Monday, September 30, 2013

September 2013 Progress

This was a good month. I tracked our spending and we are right in line with my budget. I guess that is a little lucky because I haven't tracked it for several months. The only category that we were over in is our household category because we spent extra on our landscaping. I need to do a separate post about landscaping.

I also paid $2500 to our tractor loan again and ended up paying extra to the tune of $6500 bringing the balance to $7480. If I could continue paying $2500 per month for the rest of the year, it would be paid off. I think that's highly unlikely as my commission checks are expected to be smaller and I really want to beef up our savings.

How was your September?

By the way, I was doing some reading online about cloth diapers which brings up the question, how many loads of laundry do you do in a week? We do 2 or 3 depending on whether we have bedding to wash. We bought the largest LG washer and dryer so we don't have to do a ton of loads. It is hard to imagine doing laundry every day.

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  1. Wow, you're kicking butt on that tractor goal! I was really nervous about that whole purchase and thought you'd really made a mistake on that one, but you're coming along nicely! Way to go!

    Ugh, cloth diapers. No thanks. I probably do 8 or 9 loads a week. DH's work clothes are big and bulky, and because he gets so dirty, I prefer to wash them as their own load. He's been working 6 days a week as of late, so that adds up. I also prefer to use a fresh towel every day, and my kids use my kitchen towels to clean up A LOT of spills, so usually 2 loads of towels. Another two of the loads aren't really loads. I wash O's karate uniform twice a week by itself to keep it looking nice and white.

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    1. If my husband does have greasy or very dirty clothes, I do make a separate load for them (or have him do it).

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  2. We average about a load a day. I need to be better about washing things too much. Like a lot of times on the weekends I stay in my pajamas most of the day and only get dressed for a couple hours if we have somewhere to go. So if I only wear a shirt for 3 hours, as long as it isn't dirty I've been trying to hang it back up. I can't stand reusing a bath towel, but my husband tries to reuse his and the kids. To me its just gross. I would like to cut back to save money on the laundry and to keep our clothes looking nicer longer. Hmmm. Maybe I'll challenge myself in October.

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    1. I will reuse a towel for a couple days but that's about it.

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  3. Well done!! :) I managed to get my slush fund back up to $3K this month, which is awesome 'cause it took a beating! lol!! There are 6 of us in the house and I probably do 6 loads a week.

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    1. Good job, Carla. That's about the same amount of laundry as us per person.

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  4. Nice work in September! I can't imagine not doing laundry every day. I like to keep up on it, & not have dirty laundry sitting around. i'm weird about it. ;-)

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  5. Oh, & I should add that I work out almost every day, and the kids play sports most days + the rest of the laundry. That adds up quickly.

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  6. You will hate cloth diapers! Just a thought:)

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  7. I used cloth diapers for DD twenty years ago and loved them... I did a load every three days and I loved drying them on the line... I had my diapers made and the rest were a regift... For me, it was a good idea ( I was bringing in 400/month on EI... A bag of diapers then was about 30.00 and would last a week... that would have been 1/4 of my income for diapers...)

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  8. Wow, the tractor will be paid off in no time - great job!

    I'm not sure how many loads I do per week. I have been washing on M,W,F for as long as I can remember - usually 2-3 loads on those days. I also wash sheets every Tuesday. Sometimes I will throw in a random load of towels as well - we seem to go through a lot of towels.

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  9. We probably do 3-4 loads per week for the 3 of us, depending on whether my husband is doing outdoor work (which makes him very dirty) that week, and how well my (mostly) potty trained toddler does in terms of using the potty with regularity :) When I was washing diapers regularly, that added maybe 2-3 loads per week, but I didn't find it terrible, as my laundry facilities are right beside the kitchen, so I'd just throw it in and carry on til it beeped and then threw it in the dryer. :)

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