Every Tuesday, we’ll report exactly how much our families have in their checking accounts -- and what they’re planning to do with it.
My bills are paid for the first half of the month and my Christmas shopping is basically done. I ‘m looking forward to going to base to get a free Christmas tree. In the past I have spent about $80 on a tree, so I consider this a saving. Also typically I would wait for my favorite store to offer their ‘Buy 2 get 2’ Christmas candles. I’d keep 2 or 3 and give the others as a gift. This would cost me about $50! This year, I decided that it was not worth it at all. I did buy candles at the commissary for $7, and am proud of myself for making this decision. It is a small change, but all changes make a difference in the long run.
I'm a little concerned. I still have holiday shopping I want to do and I'll need to put gas in the car. And yet, I also know that there's money still yet to come in. I'm feeling confident that it will all work out, and I'm being conservative and careful in my approach. It's only the 8th of the month, there's still time, and I already know all the bills are taken care of, but I also know I need to stretch what I do have as far as possible. I'm looking forward to January. Having received my official acceptance letter from school over the weekend, at least I know that financial aide will be available to help support me and my kids soon - it's just getting from here to there now.
Zak goes shopping on a weekly basis for himself, while I've been wearing the same 7 shirts and 2 jeans I borrowed money to buy in August. How much more can a person really take? I feel inadequate in every aspect of my life. Seriously, I'm tired.