June 2018 – Financial Update

Well… that month just flew by… And now it’s time for another update on my financial goals:

Goal #1 – Emergency Fund

Human Emergency Fund: $0

Pet Emergency Fund: $1570 (- $2720)

Big decrease in the pet emergency fund this month… Some of it was used to get a lump removed from Bentley’s paw, and regular pet expenses… But then a large portion of it was borrowed to fund other expenses, like upgrading some of my husband’s work equipment.  Those expenses I have put under our “planned spending” account that is labeled “husband’s education fund”… So they don’t fall in to our regular monthly expenses…  Continue reading

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May 2018 – Financial Update

I’m late again, but here’s the May update on my financial goals:

Goal #1 – Emergency Fund

Human Emergency Fund: $0

Pet Emergency Fund: $4290 (no change)

We didn’t increase or decrease either of the emergency funds in April, but the pooch has had some issues already this month, so my guess is that the pet emergency fund will have decreased when I do the next financial update in June. Continue reading

1000 items in 2018… May Update

One of my goals for this year is to get rid of 1000 items from our house. The last time I did an update on this goal, back in February, I had parted with 54 items. Since then I haven’t really been putting any effort in to removing things from our house… in fact, we have probably brought in more than 54 new items while preparing for the new arrival.

When I pulled out my record sheet to see where I was at, there did appear to be 1 more X on the sheet, so we were sitting at 55… so, sometime in February or March, I got rid of 1 thing…

In any case, after a few weeks of maternity leave, I started to have enough energy to tackle some projects around the house… which means I’ve started to go through things that have been down in the basement for months and months with our renovations. And things started to leave the house… it helped that my husband was also motivated to get things out of the house!

And then… Barb over at Decluttering the Stuff put out a challenge to get rid of 100 things before May 1st… I joined the challenge thinking it would be motivation to catch up on my decluttering… Continue reading

Baby has Arrived

Today is my due date.  The date that was “scheduled” for baby’s arrival.  We all know that babies are rarely born on their due date, and my little bundle of joy was no exception…

Although, I thought I read somewhere a statistic that first babies have a tendency to be late… And I was 2 weeks late when I was born… So, I sort of had in my mind that this little one would also make a late arrival.  Ha!

He came in to the world on what was supposed to be my last day at work.  I thought I was so ahead of the game, giving myself a week and a half between my last day of work and the expected due date to get everything for the nursery in order.  Nope, I hadn’t even finished passing off all my work yet!  No out-of-office replies had been done… We had luckily purchased the carseat the weekend before, so at least that was done…

Anyway, we are now on day 11 of his existence in this world, and we are slowly sorting out how things work… for now… I know as soon as I figure out this stage, we will be moving on to another… So I will try to keep up on my posting as good as I can, but I make no promises.

I also don’t want to post too much online of baby, but figure I’ll share a couple photos of him here as an introduction.

 

Road Trip Budget

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One of my financial goals for 2018 is to save for our planned California road trip in the fall.  When I posted the goal, I set myself a deadline of March to have a detailed estimate budget sorted out.  And, since March starts this week, I figured I should get this sorted out.

So… What’s the plan?  Well, we don’t really have a plan yet… But, the last time we did a road trip down to California, it was a bit of a rush because we tried to get it done in 7 days… there and back!  For this trip, we will be traveling with a 6 month old baby, and will traveling further in to California, and staying there for a few days for the wedding… So I decided to plan for a 14 day trip this time. Continue reading