Posts Tagged ‘Slumber Party’

Alright so I’ve been noticeably absent lately and that’s because last week we didn’t really have anything to report – I was holding our funds to pay for the HVAC repair at home, well on that we managed to get someone out to look at the system and as it turns out it’s the fan motor that’s bad so we’re replacing that.  They had to order the part and it’ll be in this week Mon/Tues so today or tomorrow – and the cost of the part + installation is $289.00, OUCH!  So for now we’re freezing our butts off and using the Emergency heat in the house until the fan part is installed tomorrow or Wednesday…lovely right? I’ll see that jump up on our electric bill – as if it’s not already high enough.

Add to this I needed to order Checks – which isn’t all that terrible, only $20.00 there, so not terrible! Then during a trip to Michael’s on Saturday in search of something for my daughter to wear (lights/bells, etc) in the Christmas Parade with her GS Troop I stumbled upon an idea for Presents for the family, so while I did not find what I was looking for in terms of stuff for the parade, we did manage to craft some stuff for the family for Christmas for $22.00! Very pleased about that!

Also, I finally have come to terms with the fact that we HAVE HAVE HAVE to hold off on buying a new car when tax time rolls around for one simple fact – WE NEED TO GET AND STAY CURRENT ON THE MORTGAGE – this is by far the most important thing right now.  So when the car is paid off next summer (or even with the tax money) we’ll hold on getting a new car until the following tax time so we can be without a car payment for awhile or until the damn thing dies, whichever comes first.  Hoping we make it until tax time 2015 vs. the car dying on us sometime next year…no I am NOT happy about this, but alas it’s for the best…

Alright, so here we go:

 $181.01 Remaining from W/E 11/24/13  $417.09 Lara W/E 12/01/13 Salary, Pay Date 12/06
 $86.62 Amt. Spent  $330.62 Jimmy W/E 12/01/13 Salary
 $94.39 Avail. Starting  $747.71
 $5.35 PetsMart  $94.39 Avail. Starting
 $0.65 KTC  $747.71 Total Pay
 $23.01 Once Upon a Child  $842.10 Avail. For Bills
 $21.54 Michael’s
 $4.67 McDonald’s
 $31.40 Wal-Mart
 $86.62

We did spend WAY too much – but we did get some items required – Once Upon a Child was a new dress for Ashley to wear on her Birthday/Christmas, a very pretty Red/Burgundy Velvet dress with a black/silver cowl sweater, it’s soo pretty! I still need to get her some shoes to wear with it; and then Wal-Mart was a new toaster (ours died) and my very first Iron (for GS Patches) and then the Michael’s purchase is listed above.

 $842.10
 $289.00 Comfort Pro
 $553.10
 $70.00 Brigades Boys & Girls Club
 $483.10
 $200.00 Groceries
 $283.10
 $25.00 Dinner, 12/06
 $258.10
 $40.00 Gas
 $218.10
 $25.00 Cat & Dog Food
 $193.10
 $25.00 Jimmy’s Money
 $168.10
 $5.00 Tate & Kirlin, 12/10 Auto-Draft
 $163.10
 $100.00  CFPUA
 $63.10
 $20.00  Check Order
 $43.10  $43.10
7%  $3.02
 $3.02  $40.08

And with the lump sum cash withdrawal – I had to pay Brigades with cash as my checks haven’t arrived yet and I am OUT – so I just added that to the weekly cash withdrawal and used it…

 $842.10
 $289.00 Comfort Pro
 $553.10
 $400.00 Cash for the Week
 $153.10
 $5.00 Tate & Kirlin, 12/10 Auto-Draft
 $148.10
 $100.00 CFPUA
 $48.10
 $20.00 Check Order
 $28.10
 $3.02 Merrill Transfer
 $25.08

So next Weekend things will be slightly different as we have Ashley’s birthday party on Saturday night – we’re doing a sleepover so it shouldn’t be more than about $75.00 for Pizza/Drinks/Plates/Napkins and we have movies and such.  She wants to have a Brownie vs. a Cake so making a brownie will be easier, and if we get some ice cream we can make brownie sundae’s with the girls.

Then the following weekend we are MD Bound (hopefully) for Christmas! I am soo thrilled about that, but I cannot believe beyond anything that Christmas is that close! Seriously NEED to get some shopping done for the kids LOL!!

Alright I’ll stop rambling!  TTFN All!

