So anyways, Paul found this for an amazing price. He's a great guy, and knows how to bargain for a good deal. He makes me proud.
We didn't actually have the money budgeted to buy the mixer - these retail for well over $400, and we didn't think we'd be getting one in the foreseeable future, so it was most definitely not a budgeted expense. Even at the deeply discounted price.
The thing about working with a budget is that you can't make money appear where it isn't. If there's no budget for it, then you can't buy it.
Or you find a way to make it fit in the budget - like declare it your Christmas gift to each other and pull the money from your Christmas money fund. So this is our (main) Christmas gift to each other. We're both rather thrilled about it. We're beyond thrilled. We're in love.
We picked it up this afternoon, which makes it officially Christmas for us. So Merry Christmas y'all!
Moving on... I made a quick run in to Kroger to check on the Manager Deals. I check a couple times a week, at least. My heart beats a little bit faster when I see those orange stickers. I was not disappointed. Today the well loved Meat Manager had Ground Turkey for .99 cents a pound. It was down from $4.69! I bought ten pounds of it, and tomorrow I will make it into meals to go in the freezer. Does anyone have any favorite ground turkey recipes?
We spent a happy, sunny afternoon looking at and picking out gourds at a somewhat-local gourd farm. I never knew gourds came in so many different shapes and sizes! It was a lot of fun exploring all the different gourds.
Judah insisted on pulling his brother in the wagon up and down the many rows of gourds. Goofy kid.
I bought seven gourds, with good intentions to turn each one into a piece of art. I can always hope... right?! Have any of you ever done any gourd-art? Curious minds want to know. And want ideas.