It's THAT time of year, and we had our taxes prepared at our usual preparer's office, with the same person we've been seeing for... 10?... years. We always enjoy seeing her, and she likes us because we always have all the paperwork we need AND we pay quarterly so it's not a big bill. Our … Continue reading Tax Time!
If you know me at all personally, you know that I manage our budget and have quite a system for it. I use the You Need a Budget website: It has a monthly subscription fee but lets me manage my budget so, SO easily. I manually input everything, manually split out pay checks into categories, … Continue reading Let’s Talk Money and Managing Debt Repayment
On my previous post, you might have noticed that our grocery budget is RIDICULOUSLY small. Like, below the USDA Food Estimates by a lot. You can find them HERE. For clarity: On their cheapest plan, they expect us to spend $90 a week or $390 a month for both of us combined. But our budget … Continue reading Rice, Beans, and Paranoia
Since I'm losing my job on September 30th, my husband and I have cut back on our spending to fit within his budget. Yes, I TOTALLY get that we're privileged enough that we can get by on just his income. I've noticed that while there are a TON of how-to-cut-back-on-your-spending-you-heathen advice, not many people are … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Budgeting
I hadn't talked about this before, just thought about what would be appropriate to post. I was definitely down the week I discovered this and didn't want to say something stupid or too down. I'll be losing my job in September. It was limited term employment, but they were expecting to renew. Instead, office politics … Continue reading Losing My Job
My car has been violently starting lately... shaking and shuddering and sounding downright awful. It's especially bad since the cold weather started. So I finally brought it in to the shop, and my husband was wonderful and drove me to work Thursday and Friday. Turns out a gasket wasn't sealing, so it was tricking the … Continue reading My Car Has Been Violently Starting
My husband went down into the basement this last week for something or another, and I went down after him and immediately began coughing. Which, I might note, is not normal for my basement. A quick look around revealed water on the floor in one corner, a leaking water softener... and SO MANY things with … Continue reading Surprise Homeowner Costs