Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dinner 4/19

When I got home this morning from work, I put dinner in the crock pot. We have a small roast, a couple of carrots, potatoes, an onion, three small cloves of garlic, two stalks of celery, some spices, a little worchestire sauce, and some smells wonderful now.

I'm glad I put dinner in the crock pot when I got home. It makes the afternoon much smoother when I wake up for my next shift.

Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18th dinner

Since I am working night shift all weekend (including Easter). I am  on orientation for my new position, and this is my second night there. My first shift was last Sunday.

I have a frozen lasagna that I just put in the oven. It's a prepackaged meal (I use them sometimes) and was bought on sale. Well, it's baking and we are going to have steamed green peas and corn to go with it.

Lunch for work tonight:
bean soup
medium apple
1/2 peanut butter/raspberry jam sandwich

The frugality continues...

We are in use it up mode at my home. The kids are on Easter break and have five days off. Today is their second day, then the weekend, and Monday are spent at home. They go back to school Tuesday morning.

In an effort to keep the budget down, and keep the teenagers bellies fed (what a job I have to say. Teenagers can EAT MASSIVE amounts of food), yesterday was two scrambled eggs per teen for breakfast. This morning we are serving two scrambled eggs per teen, and a serving of ham.

I pulled the ham slices out of the freezer to serve with the eggs. The ham slices were from a ham shank back in March. The piece of tape is dated 3/28. The container has two thick slices of ham in it.

I'm thinking two egg omelette with ham inside. That should keep them happy. It also will stretch the ham to fill the teens up. We have some shredded hash browns I can serve with it.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What's been happening...

We washed three loads of laundry today, and hung outside to dry. The kids are on Easter break, starting today and go back to school on Tuesday. I washed, the kids hung, folded and put all the laundry away. I got paid for my two weeks, and the new computer training 8 hour class. I wrote out all the bills I had in my shoe box (equity line, electric bill, car insurance, pest control, student loan, and medical bill). I'm waiting on the water bill to arrive. I had my dd sign her check that came from the college (originally my money, it was my account that paid for her education), and we took that to the bank. I put it right back into my checking account.

I had to pick up my hound dog's heart medication. I ordered her some new cardiac healthy food. Paid cash for both of these. I put gas in my husband's vehicle. I am going to gas mine tomorrow prior to going to work, so it will be ready for this weekend's three shifts.

Since I'm working again, I took out two containers of bean soup and the two containers of chili that were in the freezer. I'm planning on taking the soup and/or chili this weekend for my work lunches.
I need lunch for three shifts (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night).

I DIDN'T go to the grocery store. We have tons of food.

I took my dd to her oral surgeon's appointment. They are going to bill the dental insurance for today's visit. We have a 50 dollar deductible on dental, so I'm expecting a bill for this. I found out that she only has two wisdom teeth on the bottom!!!

We scheduled the appointment for April 30th, after her big 17th birthday. I didn't want her in pain or uncomfortable for her celebration. Since the provider is a MD in the company I work for, it's only 20 dollars for the two wisdom teeth to be extracted, and that apparently includes nitrous oxide, placement of an IV line for fentanyl and versed for sedation.

I asked the billing office twice to make sure once everything is finished, I would not receive a bill for 2,500 (my deductible for medical insurance). They were convinced that it was an "office visit" and not considered a "procedure". UMMMM, it consist of an IV, narcotics, benzos, removal of teeth, heart monitoring during the procedure, airway monitoring.........sounds like a procedure to me.

Dinner tonight:
left over homemade chicken soup (it's finished now)
left over salad
peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwiches (REALLY GOOD, I HAD ONE).
the last few pieces of banana bread

Updates on April Challenges

April Challenges Updated

Last month my kids and I went to the dentist. I have no cavities. My daughter has one cavity and my son has two that need to be filled. We made appointments to get them filled this month. While I still have insurance, it's a 60/40 deal, and I pay the 60 percent. They have given me an estimate of my charges.

Updates: My daughter goes to the dentist on April 24th. Her cost will be 165.20. My son goes to the dentist on April 29th and cost 159 for one filling. They both need conscious sedation. The cost includes the sedation. My insurance doesn't cover it and I have to pay out of pocket. My daughter also has a oral surgeon appointment this week for her wisdom teeth removal. Since we have not met our deductible, I will find out exactly what our cost will be. The conscious sedation and wisdom teeth removal will be taken off my taxes (since I have to meet a deductible and am not reimbursed for this).

