So, what did we try to do last week?
Reviewing all of our auto-pays! We can cancel a few things here without batting an eye
This one was a success! We were able to easily cancel a number of subscriptions that either can be replaced locally (hello Eola General's swan city flowers rather than shipped eucalyptus! Wow, just writing that makes me feel so #bougie) or are not needed in our lives.
Cooking in four nights (or more.). I am super inspired by A Duck's Oven cooking cup challenge. I missed the sign up window, but am still going to make the cooking commitment - hoping to share our recipes here!
This one was a success! We cooked in Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. I made a big batch of butternut squash soup (this recipe) that we were able to serve several different ways. We did an easy chicken + salad for dinner one night, we made ravioli and doctored a Rao's jarred sauce with frozen spinach and mushrooms to add some additional flavor, and we chowed down on leftovers one night.
Use our memberships and enjoy our neighborhood!
This was such a win! We have a family membership to SeaWorld, and on Friday, Mr. UIO and I dropped the baby off at day care and took the day off! We went down to SeaWorld and road each of the roller coasters, went by the sea lions and dolphins, and left the park two hours later. It was so great. Friday was also #NationalTacoDay, so we went to our favorite neighborhood joint, Black Rooster, for their "buy-three-get-one-free" deal and chowed down on tacos and guac. We also took advantage of the last night of magical dining and local family babysitting to have a relatively frugal date night at a local restaurant we'd been dying to try - the Ravenous Pig. Lastly, Baby UIO, Grandma UIO, and I all made it to the first of a string of fall tests in our neighborhood and had a fantastic time at the petting zoo (which included a gator, because #Florida.)
Commit to using my LifePlanner and continuing to update YNAB.
This was a fail - did not stick to my daily updates of either my planner or YNAB. Prepped this weekend to start this week on a clean slate (YNAB now updated, planner good to go for the week ahead.)
Budget out the rest of our trips for the year so that they can be fully cash-flowed.
Got about halfway there on this one. We have a big trip in February that needs to be coordinated, so we need to take a "trips for next six months" approach rather than the end of the calendar year.
Recommit to the Decluttering Challenge and post a few things in our Buy Nothing Project group by the weekend.
Yes! Felt so great to be back on the wagon here - among other things, managed to pass along a bunch of Baby UIO's excess to families with slightly younger kids in our buy nothing group.
Blog posts are all by Mrs. Us in Orlando unless otherwise noted. A former military kid, she's glad to have landed in the sunshine state and enjoys year-round summer sports, making every book a "beach read", waterside walks with the fam, and iced lattes.