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Update and Good News!

June 15th, 2015 at 09:25 am

I haven't updated since Thursday, when I was planning to go out for dinner. Well, I did! I spent $43 on a not-so-great meal (but it WAS a good time with friends) and also $2 on parking. Evidently I drank way too much, because driving home (50-minute drive) I thought I would POP! I expected to find a place to stop on the way, but my navigator was taking me through sketchy-looking areas where I didn't want to stop. Finally, when I got into the city limits of my own suburb, I stopped at a Steak N Shake. Really uncomfortable experience. (Yeah, I know, I'll blog about ANYTHING!)

Friday was the day I spent escorting the Trustee wives around. Although the day was cold and rainy, it was a pleasant time. The ladies were very nice and game for anything. We visited the lapidary art museum, and also got a special tour of the College's art collection. I got a free breakfast AND lunch, both very good.

On Saturday I babysat all day. I took the boys to the Little League game, and afterwards we got ice cream from the ice cream truck. ($8) The little one just about ruined his pants with all the melted tie-dye colors, but they washed out pretty well! For dinner I picked up a pizza ($14).

Sunday was devoted to grocery shopping, cooking and laundry. I spent $55 at the grocery, which included $9 spent for Father's Day cards. My ten items were:
K-cups, dry milk, flour, eggs, frozen yogurt, Italian beef, chicken breasts, mini sweet peppers, carrots, and salad-in-a-bag. Thank goodness the K-cup expense is almost over. My K-cupping will end with my employment!

I also went to PetSmart and spent $19 on kitty litter and cat food. I got a $3 coupon which I activated by filling out an online survey. I'm always happy to find ANY way to save on pet supplies.

Today was pay day and I got an awesome surprise this morning when I looked up my bank account. I had an extra $4K! That is how much my unused vacation/sick time added up to. I'm amazed! I didn't think it would be any where near that much! I also got a $50 rebate for transit.

Therefore, my month of no income will be no problem at all. I will be able to cashflow it without coming anywhere near my savings.

My variable spending is at 65%, halfway into the month. Still ahead of what it should be, but I don't think this will be a typical month post-retirement.

I spent an hour on the phone this morning trying to get it established with my Medicare Advantage plan that I HAVE been covered for six years and should not have to pay a late enrollment fee. Sigh. I hope it was corrected.

Planned meals this week:

French dip sandwiches
Chicken piccata
Salad
Crudites w/dip; cheese & crackers

Plus these meals still available in the freezer:

Chicken veggie soup
Chicken pot pie

And these, which are almost always generally available:

Omelet
Grilled Cheese
Cheese Quesadillas

8 Responses to “Update and Good News!”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Your driving with bladder about to burst story was pretty funny. I had a funny conversation in France with my daughter about the advantages of using a decent bathroom when there is one. That 4K was a wonderful surprise!

  2. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    Hi CB! Do you want to try to get together next week if you are not too busy? My kids are helping out at our church's summer camp and I have much more freedom. This week I am driving between camps (basketball and soccer 1/2 days) plus watching my niece and nephew for some of that. Let me know! Smile

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Wow, great news on the 4K!

  4. scottish girl Says:

    I would stop too! Fantastic news about the 4k Smile

  5. Petunia 100 Says:

    When is your last day?

  6. CB in the City Says:

    June 30.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What a nice boost to the bank account! Smile

  8. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Yay for the extra $4k!!!

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