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Preparation is Key


If the last couple of weeks have taught me anything, it’s that preparation is key.

  1. Having the frozen meals on hand has been a life saver as I have been busy with my mom and grandmother.
  2. Having a shared schedule kept us all aware of who was where and needed to be where and when.
  3. Notifying people (ie clients) of life events going on, gave me a little breathing space as far as response times.

All in all, we made it through the last couple of weeks without any emotional meltdowns, financial crashes or disasters (other than me forgetting to pay the utility bill.)

We are not done yet. My grandmother’s recovery has been much slower then expected and with my mother back in Texas now, I have picked up where she left off. I am spending most days with my grandmother to make sure she takes her medicine, eats a well balanced meal and changes clothes.

It is definitely a labor of love, and makes me all that much more grateful for a job that I can literally do from anywhere and anytime. But we are back to preparing and adjusting what we need to in order to make this work for me and the kids and my grandmother.

I foresee more frozen meals on the horizon! (But I know it’s just temporary, and I’m okay with that.)

Princess Senior Year Tuition

On the financial front, I received notice of Princess’ tuition for next year…well, at least the maximum I will have to pay. They will award merit scholarships at the end of the school year so we may get another $1000 off. But as of now, the tuition for Princess’ senior year will be $4,000.

It’s nice to have this number for planning purposes, and I’m hopeful her grades will earn a merit scholarship as well. For now, I’m going to stick to the $6,000 budget for her senior year…tuition and senior year expenses.  That will give $2,000-3,000 toward extra expenses.




  • Reply Joe |

    For the last few weeks I’ve not been able to access older posts by clicking on Page 2,3 or the next arrow, it just brings me back to the first page. Anyone else having this problem?

  • Reply Denise |

    You mention having $2-$3k extra for expenses. I assume the range is based on rather or not she receives the scholarship? I highly suggest if your daughter gets the scholarship you use that extra $1k and put it towards your debt (or EF or retirement) and not give your daughter even more free money. Quite frankly, $2k is even excessive, even for senior year.

    • Reply Hope |

      It’s not about giving her “free money’ but frankly, I am not sure what additional costs come with senior year. I know we will have to pay some costs for graduation supplies, college applications and so forth. So want to make sure I’m prepared for those and not scrambling.

    • Reply jj |

      Did you put your kids through private school, maybe you can point out some of the costs and show Hope if this is an excessive amount? Otherwise, better she at least tries to keep a number around saved up for Princess’ expenses.

      If she gets the scholarship, that still doesn’t guarantee her extra costs will be significantly lowered. and the scholarship will take $$ away from tuition. this extra amt is outside of tuition!

So, what do you think ?