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The Day After

December 26th, 2017 at 05:43 am

Whew! What a day it was! I got up at 6 to go over to my son's house. The kids opened a mountain of gifts. There were a few meltdowns, especially when GS1's "fitbit" (not the real thing) wouldn't work properly. He was mainly overexcited and overwhelmed. They would do well to downsize Christmas, I think, but they are very influenced by other relatives and they are caught in a keeping up with the Joneses kind of thing.

After the gift opening we had homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Then I took some time to shower and clean up, and we went to my nephew's house for Christmas dinner. We spent the rest of the day there.

For my part, I got a real fitbit from my kids, some other fitness-related gifts like a water bottle and a foam roller, some pictures, ornaments, and more hand cream! (Guess I've complained about rough hands.) I never asked for the fitbit, but I'm delighted. It will really help me tackle my creeping weight gain, which I hope to eliminate this year.

I always enjoy Christmas, and I always enjoy seeing it come to an end and getting back to normal!

Planning to go to the gym this morning, but the car is covered with snow and the temperature is really low. It might be really hard to clean off the car. But I guess I have to do it sometime.

I'm looking forward to pay day tomorrow and a fresh start for the new year.

Because I won't be spending anything today, I did my December recap, and here it is:

Gifts/Charity: $1669 (this includes $1080 for college funds, earned in snowflakes)
Housing: $695
Medical/Health: $345
Utilities: $262 (Comcast bill came twice)
Fees/Services: $214 (wheel tax, I-Pass, Amazon Prime)
Vacation/Travel: $190
Groceries: $132
Entertainment: $107 (includes $95 for Art Institute membership)
Phone: $52
Eating Out: $44
Vet/Pet Supplies: $42
Gas: $25
Personal: $18
Car Repair/Maintenance: $14
Furnishings/Equipment/Decor: $11
Laundry: $9
Household Supplies: $6
Fares/Parking: $1

Grand Total: $3847

Now -- December begone!

6 Responses to “The Day After”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Merry Day After! I’m with you; it’s a joy but a relief when it’s over.

    I’d love to get out of the house and take a walk but we’re in the minuses here, so it will have to wait a day or two.

  2. snafu Says:

    Yahoo, terrific figures for high cost December! How does it compare with 12/16? The investment figures for the year end it or repeatedly using skin lotion should likewise be pleasing. I like my FitBit, it reports online if you include it's program. I too live in a freezing zone, which is very hard on our skin and lines. I'd added the habit of applying lotion to face, hands and even heels, several time a day along with increasing liquid consumption. These tiny pampers add to enjoyment and possibly keeps medical issues at bay.

  3. snafu Says:

    sorry 'puter is being cranky, dropping phrases and jumbling thoughts I wanted to express

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Last December's total spending was $5382, and gift spending was $1976. So I did better. More changes in store next year!

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Welcome to the fitbit world! Smile

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Not having a fitbit, I look forward to reading about your progress with it.

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