Hello lovely readers! Another week down, one more week in July to go! It’s a little sad that my birthday month (and many of yours, apparently!) has gone by so quickly, but I am totally counting down the days until the end of summer.

R was talking to a coworker who commented that she thinks the hottest weather has yet to come. I sincerely hope she’s wrong!

I have a lot to be grateful for yet again this week, so let’s get to it!

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My Grandma

What’s a “being grateful” post without mention of my grandma? Well, for the past few months, she’s been absent since we moved. But she more than made up for that this past week.

Besides buying dinner twice when we were visiting with her, she basically purchased a week’s worth of groceries for us, and treated us to dinner.

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Pretty rainbow after the rain!

To be clear, this was not in our plans at all, but I have written before about how my grandma loves to spoil everyone. It’s in her blood. She gave us gas money on our drive back, and since R wanted to use his card instead, we pocketed the cash. My plan was to treat her to dinner, but I guess I should have known better.

So the good news is, my grandma is an awesome guest, but I wanted to give back. She purchased some extra stuff while she was here, and couldn’t fit it all into the travel bag she took with her, so I’m taking it upon myself to ship the leftovers back to her.

She told us not to worry and leave her things with us for the next time she visits, but she was also talking about getting a box and shipping it back to herself. I have a funny feeling she just doesn’t want us to pay for it.

I’m also very grateful her flight went smoothly. Sunday through Tuesday it rained here, and she was afraid her flight would be delayed. Wednesday was sunny though, and they actually landed early! I’m sure she’s relieved to be back home.

Our Budget

You may remember that I decided to switch our method of budgeting at the beginning of the month, and I am pleased to report it went rather well. July will likely be our best month, at least since we’ve moved here. (On that note, I cannot believe it’s been three months already!)

That’s also in part, again, thanks to the generosity of friends and family. I didn’t actually pay for much on my “vacation,” which I am seriously thankful for. So our food and restaurant budget looks pretty good right now. We do have one more week left, so we might have to take another grocery trip, but we were able to save a decent amount because of my grandma’s kindness.

Truthfully, it’s just nice to finally have a month where things went okay (*knocks on wood*). I have a feeling August is going to be very harsh, so the reprieve is welcome! So welcome, I’ve been entertaining thoughts of getting a haircut. I’m really overdue on one – I think I went once sometime last year?

My Car Window?

This one is pretty funny. My passenger window has never worked on my car – I purchased it with that knowledge. I know that seems silly to some, but I’m not a huge fan of rolling the windows down in the first place (my hair gets terribly knotted), and I get cold easily, so I don’t use the A/C much.

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My reaction

I haven’t tried the window in a while. Sometimes I pressed down on the switch just to see, but I can’t remember the last time I did.

Well, on Sunday, when we were leaving my parents’ house, a few annoying gnats found their way into my car. As we were furiously trying to fend them off, I decided to try to roll my window down.

Lo and behold, it worked! Crazy I tell you!

I was actually yelling, “What?!?” in disbelief, and it took a while for R to notice what I was talking about (he was in the middle of a dangerous fight with one particular feisty gnat). I still couldn’t believe it, and had to open the window once we got home to confirm it was for real.

I’m still afraid to open it and leave it open, though. Being that none of us knew why it was stuck in the first place, it could potentially get stuck again.


being gratefulLastly, I was just grateful to get home. After spending ten days away from R and the cats (and the apartment), I was beyond happy to be able to go to sleep in my own bed. Obviously, sleeping at my grandma’s house and my parents’ house was fine, considering I’m familiar with both houses (I don’t sleep well in hotels!), but nothing beats being home.

I missed the crazy antics of my cats while I was away, and I haven’t shared a picture of them in a while, so here’s your obligatory cat cuteness for the day!

Speaking of, I know there’s a few of you out there who are pet parents out there. We should totally get a PF pet lover group going somehow. I love seeing everyone’s pictures! (Plug – check out Frugalwoods for adorable greyhound pics..and other PF stuff, of course. It’s my favorite new blog.)

What are you being grateful for this week? Do you have any pets? Have you experienced your car fixing itself randomly?



  1. Nicola July 25, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    That pic of your cat is so cute! Our cats always look so comfy when they’re snoozing.

    1. E.M. July 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Thanks! I know, right? They can lay anywhere and be perfectly content.

