Friday, April 29, 2016

April 2016 Savings

We saved $1400 this month.  $500 to our regular mutual fund account, $500 for Twitter stock that I purchased yesterday and $400 to my new car fund.  My income is down quite a bit for the year and that is reflecting in our savings.  I couldn't resist buying Twitter at a steal this week.  I would like to think that I'm a dividend investor but really I just like getting a deal.  I bought about $3300 in US Steel stock last fall and it's now up over 90% so I've made over $3000 on just that one stock.  I'm kind of addicted to deals like that.

Truthfully, saving is much harder than paying off debt.  I do think that I'm a good saver and I still think that.  I think its basically that there is never really an end to saving.  You can meet your goal but there is always something more.  My motivation ebbs and flows with respect to saving.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

First Garden Pics of the Year

We planted garlic last year from from bulbs that we had grown.  All 14 bulbs came up and are doing really well.
We have asparagus peaking through also.  I spent a couple hours weeding the asparagus patch.

We also planted 6 sugar sweet cherry bushes today.  I hope they make it because they are really little.  They are hardy to zone 2 so I'm hopeful.  I will probably still mulch around them but they need to make it to the fall before that's even an issue.

The only veggie I've planted so far in the garden is potatoes but I have not seen anything poke through yet.  It's been pretty cold so I'm hoping this week that I see a few green buds come up.  I planted seed potatoes from last year's crop but I also bought some in the store.  I need a backup plan in case the homegrown ones don't come up.

I still haven't ordered my seeds.  I need to do that because I can't find some of the cucumber and pumpkins that I like to plant in the stores around here.  I just need to take the time to figure out what to order.

Anybody else gardening?