Sunday, February 24, 2008

Back!

It's been a rough couple of weeks. A co-worker died three weeks ago very suddenly, and it's been crazy hectic at work. I'm the dept chair, so a lot of that stuff fell on me to figure out (how we're going to get through the semester, etc).

Anyway - during that time, our refund from the state was deposited. While we didn't go wild, we did spend way too much of it on eating out and other stuff. I finally sat down today to get going on the updates in Quicken and found that we are able to refund the BEF, but after all is said and done, we have about $300 left. Dh wants it to sit until the end of the payday month (the 20th) and then if there's anything left, send it to the dryer.

I'm okay with that, because...we are officially on budget! It's been on paper for months but we struggle with actually following it. Now, I have cash out for groceries. We are keeping the gas money in the checking account because it's really a pain to not use the debit card at the gas station. But everything else is paid, and that's where we're at.

I'm proud of us for not using the cc while this was all going on, and I'm relieved to have the BEF back to $1000. I'm annoyed that we didn't have a plan - we both know better. But...we survived.

I've also learned that I need to continue to check in MUCH more often to make sure I stay on track. Makes it much easier.

I'll be jumping around later to say hi to everyone - and wonder of wonders...we're expecting another 8" of SNOW tomorrow! Just in time for me to drive home from work!

3 comments:

Wendy said...

Ahhh, so THAT'S where you've been. I was wondering what happened to you!

I know -- more snow! Twice - if I heard it correctly. Monday and then another band on Thursday. Aren't we just lucky folks or what??!

Glad to hear everything is getting back on track. We've been having a weird couple of weeks (actually MONTHS who am I kidding!) sicknesses, snow days, vets, low paychecks etc. I'll be glad when everything becomes back to normal.
Whatever normal is!

I haven't filed our taxes yet. I keep putting it off -- I don't know why. Probably because it's all going to one of the last credit cards. Untriumphantly, because it barely puts a dent into it. I might have cared more if I could say it killed off another card.

I noticed through this all that I made LESS this year than last year -- and I turned off my 401k mid year. So much for the raise! That didn't do me a whole lotta good, I guess.... oh and neither did the vacation pay I got either -- it just made up for sick days.

I can't wait to get out of debt -- how about you??

Financially Broke said...

I am so sorry to hear about the stress that you have been under. But I am happy to see that even through it you didnt use the credit cards. You will get there!!!

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