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 the pediatric neurologist for our percentage after … [Read more...] about A Reliable Indicator of Financial Stability and How We Spent It 8/21/2015
I f#%^ed up! After the babysitter (so I could take my oldest to the doctor without the youngest), gas in the cars, and an iPass toll payment the total dollar amount we had to work with was $1119. $260 went to the emergency fund (bringing it back to $1000.) $195 - gas/electric. $25 - Amazon.com card minimum payment $120 - I sent in a check for Abby’s summer camp. $440 - … [Read more...] about How We Spent It (5/30/2015)
Of all the things we spent tax return money on its the final bills from the old house that feel the best. Traditionally, those are things that we poors tend to just leave out in the real life cloud to gather dust and generate collection calls in a year or so. Knowing that everything I owe is in this one nice, neat little pile here (credit cards, normal bills, student loans) is … [Read more...] about Public Aid, Preschool, and Money Planning
There is an article over on The Atlantic about Lumbersexuals. Go ahead, read it if you haven't and then come back. If you don't want to read it, I'll sum it up. Lumberjacks are the new cowboys, flannel is back in fashion, and certain groups of men are happier working with their bodies and their minds as opposed to just their minds. One of the iconic things mentioned in this … [Read more...] about Hipsters, Lumbersexuals, and Living Within Your Means
This is probably going to be a short entry. It will take much longer to write because I'm actively avoiding checking the bank balance. I'm scared. There is nothing more I can do. I have a long term plan and am sticking to it, I didn't waste money or spend it frivolously. My decision to change from paying down debt to having an emergency fund was basically a perspective … [Read more...] about How We Spent It!