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Breathing Room

August 14th, 2019 at 06:36 am

I realized that I still had my surgery-related medical bills included with my variables -- I have pretty much given up on being able to pay them out of variables. Moving them to come out of savings will give me some breathing room in the budget. Variables are now 76%. Much better! Whew!

It's a shame whenever I have to take something out of savings, but after all, that's what it's there for, and I have paid much less for medical (so far) than I expected when I embarked on the whole hip replacement adventure.

Tomorrow I go meet my old friend B for lunch, and it will feel good to reconnect with her. I haven't seen her for a couple of years.

BFF hasn't updated me yet on her family plans for the weekend. If they come, I will probably just tell her I can't really afford to join them. It seems harsh, when part of the reason I can't afford it is that I am spending money to travel and have lunch with B. But I made that promise earlier. Anyway, I will see BFF on September 7 when we go to a wedding together. That is in Chicago, also, so we will have some cost with that, figuring out where to park and all.

Today I'm going to the gym, and then, while I'm out and about, I'm going to use a couple of birthday coupons. $5 at DSW -- always good for a pair of socks -- and a free kiddie scoop of ice cream at Baskin-Robbins.

3 Responses to “Breathing Room”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Glad you have the savings even if it hurts to use it. I understand. I'm the same way.

  2. fireandi Says:

    I feel the same about taking money out of savings. But, like you said - that is what it is there for. It's nice you get to enjoy birthday rewards past your birthday - it's like getting a few lingering birthday presents.

  3. Jenn Says:

    You've done a lot with your BFF. You shouldn't feel bad about saying "It sounds fun, but I'm not going to join you this time. I've used up my entertainment budget this month!" You could even make a light comment about how easy that is to do in retirement. Happy birthday!

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