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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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21311837-outlined-light-bulb-character-showing-a-dollar-bill So this week was a long one – and tough on us financially – while I did get some overtime, it  wasn’t enough sadly and we overdid it again in terms of the bills – then again we had (2) two big  bills come in that had to be paid we didn’t plan for – I know sad I don’t plan for the electric bill,  but alas it came in and we needed to pay them almost $200…I am not sure what else to do, our  electric bill is so high that there’s no end in sight.  We unplug all of our small appliances (well  there’s only 2) when we’re not using them, turn off lights when we’re not in a room, have a  ceiling fan in our living room, and don’t run the heat/ac unless it’s extremely cold or extremely hot – we don’t have a dishwasher so we’re not running that all the time – the only things left on consistently are the lamp in the living room, the computer, the light over the stove and sink – BUT they are all switched off at night when we go to sleep or if we leave.  Unless we are going out at night, all lights are turned off when we leave – if we go out in the evening we leave the light on over the stove so we don’t come  home to a completely dark house…yet our electric bill is still so high…don’t get it…so that was $195.00 to be paid.

tagtax At the same time our Vehicle Tax/Registration bill came in from the NC DMV, $65.19, to be  paid in order to get a full tag for our new van – for now we have a temporary sticker on the  tag.  I paid the bill now vs. waiting until almost the deadline – then again the dealership would  not have given me the tag unless I paid the bill right then and there…Ugh if I could roll my  eyes here I would.  While I am happy Bessie now has her tags and is official in the eyes of the state I wish that the bill would have come in a few weeks vs. now…but alas it is what it is…

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Though the upswing to all of this is that on 3/31 not only did I cross the bridge of my 13-Mos blogging anniversary, we also hit 8-Years since we left the DC Metro area and moved to North Carolina…I still can’t believe it’s been 8 Years.  That day 3/31/2006 was a daunting one, we packed the final items into the truck, loaded up myself, the kids and our two cats into our car with my husband and Dad in the moving truck and off we went, for 9.5 hours we drove south on I-95 then to I-40 East to Wilmington, twas the longest day of my life, but one of the best! Moving here was a difficult decision, not one we came to easily, but it was one that has been for the best!  Coastal living certainly has agreed with us and for that I am very happy! So happy 8th Anniversary to us!

Ok so onto why we’re here, the budget:

 $31.69 Remaining from W/E 03/16/14  $519.45 Lara W/E 03/23/14 Salary, Pay Date 03/28
 $16.00 Amt. Spent  $ 233.96 Jimmy W/E 03/23/14 Salary
 $15.69 Avail. Starting  $753.41
 $15.00 Savings for X-Mas ’14  $15.69 Avail. Starting
 $1.00 Facebook?  $753.41 Total Pay
 $ –  $769.10 Avail. For Bills
 $ –
 $16.00

And the breakdown:

 $769.10
 $195.00 Progress Energy
 $574.10
 $65.19 NC Vehicle Tax
 $508.91
 $70.00 Brigades Boys & Girls Club
 $438.91
 $200.00 Groceries
 $238.91
 $25.00 Dinner, 03/28
 $213.91
 $25.00 Jimmy’s Money
 $188.91
 $60.00 Gas
 $128.91
 $40.00 Cat & Dog Food
 $88.91
 $5.00  CCA, 03/31 Auto-Draft
 $83.91  $83.91
8%  $6.71
 $6.71  $77.20

So there we are – I forecasted out our budget through the end of April and I am sad to say it’s not going to be pretty unless we get some kind of financial gift or something comes through…not happy to say the least.

Still looking for another job, its slow going, but I am looking.

Hope you all have a good week – weekend, it should be lovely here through the weekend, have a few more items I need to get my hands on this weekend before going to Camporee next weekend, I am just hoping for nice weather honestly LOL!!

Lesson Learned here: Pre-Planning can help unknowns and unexpected financial expenditures from happening…good luck with that one!

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