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Quick weekend round up

July 21st, 2013 at 03:29 am

I was paid $450 for the babysitting this week, I'm glad the parents pay weekly, that keeps me motivated!
This money goes into my savings account for now. I'm putting moving expenses on my rewards credit card so I will pay that off with savings when everything has cleared.

We sold our washer/dryer on Craigslist for $300 within an hour (pricing is everything on CL!). We used some of that money to pay cash for the food and drinks for DD's 14th birthday party. After eating we all went to the pool down the block. Everyone had a fantastic time, I loved watching DD with her friends. They hadn't seen each other since the end of the school year and they were all giggles and nonstop chatter, it reminded me so much of my BFFs and me when we were that age! I'm really praying for my girls to find good friends in our new neighborhood. Good friends just make life so much sweeter!

The credit card bill is really high, since I put all vacation expenses on it and now moving expenses. I will still be able to pay it off by the due date, I think, I'm just waiting for all of the checks to clear and all of the "holds" to be released from online accounts.

All in all, I'm optimistic about the upcoming year. I haven't heard from HR as to my official salary, just looked it up online, but from what I found it is much higher than I'm making now. After taking into consideration the cost of living increase, I should still be able to bank most of the difference between my old salary and my new salary. Plus what I was saving on my old salary. I just can't get sucked into the trappings of having extra money, namely getting used to spending all of the new salary.

I know that looking at my long term goal will help me stay focused on keeping the saving and investing up. We will probably be in our new location for 4 years, and then we can look to something else. At that point we want to have a lot of cash set aside so that we have more choices, since we might be looking at military retirement. That means we may be able to move where we want to, and pick a house we really imagine ourselves living in for a while. Or it might mean more travel jobs. But we want to have choices.

In the meantime, I know we won't be miserable living a simpler life, it can be quite enjoyable!

3 Responses to “Quick weekend round up”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Love those quick sales on CL!

  2. snafu Says:

    terrific to sell items no longer needed or wanted on CL. You must write terrific ads to have it gone in an hour. I've been told off by scfr for expressing some thoughts so please feel free to ignore my thoughts on moving. I read that moving is one of life's challenges most stressful tasks [around #25]. It's so expensive and so much work to pack up everything at one location and unpack and find a home for every items at the other end it's important to make it as easy on yourself as possible.

    It's a terrific opportunity to asses every item...do I need it? do I use it? do I love it? does it serve us? What is the worst thing that would happen if it was sold, re-gifted, donated or trashed? Since we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time moving is a terrific time to purge anything that's wrecked, doesn't fit or doesn't flatter or was a mistake. What do you think?

  3. mamasita Says:

    Snafu, although I've always thought that we as a family are pretty sparse with our belongings, I've managed to throw out, give away and sell a bunch of stuff! I guess that is the plus side to moving!

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