Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Confession Time

Last week, I was bad. Really, really bad. Like in the 'money will always come in so who cares what we spend it on' kind of bad.

I didn't cook one meal at home last week. We went to a casino. We pampered ourselves with a mani & pedi for hubby, and a half leg wax & pedi for me. I bought undergarments from the Gap. We bought a new GPS to replace the one that got stolen. We went for ice cream with the kids, just because. I bought Ice Caps for the grown ups and smoothies for the kiddies one day. To the tune of $15.00!!

My bank account is crying from all the bleeding it's been doing.

But now it's over. We're back to our normal, frugal-ish ways. Last week, I was fortunate to have next to no work to do, so I spent time with my family. And we spent money. Lots of it.

This week is going to be about getting things semi-organized and prepared for submitting my income tax. I have to work a couple of days this week also. Then there is the yard sale to prepare for. My office area is in need of a good cleaning, to get all the piles of papers filed where they belong.

I don't regret spending on any particular item that I did (well, maybe the casino). I have my excuses explanations for each one. But you don't want to hear any of it, do you?

Yes, I spent a lot of money, but during the same week I put over $8000 into various planned spending and long-term savings pots, as well as almost $7000 paid toward various debts. I didn't spend anywhere near as much on frivolous things as I put toward our goals.

I'm putting my nose to the grindstone again. $709 to go on the Emergency Fund and $3500 for the lawyer retainer. I will do this.


  1. Wow, how were you able to save so much??

  2. Oh my dear do not fret, Gail always says so what if you slip up? You pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on and try and right your wrongs. I have made numerous mistakes lately too and I think you are not alone in this dept. It's what you do after that counts, but thanks for the confession! It sounds like you are still doing amazingly well anyway so I would not worry about it...

  3. I think we all have our moments. ;)

    Your savings are amazing though!! I thought last month you were scraping by? Im so glad things are looking up for you! :) You have to share your secrets of saving!! lol! I'm trying soo hard to build up our savings account with our drop in income, but it's tough!

  4. No secret to our savings, those are roughly annual amounts! I get paid once per year for my big contract, so I have to set aside huge amounts when the money is avaiable. It's kinda like getting your gross annual pay in one big lump sum. Nice to see big numbers, but it takes some discipline to budget for.