Well, I am not only going to do Carla's low no spend challenge in February, I HAVE too. Ran my end of the month numbers and I was very good last month. Not perfect but I did get to pay off the fridge. The problem is February is a month with a lot of extra expenses. Both of our daughters will have major moves and want our help. By help I mean getting to their houses and helping them move. So that is extra gas. It is also my oldest daughter's B-day, grandson's B-day, Aunt's B-day, Valentines Day. I have to pay the accountant when the taxes are finished. Ascap fees are due, and I will need to pay the Roto rooter service for last month as the bill just came. I almost want to give up. Lest I forget my specialist's bill just came and I owe $236.00 of his $811.00 bill. Is it just me or do you think I am always paying medical bills?
In addition Hubbies boots were $292.00. I knew he needed new ones, but I was blown away by the price. He wears a 9.5 the most common size and has very narrow flat feet. Hence the need for a built up insole with a high top to prevent ankle turns in the woods. His last pair were $135.00 but we got them on a 1/2 price sale. That was 4 years ago. These were not on sale. But his old ones split across the sole bottom so it wasn't like we could wait. Now I am behind. Crap!
It is okay, just for today I am fine. I have a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes to wear, people who love me.
Out My Window: Sunny and warm today almost 50! If we are not careful we will have crocuses blooming by Valentines Day.
I still have a great deal of work in the shop and also all the sewing for the Celtic show. I will make it, it is just going to be tough. I also must realize that I save a great deal of money every month. Savings comes first right off the top. 10% off hubbies gross before we even see a check. I fully fund a IRA. I am also putting $500.00 a month in a studio savings. These things are not options. Everything else besides set bills is negotiable. I will just have to work smarter. I am also going to tell my housekeeper to just come every other week. I have no kids at home and this house is clean. Every two weeks for the dog and cat hair and the heavy bathroom work is enough. I must cut my coat to fit my cloth.
I have so many de-cluttering projects for the month. Can't wait to get started!
Have a good evening.