It was a red letter day when we paid our first week of bills this month and there was money left over! Sure, it was only eight bucks but that’s more than zero. We considered adding it to the grocery budget. We thought about putting it toward debt. Since I’m not sure what the right… Read More Secrets of Small Success: What to do with 8 dollars.
We thought we were waiting a couple days for Mr. Brickie to go back to work. We thought he would be working until the snow started. We were wrong. He got official word of his layoff yesterday. His mistake was telling me in front of his friend instead of telling me before his friend came… Read More Nosedive, Life Change, Worrying Less
My middle child is a math whiz. I’ve always been more afraid of her than the others when it comes to handing out the raw numbers of our budget because I don’t want her to worry. (She’s a worrier.) Lately, I have noticed she has been asking more and more questions about money and I think… Read More A Financial Conversation With Middle Sister
I’m not great with writing headlines. I know the “rules” (I have for years) but just can’t make myself write, “This Mom Has Medical Bills…You’ll be Amazed How They Make Her Feel!” Technically the medical bills are for the children. There are the two dentist appointments that were over $350 this month, the bill from… Read More A Reliable Indicator of Financial Stability and How We Spent It 8/21/2015
Today is a bittersweet day. We are spending the last overtime check. It was so nice while it lasted. This one was super easy and quick because none of it left the house. We had to refill the buffer because we went over budget on school fees and I put $10 in each of the kids’… Read More How We Spent It 8/14/2015
Every time birthdays come up I am SO torn. I want to rent a place and invite the class and have a huge party that my kids will remember forever and cherish. Then I price those things and my heart nearly stops! The next (kid) birthday in the family rotation is my youngest. We priced… Read More Budget Birthday … Incoming!
I hate waking up early and getting crazy hungry at 6am. I don’t feel like I’m qualified to breathe yet, much less consume nutrients. Gah. I’m on some kind of crazy roll getting up way before my normal get-up time of 7:30am. I’ll just thank my lucky stars and consider it training for when school… Read More How We Spent It! 8/7/2015
We received a check from our former home insurance company for overpayment. Windfall! I used it to pay off the Walmart store card. This Friday when we get a check + overtime I’m paying off the Amazon store card. That will leave us with just the two credit cards. It looks like Mr. Brickie is… Read More Planning and Lamenting and a Mini Windfall! 7/28/2015
Are these posts becoming boring? I feel like they are starting to drag since it’s the same thing over and over. We are becoming boring. (Which I’m THRILLED with, personally.) July 17st $650.92 Groceries $150.00 Gas $80.00 Rent $140.00 Deposited into Rent Savings Account Gas/Electric $184.00 Restaurant $35.00 Sitter $50.00 Leftover: $11.92 Put into Back… Read More How We Spent It | July 17, 2015
Once upon a time I was given YNAB as a gift by the super-kind creator (Jesse). This was many versions ago and while I loved the idea of living on last month’s income there was no way that was going to work for us. Blah, blah, blah excuses, excuses, excuses later I shelved the idea… Read More Finally got YNAB (You Need A Budget)