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The Uncertainty makes Planning Hard

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Planning has been hard during this “shelter in place” time period. The kids spring break plans were all cancelled. School activities cancelled or pushed back for an indefinite amount time period. Clients are backing off and revamping their strategies. And now summer is up in the air as well…

  1. Will Princess be able to get her Drivers License?
  2. Will Gymnast be able to get his Drivers Permit?
  3. Will the kids get to visit their Grandparents?
  4. Will Princess’ dad be able to bring her the car he has promised her for her birthday?
  5. Will Sea Cadet be able to work at the summer camp this summer?
  6. Will Princess be able to take college classes this summer?
  7. Will History Buff and Sea Cadet be able to see their girlfriends (both who live in Virginia?)

And the list goes on and on. What about you? Do you have plans that are completely messed up now and you are not sure what will happen? Do you have kids that are driving you bonkers with their questions and desires that you cannot answer…

The road ahead is foggy and uncertain, but I am determined to make the best of it!

May will be a Full Month

Needless to say, for this goal oriented, planning mama, this is a struggle. So I am focusing on being more conscious and planning with the things I do have control of. For instance, I have control of my schedule, lots of free time and what I spend the money coming in on. With that being said, I am preparing for May now.

  • Princess will turn 16.
  • School will end for both Gymnast and Princess.
  • Work is picking up again, but still leaving me with lots of free time.
  • I/we need a new side hustle that does not cost a great deal of money and can help keep Princess and Gymnast occupied. (I’m hoping Princess will be able to get a job, but the chances are iffy in the current environment.)

Financial Challenge for May

Here’s what I’ve come up with…

  1. May will be a no spend month – no eating out/picking up food from drive throughs, and I will meal plan for the month in advance so hope to cut grocery’s down to the very minimum.
  2. I am preparing for Princess’ birthday this month. Still brainstorming ways to make the day actually special. But I’ve already ordered a few small gifts since her “big gift” will be driving related in some sense.
  3. We will start a creative side hustle of re-purposing old doors, windows and furniture. To prepare for this, I am getting things together this month:
    • I’ve been picking up odds and ends off FB Marketplace for less than $5 and our house is full of true antiques passed down by family that need to be refinished.
    • Picking up “ooops” payment from Home Depot (History Buff works there so he checks every day for paint mess ups that cost $0.50-$2 per quart.)
    • Reviewing repurposed ideas on the internet to be inspired and see if there are items we need. Thankfully, the twins have a good assortment of tools so we are mostly set. I did order a set of saw horses – $40 – to be delivered in early May.

While May is going to be full of events, we are going into it with a No Spend Month plan. If we focus on the trial and creative aspect of our new side hustle, perhaps we can spend the next months monetizing it. Are you interested in a two prong challenge for May…No Spend and Create New Opportunities!

 


5 Comments

  • Reply Cheryl |

    I truly believe things won’t be anywhere back to normal till at least fall.

    • Reply Cwaltz |

      I think absent a vaccine or therapy that there is a very real possibility in fall that things won’t be normal. All of us will be thinking about the second wave Fauci warned us about. We may very well be reopened by then but places like my county who built a giant swim pool indoors for revenue from swim meets may not see that revenue materialize because we’ll largely be sticking close to home.

  • Reply Kerry |

    Exactly. They can reopen, they can even force people to go back to work, but they cannot force people to leave their home or spend one unnecessary cent on leisure or convenience to make it worthwhile to remain open.

  • Reply SMS |

    If I recall correctly, the governor of Georgia wants to reopen the state to some extent. That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Dr Fauci has been clear that he thinks it’s way too early for any reopening, given that the virus is still spreading, there is no antibody test etc.

    Perhaps Gymnast can get his permit electronically and same for college classes. And you – unemployment benefits?

    We are all in the same boat here. We all have to adjust.

    • Reply Hope |

      Yes, waiting to see what happens the driving options as the governor of GA did announced opening the state in stages.
      No unemployment benefits at this point. The stimulus $ got us through a low month and now work is picking back up. Work is steady now, so don’t anticipate needing unemployment.

So, what do you think ?