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Last Day of My Month

September 26th, 2017 at 11:21 am

I get paid tomorrow, so this is the last day in my budget cycle.

It won't be no-spend, because I have promised to take C's friend to Merrillville, Indiana, today, where she will meet her husband and go home. I will have to fill up my tank, and I'll have to do it before I leave Chicagoland -- I don't have enough to make it to Indiana, where the gas is cheaper.

Since we're meeting her husband at 11 a.m., there will probably be a road food cost, too. I don't have the kind of food to pack right now.

A small expenditure yesterday -- I took older grandson to McD's for ice cream cones - $1.10. He was very hot after playing football in the schoolyard. Younger grandson was off on a playdate.

My assessment fee hit the bank this morning. That means I've paid it twice this month. It all evens out -- I only pay 12 times a year -- but it just makes this month seem harder. Glad to see it end.

Physical therapy -- I'm going to have at least one more session. I'm making progress, but I am not as far along as my therapist would like me to be.

I mistakenly went at 10 a.m. yesterday instead of 1 p.m. But there was an opening at 11, so I just stayed for it. I sat in the car (in a free parking spot) and read until it was time. I reflected on how, if I hadn't been broke, I would have gone home and come back at the later time, probably losing my parking space and using more gas. When the money runs low, it really focuses you.

3 Responses to “Last Day of My Month”

  1. Amber Says:

    I can't seem to figure out why gas is less expensive up your way and I'm in Florida. You'd think given the distance it would be more expensive.

    Have you been doing you home PT?

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Yes, I am! But I no longer have to do the "leg-pulling" exercise that requires another person -- yay!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it as far as gas prices, but there is an oil refinery right outside Chicago (south of the city on I-55. Maybe that's why there isn't an extra cost. Our gas prices have been all over the place. In the past week they were around $2.27, then dropped to under $2.20. One station for a little while had it as low as $.2.08, then jumped to $2.49. I swear they have a phone tree because when they go up, they all go up! Not so much on coming down.

    I agree, when money is tight, we do things to sort of help save like less driving and eating more stuff from the pantry and freezer.

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