My hound dog gets neutered mid April (already paid for) by Spay VA.
UPDATES: This has been done and they even clipped his toe nails.

My girls have birthdays coming. My daughter is going to be 19, and my other daughter is going to be 17. One asked to go out for a restaurant meal, and there was talk about manicures/pedicures for the 17 year old. I can't afford a big party for them. I'm hoping to get away with the meal/mani/pedi with my budget intact.
Updates: One birthday is done. My daughter that is in high school wants to go out for chicken wings, manicures/pedicures. This will be on Friday, April 25th. We are going to have lunch instead of dinner out, since I will be working that evening. Lunch will be the five of us, mani/pedi will be three of us, with some money put towards a "birthday bag" from the dollar store and a check for 25 dollars.

I am waiting on a reimbursement from DD college that she dropped out of. It's supposed to be in my account this month. It's close to 300 dollars which I could put back into my savings.
UPDATES: The paper check came, I thought they were going to just credit my bank account electronically. I was surprised, it's 492 dollars!! Part of it is going into my savings, part of it is going towards my bills for May.

My husband needs a new pair of glasses.
Updates: He got a new pair of glasses. His eye exam was paid for, and I paid 204 dollars for his glasses. I will be taking that off my taxes since I am not reimbursed anything for this purchase.
My car needs an oil change soon. It's about 1500 miles away from  needing one.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Frugal cooking....

My goal is to not throw groceries away. It's like throwing money in the trash can. It's terrible the amount of wasted food tend to throw away. Imagine buying groceries, deciding not to eat them, and them tossing everything.

There's a lot of hungry folks in this world. We could solve the hunger problem with the amount of food that ends up in the landfill.

So, I have four bananas that have BLACK, and I mean BLACK peels. I don't want to toss them, since I paid good hard cash for them at the store. I decided to peel them and make a loaf of homemade banana bread.

4 bananas
2 cups of flour
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup of fat free milk (didn't say in the recipe, but without some sort of liquid, the batter is very thick)
walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips (I don't have any of this stuff!!!!!!!)

I am baking it at 350 for an hour. The kids will like this for breakfast or a snack before bed. The recipe came from my Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

Dinner 4/16 using things up...

3 large carrots
1/2 onion (that was going soft)
2 stalks celery (that was going softer)
4 small containers of chicken stock, one container had a small chicken thigh in it. (homemade, dated 1/6/14, 3/16/14, 3/16/14, 4/8/14)
2 cups of ziti (to be boiled later and put in the soup)

The fridge is beginning to look a bit better, since we used up a lot of the left over stuff in the past week and a half. The carrots were peeled, sliced and put into the crock pot. The half an onion I was using for salad was getting soft, so it was peeled and put into the crock pot. Two stalks of celery were cut up and also placed in the crock pot. I had four various containers of homemade chicken stock (made from the drippings from the crock pot, along with chicken frames) that were needing to be used. Everything is in the crock pot with a little water to cook all day. I didn't add any spices, since there's all kinds of goodness from the chicken stock (and one of the containers was from my "sticky chicken attempts".

I was looking up a garlic parmesan roll to make with our soup. I found one on allrecipes. We are going to have those (I will use my bread machine to do the work, and bake in the oven), and a small salad (lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing). That's dinner for the five of us today. I'm sure there will be left overs for my weekend shifts at work.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Work Lunches...

Since I am back to work, I usually pack a lunch, since I can't really afford to go buy something in the hospital cafeteria.

Sunday night I went through the freezer for some "hidden surprises". I took a single serve container of chili that was dated made in March 2014. I also took a half cup of frozen blueberries, and a few slices of frozen peaches.

Today I took a single serving of bean soup that was made and frozen in March 2014. I also took a medium size apple, and a few tea bags for brewed hot tea.

Since I am back to work, I'm hoping to continue to bring those "hidden surprises" that need to be used and eaten. It keeps my budget intact. We have a refrigerator and microwave at work for employee use.

April 15th, using it up continues...

2 pizza crust
one cup of warm water
1 cup of diced ham from the freezer (dated 3/24/14)
one small onion
two cloves of garlic
2 medium pieces of deli cheese ends

This all becomes three personal pan pizzas that have enough pizza in them to feed the five of us.
I worked on a mandatory computer class for charting today. I will get paid for 8 hours of pay for today. I'm thankful.

