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Finding Balance and Planning

June 30th, 2015 at 08:29 am

For once it *feels* and *looks* like we are proactive versus reactive to our money situations. We've got the goal of the family vacation in December and are funding that with snowflakes. We managed to fund younger daughter's ipad with point redemption from three different credit cards (and one blood donation visit Smile ).

I've added more funding than usual for July because of the wedding and having family in town. I am also going to try to cut down on the trips to the grocery store (this is difficult since we're still very heavily into making smoothies and eating salads and we tend to go through these things very quickly). I'm also going through baking staples at a much quicker rate since I'm baking at least every other day. Our chicken and fish consumption is up, red meat consumption down (though my boys do love their burgers and hot dogs).

I made an appointment for DH's car to go into the shop for a going over and getting quotes on fixing brakes. This is his 1973 Corvette that lives in the garage and doesn't see much light of day - the cost is $76 for a diagnostic (he has $130 cash of his own stash from Father's Day and check from second job with my father). So we can plan accordingly to take care of what needs to be fixed mechanically.

And I'm feeling a bit lighter about skipping the class. At first I wasn't sure - but it required so much work outside of class (which I am fine with) but not in the summer when the kids are around. It was so nice to be able to go and play tennis with the boys for an hour yesterday.

Tomorrow we're heading to the Japanese garden in Rockford. A bit of day trip (90 minute drive north west of Chicago). My daughter will get to practice on driving on the highway. We're packing a picnic and I have snacks for the ride. Should be a lot of fun. Thursday we are back downtown in Chicago on business with our older daughter.

6 Responses to “Finding Balance and Planning”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I didn't know there was a Japanese garden in Rockford! I have some shirt-tail relations there (actually cousins of my ex, but we're still friends). I'll have to put that on my list of things to do!

  2. laura/wife of the deacon Says:

    It's called Andersons Japanese Gardens and the web site has such beautiful pictures. My older daughter loves to be on the other side of the camera, too, and is planning on taking some pictures. A fellow student in seminary, from Rockford, said it is the only thing worth seeing in the area. We are all looking forward to it!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Enjoy the gardens! My artist daughter loves going to gardens to take pictures too. Smile

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I love going to Japanese, etc. type gardens! Have fun!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Enjoy the Japanese gardens. I didn't know they were in Rockford either.

  6. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Have fun! Sounds like a lovely July.

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