Hi everyone! I am posting this today, as I’ll be at my parents all weekend again. This isn’t going to be the norm, only because it’s about a 3-4 hour trip, and it takes a whole tank of gas. Not ideal, but at least I’m not really driving right now. We spent so much on gas this month that I honestly don’t even want to look at the end numbers. Of course, I’ll have to face the music next week when I compile our budget review, but until then…

The reason we are going back is because the community my parents live in is having a garage sale, and I am hoping we can find some furniture on the cheap. We could use bar stools for the island, a computer chair, and a little outside patio set for our balcony. I wouldn’t mind finding some kitchen equipment either!

I don’t plan on going overboard, but I definitely need a chair. The one I am currently sitting on is horribly uncomfortable and has been in the family since I’ve been alive. I threw our old computer chairs out because the cats made them into scratching posts. Jerks. I obviously can’t have nice things as they’ll make it their mission to destroy them!

being grateful

First off, I have to say I was being grateful that we finally got the internet working in here! Hallelujah. It turns out the modem was hiding inside a little door in our closet. We totally would have thought to look there, right? Most awkward position ever. So in attempting to connect, we had my computer on the floor, the router connected into an outlet in the bathroom, and the ethernet cable crossing the bedroom, bathroom and closet. What a mess. At least it’s resolved, and we now have both wired and wireless connections. Woo! I felt less lonely throughout the days being able to harass you all with comments.

being grateful
We finally have natural light!

Secondly, I have to thank R again for being awesome with all these moving shenanigans. I am super lazy and if it were up to me, boxes would be sitting there unpacked for weeks (not a good sign, we have useless stuff). R said the apartment didn’t feel like home because everything was still in boxes, so he started unpacking and we’ve slowly been doing that throughout the week, when we haven’t been running errands. We now have about four boxes left!

I am grateful that R is a hard worker. At his old location, work hours were being limited because the manager was trying to scrimp on the budget. His normal workweek is 48 hours, but more overtime never hurt anyone! R was getting really frustrated that their hours were being micromanaged. Thankfully, this location is the complete opposite. Some people get there at 5:30am and stay until 5pm, so R has been trying to get there for around 6:30am. As I am currently jobless, every little bit extra counts. I’m going to have to dip into my savings with rent and other bills, but I am happy that R actually wants to work more. He’s a keeper.

I am also grateful that we found this apartment. Old news now, but I still can’t believe it’s ours. I guess we got used to living in a basement, and not being able to afford much better where we use to live, that this seems like a dream. To be perfectly honest, I was becoming doubtful that we would even be able to afford a two bedroom here. Prices were all over the place depending on the location, and we really wanted something convenient for R. His job is about 12-15 minutes away from here, and there’s a useful little back road he can take to avoid the congested interstate.

We have a Super Target just down the road (which I much prefer over WalMart), and two other grocery stores within 5 minutes. Well, I half expected that because Food Lion seems to be absolutely everywhere down here. It’s almost a game to see how many we can spot on the way to my parents.

being gratefulI was grateful to have a Waffle House nearby as well, especially on Monday. It got late really fast and before we knew it, we were headed to Target at 9pm to go grocery shopping. Fail! Waffle House was the only thing familiar to me that I knew would be cheap, and I was really craving a waffle (does anyone else have this problem?). Our dining out category is going to be awful this month, too.

Somewhat silly: I am grateful that the spider I saw on Tuesday has not resurfaced…yet. Ugh! It appeared out of nowhere on a wall in the living room, because I was sure it wasn’t there when I opened the blinds that morning. Since it was the first full day with the internet, and I was feeling productive, I didn’t want to leave, so I kept an eye on it. It wasn’t really moving, so I thought it was okay. Wrong! It completely disappeared somehow. We don’t have much stuff in here, so it’s not like it has many places to hide…I hope. I’m still tip-toeing out of the bedroom every morning and looking over all the walls.

Lastly, it’s very easy to be grateful for all the natural light here. We actually only have three windows – one huge one in the living room, one in the master, and one in the guest room. You wouldn’t know it, though. The living room is humongous and the window does a great job of lighting it up. I hardly ever use other lights during the day (I’m also trying to save on electric). The guest room window is across from the doorway to the hall, so that helps brighten the other half of the apartment. It’s just nice being able to wake up to sunlight.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! What are you looking forward to as Spring seems to finally have arrived? Anyone else’s allergies killing them slowly?



  1. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply April 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    A Super Target nearby…that would definitely make me happy! And glad to hear you have natural sunlight, that’s probably even more important. I’m looking forward to nicer weather and being able to go outside more…even just for a walk.

