UPDATE: Today I picked up the 200 free coat hangers from the local dry cleaners. I also bought some safety pins from the $ store so I can pink skirts to the hangers to prevent them from falling off.
I cleaned off the kitchen counters. I put away any food items, cleaning supplies (put under the sink, now that it has been repaired) and I glued my ONE drawer back together so I can put away my silverware. I hope the glue holds, I will test it tomorrow. I pulled all the old stuff out of the fridge and freezer to make room for new supplies.
I am on a very tight budget this month because last month I had two very large emergency buys that killed that budget. This month I am putting the funds back into the emergency fund, so that left me with only $50 to buy groceries for myself for the month of April. I made a list of what I had on hand and made up a menu plan of go withs that fit into the budget.
I spent the $50 at a local grocery store (loss leader items) and the $1 store.
This is what I bought.
2 loaves of bread
4 bottles of salad dressing
2 huge bags of salad greens
4 pounds of broccoli florets, fresh, but most of the stems were cut off, so very little waste
4 pounds of bananas, the semi old spotted ones, which are my favorite anyway
8 cans of white chicken
5 cans of tuna fish
5 pounds of turkey hot dogs
2 packs of cheese slices
4 pounds of pasta
100 safety pins $ store
12 pairs of socks $ store ($3)
2 each 3 eye shadows $ store
1 new lipstick $ store
1 pack of 50 garbage bags $ store
2 packs of oatmeal cookies $ store
1 jar of marshmallow fluff for my cocoa (my sweet treat)
1 large bag of pretzel sticks $ store
With these grocery items, AND sticking to the serving size listed on the packages, I will have enough to last me until May, when I can shop again. I really did not need the eye shadow or lipstick, but I am also learning new make up tricks and this is the cheapest way to explore new ideas.
I DO have some money left over for the rest of the month, all the bills are paid and money has been put into savings. I have enough dog and cat food, cat litter on hand to last me until mid May. I am saving as much as possible so I can carry it forward into May and complete the emergency fund in May. Then June will be back to a normal budget.
I am glad it is just me and the pets, I could not feed a family on $50 per month, I could, really, but it would not be as easy as pleasing just me.
Thanks again for your support. I will update as I get more things done. I am keeping my eyes out on trash day for 6 dresser drawers. I will clean them, screw on wheels and use them as under the bed storage for bulky items that take up too much drawer space and out of season items. I will put a beach towel over the items to keep the dust off of them.
I have so much 'spring clean out' to do around my house and I need some motivational speeches I can give myself to keep myself going, when I want to give up.
I have to tackle the stuff that my children left behind when they left for collage, so I have to sort out the junk from the stuff I want to keep. There is no telling what is inside those boxes.
I have to clean out three closets, four dressers, one massive closet that has tons of stuff, that I cannot even describe.
Remember too, that I am disabled and if I do too much, I land myself back into my wheelchair, which puts things to zero.
I know to start small, set a timer, work for 30 minutes, then stop for 30 minutes. But that only works for me for a day.
Any ideas you can share will be greatly appreciated. I cannot afford to hire someone and I don't know anyone who can help me with this. My children live thousands of miles away. I have no family and friends don't or won't do things like this, even if I ask.
Thanks in advance.