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Jan Budget, Other $ News, etc

February 2nd, 2017 at 07:28 pm

I decided to try using Snip to copy my budget this month. It'll be much easier o read I think. Smile

Of note:

Groceries - we spent $85 less than budgeted! We're keeping our budget at $300, but only topping it off to $300 and not building from month to month.

Extra income -
$207 from CC rewards
$100 from ReceiptPal (instant!)
$10 from Bing
$50 Swagbucks
$10 from Pact
$25 from Perk
$45 interest
$21 profit StepBet
$.25 IQ
$.60 Mobi
???

Tithe/Giving - I forgot to do this in December. So two months worth. DH doesn't believe in it, but agreed he'd be ok with me continuing. Recently he's been making some noise about him getting an equal amount in spending money. I've told him sure - but he's going to have to figure out how to make that work in our budget! Probably nothing will come of it.

I am so close to having enough for a new computer and new phone! If I can just by them along for a few more months ....

Vacation - We are planning an April roadtrip to CA. Somewhere in the realm of 8 - 10 days. Some of our expenses will likely be reimbursed - we'll be visiting my Aunt/grandma/brother. Still, we're trying to save a good amount towards it. DH doesn't have paid vacation, so we have to save a weeks pay plus expenses.

Car Insurance - In January I had both of ours together, but have separated them starting in Feb. It'll mae it easier to know how much we hvae.








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In other news - You may remember the dog we took care of this past summer? How we bought $150 worth of medicine for its skin allergy? The owner told DH he would reimburse us. That was in June??

Since then we'd not heard one word from them. Wed written the money off as a loss.

DH got a text from the wife yesterday asking about it. DH replied and confirmed that they still owed us tat money.

Today,DH got a voicemail from the owner. It sounds like they plan on paying us the money! I wonder what prompted this? Maybe they realized that we're unlikely to be willing to house sit/ take care of their animals. Only time will tell I guess.

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DH right now is driving back from Kansas where he picked up a box of 176 magazines for $50. He's going to sort them into sets ad photograph them, and then I'll list them on eBay.

National Lampoon, Metal (music) and Cream (music) are some of the titles.

He says he's found some single titles go for $20 on eBay. Which is great and all ... but if they don't get listed, then that's $50 +gas wasted. Sigh. We'll see I guess.

7 Responses to “Jan Budget, Other $ News, etc”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    Hope they pay you back.

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That would be great if they pay you back! Maybe listen to DH's point about the tithe and see if there is something that he can be given - what about some money each month towards electronic items for him? Or an item of his that may need replacing (like another car that won't cost so much in repairs?) - however if he has wasted gas on his Kansas trip that can be classed as fun money also.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Maybe they got their tax refund so they want to come clean with their debt. I hope those magazine sell. It's too bad he can't find more deals locally rather than driving such distances!

  4. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Me too SG.

    VS - We both get spending money each month. I think too much really ...
    The boat and tv categories are his thing. The debt stuff too. He also has money for
    A replacement car. Once we've got the student loan paid off, then I'd be ok with it. Although we have a lot of other areas that money could go.

    CCF - That's kind of what I was thinking too.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    How wonderful if they reimburse you. Hope so!

    Hope those magazines are big sellers!

  6. kashi Says:

    I hope my YNAB looks as great as yours someday!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Me too Rob. Especially since our outlay is up to $150 including gas and shipping supplies.

    Thanks Kashi. Smile It definitely helps having two incomes. Although a second person also means there's more places for the money to go....

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