can. It's not hard to do when you know it's only going to be 15 minutes, and it's amazing how much can be accomplished when we all work together like that.

This is the plan for the next several months. Hopefully, I'll also be able to work on getting the house ready to sell. But first I have to create a structure for my life, which is really my greatest challenge. Wish me luck! Or better yet, pray for me.
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david - December 30th, 2004
Cool cookinblog Jennifer, as we make more advancements to Emo Blog, perhaps we can merge users & blog entries. Till then, happy bloggin!


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