Friday update

Well the tax man cometh! Today was the day our taxes came out, kinda a bummer. But we had the money from the stock sale. A glorious day out and I can’t walk because my low back L1 is out. I have a bulging disc there and every once in a while it goes. It is sore and inflamed. So no walking for at least 3-4 days. Here I was walking every day. Oh well;(

We decided not to pay off the Prius and hang on to the money and make extra payments. That feels good. We’ve met our April savings and beyond. We just need to get sinking funds going. We don’t have a lot left over in each check so we need to be careful…

Dinner is chicken fajhitas , and tofu fajhitas .

April savings update

Well, we did it , of course it was my husbands bonus that did it.
$1000 in sinking funds to cover, car tags, birthday, Costco membership and AAA membership. That leaves some left over even.
$1000 zero balance in checking.
Husband used $500 to by a tablet and a music amplifier. 
So, that was his bonus, and we reached our April goals.
I’m also adding $5 dollar bills to the $5 challenge, and I’m current on the 52 week savings plan.
So all in all I’m very happy.

Sunday night chit chat with Carla and what’s coming up this week!

Ok, your turn!

Reading? Well, I just finished Nature Noir, about a state ranger right here in the auburn ,ca area where we live. It was interesting, not great.
Then also just finished ” raining cat sitters and dogs” , this a really cute mystery series that takes place in Florida. Good characters.
Watching?well, I’m hoping to finish Downton Abbey tonight. So far it’s great but sad.
Listening to? A wood wick candle burning, they crackle.
Cooking/baking? Tonight is Greek pasta salad and grilled chicken.
Happy you accomplished this week?Alot,  worked 3 days, of course I only work 4 hours each shift. Saw my oncologist, cooked every night. Kept the house up and walked 3 times.
Looking forward to next week? Just same old same old, but I’m always grateful for another day.
Thankful for today? Just everything!!!!!!!
*Bonus Question* What is your regular day to day “outfit”?
Usually jeans and a t shirt with a shirt over.

This week not much is going on, I still need to do the menu for the week. I’d like to move over 75 to our Christmas fund , keep looking at budget stuff,as usual.
Hubby is working out of town Wednesday-Friday.
I think that’s it .

April fools

April is a new month, and I’m looking forward to getting my food budget more in line. Plus, we’ll be paying off the Prius with the stock money, so were going to have that monthly payment go into sinking funds. I think for us always have the big expenses not saved for hits us hard, so I’m determined to change that this year. We did get hit with owing taxes which was kinda a shock, but well be ready next year. Plus with 2 adult children still living with us it seems hard to get ahead.

So, I think my savings challenge is going to be put at least $500 in sinking funds,
*pay both car tags $180
*put birthday money for my daughter aside $200
*put Costco membership money aside $50
*put AAA membership aside $150

So that’s almost a $1000 extra.
My husband should get his quarterly bonus this week and that might be close.
He is going to take $400 and buy a zoom, which is primarily for work but he deserves it . He works pretty hard.
So that should do it.

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Sunday night chit chat

  • Reading: notorious Nineteen by evanovich. So funny! Trying to read Vince Flynns  
  • Watching: I’ll be watching Castle in a little while.
  • Listening to:nothing but my son is listening to Irish music.
  • Baking/Cooking:let’s see, we had southern fried tofu, a tiny ham, macaroni salad, beans, and I did make a cheese cake.
  • Happy you accomplished this week:paid some big bills, our property tax!
  • Looking forward to next week:pay week!
  • Thankful for today: just to feel good! 
  • Bonus Question: Do you wear slippers around the house?actually I always wear a slip on shoe, I can’t go barefoot at all anymore, so I always have some sort of shoe on.
  • Thanks to. Carla’s 1/2 dozen daily!