Today I challenged myself to begin deep cleaning my house. I am going to spend 1 day a week deep cleaning. Every Friday I will work on a different room of my house, repeating the rooms monthly until my house has been thoroughly deep cleaned. I will document the progress and publish on YouTube.
I will admit that I am embarrassed about how gross my house looks, especially in the parts that nobody sees. But I also remind myself that there are houses far worse than mine.
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This Macaroni Cheese Recipe is my go-to meal when I have no idea what to make my family for supper or lunch. It is one of our family favorites. Mark has got so good at making this Macaroni Cheese Recipe, he can make it in 35 minutes. All the ingredients are pantry stables so I normally have everything I need to make it at the last minute.
Meal variation for toddlers: Give your toddlers some cooked macaroni, grated cheese and baby tomatoes on a plate and let them feed themselves.
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I absolutely love this Cinnamon Jam Squares Recipe. The only ingredients that are not pantry stables are the apricot jam and desiccated coconut. However, in my house we always have apricot jam. Apricot Jam is one of the most affordable flavours of jam in South Africa. I also normally have desiccated coconut because I often bake with it.
Tip: Desiccated coconut’s shelf life can be prolonged by keeping it in the freezer.
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We live in a money-obsessed world. Knowing how to create a personal budget is the most important skill a person can learn. In times of economic crisis, it becomes even more important to know exactly where you can cut back. If you haven’t noticed, we are looming on the edge of an economic crisis. You need to know how to create a personal budget before it is too late.
I’m going to walk you through creating a personal budget like the one I create for myself every month. Continue reading “Monthly Personal Budget: Step by step guide”
What is housekeeping? And why do I say it is a skill? Wikipedia gives a perfect description of housekeeping::
Housekeeping refers to the management of duties and chores involved in the running of a household, such as cleaning, cooking, home maintenance, shopping, laundry and bill pay. These tasks may be performed by any of the household members, or by other persons hired to perform these tasks. (Wikipedia)
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This week I have been thinking about small inexpensive ways to make our bathroom a more pleasant place for Mark and myself. The number one clutter factor in our bathroom are Andrew’s bath toys. I realized the first inexpensive thing I could do to make our bathroom a more relaxing place was to find a bath toy storage solution.
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In my last article, I explained how to use a Cash Receipts Journal to collect transactions together before posting them to the General Ledger. Since the purpose of a subsidiary journal is to summarize similar transactions in order to decrease the number of entries in the general ledger, this article will discuss how to post the totals of the Cash Receipts Journal to the General Ledger.
Posting the Cash Receipts Journal to the General Ledger is Lesson 11 in the Authentically Ash Basic Bookkeeping Course.
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There are two types of transactions that take place on a frequent basis in a business or household, namely cash receipts and cash payments. We make use of two subsidiary books to summarize these cash transaction before entering them into the general ledger. The two subsidiary books are called the Cash Receipts Journal and the Cash Payments Journal. It stands to reason that the Cash Receipts Journal is used to summarize all the Cash Receipts of the business/household and the Cash Payments Journal is used to summarize all the Cash Payments of the business/household.
How to use a Cash Receipts Journal is lesson 10 in the Authentically Ash Online Bookkeeping Course. Please note that the $ sign below is a representation of money and not any specific currency.
In the past few lessons, I discussed the basic principles of handling transactions. With these basic principles, you will be able to manage the bookkeeping of your household or micro business. Over the next few lessons I am going to show you how to use proper ledger paper in your General Journal. I am also going to explain cash journals, posting transactions from the cash journal to the general ledger, balancing a general ledger and preparing a Trial Balance. Obviously these topics are quite vast, so I will be covering them over a number of articles.
Ledger Paper and Subsidiary Journals is Lesson 9 in the Authentically Ash Basic Bookkeeping Course. In this lesson I will explain how to use ledger paper in your General Journal. I will also explain what subsidiary journals are. At the end of this article you will find a free ledger paper template that you can download as a PDF.
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In business and in households, you may find that you will buy certain items, such as vehicles, property, equipment etc. on credit. In these circumstances, you will receive the item immediately, but you will pay for it at a later date. You may also pay it off over time. When money is owed to another business or person, you call that business or person a creditor.
In this lesson I will discuss how to handle credit purchases and credit payments in the general ledger.
How to handle creditors is lesson 8 in my Basic Bookkeeping Course. Please note that the $ symbol in all the examples below represents money. It does not represent a specific currency.
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