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October 21st, 2016 at 05:16 am

Well, I'm proficient in living paycheck-to-check. Today was payday and we cruised in with $4.xx in the checking account and $6.75 cash. Wa-hoo.

I still haven't touched the EF. It is indeed scant and meager, but it's still there, albeit on life support.

The spending is allotted down to the dollar. I'm doing fairly well keeping a cap on things by shopping every four days. I don't know why that appears to be the magic number in what I'm able to effectively manage. The cupboards don't seem to be as bare this way and there is at least always fresh fruit/veggies. Even if its only bananas and carrots.

The rental property reno is progressing as planned. We have been able to save some money here and there by doing things ourselves (like the painting/and we have recruited the inlaws for rolling). Tomorrow my stepdad is installing the new bathroom flooring and helping out with some other odds and ends. The crack in the foundation has been repaired. We have sealcoating of the driveway this week as well as the tub reglazing. I was able to push back the installation of the new front and back doors to 11/19 which given my budget a bit of breathing room, though I am hoping to factor in the cost of those from the funds we have. We're keeping the cost of trash down by using the dumpsters at my biological father's nearest apartment buildings.

Still tracking every red cent. Still humming "Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming" to myself. I think that I will really like 1/1 when we roll into the new year with funds from the 12/30 paycheck to start afresh.

I've started a list of things that we need. And my crockpot died yesterday. That is a very sad thing since most of the warm meals my family eats come from the crockpot. My birthday is 11/15 so I think I'm just going to ask my mom to buy me one now as an early gift.

Well, that's it. Update: still alive, still spending, still in process of rental property reno, still have EF.

4 Responses to “Update”

  1. snafu Says:

    If a new crockpot purchase is being planned, I mention a head's up as the newest models have recalls for starting fires. Suggest verifying recall brands/models. Sorry, on the news and I wasn't paying attention. I notice local GW has a large number of newer looking CPs likely a result of Marie Condo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up newer book

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, Snafu! I didn't know about the recalls. Good to know. Glad my Crockpots are all older.

    Hang in there...sounds like you are still swimming! Glad you are still getting some fresh foods.

  3. Carol Says:

    You are doing great. Keep swimming but pat yourself on the back, too!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Wow! You are doing great! I got a great crockpot at a garage sale last year. I wish it was an extra; I'd bring it to you! But I got rid of my older one. Frown

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