Sunday, September 19, 2010

Not your average blogger

Wow, I must say, after looking at some of the uber-thrifty blogs out there I am definitely not your "average" thrifty blogger!

I hope my readers don't expect to come here and see all of the best deals and greatest match-ups out there, because I just don't have the energy {or drive} to do that.  So if that's what you guys look for, so very sorry, but you won't find that here.  That's why I have all the great linkies on the right ----->
I'll leave it to the pros!

Here, you'll just find our journey to saving money, being thrifty, and making it by with a little more money in the bank day by day.  Tho, I'm feeling like the whole saving is a little rough right now.

Speaking of which, when will this whole "recession" thing turn around {????}, I wonder.  I just think back....{time warp}  I made it thru a year of lay-offs - then my number was drawn {in a figurative sense}, hubby's clientel has definitely decreased, I sometimes I feel like we need to sell everything in the house to make-do, I feel guilty of buying a Caribou once in a while (man, I'm glad I don't get one everyday like I used to!  Then we'd really be on the street, haha!), and I haven't bought any "new" clothes in I can't remember how long - garage sales and thrift shops are my friends.  I have gift cards to clothing stores, but feel guilty using them on clothes.  Why?  I have no idea, it's not like I can get toilet paper or food at those stores, right?

But then I think about my life, and think "we're not that bad off."  We own our house, we don't have car payments, our house is completely furnished, we have food on the table.  It's just that feeling of living paycheck-to-paycheck, like I'm not able to make enough to contribute, that little twinge of pain when I look at the bank accounts {to see the amounts haven't really increased}.

Okay, not sure where all of that came from!  Guess I've had a bit on my mind lately...  Just a little food for thought I suppose.

And now I must really get to bed after a day & night of reading articles, writing papers, taking quizzes and doing finances, blah. 


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Where has time gone....

So it's been sooooo long since I posted I figured I best come back and update you guys a bit!

First off, the recipe for the Rotha's Buns that I talked about in my last post has been requested by many.  I will say, these buns are Heaven on Earth!  They are a family recipe, but Mom said I could share :o)

Rotha's Buns
  • 2 tsp. dry yeast (soften in 1/4 cup warm water)
  • Add together: 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tbsp. melted shortening (or butter)
  • 2 cups warm water
 Mix yeast with above mixture and then add 7 cups flour, knead, let rise once.  Form into rolls and let rise again until double in size.  Bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes (outside should be light golden brown).

And there you have it!  Easy enough, right??  We usually make at least 2 or 3 batches at a time, they don't ever seem to last long at our house.  They are easy to freeze, and taste best right out of the oven with a little butter!  Delicious!  We've also done some variations using part bread flour rather than full white flour, wheat flour, adding a little cinnamon or nutmeg.  You do what you want!

I've also been thinking of doing Recipe Wednesday's or something....We have a lot of great recipes that we've found around, and I know we all love to try new things!!  So if you have a great recipe that you really like and would like me to feature it here on Recipe Wednesdays, send it on over!

Other than that, I'm back at school now, so the whole "being thrifty" has really taken effect!  We save for what we need, don't buy what we don't need, and have an allotted amount each month for a couple date activities.  We also look for free/really cheap things to do on our date nights each week, often it is finding a new recipe in one of our recipe books, then a movie night on the couch.  We're still couponing, earning points online, and cashing in rewards with our debit cards (awesome!).

What have you been doing lately that had been uber thrifty??  We're always looking for more ways to save money!