Groceries, Coupons, Time, & NEWS

I think I will start with the news. (Nope, not preggers.) My wonderful husband landed a new job. Hurrah! He will be a Collections Librarian for Kent District Library. I understand this to be a lateral if not slightly upward professional move due to the nature of the job, increased opportunities to develop and advance, and the size, demographics, and resources of the system. I have not received a picture-perfect job description (man of few words), but I imagine him to be buying and negotiating, researching trends, and making patrons city-wide amazingly pleased with their well-constructed collection of materials. What I do know for sure, however, is that this change makes him very, very happy. He’s worked hard for this & so I am very proud.

The position is part-time. This has it’s pros and cons. Pros: more parent-daughter time (huge plus), no more weekends, no more evenings, flexible schedule, etc. Con: less income.

So we have a tentative idea of how this will play out in terms of budget, short-term plans/goals. However in the coming weeks, we will need to dig into this further. In the end, I am confident we will find what works for us.

On a different note, who can help us with coupons?! A while ago, a coworker friend invited me to a couponing class. It was inspiring and slightly…okay maybe more than slightly overwhelming. It’s definitely a system. One which appears to require extensive organization, planning, and strategy. It seems that one needs the following in order to make couponing, in the extreme sense, work:

1-a chunk of available time
2-a deep freeze
3-extra cupboard space
4-a thorough knowledge of what’s for dinner, what’s in season, what’s on sale, how to prepare/store food so that it won’t freezer burn, what foods normally cost so you know if it’s cheaper to use a coupon or just buy generic brands…

It also seems that you need to stock up on things that you may not need immediately, but will need in the future. You then need to remember that you have those items, so that you don’t double up at a later point. To me, I can see myself buying a whole bunch of stuff that I had coupons for, but then not knowing what sort of meals to make out of all this random stuff that I just purchased. Clearly, I need guidance.

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Computer stuff and other stuff

Last post I told the world (or 15 people who read the blog) about how our computer pooped out on us. I also told you how bummed out I was, or if I didn’t specifically say that, hopefully you got my drift. Nonetheless a few days after our computer pooped out I took it to a computer store. I was expecting them to tell me that the motherboard was fried and they will try and recover our pictures and the like.

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A small bummer

First, I must apologize about our last post. It seems I may have made a few errors when writing. Luckily Mandy was able to clean up my misinformation. So, if you haven’t read the revised version of our previous post, you should do so. Anyway, on to this post….

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Last Month…revised

What happened to this post? The back-seat driver got home and wanted to participate. Granted, this was after 60 of you viewed the post. I will add my comments in italics below. Hopefully it does not prove confusing.

Aaron: Ok, so we haven’t really posted in a while. Our bad. I think we are still suffering a little bit from holiday hangover. Meaning take a break from everything like work, laundry, blog postings, etc etc.

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Goals for the New Year

Hello everyone and welcome to 2012.  Hard to believe that it is already the new year.  I feel like I say that every year, but this year I’m serious.  2011 flew by.  It was a good year, to be sure, but very busy and maybe that is why I hardly remember anything.   Continue reading

Christmas Recap

Christmas shopping. So how did we do? Not great, not horrible. We started off my making a list of people to buy for, projected costs, actual costs, and running totals. We kept it on Google docs, so it was easy to update and provided a constant check and balance between the two of us.   Continue reading

An Expensive Hair Ball

Sorry it has been so long since our last post.  Things are busy around here with a baby, work, etc.  But since Mandy and I last posted an update we have had some financial ups and downs.  Nothing too drastic that we couldn’t handle though, thankfully.  First some ups:  I got a yearly bonus, hooray!  Granted I work at a public library so my bonus was next to nil, but hey, when you are counting pennies every little bit counts.  The bonus was also good because it was going to go in our x-mas gift fund which would have been a nice pad (more on x-mas gifts later).

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