Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hubby's Work Hours Are Getting Reduced

Charles told me that Kmart has decided to add another person in their department. This person will receive full time hours and he'll be receiving reduced work hours. He's not sure how many hours he'll be getting.

We're not sure if he'll qualify for unemployment benefits. I've heard so many horror stories about people not qualifying even with radically reduced work hours.

Our main concerns are rent and medical. We lost our food stamps because of his income so I quess that we can reapply. And I know that I can utilize the church food bank once a month.

I need to have a clear head so I can see what our options will be pertaining to paying rent and my medical.

I've Never Cooked Thanksgiving Dinner !

Claim Jumper's Turkey Breast, Homemade Turkey Gravy, Apple and Sourdough Herb Stuffing, Roasted Vegetables and Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish

Does that food just look delicious?

I've never made Thanksgiving dinner! Charles and Marcus usually do or we go out to eat. I was thinking of making dinner this year but when I mentioned it Marcus looked at me funny!

Friday, October 23, 2009

"What's That Mom?" "It's the Landphone!"

Ring, ring! "What's that Mom?" "It's the landphone pick up the receiver." "What's a receiver?" "Ugh!"

Yes, after much discussion Charles, Marcus and I have added a landphone to our residence this week!

For us, it made alot of sense financially. We really needed to cut down the minutes on Charles and I's cellphones.

When we were working we used to utilize the office phones for many of our calls. Our cell phones were just for personal and emergency business calls. It was amazing how much minutes we were burning through now!

Marcus has Cricket's unlimited minutes phone plan but after crunching the numbers it wasn't going to be feasible for us to purchase two phones and service to our very limited budget.

I called the local phone company, and asked about their low income plan, we qualified. There's a monthly discount and the setup fee was covered, based on our income. I got the lowest cost plan - which included voicemail.

Charles and I then drove to Kmart, and purchased a phone with his store discount we saved $2.50.

Question: "What Do You Do?" Response: "Ah,..."

I think I'll have a sandwich

Okay, I guess it's not the question that surprises me. After all, I spent 4 years being a SAHM, WAHM, homeschooling our teen, homemaker, driver, organizer, volunteer, personal assistant to hubby and teen...before I went back to work fulltime. When people asked me the "What Do You Do?" question I just pointed to Marcus and Charles and added I worked from home.

So, why am I blogging about this common question now?

Well, because I've noticed the type of follow-up questions to my "I'm unemployed and looking." response. "Have you applied at....?" "How much time are you looking?" "Are you really trying to find work?" "You really should be..."

Okay...after a deep breath, I wish I came up with a different response!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Clothing Swap Bounty - Las Vegas Homeschoolers Annual Clothing Swap

Marcus found 3 dress shirts and a polo

Here's the assortment of pants I found. Notice one still has the store tag on it!

Here's the shirts that I came home with. Short and long sleeve shirts ~ I'll be fine for this winter and next summer!

We were ready to go home when Kristina, organizer, called Marcus over. He picked these out for Charles. The dress shirts still had the laundry tags on them.

As mentioned on Monday,in the Menu Plan Monday post, I am now sharing my clothing swap bounty with you. I think that a clothing swap is great idea for families, singles, rich or poor, kids.

Consider having a swap party with your neighbors, support groups, church, or even your co-workers!

Benefits: You're not throwing your clothes out, creating a green environment by recycling, getting new clothes for FREE and donating the leftover items to your local charity!

Lift Your Spirits - Handling This Rough Economy

I posted this in March 2009 while we had a good salary and large apartment. I do feel it still has even more value so I thought I would share it today! I did change my 5 Thankful Things ~ removing salary and job but the core ones never change!

I've read my full of stockpiling, coupon cutting, and no spending on blogs, while nursing my cold. What I want to blog about is keeping our spirits high during these difficult times.

According to "How to Handle Your Job and Finances if (Yikes) Theres a Depression by by James Pethokoukis, U.S. News, "Be happy. It's hard to be grateful for what you have when your 401(k) lost most of its value and you have no savings, but it's probably the best thing you can do for your mental health. Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology at the University of California-Riverside and author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want, suggests cultivating a sense of appreciation through something like a gratitude journal, where you write down three to five things for which you are thankful. If you lost your job, think of other dreams that have come true, such as living in the city you want or marrying the right partner. "It's not trivializing what's happening, but trying not to focus on it all the time," says Lyubomirsky."

Thankful for 5 Things Today

Our Heavenly Father


Teenage Son

A Place to Live

Love of One Another

Happy Birthday Charles! From Marcus and Rona

Charles watching Marcus and I walk down the aisle - Renewal Ceremony, October 18, 2008

One of my favorite photos of Charles

Marcus wishes his Dad a very Happy Birthday!

Rona wishes her favorite guy ~ Charles aka Big Daddy, Dogboy, Chuckie Cheese, and Poppi a great birthday!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Tutorial at The Deal Fanatic

I'm a visual person so when I asked Daisy, The Deal Fanatic a few questions about ,she soon added a tutorial on her blog.

