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Mid Month Spending

February 17th, 2018 at 03:44 pm

With all of my standard bills paid already for the month of February, I am left with $141.75 for the rest of the month to stay below my goal of $1000 spending for the month. I have one more doctor's appointment this month so that will be a $10 co-pay, and dinner plans next Saturday, but it's just at a local pub so that will be minimal spending. I have a full tank of gas, and the fridge and pantry are pretty well stocked so other then some minimal grocery shopping I shouldn't have much other spending. I have a Wal-Mart gift card I can use for food if necessary.

Things at work are still difficult. But, I am determined to go in and try my best to enjoy my day, and my work with students, and try and ignore the politics and sniping. I'm too close to retirement to leave, and would never be able to find another job with my salary and benefits at my age, so I'll stick it out and focus on the positive!

I have decided to forgo a big vacation this year, I just don't want to spend the money, and honestly I'm just looking forward to relaxing and having a staycation this summer. My ex-husband and I travelled extensively when we were married, and I just don't have the travel bug anymore. I'm glad to have travelled as much as I did when I was young, and was able to walk endlessly, and explore, and didn't mind roughing it a little. I do like to take some local weekend trips, but I don't like flying anymore so I'm content with that.

It's snowing here on the east coast, but I don't expect more then a few inches, and it's supposed to warm up again tomorrow so any accumulation will melt pretty quickly.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

5 Responses to “Mid Month Spending”

  1. snafu Says:

    Glad you're feeling well, recovered from pneumonia. Are you, your colleagues and students, well protected at your college? I'm so sad

  2. Wink Says:

    Snafu: I'm sad too. We just had an active shooter drill at my college last week. We've been trained on run, hide, fight. I don't think it's anything you can ever be fully protected from.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I spent the last years of my employment in much the same mode -- trying to ignore politics, do my job, focus on the mission, and put in my time until retirement.

    I regret that I did not travel when I was young. Now I am acutely aware of everything I haven't seen, and I don't have the money or the health to do anything about it.

    I don't like to fly any more either!

  4. snafu Says:

    I wanted to mention how impressed I am that you are following your plan to operate on $ 1 K each month in spite of challenges life throws around. Off topic, but it really worries me that our university has taken no action to re arrange classrooms to provide 'someplace to hide', where possible. They could line up file cabinets at the back, have a protocol of tipping desks when in perceived danger, who to call to tell where you are hiding and more.

    I too passed on holiday. Air travel has become unpleasant, hostile and chaotic with check-in, boarding kiosks, luggage checking all downloaded to unprepared passengers. Getting through security, to departure gate [which then abruptly changes] is chaotic. Seats are getting more uncomfortable while prices continue to increase to increase profit percentage. We're still paying a fuel surcharge when fuel costs have dropped significantly. I can't say anything nice about how stressed people act in the compressed square footage of an airplane!
    ...just venting

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Sadly politics and sniping seem to be a big hurdle in so many educational institutions. It was in my district. Good attitude of trying to get along to get along so you can weather it until you retire.

    DH and I didn't have the money to travel a lot when we were younger. We have the money now, but prefer day trips or little jaunts for a 2-3 days. And flying doesn't look like a pleasure. Maybe instead of a big vacation, you could take a day here and there just to do something different.

    I'm impressed with your $1000 budget a month. Good job!

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