Saturday, September 24, 2011

Welcome Fall!

The only corn we got from the garden!  There's always next year!

And welcome back to those sweet people who have asked where I've been!  I took most of summer off to spend with my family and during that time I evaluated our debt pay down, which has continued to go well. 

We are continuing on our path and throwing $742 a month at our only credit card.  It's really getting closer to zero!  Next is the student loan.....had that since 1997.

The one thing that changed over the summer was my couponing.  I took a break and enjoyed the time it freed up to spend with family.  I didn't miss some of the food I purchased, but it did cause our grocery budget to go up (how could it not!).

As of now, I'm focusing more on what nutrition my family is getting rather than getting the greatest deal.  It's become more important for me to provide healthy meals that don't have an ingredient list 100 items long of things I don't recognize.  Part of the change has been my willingness to make and grow more of our own foods.  I also read Food Rules by Michael Pollan, which is a great read and guide.  One of my favorite rules: If your grandmother wouldn't recognize it, don't eat it.  So my beloved Twinkie Pancakes don't count?


  1. More Zucchini in the freezer, I made 6 jars of Salsa, One thing I learned is do not cut up hot peppers with a cut on your finger.... Holy Cow 3 hours later and it still burns.

  2. I miss your posts! But I know how busy life gets especially during the school year and the summer--wait-- that's all the time!! But I'll keep checking back :)

  3. Thanks, Wendi! I've just changed my focus a bit, that's all. Less couponing, more family, same debt pay off. I do have to say having a high schooler is expensive!!! I knew we'd be paying out more, and we've adjusted accordingly. I hope all is well with you and your family!