Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Blog Her

Are any of you readers going to the BlogHer convention this year? I am so excited about it, I have really fallen in love with blogging and the network of AWESOME women that it has introduced me to. The Blog Her network is a devoted network of women bloggers, it gives us all a platform to use our voices. You can find women who blog about everything, from family to politics, to food, to stress and everything in between. If you are not a member I would definitely look into it.

I have applied to be a volunteer at the conference, i can't wait to see if I get a spot. I am such a people person, I love to meet new people and I think that working at the registration desk would be an amazing way to meet people.

I look forward to meeting you all there. Find out more about it here.

Plus, it is in NYC this year. By far my FAVORITE city I have ever traveled to. I cannot wait!

P&G A Year Of savings

Proctor and Gamble has a new coupon offer. If you purchase $50 or more of P&G products between 2/1/2010 ans 4/15/2010. (Before Tax and Coupons).

Circle the P&G products on your ORIGINAL receipts(s) and mail the form (not up yet) to:
P&G Year of Savings
Dept. M, P.O. Box 460643
El Paso, TX 88546-0643

Your Coupon Booklet will arrive in 6-8 Weeks.

If you need more details look in the P&G insert in your Sunday paper 0n 2/21.

I bet these will be great coupons, if I find any deals to make it better I will post them.

BTW, if you haven't done the Olay Rebate, then make sure you get a duplicate receipt.


I wanted to share this link with you all. It is for a free Uni-Ball Super Ink pen. This pen has a special ink that prevents check washing. I can't wait to see how well it works.


So remember that I posted about a contest at the Frilly Coconut. I won, I am so excited. I can't wait to see what amazing creation Jessica comes up with for the blog. Stay tuned it will be fantastic. In the mean time check out her site. If you are interested contact her about your own blog design.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Blog Design Giveaway

So it is on my list of goals for 2010 to redesign my blog. I want it to be much more user friendly. I found this contest today by one of the blog designers I like.

She is giving away three blog designs. Check out her great work here.

Good luck to all of you.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

January Spending!

In 2010 I challenged myself to keep a detailed expense record. I am notoriously disorganized with my finances and can become very distracted by the simple thought of balancing the checkbook. I have really used this blog to challenge myself in many ways, so when I decided to keep track of my spending it seemed like a great idea to make my challenge public.

We all have those monumental ideas, but without accountability we tend to let even the best of intentions fade away. Well, I do anyway.

So last month when I shared this post with you all I made myself accountable to each of you. I am still working on having a gadget created that will track my spending more regularly, but for now I will post monthly updates.

January 2010 Spending
103 Transactions (YIKES)
Beginning Amount: $1527.34
Manufactures Coupons: $400.34
Store Savings: $728.44
Total Oop: $408.62
ECB/RR/GC: $113.50
Rebates: $60
Total Savings: $1373.80

I hope that next month will be a better month with a lower Out of Pocket number. This month had 2 shopping trips to Wal-mart that were unplanned and one of those included repairing the flat tire I got in their parking lot.

February starts out with a great stock pile. The Kroger Mega-sale has been really building up some of the essential things as well as the filler pieces for lots of recipes. I also want to start tracking how much my family spends on food outside of home, I feel like we do a terrible job using all of the great deals that I gather. I know there are leftovers most nights and we just don't take them with us the next day. I also know that I am the biggest culprit of eating out in my family. Some things I am doing to make a difference in this part of our budget is bringing more things to work with me. I brought a 12 pack of Diet Coke from the stock pile yesterday, and I need to bring breakfast and lunch from home. I usually keep a few snacks in my desk drawer but I have let that slide lately too. I know that I can cut down on so much wasted money if I just apply myself.

So look for my next update to see if I am able to cut back on my excess spending.