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Pits and Peaks This Week

It’s been another busy week in the Avocado House, and our towering pile of dirty laundry is testament to that. At least the kittens don’t mind when we fall behind on laundry, they like playing in it.

Just a cozy image from our rainy Sunday last weekend.

Earlier this week, we were lucky enough to have our story featured over at Frugalwoods and ask the Frugalwoods community for some budgetary advice. It was so much fun to read everyone’s advice, tips, and insights. It’s such a welcoming and helpful community over there; I felt really lucky to have so many friendly and insightful people chime in on our story. Go check it out!

One piece of advice that nearly every commenter shared was: You have to stop going out to eat so much! And to that I say, I knowwwwww we are the worst! We really do have a problem.

Next Monday, we have a “financial date” planned, and at that time we’re going to talk about our spending and saving. I think I’m going to propose that we try the Uber Frugal Month Challenge. Wish us luck!

Another bit of excitement around here is that I have just released the pattern for my latest knit design. I was calling it Rain in LA, but I’ve changed the title to Sierra Madre. I just thought it fit better. If you’re interested, check it out on Ravelry!

Also, my sister is home from France! She just arrived yesterday. It’ll be so nice to have her around in this part of the world again.


I got a parking ticket this week. Ugh, I know. The stupidest kind of ticket there is, and so preventable. $41. Ouch. In our city, you can’t park overnight on the street unless you have a parking permit. We have a number of people driving cars around here, so in the evening I usually wait until Anna parks to park my sister’s car, if I’m planning to use it the following morning.

All the math involved in writing my knitting pattern.

So, I used my sister’s car on Sunday to run an errand, and I left it out on the street, waiting for Anna to get back. Of course, I was distracted (we had some guests over for dinner) and I totally forgot to park it in the driveway. I woke up on Monday to a little ticket under the windshield wiper. Womp, womp.

I now have an alarm set in my phone so that I won’t forget again!


We had friends in from out of town this week, and if you’re familiar with my other Pits and Peaks posts, this is usually prime time for eating out. Not so this time! We had them over on Tuesday evening to our house for a delightful meal of turkey burgers and elotes. It was fun, relaxing, and much cheaper than going out. Here’s to the small wins!

Have a great weekend everyone!


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  1. So nice to have you as a case study this week! And, best of luck with the eating out less goal–I know you two can do it :)!

    • Flo Flo

      Thank you! If you need us this weekend, you’ll find us at our local Aldi store ;P

  2. Victoria Victoria

    Came over here to start following you after seeing you on Frugalwoods! Enjoyed seeing your posts on renovating your apartment. I miss owning property I can do stuff to, but renting best for us right now. Just convinced the other half to let me hang some more pictures up round the house so a small amount of drilling but thankfully 3M command hooks are coming in handy.
    We don’t eat out too much but spend way too much on food and drink for home use ?

    • Flo Flo

      Thanks for hanging out here! 🙂 Glad you like the renovation saga – it really was an adventure! When we lived in our last apartment, 3M command hooks were such a godsend. Gotta get that security deposit back, you know.

      Yeah, I totally get the food and drink struggle. Even when we don’t go out we tend to probably overspend. Cheeses are just so good, you know? But we’re working on it!

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