This morning, while going through my household budget spreadsheet, I realized 4 things:
1. Grocery spending
is within budget consistently and is no longer an issue with me. I am
very pleased about this because this was a tough one to nail. Emotional eater over here!
2. We have knocked our restaurant habit on the head. No restaurant visits in October at all and no desire to visit in November. Money saved! Result!
3. Gasoline expenses consistently come in under budget.
4. Household general expenses
are the next category that I must conquer. Even though I no longer
spend for the sake of it and haven't for years, this category gets away
from me. I have decided to allocate $100 a week budget to begin with to
rein in expenses and this will encompass all Target visits, trips to
the movies, miscellaneous expenses .... everything. The spouse and I
don't have any real vices any more LOL but we do love to go to one of
our local movie theaters on the weekend. We can easily drop $40 there
each time we go too. So, must pay close attention to this category now.
I have discovered about myself, it takes me much longer than anyone
else I know to come around and change a bad habit into a good one. But,
as I've also discovered, if I just stick with it and accept that some
weeks are better than others, I can over time make a huge difference in
the way I view my actions. I begin to see that I am making the
changes I need to make to improve my life. Over time, my new behaviors
become my new normal. And then, for example, I see that I am staying
within our grocery budget and staying out of restaurants. Patience, my
I'm sitting among the ruins of my house this morning (just kidding! Well ... almost) and waiting for the arrival of a professional plumber. As stated previously, we have 2 non functional bathrooms. They look pretty, mind you, as far as the paint and the new tile go but we just can't use them. Ridiculous. The spouse has already given a cursory look into the inner workings of the plumbing valves that were used in the project and has decided that they may be defective. In any case, he didn't want the workers touching the bathrooms anymore and so fired them before they could, once again, be caught standing in our new tub and shower with their filthy street shoes on.
Every single day, since the workers arrived here to begin our bathroom renovations, I have had to conduct a house cleaning session after they leave. I have never met such messy workers before. Most professionals have the good sense to cover everything with plastic or to wear those paper shoe protectors when inside a customer's house but not these guys. Everything they have touched has been friggin' well trashed. I am happy that the natural light in the bathrooms doesn't hit directly on the new tub (in one room) and the new shower pan (in the other) because the scuffs, scrapes, gouges and scratches would be more than evident. Thank goodness for small first world mercies.
I hired the next door neighbor's handy man to finish up the painting and he is here today, whistling at the top of the stairs. He has 2 bathrooms and a hallway to finish up. Should be done by this afternoon. The plumber said he would be here this morning but it is almost noon so I guess it is more of same.
At the weekend, I gave the garage another cleaning. Got rid of stuff to Goodwill and some more items on Craigslist for $$$. By this time, you may be thinking that I shouldn't have any more stuff to get rid of and that is almost ~ almost ~ the case. The spouse went through his shelving again and got rid of anything he doesn't use or need. We filled a trash can. Then, we dragged every single thing out of the garage and cleaned through with a hose, broom, dustpan and brush. Pretty much everything we took back inside consists of stuff we use on a consistent basis. There are a couple of large items that I have advertised on Craigslist ~ just waiting on a buyer ~ but everything else is stuff we need. Camping stuff, home repair stuff, paints ..... the usual. The garage is now 95% clear of hoard.