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Trying to stay on course

May 24th, 2011 at 02:43 am

So far, so good with the budget this month. We have a long weekend coming up, though, so I need to keep that in mind. The pool will open for the kids, so that is free entertainment, and barbq foods will come out of grocery budget. I just have to say "no" to urges to eat out when I can cook instead, and I need to postpone front yard sprucing. Thr front looks fine, I have been wanting a little bench or something to perk up the front porch, that's all. Maybe I'll do some yard sale hunting this weekend and see if I can find something that will look good for less. One man's trash...

Ouch! Lots of eating out

May 15th, 2011 at 03:07 am

I was doing so good limiting my eating out, but we let it get a little crazy this weekend. It was all delicious, but it added up to over $125 for two people over the course of Friday and Saturday. We'll plan carefully for the rest of the month, to involve being home for meals. That's what it comes down to, really, planning ahead.

TGIF!

May 13th, 2011 at 03:00 am

I also got paid this morning, even better! I've got enough money to cover all of my expenses. Now that student loans are in repayment I don't put anything in savings on the 15th, only on the 1st. I don't like seeing the savings account grow so slowly, but it's still in the adjustment stage. I'm thinking in June things will feel more "normal" with my budget.

Work is chugging along, very busy time of year. I'm a little anxious about that, but I've learned to work through it. Doing nothing will only make things worse. (I have had a tendency to do freeze up and do nothing or flake out in the past, that is a bad habit I am breaking this year).

If I stick to the budget for the remainder of the month I know I will start to feel better on the financial front, no need to feel anxious about money. Then come June 1st I will be able to put money in savings again, that will make me feel better!

On fitness front, I have been keeping up with my exercise. I've met my modest running goals every month since January, and getting in plenty of workouts after school. This month will be no different. In the past I have given up when I start really getting into the workouts or getting close to reaching my goals, I guess due to fear of something??? Not this year, I'm gonna keep pushing through the fear and turn it into anticipation!

Financially treading water

May 11th, 2011 at 02:49 am

This month has been super busy at work and home, but not much progress on the financial front. Money in, money out.
Still no word on my summer plans as far as work is concerned. I applied for summer school because that is the easiest and most practical way to make money this summer. No one has heard anything back yet, which is giving me time to rethink my plans! It isn't the actual work that is giving me second thoughts, it is the potential impact to my summer travel plans. A summer job would really bump up my savings, though, for minimal hours a week. I would be silly to turn it down if offered a position.
I need to do something drastic to make drastic changes. I'm tired of treading. I'm not doing horrible, but I could do better. I'm eager to see how things could turn out if I did something "more".

weekend review

May 3rd, 2011 at 02:50 am

I did get to reorganize the kids' room, they were impressed! I sorted through their things and I have a huge bag to donate.

I got my miles in on the treadmill, did a little bit of cleaning, some cooking, and some shopping errands. Productive, fun weekend!

This week at work is going to be super busy. I just want to knock these events off of my list so I can breathe a bit easier.

I haven't saved anything this month, still adjusting my accounts to cover the student loan payment that started up again in April.