Category: Financial planning

Coming in late on this

we were away for the weekend. Way to go !

This must be exciting for you ! I’m sure if you get your emergency fund built up you’ll be okay if something comes up after you quit work. Things have a way of working themselves out it seems so I’m sure you’ll be fine.

I am excited right now because we came home with $160 of the money I had budgeted for our weekend trip to VA. We only ended eating 2 meals on Friday because we couldn’t check in our hotel room until 3 and until we got settled and went for dinner it was 4:30 so we had a combined meal. The kids had snacks on the way so they were fine and we had a late (10:30) breakfast.

Also we ordered pizza in for Saturday evening which was only $20 for all 8 of us ( My Mom and brother were along too). I had taken drinks and chips along so that rounded out our meal. Also coming home we didn’t stop for lunch because we were back before 2 and decided to just wait. We had all had a big cooked breakfast anyway. We took all our snacks and drinks along so NO 70 cents sodas at the machine at the hotel. We collected some shells along the bay and the hotel had a pool so that was pretty much the entertainment for the weekend. It took less gas than I thought and I had some in case money in another envelope and we didn’t use any of that.

Yippee !

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Now onward toward my semi-frugal planning for our week coming up at the shore. I admit I’m not as frugal on vacation as normal. It’s sort of our time of the year to let go a little. There were several B1G1F coupons for stuff in our Entertainment book and I have gotten sets of them from 2 other friends. The condo we are staying in has a full kitchen so we will probably only eat out a couple of times. I HAVE to have Boardwalk fries and ice cream (LOL) and we are going to do an amusement park one day. Of course we are going to gather more shells. There is a shell wreath on the cover of Family Circle that we are going to make with our gatherings. They basically just took a straw wreath and covered it in muslin and glued shells all around it.

Well back to my list making. I sure don’t want to have to run out and buy something at the shore that I forgot to pack! LOL

DH and I are debating

DH and i are debating what to do in 2 years when our son is out of his catholic elementary school – High school cost more for one child than it does for 3 to go to the elementary school – i went to and survived public school just fine – DH went to public HS after catholic elementary and i think he suddenly had all this freedom and went a bit wild- but he was easily influenced – trying to be cool and i was very shy had my 5 close friends

and was scared to death of doing something wrong LOL!! but its not the same as it was 18 years ago – but i figure by the time he is 15 he will hopefully know what we expect of him – have his morals set and be able to avoid situations he knows are wrong – at least more so than a first grader would be able to do

i think his personality is more like mine than dh, so i think he would be fine in our public school ( which is a good school district in general ) but dh is worried becasue of how he acted ..

anyway i think you really have to look at each child differently – i think my 12 yo would do fine in the public schools my 9 yo going on 35 yo dd makes me a bit worried – only time will tell i guess –