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Roommates are moving out…


Our roommates (my brother and his wife) have been working on purchasing a short sale house for the last few months. If you’ve ever purchased a short sale, you know the only thing ‘short’ about them is the name. They take FOREVER to buy.

*For those who don’t know, ‘a short sale is a sale of real estate in which the sale proceeds fall short of the balance owed on the property’s loan’ (thanks wikipedia)*

My husband and I purchased our home almost four years ago as a short sale and understand the headache the process can be.

Tonight, the bank accepted my brother’s offer in conjunction with the original owner’s contribution to the property loan shortage. We are happy for them as this is a new and exciting step in their lives…


Goodbye rent money.

My husband is ready to have a roommate free house and in reality, it couldn’t come at a better time since we both received raises, but I’m having a hard time letting go of the security blanket.

My husband convinced me that, for at least a little while, we need ‘us’ time.

When are they officially moving out? Somewhere between 14 and 120 days. Gotta love the solid answers from banks.

This party funded by the State of California…


My husband wanted to throw a party at our house to celebrate the fourth of July. We can see two fireworks shows from our backyard and we’ve enjoyed watching them from our home for the last three years.

Problem? I was so anxious to pay down the truck, I didn’t leave any money in our account. Yes, we received two extra paychecks in July but… I but somehow I forgot to budget silly, unimportant things like food and gasoline from those checks.

I was starting to panic until I opened the mail to find a check from the State of California. It has been so long since I submitted my claim to the California unclaimed property division that I completely forgot about it.

I ran to the bank, cashed the check, set aside money for groceries and gasoline, and gave $60 to my husband for Sunday’s event.

I’m not sure how he pulled it off, but he kept his food and bbq supply bill under $60 – which leads me to believe that given a goal, my husband can do pretty much anything.

How was your fourth? Did you stay safe? Did you stay away from ATM machines and credit cards?