Week Ending 01.19.14 Budget – I think I May have Thrown Up

Posted: January 27, 2014 in Budgets, Financial Organization
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This week was particularly frustrating when I was doing the budget – why? Simple – the utility bills are  continuing to go up, mostly the electric bill as we’re having to run out heat at like 75 just to keep the  house at 68 around the damn clock because it’s too friggin’ cold out! Never mind that out heat pump  can only do but so much to convert 6 degree air outside to 68 degree air in the house – BRRRRR – we’re  seeing an electric bill upwards of $200.00 added to what we already are past due on and it’s over  $400.00.  frozen therm

 GAH tax time can’t come soon enough in my book! I sent all of our tax docs to my Dad last week and he’ll file them sometime in the next few weeks when he has time.  Then when done we can hope beyond hope that the refund comes somewhat quickly! We desperately need that money sooner rather than later!

So on that note here is the budget for the week:

 $41.74 Remaining from W/E 01/12/14  $507.39 Lara W/E 01/19/14 Salary, Pay Date 01/24
 $36.40 Amt. Spent  $210.37 Jimmy W/E 01/19/14 Salary
 $5.34 Avail. Starting  $717.76
 $5.00 Savings for X-Mas ’14  $5.34 Avail. Starting
 $5.00 Ashley Dr.  $717.76 Total Pay
 $5.00 CCA  $723.10 Avail. For Bills
 $2.06 KTC  $27.76 Money Spent Before Paying Bills
 $3.75 Kindle Charges  $695.34
 $15.59 Wal-Mart
 $36.40

And the breakdown, here’s where you will see my frustration

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 $695.34
 $63.44 State Farm, 01/27 Auto-Draft
 $631.90
 $84.50 Credit Accept
 $547.40
 $90.00 Brigades Boys & Girls Club
 $457.40
 $200.00 Groceries
 $257.40
 $25.00 Dinner, 01/10
 $232.40
 $25.00 Cat & Dog Food
 $207.40
 $25.00 Jimmy’s Money
 $182.40
 $30.00 Gas
 $152.40
 $7.99 Hulu.com, 1/21 Auto-Draft
 $144.41
 $30.00  GS Troop# 1327, Camporee/Jan Dues
 $114.41
 $17.94  Shipping of GS Cookies
 $96.47
 $55.00  Progress Energy
 $41.47  $41.47
8%  $3.32
 $3.32  $38.15

The two points of my major frustration lies in these two lines:

 $90.00 Brigades Boys & Girls Club

Why? Simple – I paid the $70.00 for last week, 01/20 – 01/24/14 but THEN schools were closed for a teacher workday on the 24th, Brigades was open but yet it was an additional $20.00 ($10.00 per child) for the day, so I ended up paying them $90.00 for last week – can someone please explain this to me???

And second:

 $55.00  Progress Energy

NOT having enough funds to make this payment in FULL, $183.00 to bring us somewhere close to current.  that just bugs me to no end!

You know normally I might have been whining, moaning and complaining, but then I read this article yesterday written ever so eloquently by a woman who is in a much tougher spot than I am at the moment and I finally just told myself to shut to heck up and move on.  You can find her article titled This is Why Poor People’s Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense here, take a moment to read it and share your thoughts below.

Lesson Learned: While you think your financial life sucks arse, there’s always someone who’d happily trade with you!

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http://www.thesuperzilch.wordpress.com
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Comments
  1. I love that story you linked to. So sad.

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