Archive for February, 2016

So it’s been 1 Week Since We’ve received our tax refund, it was deposited a week ago tomorrow.

So here’s how the spending went during week 1

Savings:

$500 – Savings

$25.00 – Kids’ Savings

Sat, 02/20 Spending:

$180.72 – Wal-Mart (Groceries)

$31.42 – Smithfields (Dinner, Sat)

$103.00 – Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines (Ashley Camp Deposit)

Total Spent: $315.14

Sunday, 02/21 Spending :

Took Silver to the mall, Sears, to have her oil changed, tires checked & new wiper blades installed, ended up being stuck at the mall over lunch and ate at the food court – ugh the prices have gone up – NEVER again – the food isn’t worth the cost.

$92.91 – Sears (oil change, flat repair, and wiper blades for Silver)

$8.03 – Slice of Life (Ashley Lunch, Sun)

$9.61 – Charley’s Grill (Jimmy Lunch, Sun)

$8.43 – Ming Tree (Austin Lunch, Sun)

$6.41 – Baba Ghannouj (Lara Lunch, Sun)

Total Spent on Lunch: $32.48

$13.89 – Kitchen Collection (purchase of cast iron skillet handle cover to prevent future burns)

$30.41 – Hot Topic (Austin T-Shirt, repayed using his GC from his Birthday, didn’t have it on him & Golden Snitch Keychain for Lara, less than $9.00 purchase)

$63.11 – Yankee Candle Company (GP household purchase)

Other Purchase: $107.41

Total Spent: $139.89

$16.27 – Target (Lara & Jimmy prescriptions)

$202.00 – Progress Energy

 

Pending Bills being paid

These are bills I have scheduled that haven’t drafted.

$180.00 – Regional Acceptance – funds set aside for March Payment for Silver

$100.00 – Dad, repayment of Progress bill from Dec. & Payment of Tax Filing

$232.42 – State Farm, Auto Draft 02/28

Not terrible Week 1 – my paycheck was deposited in the midst of all of this as well, $686.75 – really annoyed that 55.0 hrs. of work was so low now that my insurance is being deducted.  So now I really know we have to very careful with our spending.  Focusing largely on the bills right now, making sure everything is up to date.  Though I know once this project is over we’re going to end-up behind once again – thus the reason for the savings, will transfer another $500 to our Merrill account next payday.

Speaking of the Merrill Account, the $500.00 I put was used to purchase 1 piece of Apple Stock – it’s a mutual fund/stock account – not sure how to distribute the rest of the funds so that the money can work for us vs. just sitting in cash – we already own 2 GE Stocks and 1 in Microsoft.  Thoughts?

Well that’s all from us for now! Will report back in next week with Week 2!  Time to be accountable again.

 

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So man alive 2016 has been a chaotic one at best.

First Silver is Repo’d – thanks to all of the generous donations we received we were able to retrieve her from Repo, $2500 lighter, but she’s back and we’re able to get around town – most importantly, get me back and forth to work.

All the while this is happening our water is shut-off, ugh I cannot even begin to express my frustration there – then AT&T shut us off – the pendulum is swinging hard one way for sure.

So then almost as soon as we’re clear there, I go and burn my hand – yup – 2nd degree burns on two of my fingers on my right hand – one trip to the local ER and then a trip to the Burn Center and UNC Chapel Hill and I am on the road to recovery.  Had to take two days off last week, but alas I am healing.  I worked a whopping 25 hours last week – and with the new insurance draft I was paid a whopping $61.12! WooHoo!!

Now though in the midst of all of this we managed to collect our tax documents and get our taxes filed, Thanks Dad!

Right now we’re getting about $5700.  Not too bad.

So our plans are such:

$1,000 to savings right off the top

$400 for a new TV

$300 for our daughter to attend camp – might be less if I can get her another Campership Scholarship.

$500 -? for a new washer/dryer – I am getting tired of going to the laundrymat.

$200 to repay my Dad – he helped us with an electric bill before Christmas and then paying him for the tax filing.

The rest will go to bills and carrying us through – we may take a day to go to Jacksonville and have one dinner out, we’re not 100% sure quite yet.

I am hopeful we’re able to stay relatively stable through the end of the summer…that might be too much to ask though.