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*whew* as I look over last week’s numbers I am very happy to know that the overdraft and subsequent fee didn’t impact us too terribly much, we stayed out of the checking account and thus were able to recover once we were paid on Friday the 22nd.  So yes I am very pleased about that…and now we’re looking toward fiscal planning for Christmas.  I booked our rental car on Friday afternoon, 12/22 – 12/28 for a Toyota Rav-4 or similar, that’ll cost us $328.68 – which in all honestly isn’t that terrible, and who knows maybe we’ll get a free upgrade 😉 Hey once can hope right?

XMAS Coin Jar

I did manage to forecast our budget out through our Christmas trip and I am somewhat ok with it – the kids sad to say have figured out that Santa doesn’t exist so they have scaled back their wish lists, also knowing that Grandma & Grandpa from my side have already purchased their gifts…they know that they’ll only be getting something from their Dad’s parents, my Uncle, their Aunt & Uncles and Mom and Dad.  So they’ve scaled them back which I am happy about…so now it’s a matter of budgeting/saving the funds to pay for those gifts/stocking stuffers – in the past we’ve forecasted how much every individuals’ gifts would cost and we budgeted a little each week to pay for them…as of right now I have just over $65.00 saved for Christmas gifts, so I am happy to say that’s 4 Gifts right there! Whoop Whoop!

Slumber Party

And somewhere in the mix we have a BDay Slumber Party for my daughter – we opted for this vs. a traditional party as it’ll be cheaper in the long run…I think we’re over doing it slightly…but it’s what happens when there’s a December birthday!

Alright, so this week I budgeted more for groceries because of Thanksgiving – we’re hosting (2) Baby Boots, aka Marines fresh out of Boot Camp who can’t go home for the holiday, so I purchased slightly more than usual to make sure we have enough to feed our special guests, so I tacked on an extra $50.00 to the grocery budget and surprisingly we were still under budget, I am VERY Happy about that

So here we go:

 $25.34 Remaining from W/E 09/08/13  $514.10 Lara W/E 11/17/13 Salary, Pay Date 11/22
 $30.76 Amt. Spent  $191.62 Jimmy W/E 11/17/13 Salary
 $(5.42) Avail. Starting  $705.72
 $16.86 Walgreen’s  $(5.42) Avail. Starting
 $1.77 PetsMart  $705.72 Total Pay
 $1.53 KTC  $700.30 Avail. For Bills
 $6.21 PCJ  $89.00 Void APM Int’l
 $4.39 Chick Fil-A  $789.30
 $30.76

You’ll notice APM Int’l coming back in from last week – we cancelled my son’s TKD Contract and November would have been the last draft, seems the Do Jang cancelled it early and it never drafted, so it went back into the budget – I sent them a request to stop the drafts and they did, so that got put back into the budget – also below you’ll see I purchased a pair of Athletic shoes – seems my at-home workouts were doing some damage to my ankles, so on Dr’s  orders I went out and bought a good pair of athletic shoes with ankle supports – after wearing them all day yesterday I can safely say I am very happy with them, money very well spent! Nothing like a $100 pair of shoes for $64.18!!

And with the kids being out of School on Wednesday and my hubby being off of work I opted not to have the kids go to the Brigades on Wednesday in an effort to save a little bit of money – and we saved $30.00 for the week on that one – so I put that money back into the Citi Payment!

 $789.30
 $40.00 Brigades Boys & Girls Club
 $749.30
 $250.00 Groceries
 $499.30
 $25.00 Jimmy’s Money
 $474.30
 $25.00 Dinner, 11/22
 $449.30
 $40.00 Gas
 $409.30
 $25.00 Cat & Dog Food
 $384.30
 $5.00 CCA, 11/25 Auto-Draft
 $379.30
 $200.00 Citi.
 $179.30
 $63.44 State Farm, 11/26 Auto-Draft
 $115.86
 $64.18  L-Athletic Shoes
 $51.68
 $16.00  AT&T Bal. Due
 $35.68  $35.68
7%  $2.50
 $2.50  $33.18

And with the lump sum cash withdrawal:

 $789.30
 $40.00 Brigades Boys & Girls Club
 $749.30
 $380.00 Cash for the Week
 $369.30
 $200.00 Citi
 $169.30
 $63.44 State Farm, 11/26 Auto-Draft
 $105.86
 $5.00 CCA, 11/25 Auto-Draft
 $100.86
 $64.18 L-Athletic Shoes
 $36.68
 $16.00 AT&T Bal. Due
 $20.68
 $2.50 Merrill Transfer
 $18.18

So there we are! I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll see you all around post-holiday!