I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend, mine has started out wonderfully because I am off today! I woke up extremely motivated and have already cleaned the master bath, done 2 loads of laundry, made breakfast, and tidied up my closet.
Which reminds me of something I wanted to ask. Have you, do you take clothes to consignment stores? With David being in the military, we move every 3 years and clutter is never a problem because when we move, if we don't NEED it, I toss it. I generally take everything to Goodwill, or local organizations. I don't' consider this a loss because I know I am helping others, but I am wondering if I should try a consignment store for some of our nicer clothes? I have several ball gowns from past years that I'll never wear again, and such. So, what do you think?
I also wanted to share my totals from my first week really trying to stay on budget.
- Grocery/HBA: $50
- Automotive: $40 (Gas, $10 to Auto Maint. Savings Acct.) This is much lower the normal, but David's truck was full starting out, so this was mainly for my car and some extra for him.
- Entertainment/Misc: ($50, $20 for gift, $15 for David's hair cut)=$85
- Grocery/HBA: $57
- Automotive: $45 (Both vehicles are still half full, so next weeks budget can be smaller!)
- Entertainment/Misc: $135, (GASP! I know, but we have gone over it and found where the money went, and how to correct the problem. David stops by the gas stations every morning and buys an energy drink and snacks. Now, we'll factor drinks and snacks into the Grocery budget, hopefully solving this problem!)
So total overage was $62. I'm ok with that. However, it does mean that if I'm $62 over every week this month, that's almost $250 that could go somewhere more productive. BUT this was the first week, and we'll be able to fine tune it and rework it more. Hopefully by January 1st, we'll have a solid budget to use. I'll post in the morning with my budget for next week.
I also wanted to add that budgeting weekly is REALLY helping us. If you're having trouble sticking to one, you might want to try it.
Take care, and y'all have a great weekend!