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.


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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  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

  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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