  2. Josh R @ CNA July 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    I’ve definitely never experienced my car miraculously fixing itself, that’s friggin awesome! I do have pets, you might have noticed my beautiful little pup in a recent post on my blog. As far as what I’m thankful fro this week, my business is going incredibly well and I’m starting to see my wedding coming in the near future. I’m so excited! Ohh, and your grandma rocks!

    1. E.M. July 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      That’s awesome! I can’t wait for wedding posts =). Your puppy is quite the beauty, especially with those eyes! I want a dog so badly, but our apartment complex charges a hefty fee for pets, and we already paid around $400 for the cats.

  3. Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore July 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I wish my car would fix itself! I still haven’t fixed my window yet and it’s going to be $250, plus I have the eye doc, dentist and car taxes and registration coming up too :(

    1. E.M. July 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      I was too scared to ever get a quote on fixing the window. I figured it would be way more than I was willing to spend! Yikes, that is a lot coming up. Is there any way to space the eye doctor and dentist appointments out a bit? Hopefully you won’t need anything done besides the check-up!

  4. Will.i.am FQF JK it's just Will July 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    My car healed itself once, too! The back windows stopped working but one day they began working again! They worked for months up until the car was totaled (and maybe beyond)!

    1. E.M. July 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      That’s really weird! My car is a coupe so having both windows working now is nice at least. I hope it continues!

  5. Mrs. Frugalwoods July 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Oh my goodness, thank you for the shout out! I was reading along like hey, loving this post & grandma, KITTEH pictures, gnats….and then I saw my name and was like WAIT, WOW, THAT’S ME! Clearly I am 10 years old. But seriously, thank you! I really appreciate your kind words! And yes, we definitely need a pet lovers group! Maybe #frugalpets?

    P.S. this made me laugh aloud: “he was in the middle of a dangerous fight with one particular feisty gnat”

    1. E.M. July 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Haha! You’re quite welcome. Cute Frugal Hound pictures, humor, and frugality all mixed together = great blog. #frugalpets is a good idea!

  6. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life July 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    I really hope there’s not too much more heat ahead. I’m just getting ready for birthday mode over here. The boyfriend is Tuesday, then mom on Friday, then me the following Tuesday. 28 isn’t exactly a milestone, but I definitely have a lot to celebrate from 27.

    1. E.M. July 26, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      Birthday mode is right! I hope you have fun celebrating =).

  7. Kassandra July 25, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    I wish I could have another cat or dog but with both our schedules and a lot of traveling it wouldn’t be right to have any at this stage in our lives. Your cats are so cute! I miss having one around :( Can I call you whenever I have something wrong with my car and you can heal it for me? Keeping my fingers crossed that your passenger window will continue to work.

    1. E.M. July 26, 2014 at 7:36 AM

      Aw =(. Hopefully someday soon? My cats honestly don’t do much during the day. They had gotten used to both of us working and being gone, I guess, so they mostly lay around. They’re more active at night…right before we go to bed, of course.

      Hah, I wish I had magical car healing powers, trust me!

  8. Melissa July 25, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    I would so be up for a PF pet lover group! I have cats too – they do the funniest things! I totally understand missing being away from them. Sometimes I think my cats are really annoying, but then I’m away from them visiting my parents for a day or 2, and I start really missing them. My parents’ cats can’t compare ;)

    Good job on a good financial month! I’ll cross my fingers August is kind to you as well :)

    1. E.M. July 26, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      I know how you feel. Our kitten (who is really a year old now), will meow incessantly at times, and I have no clue what the heck she wants. But nothing beats how crazy they are, or how cute they look when they’re sleeping.


  9. Traci July 26, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I’m the same way about haircuts and (when my hair is longer) I tend to remember to get one once or twice a year. No more than that.

    Also, tell us your secrets with the car fixing itself thing!

    1. E.M. July 26, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      I really like my hair long, but when I start putting it up everyday because it’s getting in the way, I know I’m due for a trim! I mostly don’t like spending $30+ to get a few inches off, so I’d rather wait to actually make it worth it.

      I wish I knew!

  10. No More Waffles July 26, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Seriously, I wish my stuff would fix itself! That’s awesome!

    Also, a dangerous fight with a feisty gnat… Can’t imagine how funny that must have looked! Next time: pictures! :D

    1. E.M. July 26, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      It is, I was in serious disbelief. I’ll probably keep checking on it every time I go in my car now.

