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Realization

May 9th, 2017 at 10:38 am


At the start of the year we were putting $80 per month into the 401K. We managed to survive money Armaggedon Q4 2016. Back in February we upped it to 10% + matched and are now putting in $730 per month.

That was a wise decision.

Updates

May 6th, 2017 at 09:32 am


School year 2017-2018 is as follows:

1) Lost one $3,500 scholarship for the high schooler (apparently having one child in parochial high schools is far less financially detrimental than having two parochial high schoolers)


2) Younger daughter is attending a public out of state college and was just notified our state has a reciprocity agreement and she is now considered in-state, shaving $6,000 off of her tuition. Happy dance

3) I am officially out of school. There was a changing of the guards (admin) at the seminary and several of my friends who lived in student housing were adversely impacted. Enough to make me wonder about corporate values trumping Christian values at a seminary.

General money minutia

1) Still tracking spending. Not spending much. What is spending is pretty much according to category caps. I'm done with couponing and am loyal to Aldi's.

2) Paid $4,000 to property taxes and $3,700 remaining tuition for May > this means money-budge lockdown.

3) Older three kids are earning money. Oldest child got a $5,000 settlement from the dog bite in January. She is still working as a nanny plus her income from modeling. Younger daughter is fairly busy with the babysitting and making about $15 an hour. Oldest son is working in lawn care is making $40-$50 a weekend. He has a PNC Virtual Wallet with a debit card and is fairly judicious in his spending.

4) Cleaning out and decluttering in general. Planning on a major move West three years earlier than originally planned.

Hope that everyone is enjoying a day of Spring with sunshine and flowers!