Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Where Did Our Money Go?

It seems our spending goes in spurts. We can go for a long time just buying the necessities but then the dam breaks and we spend like crazy. This happened in the last few weeks.
  • It started with just a new battery for our electric lawn mower, then some new batteries for our smoke alarm.
  • Then we had to buy flowers for our yard to get them planted before Memorial Day.
  • I ordered a father’s day gift for Gerard from our pets the same day we went to OfficeMax to get a big poster of Abby since they had them on sale. It turned out great and is even bigger than our cat enlargement posters but they were out of the glossy paper so we got it laminated which brought the cost up to around $40--we skipped the frame.
  • We decided to get the DVR feature from DirectTV for our basement TV too which involved paying for new equipment and the installation. At least the customer service representative gave us a $100 discount on the equipment! It is about 10 degrees cooler in the basement so for the summer, it will be nice to be able to watch taped shows down there.
  • Then, of course, there was the Memorial Day Sale at JC Penney which Gerard went to for some new shorts. Unfortunately, I went along and he also found ties on sale. Some were 50% off, others were “buy one, get another at 50% off.” He got two, a red one with hearts on it that he chose and a plain white one that I chose. That “sale” trip cost us $87!
  • Then the sudden death of the father of one of our church families tugged at my heart strings to contribute to the love offering for the wife left with four children and no job.
  • Tuesday night while printing my newsletters, the printer ran out of ink so I had to make a special trip to OfficeMax for more ink. Each color is $14 and I bought four.
  • It being the end of the month, I had to refill my Femara prescription for $350.
  • Oh, and I finally gave in and bought new computer speakers?
Coming Soon:
We didn’t even call the plumber yet for our kitchen sink. It drains, but very slowly so the last three months Gerard has been washing our dishes in the basement. I think it’s time to get the kitchen drains fixed. Then, over the holiday weekend, our bathroom light switch doesn’t stay off so we had to tape it. It’s also time for Abby (our dog) to have a spa day again and get a bath and haircut.

What are you spending money on lately?  

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6 comments:

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Oh, first let me say I love your blog...incorporating your love for Jesus and life..and just keeping it real :) :) I was actually referred to your blog by Sara/Mountain Woman :) :) I love her blog and she referred me to yours...I love your blog too :) :)

Okay, what am I spending my money on? Not much these days. I was layed off from my job in February....but when I do spend money on non-necessities, it's usually coffee. Once in awhile I do go for a little fast food..but not often...I probably shouldn't be spending money on either of those things..but I need some fun :) :)
My money spending goes in spurts too. I should try and keep a record of exactly where everything goes. It would be interesting to see what happens.
Anyway, thanks for letting me post to your blog. It's fun to read :) :) Greetings from Oregon,
Heather H :)

Sandee said...

Right now it's vehicle tags and insurance. That time of year. There's always boat stuff too. Some months are just better than others.

Have a terrific day. :)

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Heather's Blog-o-rama: Mountain Woman is a very good blogging buddy of mine. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come again! We don't drink coffee but do order pizza every weekend. That's our fast food.

Sandee: We have two cars so get hit with the car insurance and plates too, but at least we don't have the boat expense.

BeadedTail said...

It does seem that spending tends to happen in spurts and of course anything computer or house related tends to cost more than usual. I've been buying plants for the yard too but they're periennials so that helps since we don't have to buy them every year!

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

Boy, that is sure the story of our lives lately! My son and I got "free" Droid phones because they were having a Mother's Day special. By the time we got through with the activation fees, insurance, and first month's billing, it put a big hole in $400 bucks! That left me short for the payday and then it seemed like every other expense in the world came up and we are about $500 in the hole and payday is still a week away. Oh well, it's only money....

Rebecca Mecomber said...

Hmmm... well, I spent $200 on a new dishwasher... $200 for a new sink... about $600 on wood and supplies for framing the walls! And.... $150 for electrical supplies... $600 for plumbing supplies... :(

I did buy an iPod. :D I love that.

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