The tutorial was very helpful!

Daisy also provides codes to save even more money, at checkout. program allows one to still enjoy the dining out experience while still saving some money!

And we know how important that is these days!

Harvest Festival at Calvary Chapel Spring Valley

Here's a safe alternative to trick-n-treating in Spring Valley, Las Vegas. The Harvest Festival event will be held on October 31, 2009, Saturday, 5pm to 9pm. There will be games, candy, and rides!

Gather the kids and stop by! Call Calvary Chapel Spring Valley, 7175 West Oquendo Road,
Las Vegas, NV, 89113, 702-362-9000. for details.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Unemployed Websites and Social Networking Sites

With so many people being unemployed you would think you have no problem finding websites, social networking groups and blogs dedicated to the topic? Well, I actually had a difficult time locating them but I did and here's my favorites!

SuddenlyUnemployed- Why do I recommend this site? It offers tips for dealing with the emotions that come with being unemployed. I didn't see that at any other site.
You'll also find job search, financial and social service program assistance information.
The website does have a forum but they're very active on Facebook!

Survival Insight - For Economically Changing Times - From how to write government to complain to what to do if you can't pay your car loan you'll receive a variety of information that can be overwhelming when dealing with being unemployed!
You can sign up to receive updates or follow them on Twitter!

Smart Unemployment - You have questions regarding unemployment extenstions? Well, you can get your's answered here.
I also like that they have information on dealing with your former company and unemployment benefit eligiblity.

If you come across any family friendly unemployment based blogs, please let me know. I would love to visit them.

We Miss You Toby, the WonderDog!

Our son and Toby relaxing

It's been a month now that Toby, the Wonderdog had to be surrendered to NSCPA. We miss him terribly. There's not a day that goes by that we're not talking about our Toby.

After a week, he was placed on the NSCPA blog, being available for adoption. He was adopted on September 12, 2009. Our hope and prayers are that Toby is with a good family, who treat him well.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pastor Benny Perez - I Am Series

I haven't found that the pastors, in the church that I attend, are addressing the local and national unemployment, underemployment and the constant frustrations of our economic times in their sermons. Pastor Benny does!

I've been listening to his I AM series online. I've found myself laughing, clapping and raising my hands to the Heavenly Father! Our teen is starting to listen to him too. And since he's no longer interested in attend Calvary Chapel Spring Valley I'm all for that!

You can listen to his sermons online or download to your IPod!

Menu Plan Monday - October 19, 2009

Good morning MPM participants, visitors and bloggers! First of all, Charles, Marcus and I want to thank you for responding to our grocery questions! Can you believe our 17 year old is actually discussing the price of ground beef? Who would have known? Please feel free to leave your tips.

Marcus and I attended Las Vegas Valley Homeschooler First Annual Clothing Swap on Friday. It was great fun, we met lots of new people, helped with set up, and swapped some clothes! I'll be sharing photos of my bounty soon.

My hubby's birthday is this week. He's turning 47 years old! This year, Marcus and I are going to making his cake. I've decided that we'll buy him a pair of shoes that he wants. (their only $20!) He'll be really surprised!

Well, I want to thank Organizing Junkie for her hosting duties. Now onto this week's menu plan!

Cheese Tortinelli and Veggie Soup

Hamburgers, Mac N Cheese and Sauteed Cabbage

Baked Pork Chops, Brown Rice and Spinach

Charles' Dinner Out - In & Out Burger

Chicken and Rice Supper

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Someone Help Us! Grocery Shopping Questions

Okay bloggers, the BerryMorins are asking you for your help. Many of you are blogging about your weekly grocery shopping trips - spending no more than $20, $40, and $50 per week. We want in!

We desperately need to lower our food bill so here's our questions.

Do you shop every week?

Are you only going to one store to accomplish this?

How do you decide which store you'll shop a per week?

Those of you with special diets ~ how do you stay within your tight budgets?

Do you always use coupons? If you do, do you purchase the Sunday newspaper, print from online websites, coupon swap?

Do you purchase paid memberships with Sam's Club, BJ's, etc? If so, how does this work into your budget?

What's a bargain price on ground beef and boneless chicken breasts?

Is it a challenge to include fresh fruit and vegetables in a tight budget?

The Shunning and Sanctuary - Book Recommendations

Can you believe I finished both of these books with a week? They were that good! I just couldn't put them down.

The Shunning- The Hertiage of Lancaster County by Beverly Lewis
Let me just say I loved Katie's courage! If you've read any of Mrs. Lewis' books you know you don't see this type of diviance often. I enjoy learning and being entertained while reading her books. I highly recommend this one!

Sanctuary was written by Beverly and her husband. I managed to get through the story but it was a struggle. I wasn't crazy about it but if you're a fan give it a try.

Both of these books have been in print for years. You should be able to get them at your local public library.

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