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.
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….