...In writing. In blogging....That's what happened to me a few days ago. I honestly started writing three posts and never finished them. I would stare blank at the screen lost in words. Or lost in all of my words...
I guess, part of it was that I didn't want to deal with goals and financial challenges. I didn't want to access our financial situation right now. Last week was VERY expensive for us. Mostly, because we got a dog. The puppy himself was only $180 (well, not only. But it's a STEAL for a shih tzu. Most shih tzu puppies go for $450-600 here). But after we bought all the big and small stuff we needed for him, we spent more than $400. Everyone told me that having a dog is expensive but I didn't expect to spend that much money in one short week. And we are yet to take him to the vet and get his shots :(...Sigh...But I'm still in love with him. He's the cuddliest, cutest and funniest dog I've ever seen. We just need to learn how to adjust our budget and savings to include the new "baby's" expenses. It was a bit of a hick up (or more, punch below the belt) but we survived. Don't tell me, you warned me :)
Another big thing we tried this week is to do a once-a-month shopping trip. Last weekend we went and spent $233 out of our grocery budget ( which is set at $300/month right now). I made sort of a monthly menu and we have plenty of food right now but I DON'T KNOW HOW SOME OF YOU DO IT?? It's scary to think that we only have $67 left in our grocery budget for the rest of the month. I surely don't like this feeling. I wanted to give it a try but I doubt I'll do it again :) Mainly, because when we got home I realized that we forgot to buy this, and that, and that...I know it might take practice (or a bigger budget) but I think I'll stick to my weekly shopping trips from now on ...But we'll see how bad the damage will be at the end of the month.
The third is medical. First, I still don't know what's wrong with me. I went to the doctor, and I have all the symptoms of low thyroid but my tests came back negative. I will need to come back in a couple of months but until then I'm hanging in here :( I was debating if I should get a second opinion but I'm just not sure if we can afford another unplanned doctor's visit right now. The problem is that I STILL haven't received the bills from my trip to the hospital in JANUARY!! We have some money set aside but I constantly wonder if it's going to be enough or not, if the bills will break our bank, what is the allowed amount on procedures etc. etc. etc. We actually got a note from our insurance company informing us that they are still waiting for some extra info from the hospital but that's it :( I don't like medical bills (who does??) but I like even less when you can't even pay them for almost six months!
So yeah, here's where we are...I took a long break but now I'm ready to face it, do the math and then some more math, and get back on track with our finances. We will try to spend as little as possible this month. Good thing that I have plenty of supplies to finish a lot of projects that I already started here without spending a lot of money :)
I'm back :)