We got all settled this past weekend, and it is glorious! Everything is unpacked, we have far more space then we’d anticipated and the kids are fully engaged in building a fort up in the trees and tending the animals. The twins’ 15 year old brother (they have additional siblings who were fostered and adopted elsewhere) came to spend our first couple of days with us and they had a blast!
Now it is Monday and I’ve been busy with work all morning. Tomorrow I head out of town again for work, so I wanted to get this post done and ready for Wednesday. Here’s what I’m thinking, a weekly recap of where my money (household operations account) is coming and going…
Here’s a small example of what I’m thinking, this is how my money has been spent since Moving Day, Friday, April 15th:
|Week of 4/15-4/18|
|Auto – Gas||-55||284|
|Food – Eating Out||-100||84|
I started with the balance in my household operation bank account on Moving Day and went from there.
You will see my gas was high for just covering a weekend, but I filled my car and History Buff’s car up on account of the multiple trips we both made for the move. (I typically fill his tank up once a month and he covers the rest.)
We ate out three times due to the move. And I received $150 in child support from the little ones’ dad.
I also transferred my first 30ish% in savings. I know there is A LOT of controversy about the percentage post; however, one thing is certain, I MUST save. This housing situation, as generous as it is, is only temporary, and getting to a good place savings wise is number one on my priority list right now. I will write a full post on how that is going to look for the time being, but right now, first thing I do when I receive money – 30ish% to savings. Balance as of today in what will be my primary savings account = $100.
Now what this doesn’t show is the $300 I spent on groceries when we moved in, I have been saving a little bit at a time for the past few months in anticipation of the day when 1) we moved and 2) we no longer received food stamps. The total in that savings account was just shy of $700 the day I went grocery shopping. So I anticipate being able to live off it until mid-May as far as groceries go. I am keeping it separate from my operational account so I don’t spend it, I just transfer it to the account at time of checkout.