Posts Tagged ‘Life’

It’s time for an update.

And, man we have been busy!  Both personally and financially!

When I last posted things were on the upswing – we’d just received our taxes and were planning on what to do with them.

Well, the long and the short of it is this – we used the bulk of it to pay bills, pay off my truck and get our daughter’s room re-done! She’s thrilled with the final product as are we!

Before:

After:

She chose the colors and we ran with it!

Then once that was done, my hubby and I were chatting about the trip we were contemplating taking and ultimately decided we had the funds, so why not do a BIG vacation – so after weighing the costs with the pros & cons we booked a 5-Day 4-Night Trip to Universal Studios Orlando Florida!

We took this trip in October 2017 and had a BLAST!

But first we took two shorter trips – 1st the MD to visit the family and then my daughter and I went to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA with our Girl Scout Troop.  This trip was mostly funded by two years worth of GS Cookie Sales, so I was responsible for food, transportation, and souvenirs!

We had fun on both of these short trips!

BUT the big one was obviously much anticipated!

 

Just a few of the 100+ shots I took!

BUT I have to say the biggest news is that I was finally able to leave my retail job behind and took a FT Office Job in June at an International Pharmaceuticals Development Company – now it’s not all sunshine & rainbows – I am a contractor through the same company that placed me at the paper plant in 2015, meaning no paid time off, and minimal benefits.  Though they are working on getting this company to hire me on FT permanent which will give me those precious PTO hours I so long for.  The pay is $15.50/hr which is an uptick obviously from my $9.34/hr at the retail establishment.  Hours are M-F 8:30 – 5:30.  I did overlap sometime working both jobs to help pay for food/gas for our FL trip, but on 10/30 I said Good-Bye to my friends at the store and resigned.

While it was best for my mental health – the money coming in would still be helpful – BUT I didn’t want to do another Holiday Season.

So that’s the biggest news of all!

I know I have been scattered here, but life has thrown me major curveballs and I have been busy!

Advertisements

So I know everyone is just itching to know how things are going – nothing has changed work-wise for me – still working the retail job and its going well, we’re getting into our busy time of year – albeit slowly – so things are cranking along well there.

Still do not have a car – ugh – and the public transportation system in our area is just forming a more and more sour taste in my mouth – they seriously need to work on getting their ish together, it is near impossible to hold onto steady riders, who also need to hold onto steady jobs, with the crud schedule they are running.

1507010_future_socialsecurity-jpg-crop-promo-xlarge2

Lastly, some good news 0 my husband was APPROVED for his disability, to the tune of $1,107.00/month, WooHoo!!! So stoked about that!  Our plan for now is to pay down the utilities and then use what we can afterwards to put toward the purchase of a vehicle. I am adamant that I DO NOT want another car payment, just gas and insurance every month.  So once tax season rolls around we’re going to put together what we’ve saved with some of our refund to pay cash for a vehicle.  We’ll also need to set aside some money for the taxes & registration.  I am hopeful we can also find someone reliable to give whatever vehicle we have considered a once over to ensure mechanical stability.

So that’s where we’re at right now!

So once again we’re in the position of being near broke, unstable, and trying to figure out ways to stay entertained all the while getting out of the house!

I am first going to share this link, from the blog, A Sip of the Good Life, she discusses ways to get out and about all the while spending less than $20!  Personally, I prefer to keep things cheaper and if at all possible FREE!

So what do we do?

Well in the lovely city of Wilmington, NC we have several parks right on bus lines and one right within walking distance of our front door – going to these parks is Free so when it’s nice and we don’t have other errands to run we can always go the park!

playground-greenfield-lake-in-wilmington-nc

Closest to us is the historic Greenfield Park – with a playground, an ampitheatre and walking trail that is 5-Miles long Greenfield is a great way to spend an afternoon! Of course they also offer paddle boat and canoe rentals, but you can walk around the entire lake for FREE!

Next if we choose to hop on a bus we can visit either Hugh McCrae Park with several playgrounds and its own walking trail or we can go to Halyburton – which also offers a stunning nature walk!

riverwalk-at-dusk

Image Borrowed from Wilmington, NC Government Page

Then again sometimes we don’t want to venture too too far from home, so we opt to head downtown and cruise the Riverwalk – usually wrapping up our visit with some ice cream from Kilwin’s usually this will cost us somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 for all four of us, but it’s worth every penny!

kilwins

We will also go over to the shopping center where I work, an outdoor mall called Mayfaire Town Center – with a Michael’s, Barnes & Nobles and two dozen other shops and restaurants there’s never a chance to be bored for sure!

Now sometimes the weather doesn’t permit us to venture outside – so we then go inside and wander the mall, grabbing a coffee or a drink from the food court and doing some window shopping.

So then what if we want to remain home?  Simple – we’ll make some pizza and chill at home watching one of our 400+ movies! Its just simply too expensive to go out to the movies these days, thus putting this bit of entertainment out of our fiscal reach!

************

For other financial planning advice, visit Personal Capital to enjoy some amazing tools!

Today it finally happened – Silver was repo’d – we’re back to square one – no vehicle – no transportation, no nothing.

We’ve been down this road before – once many years ago our Pontiac Vibe was Repo’d and we went five months without a vehicle – it was difficult and we had a very hard time finding work due to the lack of reliable transportation.  So now we’re trying to figure things out, slowly.  We’ve outlined a plan using my last two checks as a basis for the budget so we can ensure we have funds every month with some leftover for saving for a new vehicle.  We’re looking for something decent – and something we can pay cash for – last time we had a group helping us – this time we’re on our own.

I have also dictated to my husband that now we’re out of a vehicle we need to talk about replacing our washer/dryer so we can run laundry.  Ugh.

It’s become so overwhelming in the last couple of weeks – and its finally come to a head….

Wish us luck!