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3 weeks since I posted

October 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am

I don't know what happened. I'm almost at my 1 year anniversary for blogging, and I just haven't been in the mood. Ok, even after I wrote that I "don't know what happened", I realized that wasn't exactly the truth. I really DO know what's happened. Our finances are a mess right now, and I am so depressed about it that I have no urge to document anything. I guess I've been hiding my head in the sand.

We're not able to pay extra on anything, and I know we are still spending more than we bring in. I haven't updated the sidebar debt because it's too ugly.

On the bright side, I did manage to finally catch up on documenting our spending and coupon savings and all that, hoping it would provide something positive to write about. The summary is:
Found on the ground - added a penny! woohoo!
Rebates & coupon savings came out quite nice. Since I had last updated those months ago, I was worried that we might have fallen off the track on the goal of keeping the grocery/household/dog food spending around $100 per week ($60 for dog food, $40 for food, etc). While we're above the $100 mark, the average per week has actually gone down from just over $110. That's some tiny progress, at least.

Also, I think I remember getting some Purina rebate coupons in the mail yesterday, but now I can't find them. I hope I didn't really lose them! It's 10 $7 coupons. They're really checks but they are used like coupons. That would be a really bad move on my part if I actually did lose them!

I haven't been doing as much with coupons as I used to. I had to get brake pads for my car today, so I stopped in the grocery store and flipped thru the coupons in the Sunday paper. There were some dog food ones, so I could make my money back on the paper plus some extra, but I just didn't see anything else that thrilled me. I didn't buy it, and I probably won't tomorrow either. I find myself doing that a lot lately. I just don't want to be bothered clipping.

I've got $20 in rebates to mail in on some antifreeze we bought, and I'll be trying to get that in the mail this week. I've had quite a few bigger rebates like that lately. When they are $5 or $10 each, they add up fast.

I've also been trying for weeks to list things on eBay & CL. It never becomes important enough for me to set aside time to get it done. DH gets mad already at the amount of time I spend on the computer, most of which is checking my emails, printing coupons from various sites, and reading some blogs. The minute I open up eBay or CL, he wants me to look up some obscure things for him or read him some of the items in the categories. Within 30 minutes, I'm about to fall asleep from the monotony of it, and I never get around to the SELLING!

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After reading back thru this, it fits how I've been feeling lately. Up, down, up, down. There is no logical flow of thoughts, and it seems like things are very disjointed. I can focus on small details and spend hours tracking dollars & cents, and then feel like I accomplished something. But in the grand scheme of our life, it doesn't amount to a hill of beans. We have bigger things to resolve, and can't seem to come up with a real plan for solving them. Ugh!

I think I'll quit for now before I become a whiner. Oh....too late? Sorry!!!!

6 Responses to “3 weeks since I posted”

  1. Petunia Says:

    I'm there with you. . . big problems that really can't be solved. I've decided to solve what I can. . . the little ones. . and see what might come up for the insurmountable ones. Can I encourage you to start blogging again? I've decided that I need to do more of that and less surfing. It puts the focus on making progress in my own life.

  2. LuxLiving Says:

    Sometimes it feels like 1 step forward, 3 steps back - but keep going - you'll get there if you stay focused!!

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    {{lizajane}}

    It can get better. Try to not look at the big picture of what is going on. See if you can find manageable bite size hills to climb and conqueror, then once you've got your stride back, see if you can handle the big picture (mountain) again.

  4. baselle Says:

    We are all here to lure you back onto the blogging wagon. Come on back!

  5. ralph Says:

    I've got the exact same problem, so that's why we're here, to try to help each other improve. I've got some big problems that I've been putting off. We slackers are very lucky that many people who came here in dire straits like us and then improved have stuck around to help encourage us.

    I think the key is to stay at it and build a habit. Lately my habit has been avoidance and procrastination and aimless surfing instead of dealing with my financial messiness. It's a sneaky thing - my day to day life is fine, but long term it's a mess! Then I get overwhelmed just thinking about it and backslide some more.

    So, I need to get back at it and start filling in this hole I find myself in! You can do it too! A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, yada, yada, yada!

  6. mooshocker Says:

    Even if you HAD to walk across the entire country, you could still only take ONE step at a time. God bless.

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