Thursday, November 23, 2017
This week I redeemed $85 worth of grocery store points in an attempt to stop my grocery budget from bursting but no such luck. I spent $73 on actual groceries, things like eggs, cheese and toilet paper and then $12 on chocolate for Christmas for my family (good chocolate, not the cheap kind, to be divided among 6 people). I am still over for the month and it is only the 23rd. I have had a look back and determined that on average we spend over $100 a month on over the counter medications to help with our various ailments and this month it was more like $150. These costs will only keep increasing with age unfortunately but I am determined not to increase our $550 budget per month. Everyone needs a goal, even if it is getting harder to reach it. We self insure for medical and each have diseases that won't kill us but without help make daily living difficult sometimes so OTCs are the answer for us so that we can take them on an as needed basis.
In other news last week I missed doing 10,000 steps one day due to illness. I felt like crapola and just went to bed after hitting 7500. That is the first time since June I haven't done 10,000 steps. Then I realized I might have been a little hard on myself, now the goal is 72000 steps per week as on average I do 72,000 - 85,000 steps per week minimum anyway. If I am under one day due to illness as long as I hit 72,000 for the week I am good. And yes, I hit 73,000 last week. I am definitely healthier since doing 10,000 steps this week as bounced back and didn't get the full on head cold like I thought was coming. I still have managed to keep the 10 pounds I lost off and am going to try and ensure I don't gain any weight over the Christmas season.
Most of my shopping is done for the big C, I hate shopping in December so other than groceries I try and get all of it done before the end of November. All that is left is decorating which will all occur before next weekend when I have a few people over for a small party. I would leave it as generally don't like to do it before Dec 1 but the party is Dec 2 and want to concentrate on cooking, not decorating that day. All the money was saved months ago, it feels nice not to have to take anything from our regular paychecks for Christmas.
This weekend's plans include playing cards with our friends on Friday night, vintage Christmas hunting with Mom Saturday morning and then inviting her over for dinner and a movie on Saturday night. If the rain stops we will put up our outside Christmas lights too. We have had so much rain the last few weeks, roads are washing out and there has been a lot of flooding. I was in Walmart yesterday and the rain was pounding so hard on the roof it was drowning out the Christmas music!
We had a couple of hours on Tuesday where it didn't rain so hubby cut out from work and we took Buddy for a long walk - he was so happy as hates rain and wind and loves his walks.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers and to everyone else, have a great weekend!