      Haha, it was pretty epic on R’s part. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Shannon @ Financially Blonde July 26, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    I am grateful that I completed a 10 day green smoothie cleanse and that I could eat real food again. We are a cat household and when I find a free moment I am going to have Spumoni reply to Hounds questions. :-) Have a great weekend!

    1. E.M. July 26, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      Oh boy, I have to give you a lot of credit for that! I don’t think I could do a juice or smoothie cleanse. All the more reason to enjoy a few margaritas =).

      Spumoni, what a cute name! Can’t wait to see that interview. Have a great weekend!

  12. Alexis July 26, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Your grandmother sounds like an amazing lady! Both of my grandmothers are the same way and I could never repay them for all the help they’ve given me since I was born. They’ve helped me put gas in my car, put food in my fridge and assisted me with bills when I’ve had a hard month, all without wanting anything in return (believe me I’ve tried every method and gotten yelled at for it too). I try and give others the same kindness they’ve given me and I hope to be in a position someday soon in which I can offer the same to a friend or family member.

    1. E.M. July 26, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      That’s exactly how my grandma is. She has helped out all her daughters and her grandkids, and I don’t think there’s any way we can repay her at this point. She just appreciates phone calls =). I hope to at least be able to give back to my parents one day. I’d love to take a family vacation and pay for everything.

  13. Lauren July 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Haha, I read “Car Window” as “Cat Window” and I thought you were going to say that the cat pressed the button and it worked! Funny mental image. It’s great that you got to spend quality time with your grandma- she sounds like a wonderful lady.

    1. E.M. July 27, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Ha, I would be really surprised if either of my cats could figure that out. They have issues just trying to push doors open =). I’m glad I got to spend time with my grandma as well. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I see her again!

  14. DC @ Young Adult Money July 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Great to hear about your car window! I have never had things on my car fix without having to pay : ( Maybe one day. It’s also nice when grandparents like to spoil people. I hope I’m like that one day, as hard as it is right now to accept anything like that (I’m like you – I want to give back). We should totally start a pet-owner pf type thing. We have our new cat and kitten and it’s been great so far. I am somewhat allergic to cats so taking precautions is a bit of a pain (we don’t let them in our room, my wife has to clean the cat box, we have to brush the bigger cat often, the vacuum is our best friend, etc.) but I think it’s worth it as my wife is a big cat lover and I like to have them around as well. Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. E.M. July 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      I didn’t know you were allergic to cats! I’m glad you’re able to enjoy their company regardless. If I were allergic to them I’d be devastated as I’m such a big animal lover. I would love it if they shed less, though. There’s always cat hair everywhere, so yes, vacuums are a pet owners best friend!

      1. David Carlson July 28, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Yeah I definitely have gotten better since starting shots, but now with two of the furry guys running around we definitely need to vacuum often. Just got a big pack of those lint rollers today, they help a lot as well.

        1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 10:55 AM

          Oh yes, I love lint rollers, too! Getting cat hair off of black clothes is the worst.

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      I’m so nervous! It’s so long now, almost halfway down my back, and I can’t see anything. I’m trying to goad R into at least giving me a trim, since I cut his hair. I’ll have to show him your video!

  15. Liz July 27, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Your cats are adorable! I grew up with cats and loved them. We had one cat in particular that really loved to snuggle in your lap. Just loved that cat.

    We went to an out-of-town family wedding. My parents were really nice and paid for our hotel room and a few meals as well. It wasn’t going to be super expensive but we really appreciated their generosity. We are always looking for ways to give back. However most of the time they refuse!

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Oh that’s so cute. My one cat is slowly becoming a lap cat, but I’ve never had a cat that enjoyed being held. They always get fidgety!

      That was so nice of your parents! My mom is getting to be like my grandma – she refuses half of the time, so I try and take advantage of the times she doesn’t. My family is pretty stubborn.

  16. MMD July 28, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    The picture of your cat is adorable. My daughter is all about kitties right now. As a matter of fact, I’ve got to stop typing because her kitten is trying to steal my breakfast as we speak. :)

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Thanks MMD! Haha, our kitten is a terror at times, so I feel your pain.

