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December 31, 2011

Things I can live without:

  • pedicures (I run too much anyway for them to last)
  • meat
  • fancy cable (as long as I have E! I’m good)
  • my data plan for my phone
  • new clothes for myself
  • 3G for the ipad
  • dining out
  • expensive teacher gifts (Alabama, because clearly the state doesn’t have any other problems, passed an ethics law which forbade parents and students from giving their teachers expensive gifts, which saved me from looking like a broke ass next to the parent that always gives teachers a $100 gift card)

Things I could not live without:

  • Joyce. God bless her. She comes every two weeks to do a good scrubbing on the house and she didn’t come for my 6 week fast and we missed her. I simply could never get caught up.
  • New clothes for the kids. It got cold, James got bored at school and cut up a few shirts (yep, while sitting in class he cut a few quarter sized holes in a couple of shirts we had a talk that went like this. Me: “If you put so much as a pin hole in anything I will take every dollar out of your piggy bank and make you buy yourself replacements!” James: “But you bought it on sale!” Me: “THAT’S NOT THE POINT.”
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables. Or as we’re going to refer to it around here as fre$h fruit$ and veggie$ because when you’re on a budget DAMN that shit is expensive. And there are never any coupons.
  • Haircuts for the boys. I’m growing mine out but the home haircut look is not one I want my kids to have, so happy hour half haircuts at Spoiled Rockin’ Kids is where we’ll be every three months. Thank goodness I like the shaggy look on my boys.

It wasn’t as bad as I’d feared. And now that the new year is upon us, it’s back to the budget. We veered off course a little with Christmas expenses, but we used cash for most of the kids’ presents, used coupons for the stuff for the Seraaj foster kids (and it’s a tax deduction) and stuck to our guns. The only reason the boys got their much wished for 3DS thingies is because Best Buy had a “buy one get a $50 gift card” so I did two online transactions (naturally) so they got their 3DS and a game for each for the price of two 3DSes, or however you’d make that plural.

Our money related 2012 resolutions include keeping weekly expenses down, paying off credit cards, shopping locally as much as we can (suck it Connor’s, we’re going to 1892 East!) and learning to live on less. This may be the year that we finally are free of our Michigan mortgage (it’s being listed as we speak!!) and when that happens, I’m going to throw a party and get drunk. It will be a celebration unmatched.

Happy New Year, everyone!!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2011 10:52 pm

    Um, I’m new here, and I am SO EXCITED about reading this.

    We’re in the same boat in my house – New Year’s Eve has brought us a broken car! yay! – and I’m just now looking into the world of couponing. I buy little for myself, but I can’t help but spoil my boys rotten.

    Anyway, that was long and rambling and I’m sorry. NICE TO MEET YOU!

  2. Stacey permalink
    January 1, 2012 12:32 am

    So proud of you T!!

    We love 1892 East…and cheap cable…and minimal pedicures…and well, home haircuts. Just can’t stomach the thought of dishing out money for someone to buzz little boy noggins.

    Hope the Michigan house sells…and I hope you are writing off your trips up there on that passive income source!

    Happy 2012!

  3. January 1, 2012 8:53 pm

    Happy New Year!

  4. January 19, 2012 1:26 am

    That’s it? You’re done … no more?

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