And so it starts…Our New August Budget.

So far so good.

We had to pick up my son from camp this morning.  We made a big breakfast at home, and threw together some snacks and drinks for the trip before we left.  It’s only a 3 hour trip total, but in the past we’ve always stopped for lunch.  Not today.  We picked up my son and came straight home.  Well, not straight home.

I had to pick up some fresh flowers and a few ingredients to make a friend (who just had surgery) several meals.  I paid cash.  I’m not putting that into the food category for this month, that goes under gifts.

I figure I saved about $15.00 by preparing ahead of time for the trip and eating at home.  A good start to my August ‘plan’.

Once home, I cooked up some chicken soup, chicken cutlets, mac and cheese and a tray of brownies.  I’m glad I was able to do this for my friend.  I need to create a new budget for things like this.  I’d like to do more of it.

Anyhoo….

I’m still working on the rest of my budget.  My daughter leaves for college in less than 3 weeks, and we have to get her stuff together.  I know we have to purchase a printer, but I’m not sure what else she needs.  My son has his senior pictures this week, but I will only have to pay for a sitting fee right now.  Other school expenses are not too far behind though…senior dues, graduation fees, SAT/ACT re-takes, college applications, etc.  Most of this will come in September/October.  Then there is the senior ‘ad’ for the yearbook, his actually senior pics, etc.  I have a handle on what to expect because I just did it last year with my daughter.

I’m not even going to think about the expenses in 2015….but with another grandchild on the way, a wedding, and a graduation, I will have my hands full.  My cup runneth over….or more accurately, my wallet becometh empty….

:)

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Our summers are *always* crazy expensive, so I save for them year round…. then when money starts to come out of our nose, at least I “saw it coming”.. hahaha!! ;) My “budget” for July & August are pretty much non-existent.. I am however going to *try* to come up with some sort of a budget for the rest of August as i’d like our slush fund to be sitting at a minimum of $3K by months end… so need to use some restraint at least! lol!!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Wow, Sharon! Lots of stuff going on! I have missed you & I am so glad that you are doing well. Keep on trucking! All fun stuff going on but expensive stuff. I have missed the blogging world & my bloggie besties ;)

    ~ jpkittie

    • Yes, so.much.stuff. Makes me dizzy sometimes! But all good, so I’m not complaining! I hope you start blogging again! I would love to catch up with you!

  3. Good work! And oh all those senior year expenses look so familiar! 2015 will be expensive for you, but what fun expenses!

  4. I hear you about the 2015 expenses. In 2011 we had a wedding for our daughter, college for our son and bought a $5000 used van for me. We were able to pay cash for it all, but our emergency fund sure took a big hit. Will be interested to follow along how things go for you. Good luck!

    • Hi Chris!
      Sounds like a similar year, although I’m still paying off my car …..Our emergency fund took a hit last year when we made home improvements. I’m glad we did, because we won’t be doing anything for another 5 years!

  5. It’s nice that you are making your friend some meals. I try to do that when I have a friend who is down for whatever reason.

    It is good to have your cup runneth over.

    • I really enjoy it, and I know I would appreciate someone cooking for me if I were having a hard time, or was sick. I would like to do more of it in the future. It’s such a nice and appreciated gesture.

  6. Sounds like you got a good start there!! :)

  7. You have a crazy year again! My August is off to a good start. So far, I’ve spent nothing & I’m going to get a $500 refund for a camp (by reading the fine print- discovered it was included as part of soccer enrollment, but they charged me anyway). Yeehaw. I did pay $150 unexpectedly for a passport + new photos. Oh, good times, especially since I really don’t want to go on this work trip. But, oh well.

    • I know, right? Great job on discovering the overcharge. That annoys me that they charged you. Was it an oversight or did they hope you wouldn’t discovery it. I get that feeling all the time when I have to call my cell phone carrier when they overcharge me for things…
      We need passports this year, as there may be an exciting trip in our future…hopefully!

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