The Family Budget – March 2015

cotton yarn to make washclothes

In this series I share our family budget, which includes the care and keeping for our household of seven (4 kids, 3 adults) as well as our debt free journey.

As I said last month, take anything I say here with a grain of salt, remembering that Christopher and I are digging our way out of debt after years of really dumb financial decisions and that what I say and do applies to my personal life in a household of seven with the income and debt that we have (how’s that for a disclaimer?)

You know, your mileage may vary and all of that fine print.

February was a tight month for us budget-wise but we met our financial goals, including filing our taxes and shopping around for a good deal on a dishwasher. We also went through room by room and made a list of needs and wants, so we’ve got an idea of what money we should spend on our home this year for maintenance. It won’t be a lot, but we do have some things we need to take care of.

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The Friday Five and Anniversary Giveaway Winner

The Friday Five: SimpleKids.netFive random things for you on this snowy Friday.

1. First, I owe you all some giveaway news. The winner of a hat hand knit by me is Jocelyn. Congratulations!  Jocelyn writes at Unlabeled Mama. I’m looking forward to knitting for you, Jocelyn.

And thank you to all of you for your kind words. I didn’t intend that post to be a “why you love SK” post, but you all said some very kind things about me and the blog and it was wonderful to read. Thank you! You are wonderful!

Jocelyn, be on the lookout for an email from me and we’ll get all the details of your hat worked out, okay?

2. The blog has been silent and I apologize. We’ve had a round of illness go through which now appears to be morphing into strep (Noooooooo!). Between that and the winter that is never going to end, I think I’ve lost a bit of my blogging mojo. Thanks for your patience. (Drink coffee and surf Pinterest mojo I seem to have in spades, ha!)

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Kara’s Journal, Tuesday evening

Kara's Journal | SimpleKids.net

As we start the week … I’ve been fighting that “Monday on a Tuesday” feeling all day long. This feels like the true beginning of the week, this first day back to normal after the President’s day weekend. I love having Christopher home when he gets these extra days off, but it does throw the rhythm of the days off for me. Totally worth it for extra Daddy time for the kids, though.

I am thankful … for friends who are patient and understanding about life with kids. We were supposed to host a Valentine’s breakfast at our house over the weekend, but one of our kids fell ill. Our sweet friends Ashley and Jenny stopped by and brought breakfast to us instead! I love that we have folks in our lives who understand that things happen and they roll with it and turn them into positives and blessings. [Read more…]

The Family Budget – February 2015

SimpleKids.net The Family Budget, February

After I shared our No Spend January some of you said you’d like to read more family budget type of posts. I write about our debt free journey for my quarterly Art of Simple posts, so I didn’t really think about exploring that topic here at SK.

However, the more I thought about it, the more a family budget series appealed to me, so I decided to test the waters with monthly updates as we do our budget.

Just promise me you’ll take anything I say here with a grain of salt, remembering that Christopher and I are digging our way out of some stupid large debt after years of really dumb financial decisions and that what I say and do applies to my personal life in a household of seven with the income and debt that we have (how’s that for a disclaimer?)

You know, your mileage may vary and all of that fine print.

SimpleKids.net The Family BudgetAs I said, January was a No Spend month for us, meaning we only spent money on essentials (bills, mortgage, food, etc.) and let me tell you, even after all of these years of living fairly frugally, that was a challenge.

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Kara’s Journal: looking back, looking forward.

Max and his slime | SimpleKids.netLinking up to The Simple Woman’s Blog. Note: there may be affiliate links in this post, including a link to Kiwi crate, whose Tinkercrate Max and I played with today and made this awesome, gross slime!

Outside my window … the day was a frosty, cold one and as I type this the sun is setting and we are settling in for a cold night of snow and wind. It’s our first real storm of the season.

I am thinking … that summer just wasn’t long enough for me.

I am thankful … for this post of Tsh’s over at The Art of Simple. I felt myself exhale mentally while reading it because she says many of the things that I’ve been feeling in my own heart. The internet has gotten very loud and I don’t want to just be a part of the noise. I want what you read here to be something that’s real, comes from my heart, and isn’t written for numbers or sponsors or with the goal of having a post go viral (not that those things aren’t nice, but that shouldn’t be the endgame). Or even because I’ve got this simple parenting thing all figured out (uh, because I don’t).

So, I guess what I’m saying is that I’m thankful for quiet, old-fashioned blogging and for this space to do it for all these years (next month will be five years for me at SimpleKids). And I’m thankful to all of YOU for making Simple Kids a small part of your lives, too.

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