    1. E.M. April 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      I wasn’t even planning on that, since I know there’s generally tons of Super Walmarts down here. I was very happy to see it on the corner! It’s been really nice here this week, around the 70s. My allergies are kind of preventing me from going outside unless necessary, though. I wouldn’t make it more than ten feet before I start sneezing.

  2. Tonya@Budget and the Beach April 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Yay for Target! Of course that would be dangerous for me, especially when it’s super-sized. I moved from a basement apt once to one with lots of light. I swear it will help your mood so much. Hope you continue to settle in, and good luck finding stuff at the garage sale!

    1. E.M. April 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Thanks! I am excited about Target, we could probably walk there if we wanted to. We’re also really close to a huge mall, even though I barely shop at them. I think the natural light is already helping, though today it’s pretty cloudy.

  3. Shoeaholicnomore April 25, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    I love Target! We don’t have one in my small town, probably a good thing :)

    Spiders are scary! You should get some bug spray and spray around all the edges of your apartment to prevent that from happening. You can get some pretty good bug spray at Walmart, probably Target too, for about $5.

    Yes, my allergies are terrible right now! :(

    1. E.M. April 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      What I’ve done is basically tried to tunnel vision my way through Target whenever we have to go. I ignore all the other departments but food, since that’s usually what we go there for. Otherwise, it can be dangerous.

      I was asking my boyfriend about that, so that we can spray the balcony outside. I’ll have to look into it. I’m not exactly sure if it’s allowed.

      Boo allergies. I just had to take Allegra since I’m a mess already.

  4. Raquel@Practical Cents April 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    It looks like you have good privacy from your window. That’s always nice. I really do miss having a view to the park in my old apartment. Last year I scored a nice patio set in a garage sale. You never know what you’ll find. Good Luck!

    1. E.M. April 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Yes, the trees provide for decent privacy, plus we’re on the top floor and furthest away from the road. The windows seem to have a glare on them from the outside so it’s hard to see in anyway. That’s great about the patio set, I hope I can find one!

  5. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life April 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    I love natural light. I’ll change my location in the apartment throughout the day so I can be wherever the light is. Waffle House has never been a problem for me. I feel about fast food in general the way I think you do about Walmart. I avoid it at all costs.

    1. E.M. April 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      That’s what I would like to do – I just need to get a working laptop first. I have my other desk set up in the guest room, which should be nice. I generally try to avoid fast food, but with moving it’s been hard to shoo away the temptation. Hopefully we can get all our food staples ready for next month.

  6. Shannon @ Financially Blonde April 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    A Super Target nearby is a blessing and a curse. When I really started to cut back on my spending, I knew I couldn’t allow myself across the Target threshold because I would inevitably come home with $100 of items I don’t need. So glad to hear you are getting settled and loving the new place and it is great when you have a partner who is a real team player. When I started my company and business was off to a slow start, my hubby worked A LOT of extra tutoring jobs to bring in more income. It was exhausting for him, but great for our family balance sheet.

    1. E.M. April 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      I did struggle with Target in the past, but my boyfriend definitely helps me cut back the temptation to buy a million things from there. I always try to stick to my list! He also knows how much I’ve been trying to work on blogging, and since the beginning he’s tried to be understanding. That’s great your husband was, too!

  7. Joshua Rodriguez April 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Congrats on getting your internet going, it can be hard to be a blogger in a library! I’ve got big plans for spring. My fiance and I just planted our first garden! I can’t wait to see if we’ve got a green thumb. I also can’t wait to go rafting on the barton to carver run. Check it out if you ever make it to Oregon!

    1. E.M. April 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Thanks – I actually looked into the library and apparently you had to reserve a computer…and since I couldn’t get a library card, I didn’t have many options.

      I hope you have success with the garden! I’d love to get over to the West Coast someday, I get jealous hearing about it from all the bloggers over there =).

  8. Kali @ Common Sense Millennial April 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Mmmm, Waffle House! I totally crave waffles from there even though I can feel my arteries begging me to stop whenever we eat there ;) It’s definitely rare when we go (thankfully!), and oddly enough it’s almost never at breakfast time..

    I feel ya on the spider, too. Hopefully he’ll show himself out! I love that our house is naturally shaded by lots of trees.. but lots of trees means lots of bugs. We have to spray seasonally but the stuff you can grab at Home Depot does the trick for keeping crawly things out and away – we’ve never had to call a professional to exterminate or anything. I think the stuff we use is by Ortho and it’s about $15 for a big thing of it.

    1. E.M. April 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      I suppose it’s a good thing I can’t even finish a whole waffle then! I ate half and R devoured everything else. I think I’ve been there for breakfast once.

      Thanks for the recommendation, I will have to check it out. Silly me, I forgot to equate trees with bugs, and I’m slightly regretting it now. Hopefully we can spray everything and not have to worry.

