16 ~ We are constantly asked how we survive on our income and do as much as we do. One way we do so much is by regularly sharing! We went to the Greek Festival this past weekend and bought two plates of main course food and a plate of dessert. The total cost for our group of five was $16. This way, we each got a bite of dessert and had a hardy snack. For example, one of our group doesn't eat meat which allowed one meatball for each of the rest. As we sat down under a tree to share our plates, I noticed that others had bought a plate of food for each person in their group -- in essence, the same amount of food that we had shared among five. Figuring that a plate of food cost a minimum of $8, that means that a group of five people would have paid $40 just for lunch. Since we could not have afforded to spend that much money, we chose to each get a small taste of the various delicious Greek foods. This is just one example how we make it and have FUN on a smaller income.
168 ~ I drove 168 miles this week. Crazy! I wish I could get control of the miles I end up driving each week. This was more miles than usual, but still it is too much each week.
4 ~ The basement/laundry room was driving me crazy. It was a total disaster. It took me just over four hours to clean it up. It makes me happy each time I enter the room.
- 42 to Goodwill
- 3 sold on Ebay
- 8 food items to the food bank
- 34 items to consignment shops
7 ~ We now have seven pumpkins between our garden and a fun trip to a local church pumpkin patch. I managed to get out of the church pumpkin patch for $10 and 100% of the money was going to help children in Haiti.
8 ~ It took about eight hours of research and planning to gather my lesson plans for the next five weeks. That is a little bit longer than it took for the last two units. I am not using any box curriculum this time except math and physics.
1 ~ We managed to squeeze in one play date with another family that goes to a charter school and was on break at the same time as us. We went to Chuck E. Cheese and had a great time. I wonder when my kids will grow out of that place?!