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Yesterday was a total frugal flop. Here’s what happened. I took my kids to playgroup at this indoor play place. We have only been one other time and that was months ago. So, I forgot that it’s a socks required place. For some strange reason, I had a pair of socks for each of the kids. So I was prepared where I usually am not – why did I have two little peep pairs of socks in my purse? But I wasn’t wearing socks and they wouldn’t let me in without them. I’d already paid the $9 to get Bug in. There was a dollar store next door. But it was one of those annoying ones that calls itself a dollar store but really the prices are like multiples of a dollar. Makes no sense to me. So I spent $3 on a pack of 3 socks – I need socks anyway but still I was annoyed. Then a woman came in and had the same thing happen to her, paid and her son was already running around and she wasn’t wearing socks. So I gave her one of my new pairs so she didn’t have to go do the same thing I just did. So really I paid $3 for 2 pairs of socks and a feel good moment.
THEN, we’re in there playing and Monkey is climbing around on all the stuff having a great old time and I hear it. The poop. He pooped. He has never once pooped when we were out of the house. And he almost always poops in the late afternoon. I know, way more than y’all need to know about my almost 1 year old’s poop schedule. But still, I *should* be prepared for the event and I wasn’t. I didn’t have one single diaper in my bag. How did that happen? Well, when I got home and found them strewn about in the living room I realized that my purse had been rummaged through. We did need more diapers in the next few days anyway but I was extremely annoyed with myself. A $9 morning at the playplace turned into $25 after I paid for socks and then went to Food Lion (which by the way if you have one of these don’t ever go there. It was disgusting. Seriously smelled like puke and cigarettes – I’d have been better off putting up with the poopy diaper stench than walking in there) to get diapers and wipes.
It could’ve been worse, I realize. And it’s not like I was buying things that I wouldn’t otherwise have had to buy within the near future, but I was still really annoyed at myself. I vow to be much more prepared and organized next time we leave the house.
My blogging has been scattered and unfocused. I’ve either felt uninspired or when I do feel inspired I also feel conflicted about content. I know I have readers who follow along with me because they are interested in all things remodeling and decorating. I have other readers who follow along because they read the finance stuff I have to say. I was considering starting a second blog so I could devote this one to remodeling/decorating/frugality. And another one for personal finance. Instead I have decided to add structure to this one simple blog I have. I bet I’ll find that having a schedule for my blog subjects will also help with real life structure.
I’m going to do the following.
Monday – since the majority of the work hubby gets done around here is over the weekend, I’ll use Monday to update on remodel progress
Tuesday – frugal tips
Wednesday – Investing/Finance related
Thursday – Future remodel plans or decorating ideas
Friday – wrapup of the week and personal stories
I’ll use the weekends as a free for all. If I feel like writing, I will. If I don’t, I won’t.
So there you have it. I am sure that having laid out my schedule will keep me on track and help me be more organized. I can’t promise to stick to it perfectly, but I will try hard. Thanks to everyone who visits and I hope you’ll continue to visit and enjoy some of the things I have to say and share.
I have declared today organization day in our house. I’ve been very overwhelmed and stressed since during the holidays, we were on vacation, then hosted a Christmas party last weekend. I haven’t had the time or energy to devote to keeping the house a way that keeps me sane. I tackled a few of the big projects yesterday, getting most of the decorations down and put away. I have much more to do today though. Including a major overhaul of my toy organization system.
And my mom just called and is coming over with a dresser. It’s old and came in the little house they bought 6 years ago. They lived in the little house while building their house on the property and the little house is now the guest house. They’re hosting a huge party at the end of the month and will be having friends stay in the guest house. I suppose to them, this means they have to get rid of the ratty old thing. Yeah, it’s old. But it’s cute. And it’s RED! I love red. I’ll take pics later when everything is in order and perhaps even devote and entire photo post to my love of red.
More later. Off to organize!