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Garden, yard sale, so much has happened!

June 10th, 2015 at 03:52 pm

So much has happened since my last post. I'm just now getting caught up.

1. Yard sale!
First, I read that new organizing book, "The life-changing magic of tidying up." I didn't find it that compelling of a read, but reading it did make me want to clean up and clear out-- as in, significantly. I spent a week going through every closet, drawer, cabinet, bucket, etc, then we had a yard sale.

We actually made $200 and sold a bunch of stuff. The kids also made $40 selling old toys and $15 selling hot dogs and choco chip cookies. My friends came over and hung out with me, and we had fun. It was a success! At the end, I dropped everything at the goodwill--two full carloads, and I still have to make one or two more trips for odds and ends. Now I just have to put the house back together!

2. Gardens!

The garden is going gangbusters. Okay, at least the weeds and the lettuce are! We harvested at least 6 large gallon-plastic bag sizes of lettuce, 9 quarts of strawberries, and two heads of broccoli. (which is weird. We didn't get broccoli until July last year).

I'm mostly growing weeds at this point, though. My mom was gracious enough to work the weedwacker between the garden paths while I forked out this particularly voracious weed that seems to be taking over some of my beds. I don't know what it is. It's very spiky and has a root like a carrot, and some seeds must have blown in from somewhere last year because I'm up to my eyeballs in them and they are terrible!

So, I forked those out by the roots, everywhere they would hold still.

3. Friends/ Hurricane Katrina
We visited out of town friends over Memorial Day. They have major financial problems, and when we were off on our own (me with the other mom, DH with the fellow), they lamented about their issues to each of us. It's tough.

We're all from New Orleans. Their condo flooded during Katrina. The condo paid a contractor to fix it. Contractor left with the insurance money, after doing no work. short story: Disaster. Anyway, they had to take out a HELOC to do the hurricane repairs. Then, five years ago, they moved up north for work. They can't sell the condo. Even when renting it, they were losing $500 a month on it. They tried a short sale, no one bought it. Tried a loan modification, but the bank wouldn't do it. Now, they're letting it go into foreclosure. It's a heartbreak.

I straight out asked them if they would finally be in better financial shape once that condo is gone, and they said no. It shocked me. Hubby is convinced they'd need to make 30 percent more just to make ends meet. They already make about $140k a year.

The wife is in tears. The hub spends money. Lots of money. Toys, collectibles, DVDs, video games, iPhones, iPads, he has to have it all. He's been like that forever, the entire 15 plus years I've known him. They just don't see where they can cut. Of course, I walk in and can think immediately where they could cut: all the prepacked junk food, sodas, gatorades, ipad data plans, cable TV, etc. But they just "can't live without it."

Plus, they have CC debt. Things they've been paying on for more than a decade. I can't imagine still paying off things I bought 10 years ago. !

Ugh. I just don't think they have the motivation to cut where they need to to right their financial ship. So, The wife asked me for my advice, but I'm not sure I could give any they'd want to take.

4. Our life
In our life, things are trucking along financially. Last week, one of my vintage dreams came true. I FINALLY found the 1960s tulip table and chair set I've dreamed of for my dining room, and have been searching for at estate sales for years. And it was $500, about a third of what I expected to spend on it.

It was on craigslist, and the lady still had it, so I decided to go for it. Now that it's here, I don't regret it. I'm so happy. But I admit I did feel really bad spending the money. It's working out, though.

I've also started writing down every penny we spend each week. I was feeling a little out of control, like I just didn't know where the money was going, and this is helping. Hopefully in a month or two I'll have a better idea of if and where we can cut or rejigger things because we're spending too much.

And, as per your request, here is the table. The chairs are pulled away because I'm cleaning everything!

9 Responses to “Garden, yard sale, so much has happened!”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I paid $500 for a dining room set this fall, and I don't regret it a bit! I feel a got a great deal, and I had certainly put my time in with mismatched chairs and fake wood. Emjoy your set!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    That sounds like a great deal on a table you have wanted for so long. I don't think you should regret it in the least! I'd love to see a picture.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    That sounds like a great deal on a table you have wanted for so long. I don't think you should regret it in the least! I'd love to see a picture of the table.

  4. NJDebbie Says:

    I was looking at your sidebar and I am so excited for you. Your numbers look great; good job. As for your friends, I am sorry about the contractor running with their money but they are not helping themselves. $140K between the two of them in salaries and can't seem to make ends meet!

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    I know, I know. They should be able to make ends meet and more on that salary. So many of their wants are considered needs. I don't really want to believe they're doomed, but I don't forsee any serious change in that thinking given their histories.

  6. My English Castle Says:

    Some people are just wacky spenders. One of my VERY broke friends came over with gourmet cheeses and $8 crackers Saturday night. She was trying to be super nice, but would have made me happier if she'd skipped it. I want to see the table too!

  7. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'm trying to upload the photo but it's not working!

  8. snafu Says:

    Good on you for clearing out, holding a garage sale, taking two carloads to GW and planning to remove odds and ends to bless someone else with your generosity. Experience has taught me clearing rooms to fulfil basic requirements during summer means I can zip through and keep my house 'company ready' in less than 20 minutes each day. I get to enjoy time in the garden, going for a walk, outdoor venues, visiting with friends, relatives and neighbours without having chores hanging over my head and guilt or stress playing in my mind.

    Katrina still impacts so many in such a negative way. I was going to suggest your friends write down every single dollar spent for the next 30 days so they could see 'where the money goes' and see you find it helpful too.

    Enjoy the Tulip dining set, such a unique set

  9. ThriftoRama Says:

    That pretty much sums it up, Snafu. I've got two little kids and a lot going on in life. I'm tired of moving and clearing and cleaning stuff!

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