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So once again we’re in the position of being near broke, unstable, and trying to figure out ways to stay entertained all the while getting out of the house!

I am first going to share this link, from the blog, A Sip of the Good Life, she discusses ways to get out and about all the while spending less than $20!  Personally, I prefer to keep things cheaper and if at all possible FREE!

So what do we do?

Well in the lovely city of Wilmington, NC we have several parks right on bus lines and one right within walking distance of our front door – going to these parks is Free so when it’s nice and we don’t have other errands to run we can always go the park!

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Closest to us is the historic Greenfield Park – with a playground, an ampitheatre and walking trail that is 5-Miles long Greenfield is a great way to spend an afternoon! Of course they also offer paddle boat and canoe rentals, but you can walk around the entire lake for FREE!

Next if we choose to hop on a bus we can visit either Hugh McCrae Park with several playgrounds and its own walking trail or we can go to Halyburton – which also offers a stunning nature walk!

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Image Borrowed from Wilmington, NC Government Page

Then again sometimes we don’t want to venture too too far from home, so we opt to head downtown and cruise the Riverwalk – usually wrapping up our visit with some ice cream from Kilwin’s usually this will cost us somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 for all four of us, but it’s worth every penny!

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We will also go over to the shopping center where I work, an outdoor mall called Mayfaire Town Center – with a Michael’s, Barnes & Nobles and two dozen other shops and restaurants there’s never a chance to be bored for sure!

Now sometimes the weather doesn’t permit us to venture outside – so we then go inside and wander the mall, grabbing a coffee or a drink from the food court and doing some window shopping.

So then what if we want to remain home?  Simple – we’ll make some pizza and chill at home watching one of our 400+ movies! Its just simply too expensive to go out to the movies these days, thus putting this bit of entertainment out of our fiscal reach!

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Good Wednesday Morning All!

Well here we are into Week 2 of the Tax Refund and here’s how the spending went

Bills:

$180.00 – Set Aside for Silver’s 3/17 Payment , total set aside, $360.00

$148.00 – Progress Energy – this will Zero out our balance due for now

$100.00 – Dad for Repayment of the Dec. Progress Energy Payment, Bal. Due $220.00

$115.00 – Cape Fear Public Utility Authority

$232.42 – State Farm, 02/28 Auto-Draft

$50.00 – Gold’s Gym

$2.13 – Etsy.com Seller Fees (YarntoAfghanCreations)

$118.33 – AT&T

Total Paid: $945.88 – OUCH!

Misc. Spending:

Household Spending:

$17.25 – Sunrise Express, Laundry

$175.40 – Wal-Mart, Groceries (Receipt Submitted to Savings Catcher)

$32.57 – Wal-Mart, Groceries (Receipt Submitted to Savings Catcher)

$17.77 – Everybody’s IGA (Groceries)

$10.59 – Harris Teeter (Groceries)

$7.02 – Wal-Mart (Receipt Submitted to Savings Catcher)

$24.56 – Handee Hugo’s (Gas)

$14.86 – Murphy’s (Gas)

Total Household Spending: $300.02

Dining Out:

$58.00 – IHOP (Dinner)

$29.00 – Papa John’s (Dinner)

$5.78 – PCJ

$10.43 – Harris Teeter (Starbucks)

Total Dining Out: $103.21

Entertainment:

$4.26 – Amazon.com (eBooks)

$4.27 – Amazon.com Video on Demand (Hotel Transylvania 2)

 

$3.20 – Amazon.com Video on Demand (Alice in Wonderland)

Total Entertainment: $11.73

Misc. Spending:

$13.34 – Ship & Mail Plus (YarntoAfghanCreations)

$20.25 – HobbyLobby.com (Nephew’s 1st B-Day Gift Supplies)

Total Misc.: $33.59

Grand Total: $448.55

Ok so I am not totally disappointed with this week’s spending breakdown, the worst it seems was household – it appears we’re spending more on groceries as we’re doing the one-off shopping trips for misc. items that weren’t accounted for in the weekly grocery shopping trip – these items aren’t normally purchased.  However, I do have a teenage boy in the house now and that means more food spending for the next several years, as anyone whose been around a teenage boy will tell you they eat like bottomless pits LOL!  And, my son is no exception, seems he’s eating more than ever lately.

Next week I intend to make the payment for the taxes on Silver and then we’ll be done paying bills for now.  That’s the last of them as far as I can see.  Then again you never know.

Still trying to figure out how to make the money in savings work for us – the Apple stock I bought is doing well, we’ve made a small amount of money off of our existing stocks in the last week, so no complaints there.

Well that’ll be enough from me for now!