I realize I’ve been extremely lazy about the blog; I haven’t posted anything in over a week! Yikes! It’s a combination of laziness, busy-ness, and the fact that, financially speaking, there isn’t too much going on right now.
Now that the weather is getting nicer, the construction business is in full swing. That means I’m super busy at work. Honestly, I’m thankful for it; I was starting to get really bored, and having a lot of trouble focusing and staying on task. Now I’ve got too much on my plate for that. I’ve been working slightly longer days while I try to get things going again.
The boyfriend is having a fish fry this weekend with all of his friends, so I’m trying to help him with getting things ready. We spent a lot of time last weekend planting flowers and getting the patio ready for warmer weather. We’ve also spent as much time as possible outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and relaxing in the evenings. Unfortunately, it’s still raining a lot. The rest of this week will probably be spent cleaning the apartment. I’m hoping to get around to making some cookies on Friday or Saturday; It’s been forever since I’ve baked cookies, and it’s one thing I’m actually kind of good at!
Financially things are pretty much on auto-pilot right now. I did have a spendy weekend, with Mother’s Day and my younger sister’s birthday. I sent $45 on books for my Mom and sister. Then, our family has a Mother’s Day tradition, where all of the women go out to a later lunch/early dinner. The last 5+ years we’ve been going to this great little steakhouse. When I was a kid, the rule was always that you had to be a mother in order to go, and you had to purchase your mother’s meal. They changed the rules when my older sister and I were in our early 20’s, because my Mom and Aunt decided they’d never get a free meal on Mother’s Day if they had to wait for their daughters to become mothers. So, now the rule is that you have to be a female relative, over the age of 18, and you have to buy your mother’s meal.
The bill gets a little confusing within my “immediate family”. The last few years, my younger sister has been bringing my oldest nephew’s grandmother (I know, confusing), since her family really doesn’t do anything for her for Mother’s Day. Of course, my younger sister is always broke, so my older sister and I usually split her bill, and my Mom chips in money for my nephew’s grandma. My older sister buys mom’s lunch, in place of a gift. To try to make things easier, my sister and I just put all 5 of our tabs together. The bill came out to $300 (including tip), which we split 50/50 on our cards, and then my sister gave me $50 cash.
So, in one day I spent around $145. Ouch! Of course, I’d planned for it, so it wasn’t a big deal. The last few months I’ve been putting aside whatever is “left over” from my weekly spending money. If I just leave it with the rest of the spending money, I inevitably end up wasting it away, just because it’s there. If I put it aside, I can save the little bits up to buy something big, or for weeks where I need to spend a little more. So far, it’s working out really well. Going into the weekend I had around $250 set aside, which I used $100 of towards the weekend. I think I’m going to keep setting aside any extra so I can buy new clothes in a few months.
Hopefully I’ll be able to carve out some time soon to get into a better posting schedule. Until then, I’ll be enjoying the warmer weather and busier days!
– Cindy W.