Cooking — that’s what has defined this week. I didn’t get into cooking until I was carrying Nibbler, and now I actually *like* to cook. I hated it before, always wanted to eat out, and now I much prefer a home cooked meal to a purchased one at a fast food chain (I still like certain sit-down restaurants on occasion — oh, and In-N-Out, haha).
The hardest thing for me has been getting my homework done. I used to read my text book on my lunches at work, and since I’ve lost that 5 hours a week I had to make progress on it, I couldn’t get it done this week very well. I’ve finally had to settle on the fact that my free time in the evenings has to be dedicated to that because it’s the only predictable time of the day I can sit in front of Blackboard and nap times (those are very sporatic) are the only time I have to power through house cleaning or meal prep.
The easiest thing this week has been living on a budget. Yeah, I know. I’m surprised too considering we lived on two budgets for so long. I guess preparing the bank account in my final two weeks at my job by paying off any debt we could and paying the car payment in advance is helping quite a bit. It may also have something to do with the fact that we both want to make this work. We shall see what the next few weeks bring once we make it through a full billing cycle on everything. Haha. And yes, I do plan on continuing to make the car payment as if it is not paid ahead — that was just a safety net if we need it. 😀
In a few weeks, a friend of mine is going to show me how to coupon. I use coupons already, but I’m not really that serious about it (or that organized). Has anyone had a great amount of success with couponing? I’m curious to hear your stories. You know, the stories from “normal” people, not the extremists. We don’t have a whole lot of storage space, so we can’t get too crazy here with buying 60 cans of tomato paste because “it was a deal!”