My wife is an educator, so she’ll be headed back to the classroom in a few weeks. We have been so busy this summer – and our financial records reflect a slight lack of discipline. We haven’t overspent, but we haven’t saved us much as I would have liked, either. But, frankly, with all that we’ve had going on, I’m amazed that we’ve done as well as we have.
Now that summer is drawing to a close, we’ll have a chance to resume our normal schedule. I don’t know about you, but the recent spike in gasoline prices have made staying on budget more challenging than ever. Our gasoline category keeps increasing, month after month. And, using my grocery store price book, I’ve noticed that food prices have gone up, rather dramatically, over the last year. Our entertainment category keeps shrinking and is almost down to the levels we had it at when we were aggressively paying off debt.
Changing the subject, those of you visiting the site will notice (yet another) site redesign. I won’t go into the details of the changes, but I will say – I missed the RED! Hopefully, you’ll dig the new look and feel. I know I like it much more than the laid back green-and-brown.
I’m headed to the bank. I’ve been so busy the past two weeks, I haven’t had a chance to deposit my paycheck. It feels weird, even after years of living on a budget, to be free of the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle. I can remember the days of rushing to the back, worried that a check would bounce, knowing that every dollar I was about to deposit had already been spent. Man, I wouldn’t go back to those days for all the credit card reward points in the world. 🙂