Jan 4, 2009

Temporarily MIA!

I am sitting at my mother-in-law's computer right now...it seems that our laptop decided to take a permanent vacation, and just before the holidays...which means that we didn't really have a lot of time to take it to ye olde repair shoppe before Christmas Crazies set in!

The good news - it's going to the 'puter doctor's tomorrow and I should be back up and running by the end of the week. In the meantime, I wanted to wish everyone who stops by a healthy and prosperous New Year! Here are some of my goals for the coming year:

- Continue to work towards a consistent $200 monthly budget. I am pretty sure I went over a bit in December, though I was able to stock up for January. But I'd like to see that number more regularly once I review the spending.

- Use more of my savings towards donations. I am thinking in terms of hard goods (toiletries, non-perishables, etc) that I get free or super cheap. We made some good donations to the food bank before Christmas but I would like to make that a monthly effort instead of a once-in-a-while event.

- Put $5000 in the bank on top of our current savings by the end of the summer. Hubby will *hopefully* be starting school in the fall and that would cover half the total tuition for the program, then we can save the other half over the next year. This is going to require real diligence in saving, as we have been taking a few opportunities to enjoy ourselves with our extra cash instead of saving ALL of it.

- Get ready for one more addition to the team :) We found out a few weeks ago that we're having another baby!! My first doc's appointment is Tuesday so I don't know a due date for sure yet, but I think it will be sometime in early to mid August. Aside from regular new mommy excitement, I'm really looking forward to figuring out how to make this new mouth have as little impact on our food budget as possible. I will breastfeed just like I did with the Boy Wonder, but I also have a brandy new food processing attachment for my blender that I think will be getting LOTS of use once the new little one starts eating solids :)

Happy new year!!!


Annie said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy! That is so exciting. I can't wait to hear more about your $200 a month budget and how you do it!

Corrie at "Cents"able Momma said...

Congratulations on your new baby! I hope you are able to get your computer fixed soon :-).

On The Verge said...

Congratulations!! I am so excited for you! I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy. Keep us posted!

Keely said...

Congrats!! That's awesome! I made all Xander's baby food and it worked out really well. I made big batches and froze them in ice cube trays and then one or two were the perfect serving size.

Hope mr 'puter feels better soon!

Cinnamon Henke said...

Whoooo Congrats! I so want another baby, but I trying to wait a few years. Maybe the urge will pass, lol.

Julie said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I'm due in July and we also have a $200 a month budget so I'm looking forward to hearing how you adjust to having another one.

Linda S said...

Congratulations!!! that is so exciting!

Tosha said...

congrats! I don't think our second child has had too much of an impact on our monthly grocery bill yet. He just turned one but he can eat as much as our 5 year old!

I hope to see some new blog post from you soon:)

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Yeah for a new baby and hope your 'puter doctor is a good one and gets you back up and running quick!

CK Lunchbox said...

Congrats on the baby - love how you just snuck that one in there.

Understand the computer thing - while on vacation these past two weeks I barely could get on. It was like a drug withdrawl. Probably for the better.