  17. Addison @ Cashville Skyline July 28, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Have I mentioned how much I love your “Being Grateful” series lately? Grandparents are the best, huh? I’m going to see my Grandmother this week and I can’t wait. She’s almost 87! It’s great to hear that your next system of budgeting is working out. I see a budget as a constantly evolving plan. Have a great week!

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Thanks Addison! =) I hope you enjoy your time with your grandma! It’s so nice to be able to visit with family once in a while. That was the only downside of moving for me.

  18. Tonya@Budget and the Beach July 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Your grandma sounds like mine when she was still with us. Actually both my grandparents. My brother and I were pretty spoiled. :) I’m grateful to the awesome weekend I had with ASICS and the way they rolled out the red carpet for us editors and bloggers. LIke beyond grateful!

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      For as long as I can remember, my grandma was always the one spoiling all of us grandkids. We knew we could rely on her for toys and candy. I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip!

  19. Done by Forty July 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    That story about your grandma is really sweet. It makes me happy to hear that you have a good relationship.

    Be really careful with that window, too. Your instinct is right: it’s possible (and over time, likely) that it will get stuck in the down position.

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      I don’t think I’ll be taking any chances with it, just in case. R was joking that we could always tape it up, but I’d rather not =).

  20. Kali @ Common Sense Millennial July 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    I can totally relate on the kitties — we were out of town this weekend for a wedding, and even though we were only gone for three days, at the end of the trip I just wanted to come home and snuggle with my cats! I know I’m showing just how much of a crazy cat lady I am ;) That would be so fun to have some sort of animal-loving PF group! I’m definitely going to check out Frugalwoods — that’s a new one to me and you have me interested with the promise of pet pictures..

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Aww! Seriously, I was gone for one day and telling R to find them so I could see them on Skype, so I might have you beat on the crazy cat lady front. Glad I could refer you to Frugalwoods! You won’t be disappointed.

  21. Ryan @ Impersonal Finance July 28, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    I’m glad you had such an awesome time, and that your window worked! But seriously, there is nothing like getting home from a long trip and being able to sleep in your own bed. Can’t beat it :)

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Completely agree! Especially when you haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks.

  22. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply July 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Your grandma is pretty cool! As for your window, I have a similar problem with my passenger side window…I have a problem rolling it down from the driver’s side control panel, but rolling it up is not a problem. Using the buttons on the passenger side works too…probably some electrical thing…but not really worth it to fix it. I like rolling down the windows too.

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      What’s weird is that I have the opposite problem now. The passenger controls work, but when R went to roll my window up, it didn’t work. He can only roll it down. Cars work in strange ways sometimes.

  23. Brian @ Luke1428 July 28, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Car fixing itself…no really that can happen. Our automatic side van door had not worked for years. Several months ago I installed a new battery in the car and then the door started working again. Don’t know if the two things were related but it sure was cool.

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      That is awesome!! We had done a small fix on my car months ago involving some wiring, so I’m wondering if that’s what did it. I really can’t remember the last time I tried to open the window.

  24. debs@debtdebs July 28, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Yay for grandmas! She sounds a lot like my aunt who was always spoiling us. Did she find a place that she might like to move to? Is that still in the cards?

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      Unfortunately she decided against moving. She figures she’s too old :/. It wouldn’t make sense for her to change her mind in the future, but who knows. Everyone in my family plans to move away, which makes me feel uncomfortable that she’ll be there alone.

  25. KK @ Student Debt Survivor July 29, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Personal finance bloggers with pets unite! Your kitties are adorable. I don’t sleep well at hotels either. I sleep a little better when I’m with the bf or my mom, but if I’m alone, forget it, I hear every little thing and I can’t fall asleep. Your grandmother is pretty awesome. Reminds me of my grandma :-)

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Thanks! Yes, I’m the same way. I need to sleep with a fan or some sort of noise in order to be able to fall asleep. It’s ten times worse in new environments. I don’t know why!

  26. Holly@ClubThrifty July 30, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Awww….your kitties are so cute!

    I am grateful for the health of my family and the life and opportunities we have!

    1. E.M. July 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      They say thank you =). Opportunities are always a great thing to be grateful for!

  27. Lisa E. @ Lisa vs. the Loans July 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    I think it’s so sweet that your grandma bought you a week’s worth of groceries! I would love to be able to do that for my future kids/grandkids.

    1. E.M. July 31, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Just be ready for a little push-back =). My mom still tries to fight her on paying for things.


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