Category: Tending Hearth

  • Low-Spend Recap Days 26-27

    Heading torward the end of the month.  I’ve mentioned in my last several recap posts that I feel like a lot of my decisions for this month were MAJOR fails.   I have to remind myself that I’m doing “low-spend” here and not “no-spend.”  I’ve definitely become much more mindful of purchases.  Before I started…

  • Low-Spend July: Days 23-25

    Sometimes it feels like you rip a bandaid off your low-spend month, and a bleed starts, and it’s really difficult to stop that bleeding.   I’m still failing enormously at eating out!  I’m not sure why it’s so difficult.  I like to cook and I’m a decent cook.  But meals out creep into our consciousness…

  • Low-Spend July: Days 9-22(!)

    My “low-spend” July hasn’t been AS successful so far as it could have been!  I’m seeing a trend here.  Haha.  I’m continuing to simplify our space and my routine, so that’s fun but sometimes requires spending a little money.  Is it essential, or non-essential?  That’s personal and only you can answer.  But I’ve decided that…

  • Minimalist Kitchen: What do you REALLY need?

    I’ve pared my kitchen down a lot over the past several years, and I still have a way to go.  Some changes I’ve made: Got an Instant Pot and got rid of several slow cookers, my rice cooker, my yogurt maker and my stove top pressure cooker. Got rid of my huge food processor and…

  • Low-Spend July: Days 3-8

    I’m going to go over several days at once; I haven’t had a chance to log on daily so I’ll just go over the past 6 days now.  I need to go back to keeping track daily, because I THOUGHT I was doing really well, but it all adds up to way more than I…

  • Low-Spend July: Day 2

    Today’s spending was very low, which is nice, right?  We needed two 27.5″ bike tubes with Presta valves for Jake’s bike (Tom rode it through thorns and the tubes were shot), and $18 was the cheapest price with tax. We also dropped $200 at the SRP machine, which gives us roughly 12 days of electricity.…

  • Low-Spend July: Day 1

    Wow, de ja vu!  Haha…here we go again.  New month, another chance to do better. Hubby and I went to brunch this AM…had a great time and it was $30 after tip. We went to Auto Zone and got a fuel injection cleaner for my truck and a couple light bulbs he needed for a…

  • Low-Spend June: Recap

    I feel guilty but I gave up keeping a daily accounting of June’s spending. Everything seemed to go to hell in a handbasket by the 18th and I lost my motivation to blog about it daily. We received June’s 3rd check on the 29th and unfortunately I’m not currently feeling like we got “extra” money.…

  • Low-Spend June: Halfway Point Recap

    June is halfway gone already!  Hard to believe.  Two of the three paychecks we’ll receive in June have arrived.  I would have liked to have had a huge surplus from check #1, but that didn’t happen.  Mostly the issue was that spending in the prior months was pretty unchecked, and I let a bunch of…

  • Low-Spend June: Day 16

    Needed another grocery run, and got a great unexpected haul!  I went to Safeway to pay our power bill (they have a kiosk and it’s the only way to pay it electronically currently) and I decided to browse around.  I’d heard Safeway had sweet corn for 5 cents an ear, but I couldn’t find that.…