I don't know how it happened but we are officially in the last month of the summer. Which also means that there are only three weeks left until my oldest is back to school (yeah, I might be quietly wiping some tears here...). He's been such a huge help with his younger brother, especially when I wasn't feeling like moving - other than to go hug the toilet... His brother will really miss their play time together.
My little one will be starting a local free online preschool program. We actually enrolled him in an actual preschool but had some issues with the schedule. The lady that teaches it has been doing it for more than 20 years and was absolutely amazing with the Kid but we just couldn't work out the schedule that would satisfy all of us, for a few reasons. The online program is pretty cool too but it lacks the social factor, so it's a bit of a bummer. But at least we will save $65 a month (that will undoubtedly go towards an enormous amount of diapers that we'll need...).
And surprisingly, we are pretty much ready for school shopping-wise. The Kid still needs a new backpack, some socks and a winter coat but other than that we are done and done!! It feels nice that I don't have to fight the crowds for the phantom deals. Probably, 75% of his new season clothes came either from thrift stores or were hand-me-downs, and I'm fine with that. I don't see the point of spending a ton of money on nice pieces at the regular store when I can get the same quality for a fracture of a price, especially because he'll outgrow most of it in six months or less anyway. We do always buy new shoes, socks and undies. And a few splurges that he really wants here and there but rarely.
So August will be all about staying within a budget and the pregnancy/babies for us. Twin pregnancy is very unpredictable but, I hope, we won''t accumulate any extra doctor's bills and such. We will also go on a mini-vacation to our favorite Bear Lake mid-month with Hubby's family, and I'm really looking forward to it. It's the only vacation we are going to have as a family this year, and the kids are super-excited about it!
My FIL again is paying for most of it, so we should have just small expenses (like my favorite Cherry Chocolate shake that I've been craving for weeks now... yum!! Or the famous Bear Lake raspberries...). So our goal in August is to stay within a budget or come in under. I will be/am working on my decluttering goal too and I hope to sell a few things this month. Our goal in July was to sell some things too. We didn't sell as many as I hoped for but we made an extra $50 that we are putting towards the babies' expenses. I hope to add as much to it this month too.
But, mostly, I'm just hoping for a quiet and uneventful month... And what are your plans and frugal goals for August?