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State of the Shop Update #1

Happy 2019, everyone! Yes, I know we’re in February but I haven’t yapped at you all on here since the end of last year.  I thoroughly enjoyed my blogging break in January.  Don’t think I was sitting back, not doing a thing, though!  January was pretty busy for 7MD and there doesn’t appear to be any signs of slowing down. Before we proceed further, I want to tell you about a new blog series I’ve been thinking over for this year.  I’m going to call it State of the Shop and I’ll just be checking in with you periodically about what I’ve been up to, what builds and projects are coming up, and anything else 7MD related.  Yes, it does sound a lot like my month in review posts.  Those are going away in favor of the new series, which I’m hoping will be more fun for everyone.  Oh, by [...]

What A Ride 2018 Was! Let’s Recap!

Happy holidays, folks!  I hope the season is finding you will with at least most of your sanity in tact!  I just finished my last order for the year and will get to spend the next couple weeks doing nothing.  Yeah, right.  I can’t leave well enough alone so I’m sure I’ll find myself getting into something. Anyway, this will be my last blog post of the year.  In addition to going over the highlights from the year and what I hope to achieve next year, I thought it would be fun to go back to my first blog post of the year where I listed my goals to see how much I accomplished.  I’m not going to lie…this year’s goals look eerily like next year’s goals. Ha! This year’s goals: Devote more time to the blog and keep it going consistently. I’m happy to report that I blogged regularly [...]

December 18th, 2018|Categories: A Look Back|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Would I Do A No Spend Month Again?

Ding, dong, the witch is dead! Oops, I mean No Spend Month is over! O. V. E. R.  Let’s not waste any time and dive right into my final spent tally as well as my thoughts on the whole thing. So, I did break my budget on Black Friday Weekend (because it’s not just a day anymore) spending.  And by a couple hundred dollars.  A majority of the things I bought were for 7MD.  It was a few tools and some hardwood lumber that I had been planning on buying but the sales came up and I couldn’t pass on it just because I was participating in the no spend month.  I mean, the whole purpose of the month was to save money and I did save some by buying during the sale.  It really sounds like I’m trying to justify myself.  Hahaha.  Maybe I am.  As I was told [...]

5 Inexpensive Scrap Wood Projects

Well, week three is behind me and the toughest week is ahead of me.  Had I not done this when there are so many sales and whatnot, it probably wouldn’t be that hard at all.  We’ll just have to see what I can’t live without come Friday. Let’s recap week three, shall we? I finally did it.  I broke into my “fun money” stash.  I thought to myself, “Self, it’s my birthday and I deserve something nice.”  I bought a $12 car wash and cleaned all the grime off my car that had been there for far too long then vacuumed the dog hair and sawdust out of it.  What a way to spend a birthday!  Ha!  I also bought a piece of equipment for the job job but I’m on the fence about including that in the fun money category.  It was something I needed but I didn’t allow [...]

5 (Mostly) Effortless Ways to Save Money

It’s time for the second week check in of my No Spend Month Challenge!  I know all y’all really want to know is if I’ve busted my budget yet.  We’ll get to that.  In addition to an update on my progress, I’ll be sharing some tips to save money that don’t require a whole lot of work on your part. Never in my vision for this blog did I ever think I would be sharing money tips with you.  This is supposed to be about woodworking and home improvements and such.  Things evolve so just roll with me a bit.  Hopefully next week I’ll be able to share some of my scrap wood project ideas with you that don’t cost any money (or very little) and it will bring this all full circle back to woodworking.  Or something like that. Anywho, in order to keep you reading to the end [...]

No Spend Month Challenge

Well, if you recall from my last post (or my social media posts), during the month of November I’ll be taking on a no spend month challenge.  It doesn’t mean no spending at all.  I don’t know about y’all but I don’t want any late notice letters and fees coming my way.  I also have to eat and go places.  Because of this, there are certain rules I have established for myself to play by.  Everyone’s rules will be different.  If you decide to take on the challenge for yourself, I encourage you to look up other blog posts about no spend months to get some ideas from the rules others set because you may forget about something.  I did. Obviously, one of the main purposes of this challenge is to save money.  For me, it’s also about a reset on spending after some less than frugal habits have popped [...]

November 7th, 2018|Categories: No Spend Month|Tags: , , |3 Comments