  9. Brian @ Luke1428 April 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    The biggest thing I look forward to each spring is the end of the school year. Sounds terrible for a teacher I know. I love our summer times and the opportunity to vacation and spend time with the kids. I love this gratitude series. Reminds me that we can be thankful even for the small things, like natural light and spiders disappearing. :) Have a great weekend!

    1. E.M. April 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      It makes sense! I would probably look forward to having a couple of months off if I were in that position. My cousin is also a teacher and she loves it.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the series, and I hope you have a great weekend as well!

  10. EL @ MoneyWatch101 April 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Congrats on giving the spider a chance at life. Also on finding the super target, its a great place to find deals, don’t be afraid to get some of target generic brands. Doing so will save you money and not give in on the quality.

    1. E.M. April 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      I don’t really have the courage to kill bugs, but I couldn’t reach it anyway. Hopefully it escaped!

      I’m all for Market Pantry stuff. I’ve had some Target brand food that was great.

  11. Ashley April 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    HA I do the same thing with spiders! I am so glad you found a place that you love- with natural light! Isn’t it crazy moving from a super expensive to a cheaper area? you feel like you are living in riches, right? haha!

    1. E.M. April 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      I absolutely hate spiders and bugs in general, and that was pretty much my only concern with moving, since I know the insects down here tend to be bigger. Ick!

      I am going to do a price comparison soon, but it’s actually not as cheap as I thought it would be :/. I guess that’s because we live near a bigger city. We are saving on some things, and others are about the same price.

  12. Addison @ Cashville Skyline April 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I love this, E.M. Thanks for the continual reminders that we all have a lot to be thankful for. I, too, am always grateful when a super scary-looking bug “disappears.” Hahaha.

    1. E.M. April 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Thanks, and you’re welcome! Haha, I hate bugs, and I really thought living on the top floor would help, but I guess they find ways in. Oddly (thankfully?) enough, we didn’t encounter many living in a basement.

  13. anna April 27, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    I had to chuckle when you called your cats jerks… though I would be frustrated with clawed furniture, as well. I’m so glad that you have a house with natural lighting – I’m sure that probably does wonders for people’s moods, not that you’re not cheerful already. But I’m sure it would make anyone happy! I hope you find some great deals at the garage sales – it’s kind of crazy the things people are willing to discard when they’re still in great condition!

    1. E.M. April 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      I was being very sarcastic when I said that! I love my cats a lot, and thankfully we don’t have amazing furniture for them to destroy. They are helping me save money as I don’t see any sense in buying new furniture =).

      The natural light really does help. Before, I didn’t even want to wake up, but waking up to natural light filtering in through the blinds is completely different. I think lack of light was throwing my body’s senses off a bit.

      The garage sale was pretty good, I’ll have details on that soon!

  14. DC @ Young Adult Money April 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Target is SO much better than Walmart! So glad you have one close to you now. It also sounds like you are in a much nicer apartment than before. No one upstairs doing karaoke every night haha. Allergies have definitely been affecting me, but not as bad as last year. This is mainly because I’ve been doing allergy immunotherapy (shots) since last Summer. Definitely has helped. Hope the spider doesn’t come back.

    1. E.M. April 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      I don’t think there’s any question that Target > Walmart =). Considering the grocery stores we have here don’t have great sales, I’ll probably be shopping there more often.

      Oh yes! Everything is much quieter. The only exception is a barking dog and some construction going on, but it’s far better than what we were experiencing.

      I might have to look into something for my allergies. Taking Allegra as soon as I wake up is getting old. They’ve never been this bad before, and I’ve been trying to stay inside!

  15. SarahN April 30, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    I’m so proud you’ve kept up these posts. So much to be postive about too!

    Love the idea of waffles, they are a lot less common here in Aus. And I love natural light too. Don’t sweat the eating out – it’s like me and no car for work, there’s fallout in the adjustment to change (mine will be more take out coffees and less exercise of the dedicated running variety), but in a month or two, everything will settle into a more normal routine and all will be well!

    I’m thankful for my new office – it’s so quiet, it’s easier to concentrate. And I’m thankful for a cancelled meeting today, making the day much less hassled that yesterday. And I’m thankful for a choice of healthy homecooked meals for lunch today – the luxury of choice!!

    1. E.M. May 1, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      I don’t know if I could live in a place that didn’t have waffles!

      I’m hopeful about getting into a routine. So far it’s been a struggle for me, just because I’m not working. R seems to have adjusted better. We did at least go food shopping again yesterday, so there’s much more to eat!

      I was so happy when I got a promotion at my other job, because I got to share an office with my coworker. We could close the door whenever the sales guys got too loud. Having your own office is great!


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