Is it a bad life decision to drain my emergency fund to pay for summer activities? Yes! Am I doing it anyway? Yes! I’m not sure why. I think it’s primarily because I worry I’m not a good enough parent. They aren’t over-scheduled and they will have 17 unscheduled days in August to just veg and read and do some worksheets before school begins but June and July have … [Read more...] about I Keep Spending…and Spending…
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’ lunch accounts online just in case. GGR is Gas/Groceries/Restaurants and the defaults on … [Read more...] about How We Spent It 8/14/2015
I’ve used You Need A Budget for a month and it’s been wonderful. I thought I was doing fine with my spreadsheet and my forecasting and all those changes. I felt like having to track every single penny would be awful and make me feel strangled with details. On the contrary, it feels like we could do so much more with the money we had. I can look and see exactly how much we … [Read more...] about Happy August!
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 working Saturdays through August 19th. If he does, I should be able to pay down the … [Read more...] about Planning and Lamenting and a Mini Windfall! 7/28/2015
I finally got another date night! We got a sitter and Mr. Brickie and I went to a local fest and hung out in the beer tent and watched a couple bands. We ran into people we knew and it was a great night. Seriously, we had so much fun and it reminded me I’m not getting out of the house enough. Between you and me, I know I’m not going to get out of the house until August when … [Read more...] about One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward (Finance & Fitness)