Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Moneyday - Baby and the Bathwater

So this is about the most crazy tightwad idea I think I have come up with of late, probably because I have been reading the compilation of the Tightwad Gazette Cindy loaned me. So here it is: once you have bathed your baby, don't throw out the baby OR the bathwater. Assuming your baby was not covered in mud, gallons of mucus, or a spaghetti dinner, or was taken out of their diaper at a not-so-great time, that water is probably not really dirty. And, it has baby wash in it. I had an aha! moment. I wash my delicates in baby wash. Babies don't like really hot water and by the time you take them out it is about the temperature of a warm wash, so it shouldn't be too hot for most hand wash items. So next time the boy gets a bath, so will my wool sweaters/socks/slippers/etc. in order of increasing dirtiness. I may add a little soap, but probably not much. Then I will throw it out. Water is fairly cheap here, so the savings are minimal, but this also saves work setting up for two washings in one, so to me it is still worthwhile. And if Jonathan is nasty, I will pass that time. :)

Call me crazy, but it sounds good in my head.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Not Keeping Up

with blogs and such. My own included, lol. I've been thinking a lot about a lot of things lately, and doing a lot of things lately so it kinda slips my mind to post. I'm trying to get my thoughts, home, schedule, etc. more organized and make life more efficient, less stressful, and cheaper. Continuing to improve my ability to be content and trusting His providence in any situation. Working harder/smarter at making Bob happy. Tackling the challenge of parenting an increasingly smarter, bigger, still strong-willed but fun toddler as wisely as I can. Trying to be the best money-manager I can be as one way of doing my husband good all the days of my life. Trying to use my skills and talents well. Trying to think everything out without overthinking. :) I pray I can grow enough to keep up with the changes in my world and the world that present challenges to me. God has always provided for me up to now, so I trust Him to provide the needed wisdom. :)