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Things that go bump in the budget

July 9th, 2006 at 07:35 pm

I will control my spending, I will control my spending, I will control...
Quick post - it's late, I have a sleepy fiance waiting for me. I spent yesterday and today helping him and his sister and her hubby clean his mom's house as she's in the hospital. I love her dearly, but it's an ongoing problem, and a costly one dealing w/ her and her husband. They are always one step away from losing their house, they have too many pets, and can't take care of things due to health problems. So we pick up the pieces as they let us. Which sometimes costs major money, and always costs some, as it's a 2hr trip, so tolls and gas, which ain't cheap. I know it's minor, but still can be a problem. Sigh. And this time, b/c of the stress, we treated ourselves to dinner after cleaning yesterday. Awesome dinner, but very trendy place, so very trendy prices. LOL. So worth it, but sucks when you're trying to control the spending. This is why I try to keep my monthly spending plan lower than my income, so I have a cushion for things like this. And as my grandfather liked to say "we plan, and G-d laughs". Have a good week.


PS - thanks for all the comments. I am not from England, though I have family there. My name is Marianne, and I got sick of the 'mare' jokes, so started spelling my nickname differently in college.

2 Responses to “Things that go bump in the budget”

  1. baselle Says:

    Well, you've already talked about some of your triggers for your spending - family, traveling, and stress. Now the approach will be to satisfy your triggers more cheaply. The trendy restaurant, for instance. Got a restaurant that's a bit cheaper but will still ease your stress? Good luck!

  2. boomeyers Says:

    My sister is Mary Lynn and the kids dubbed her Auntie Mar (mare). She loves it!

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