have you seen the show "till debt do we part" For the most part I really dig the show, I enjoy seeing people regain control of their lives (I can relate) by making painful changes (Im trying to relate).The little part of me that loathes the damn show wants to know how in the hell people feel so poor at 80k a year, (yes, that is envy typing so furiously) enter clarity...in a not so distant past that was us. We lived ungratefully..declaring to the universe its not enough. constantly living beyond our means. We had adequate means and some how we always needed more. One career change later and we are learning the basics of life. I go back to an earlier post and say again its never about the money. Goal for this week is to put 50 in savings. Its summertime friends and adjuncts skip a few weeks in pay. the tcat's motto; what doesnt kill you makes you pissed.
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In my last post we celebrated a meager success in savings. In this post I get to describe our meager loss of savings (you're welcome). We had a surprise trip to the vet for the discounted price of $99 and a tire replacement of $140. We are in between spring and summer classes which means the additional teaching income wont be back until the end of june. We have $100 to last us until the 30th. The lesson we are learning is tough. Im not sure how to make such a small sum of money last, we are used to credit cards to pull us through but we eliminated those. Life 2. Tcats 1. we get one point for having money in savings to cover the vet. Life gave us a suckerpunch. its rude like that.
we still have our $50 in savings bringing our grand total to $70. Right on for us! Ive got to be honest and say that right now that might as well be $1000. it just feels so solid to have something put away. Im going to find a way to stick $30 more to make it a hundred. In other news...lastest pet scan came with a $400 dollar deductible. In other other news....I have actually planned our meals through friday so we have no reason to eat out. Lets check the score Tcat-2 Life-1. this round goes to us.
spent our first day cash only and we ran through $80 in two hours but I have a much needed new bathroom door and a pretty good lunch (with leftovers) to show for it. Normally, I wait until the end of the month to be all confused at the whereabouts of our money today I got to see how far it doesnt go and that means we have some hard choices. We cant afford to be dropping $20 bucks on lunch and we usually do that twice on the weekends. Seeing how fast it goes as it happens really makes an impact so much so that I decided to tally up our last 3 months of eating out. Drum roll please........$2100. its not a typo. Brutal truth #2 We could have paid off our car with that money. we have nothing to show for what we spent. Oh...sanity where for art thou. we wont be doing that this month.