Pin It Are you ready for fall? I honestly have some very mixed feelings. I'm definitely ready for all the heat to go. This was one of the hottest summers I've seen and our electricity bill is a proof of it. But we'll miss summer fun and I'm not sure if I'm ready to have a kindergartener here :( He starts school next Tuesday...Aaaaa!!! It's exciting and scary at the same time!
We also made a decision about Florida. And...I'm not going :( It wasn't an easy decision. But we just can't justify this expense. We would have to take money out of our EF and it's not worth it. Which brings me to the next topic- Carla's September Savings Challenge. Our financial situation in August wasn't very easy. Hubby still didn't get reimbursed for gas and a cell phone (his work pays for it) and I only got a few assignments on my part-time job. To be honest, I'm getting disappointed with this job. I only made about $100 this month. I mean, it's a hundred bucks we didn't have before but I still expected more assignments. I only worked one week out of the whole month. Hopefully, it will pick up soon. Most of the problems are temporal. But it reminded me again that we need to live within our means. And I kind of failed again in August.
So I decided to join dear Carla this September with her Savings Challenge.
These are my rules:
1. Spend no more than $250 for groceries. This is not going to be very easy. Our fridge is pretty much bare. In the past two weeks we only bought a loaf of bread. Nothing else! So there is a big shopping trip coming this weekend. But our garden is producing nicely right now (mostly tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini. Or and kale, of course :)). Our usual grocery budget is $280, so we will put aside $30 from it.
2. Spend no more than $50 eating out (and use coupons and deals). The Kid turns 6 in September and we will have a little party with friends at home that weekend and then he asked to go to his favorite restaurant on the actual day. I think he's a little too young for choosing restaurants but we will combine his Birthday and beginning of the Kindergarten :)
3. Spend no more than $65 for Kid's Birthday party (not counting the restaurant). I already bought lots of things and spend about half of this budget but I really want to try not to spend too much. And it's so easy to get carried away...
4. Save everything I make on the side.
5. Count every penny.
I'm still working on our savings goals and post them on Saturday, September 1st.
Do you have any goals for the upcoming month?