I started working on this post yesterday but never got to finish it. My thoughts are with the people in Boston - the innocent victims of hate. This tragedy seems so senseless, and my heart aches for all of them. But I'm so grateful for all the volunteers who were brave and willing to help without hesitation. These amazing men and women were ready to help others even in the face of danger. May God bless and comfort all the victims and their families!
Whoever stole our spring, give it back!!! It's been so cold and dark in the last few days. We got hit by another winter storm, and it's been snowing a lot in the last two days. I feel like a snail hiding in my shell right now. I have no desire to clean, or cook, or work. I didn't even create a menu for this week. I think we will eat what we have, and I'll make some easy comfort food like soups and salads.
On the other hand, we have some updates on our financial goals. My husband received another bonus. He gets bonuses quarterly, and we never know how big it's going to be. Usually it's somewhere between $500 and $2500. This time he had good three months, and his bonus was $1900. Because most of our tax return will go towards the necessities, we decided to put most this of bonus (minus tithing) towards our savings goals. If you look on the right side where the progress bars are, I (finally!) updated all of them. The numbers include all of the savings from the 1st of January until now.
Because our vacation fund is almost full, we also looked at booking a trip to Bear Lake in August. The water should be the warmest then, and we hope to score some delicious raspberries too. It will cost about $300-350 for 1 bed 1 bath condo for 2 nights (which is usually plenty for us because kids refuse to sleep in a new place :). Our vacation fund usually includes gas and the food we will buy too.
Another vacation we plan to take some time in summer is a 2-day getaway to Las Vegas (for just the two of us). We should have enough money left for it because we are not going to gamble. We actually want to go visit a few of our friends who live in the suburbs of Vegas some of which we haven't seen in almost ten years. We are excited to have a little time for ourselves but we are yet to plan the details of this trip.
I'm so grateful for so many blessings in our lives, and that we are able to work on our financial goals. And I'm grateful for my amazing husband who works really hard to provide for us. We don't have much but we have plenty enough.
We also added another $300 for car repair fund (I don't have a progress bar for it) because we will need some oil changes and transmission fluid flushes on both of the cars pretty soon. And then we'll keep fingers crossed that nothing else will go wrong with the cars for a while.
And that's where we are. I will not include the bonus money into our planned financial goals for this month (or it would be too easy, right :). I don't have a good update on it yet but the plan was to make $300, and I'm right on track. And how are you doing on your financial goals? Are you planning any vacations/staycations this year?
PS- and I know, some of you asked about my progress bars. The tutorial is coming, I promise :)