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Under 30k! Back to school, garden

July 18th, 2015 at 02:10 pm

The mortgage payment hit this morning and we are officially under $30,000! I don't know why it feels so good to get just under one of those big numbers, but boy it sure does feel good!

If we keep up at this pace, we're on track to beat our pay down goal by at least $2,000. YAY!

Back to School?

It's business as usual at our house. I realized this is the first year I will have to buy new clothes and shoes for the boys for back to school. I've been lucky enough to get really nice used stuff from yard sales and resale shops until now. Plus, I was handing down a lot of things to the youngest.

All that is ruined! I can't hand down anything anymore because the little one is a totally different body type than the oldest and actually outweighs his big brother. I also hadn't had the time to scour yard sales this summer, and when I did, no one had anything good. I suppose it's hit or miss. And, I guess there aren't as many bigger used kid clothes out there. They don't outgrow them as fast as babies do!

So.... Mom gave me some Kohls cash and I have a Kohls gift card, so I might try to go spend those this afternoon. I just never liked going there because I think their mark down and sales tactics are kind of shady. Everything seems overpriced, then they mark it down 50 percent , but that really only makes it the same price as something in another store! Maybe I'm over thinking it!

We've had nothing but rain rain rain rain rain rain rain this summer. The garden is covered in weeds, and I'm worried some of my crops have been washed out. The cucumbers turned yellow from too much water. But, I am pulling tons of zucchini out. (I know, you're surprised.), and we harvested lots of lettuce, garlic, broccoli, and raspberries. I'm about to harvest potatoes, too. I hope the weather doesn't ruin my tomato and hot pepper harvests!

The bright spot in the garden is the bee garden out front. Its covered in bees! We all like to sit on the front porch and watch them buzzing from flower to flower. We have also attracted four different species of butterfly. This is the first year we've had any, so we must be doing something right! I'm planning to expand this section of the garden this weekend.

8 Responses to “Under 30k! Back to school, garden”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Do you have a Target near you? I buy most clothing at Target because it's as cheap as thrift anyway, but way more convenient. (Heck, you can also just shop the clearance online). Hanes also has very inexpensive clothing (where I buy school uniform clothing) and it's all lasted through two rough and tumble boys. Most of it we've been able to donate in fine condition after wearing for years. I am all for buying used, but we spend so little on clothing that I just haven't had any motivation to bother.

  2. JulieAlbright Says:

    Congrats on the nearly under $30K!

    Our is about to go under $100k and I'm super excited about that. $30k would have me squealing.

  3. scfr Says:

    I've not shopped at Kohl's but my impression about there pricing has been the same. It's like some supermarkets where they tell you that you "saved 40%" but really you spent exactly what you would have at another store at full price.

  4. ThriftoRama Says:

    Yeah, I do Target sometimes. Except for shoes, we like Skechers because they last longer, and Kohls has those, so maybe I can use the free bucks for those. For pants, We like old navy, also because they seem to last longer than the ones we get at Target.

  5. scottish girl Says:

    Congrats on being under $30k!

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    I was going to say, Target works better on the off-season though. Maybe not so much for "back to school". We are just kind of on a schedule where I buy winter clothes in summer and summer clothes in winter. We mostly buy shorts and t-shirts, so maybe that is more of a climate advantage too. (Not that you wouldn't need any winter clothing here, but my kids mostly refuse to wear jackets or pants). They are light on the pocketbook that way but shoes are another story...

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I've never really been able to find much at Kohl's the few times I've shopped there - not much in the larger sizes at least.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    Congrats on getting it under $30K! Way to go!

    Sorry about the clothes issue. I don't have kids, so I can't help you there with advice.

    Hope your garden continues to do well. We've also had a lot of rain and some of our things look a little waterlogged.

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