Hello all. I've been doing a world of thinking these last two weeks and with May and June pretty much having flown past and very little accomplished over the last 8 weeks, I thought I'd try and make July count HARD. I have three social/visits already on the calendar for July, too. I'd love to think that all of life is summer and like the photo above but I need to do a lot of work about here. It might well prove to be a busy month. There are nevertheless things I MUST do this month and I thought I'd like to add another thing or two just because, you know, I might not have enough to do...
#1. Frugal Boot Camp started last week of June. Why? Because I need it just now. I have this feeling I need to refresh my knowledge, find new ways and means to save. Typically July is always a sticky sort of month and I don't mean because of the heat, which by the way is meant to be in the 100f range. It always feels as though we have a slow down in the income, an increase in the outgo and enough wants/needs besides to frustrate. I'll be reviewing several books from my bookshelves. So all throughout July I'll continue to read and look for methods I have forgotten or need to now employ.
#7. Get my pantry and freezer restocked. I'll work on this slowly. I've noted that Patsy at A Working Pantry and Brenda at Coffee, Tea, Books and Me both mention the challenge of slowly building pantries with low cash amounts. I thought I'd like to give myself an allowance of $20 per pay period to start with. I'll make a list, watch for sales and try my best to get big bang for small bucks.
#8. June was a heavy month for grocery spending. I was over budget and why shouldn't I have been? While Bess and Sam helped out, we also had four family gatherings during the month. I'd like to be below normal budget amount this month. I've thought seriously about this and think I'm going to try to spend $50/week this month, which must include any cleaning, food, pet, and paper supplies needed. I'll allow the $10/week for restocking (total of $60/week).
#9. Further my Diabetes Education. I told myself last year that I needed a break and to do things slowly. I concentrated hard on the basics: losing a few pounds, learning to balance carbs and lowering my blood sugar numbers. My numbers are very good and I've maintained my weight loss. I've had a few questions through out the year but reminded myself that I was focused on just those three areas and I stuck to that. Now I'm ready to educate myself a little further, perhaps lose a few more pounds and learn more about what my body really needs in order to be healthy. I've been collecting two different Diabetic magazines over the past year and I've pulled a few articles here and there. I want to read and study and decide what my next focus areas will be for the coming year.
And I think that is quite enough planned for July, don't you? What I'm not adding in is working in the yard but if a few early mornings prove to be pleasant enough to allow it I might well do a few tasks over and above watering plants. Ideally, I'd find a substitute plant for the petunias that are suffering in the full sun and heat. I'd also organize the shed, read a few hundred books, cook up a few new recipes, etc. etc. I know myself well. I'll be busy aplenty without adding any of those tasks!
What do you have planned for July?