Sunday gathering – How's your budget?
At the end of April I dared you to live 30 days on a budget. More than 23 people signed up and agreed to try budgeting. Most said they would begin the first day of May. Here it is the last day of May. How did you do?
- Did you start? If not, how come?
- Did you make it the full 30 days? If not, what stopped you?
- What things did you learn?
- Did you get it right?
- Did you use my excel budget spreadsheet? Did you use software such as You Need a Budget?
I’d really like to hear from you via comments on how the budget challenge worked or didn’t work for you. Did it change your life or was it a complete bomb? Please take a few minutes and add a comment letting me know how it went for you.
iPod Pay off Debt Application Giveaway
Blunt Money has written an application for the iPod and iPod Touch called Pay off debt. Pay off debt is an application that helps you get of out debt using a debt snowball. I don’t have an iPod or iPod Touch, otherwise I’d do a full review for you, but from the screen shots it looks really slick! If any of my affiliate partners want to me out in this area, I’d appreciate it :-).
Blunt Money was also kind enough to provide two codes for the US iTunes store to get the app for free. I’ll be giving these away in my gathering next Sunday! All you have to do is add a comment to this article sharing how you could use this application on your iPod or iPod Touch.
A Few Personal Updates
It was another busy week for us here in the “Gibble” household as many of you have so named it. Our kids finished up their EOGs which was a huge stress relief for them. I also went with my oldest son to the High School athletic meeting. He’s starting High School next year and will be playing football and wrestling. He was a nervous wreck! The good news is the football coach grew up in the area of Charlotte, NC we moved from so they had a connection.
We continued to work on our landscape. My wife was busy planting flowers and grasses all over. We also decided to build a small bridge from our deck to the path leading up to our vegetable garden. I’ll share some pics soon once we get it completed. I also found some flat rock for the creek side patio I’m building. Good flat rock is hard to find, even in the mountains!
The compost in the compost bin I made is cooking away. I turned it a little this weekend, and was really surprised by the amount of heat that thing generates! When they say the average bin/pile is 120-160 degrees, they aren’t kidding! I can definitely see it working too. The pile is getting smaller and the materials are turning darker. We’ve started adding materials to the other side now so the first pile can fully mature (hence the reason for me building a 2 bin compost bin).
Our garden is coming along as well, we have lots of vegetable plants growing away: corn, squash, okra, spinach, cabbage, carrots, green beans, watermelons, and cucumbers. Our tomato plants my wife grew from seeds are doing really well too and beginning to really grow. We need to weed it though. So far to critter invasions either. Guessing our boxer is a good deterrent.
Here are my favorite articles from the blogosphere this week:
- Six great ways to slam the door on your customers – Every business should read this. It never ceases to amaze me how poorly businesses treat their customers sometimes. Do they forget that without the customer, they have no business??
- Family Summer Vacations, Not Another Staycation – FrugalDad says he’s tired of “staycations” and wants a real vacation. FrugalDad, if you decide to hit the Smokeys, make sure you head over and say hi! We’re just over the mountain.
- pensions are investments – Plonkee talks about building societies. Had never even heard of one until I read this.
- Never Say We Can’t Afford It – Excellent read. We’re the same way, we generally just say no as well. I do say I don’t have the money right now, we have other things that we need more.