|The only thing blooming in my garden right now.|
I think I will try to end each month with a wrap up of sorts, you know looking back and seeing how things went. What worked and what didn't.
1. Ok, so I think January has to go down as a 5 star month for my finances and I have you and the blog to thank. Staying committed was much easier with you along. I looked at our bank statements from last January and we spent an average of $75 a week at the grocery stores and were also eating out a lot. So starting the new year like this is so motivating. All the money we saved this month was added to the principal of our mortgage. I wish I had woken up financially speaking, sooner. And I'm not just talking about grocery shopping. I just wish paying my mortgage off had been a priority earlier in my life. It always just seemed like such a large debt that would never go away but now I realize it is a lot like that saying...how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
2. In February I will try shopping the farmers markets and see if I can buy local and still keep my expenses down. We will see how that goes. I don't know how you guys feel about me continuing the series. It is an eye opener but I can see where it is boring too. I really don't want this to become just a food blog. So let me know what you think.
3. Another thing I got from this grocery series is that seeing my groceries laid out like that really opened my eyes to exactly what I am eating. For instance, the chips. They went into my cart so easily. But then had to be in that photo I took. I realized I really don't want to be eating a bag of chips every week. Wait let me rephrase that...I'd love to eat a bag of chips every week but health-wise, I shouldn't.
4. Also being so mindful about my groceries spilled over into every other aspect of my life (no shopping anywhere) so savings, savings everywhere.
5. The rose garden is done. All the roses have been pruned, new wells dug around each one and they've all been fed. What a job.
6. A huge, huge thank you to everyone who tried one of the recipes I posted and to all of you who left comments. The comment section of this blog is better than the blog itself. I'm telling you this blog is nothing without you. Thank you for putting up with my blather. Seriously.
7. And lastly, here are some links that I came across this month I'd like to share with you...
A reader here, Ashley, put up this link in the comment section. I've added it to my Vegan Resource List. What a fabulous link it is for vegan's or wanna be's. You guys often ask questions that I can't answer and this site is a wealth of good info. Vegan Health.
Just because I watch this at least once a week and will never tire of it...My Friend Maya.
A peek into a friends kitchen storage. Such Glamorous Simplicity.
Yuki's beautiful dining room.
A new blog I found, again through the comments here. Such A Beautiful Piece of Writing.
Are you thinking of going gray? Stephen Andrew wrote an excellent post about it here.
And that my friends is a January wrap. Tomorrow is the first day of February I will hopefully be back with my super bowl sandwich. (!)