In many ways, October was a wonderful month. My sister Colleen got married, the weather was fabulous and the kids were so happy to celebrate Halloween. We really enjoyed all the special moments the month had to offer.
But, as far as our budget goes, October was a real roller coaster. Some unexpected expenses hit us, and we’ve been walking a financial tightrope ever since. We had a few several hundred dollar surprises, but perhaps the biggest blow came early in the month when the kids, in their enthusiasm for clean hands, cracked the bathroom sink with the glass soap dispenser.
In most households, the $12 glass soap dispenser would have broken upon impact…but, of course in a home where the budget really matters its the sink!
Now, $796.06 later, we have a new sink installed. It looks great, but I can think of at least 796 other ways I would have rather spent that hard-earned money.
So, with all the expenses October threw at us, we knew we’d have to tighten things up a bit in November. No restaurant meals. Eating through the pantry and freezer rather than grocery shopping. Trimming the holiday shopping list. For the first two days of the month, things were off to a great start…until Wednesday when Mack pushed over a floor lamp, crushing the shade, shattering the CFL bulb and loosening the spot where the bulb screws in. Time to get a new lamp, I guess. Argh…
Ever have a month when your finely tuned budget is smashed to smithereens and your perfectly made plans go down the drain??
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