My husband went to the eye doc today. He has a new pair of glasses to the tune of 204 dollars. There was an adjustment of 172 dollars taken off the total cost. I think it's still expensive, but I took the cash out of my checking account to pay for his glasses. I am going to save my receipts and write it off my taxes in January 2015. My daughter received a check from her college adventure. It was supposed to come to me, but it's written to her. It's for a total of 400 dollars and some change. I am going to get her to cash this so I can put it back into my bank account. I would like to deposit this into my savings account.

The rest of my night consist of cleaning up the kitchen, gathering dirty laundry to wash, sort through some recycling, and work on my budget for May. My next pay day is April 17th. It's supposed to be for the two weeks I was told were gong to be paid for, and 18 hours of orientation/EPIC training for my new job. It should be all there, but glitches happen sometimes.

Monday, April 14, 2014

back to work...

Last night was my first night at my new position. Since I have almost 8 years of nursing behind me, I am on orientation for two weeks, so I can get a feel of the place, and find my way around. I don't quite have the routine from only one shift, but I will know more at the weeks end. They are going to keep my previous work schedule of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night shift.It's wonderful to transfer within a company.

So, last week I earned 18 hours of pay with all the computer charting classes, and orientation. my previous position owes me for two weeks of back pay. I'm not sure if it will be in this week. I find out on Thursday morning. I've incurred some medical expenses in the month I was out of work. I'm waiting for the final expense on this. I have 850 in my checking and NEVER TOUCHED MY SAVINGS. It still has it's 3800 in it.

Yesterday was my daughter's birthday. I spent 20 dollars at Dollar Tree getting "birthday bag supplies", paid for lunch out (a BIG EXPENSE), and gave her a check for 25 dollars. We had some leftovers to take home.

My daughter (she's soon to be 17) made kielbasa last night for dinner. We have some left over for tonight's meal. I bought my son a pair of sneakers over the weekend. My daughter's birthday is on the 25th, so we are going to celebrate her big day soon.

I was at work last night and my husband decided to host a Easter dinner/potluck with a few friends. He told me about this when I got home this morning. I'm kind of upset about it. We are supposed to supply the Easter ham, and everyone else is going to supply stuff. I have to work that whole weekend, and wasn't really keen on the idea of having people over to celebrate. I just wanted it to be the five of us. I feel like I'm whining. The ham is small, and I was planning on having left over ham for the freezer.

Dinner tonight is left over kielbasa which I will heat up on top of the stove. We have left over french fries from my dd's celebration, some salad from Saturday to finish up, and steamed veggies from the freezer.

I have an 8 hour computer class to attend tomorrow for my new position. I will put something in the crock pot in the AM for tomorrow's dinner. I haven't made it that far yet in the planning process.

My hound dog is at Spay VA today. We pick him up tomorrow and will be able to bring him home from his neutering. My husband has an appointment tomorrow to get an eye exam and new glasses. He is in desperate need of a new pair of eye glasses. My insurance will pay only a certain amount towards glasses.The eye exam is only 20 dollars out of pocket.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Today's plan...using things up.

Since we ate all the leftovers last night, I pulled out a "hidden surprise" from the freezer. I have one container labeled "10 meatballs with sauce" dated 3/21/14. It's thawing out on the breakfast bar.

I took out a jar of garlic marinara from the pantry that I bought at Dollar Tree. I'm going to cook some ziti I had from Sharp Shopper (5 lb for 2.99). I'm cooking about 2 and a half cups worth. I'm going to mix the sauce and meatballs together and top the ziti with it for dinner.

We are going to have a nice salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and the last few colored peppers), ranch dressing for the salad, and steamed green beans to go with it.

I have a new charting system at work I'm being trained on for my new position. I went for a four hour class on Monday evening. Today is a four hour class, and I work Sunday night, 8 hour training class on computer for Tuesday, work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

I like that my life is getting back to my "normal". I did have to spend some cash this week. I put gas in the car, bought my son a new pair of sneakers, and my daughter needs some "female stuff". When I get home this afternoon, I would like to spend some time with the kids.

My oldest has her 19th birthday tomorrow. She wants to go out. She requested a "steak place". I requested to go at lunch time (11-3) since it's cheaper prices and I have to be at work for 7. We compromised, it's the steak place at lunch out for all five of us.