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Sorry -- gotta whine --

April 2nd, 2007 at 11:16 pm

Spending last month was $3200 on the nose. Quite a bit more than February ($2380). $909 went to home improvement, as I barrel toward putting my house on the market. My realtor tells me I must be ready by May or plan to sit a while.

I also spent $233 on the vet, and $139 for vacation and travel. I spent $109 on gifts. Other than that, my spending was pretty low. For instance, I spent a record low $50 on groceries! That was due to a free gift card and a $10 off coupon at Aldi's. That low grocery bill did NOT make my eating out higher! I only spent $28 eating out. So I'm doing very well in that department. And I had fifteen no-spend days!

Oh, if only I didn't have to spend so much on the house! Today the guy from Carpetland came to measure the space that has to be recarpeted. He convinced me that I should not do just part of the bedroom, or it would look bad; I should do the whole thing to make it look right. He offered to use the good part of the carpet to redo the hall, so that will save me some. It's a small room, only 10 x 10, but it will not be cheap. And it was just done in 2004! Never say pets are not expensive!

I also need to get a new medicine cabinet. The one I have is handmade and an unusual shape, but it does not have proper shelves. My recent vast experience of shopping at Menard's has shown me that getting anything to fit a non-standard piece is A. expensive and B. almost impossible. So I think it will be cheaper (and easier) to just buy a crappy medicine cabinet that looks new than it will be to fix up the old one. I'll take the old one with me and fix it up at my leisure.

I also have to take down wallpaper -- I've already started, but it is so tedious, I'm thinking about buying one of those little steam cleaners -- not only to get the rest of the paper off, but to clean up the gluey residue on the wall. I know you can rent them, but I am just not in the mood to lug around a big industrial machine. Anyway, I have a lot of cleaning to do.

I'm so tired; there's so much to do. And to top it all off, my dog had his toe amputated today, and he is miserable! And it cost $400. Oh well, it was necessary -- it was an infection that wouldn't heal. Oh great. As I write this, he just knocked over his water dish on my living room carpet and came within a half inch of peeing on a brand new mat. I give up!

6 Responses to “Sorry -- gotta whine --”

  1. Dido Says:

    Poor doggie!! I hope he feels much better soon!!!

    Sorry to hear about your housing repair woes, and good for you for keeping the grocery bill so low!

  2. moi aussi Says:

    Aww.. poor doggie!! I hope he feels better soon. Great job on keeping the grocery bill so low and 15 no spend days!! WOW. It was so hard for me to have one no spend day. I only had one since I started Frown

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Hang in there. This too shall become another crazy memory when you are safely in Carolina. I was going to say pass, but I didn't feel like jinxing you.

  4. paulettegoddard Says:

    I feel your pain. Share your joy of underspending one month when it happens won't you?

  5. yummy64 Says:

    I hope today is better!

  6. Fern Says:

    i feel especially bad for animals with medical problems becus they can't tell us how bad it hurts.

    On the wallpaper, i hear ya, sister! having just been thru that experience, i would say treat it like a zen experience and try to (ahem) enjoy the journey; it will get you to your destination faster.

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