Thursday, October 27, 2016

Week 57

Another week raising my wonderful son. This week we moved our TV out of the living room--to facilitate more family time together, and to curb me turning on the TV for Reuben when I need a break. I don't want him watching mindless entertainment when he needs to grow! If I need a break there are other things I can do.

Reuben also finally got over his fear of his slide. He can climb up and go down all by himself! It's fun and awesome to watch. 

You can see one week ago here!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Our Budget - Month 6

We are halfway though my year of budgeting and self-analysis of what our household spends. This month we met our budget (at least, I'm calling it a win even through it was $200 over). I am pleased!

So far I am noticing a trend. We go over our budget, but hit it the next month...and repeat. I hope we can break this trend and hit our budget for a few months in a row.

So what did I spend this time?

Bills  ($340)
  • Netflix: We have our $9.99 netflix account (went up $2 this month. still worth it)
  • Internet: We pay 60.00 for internet a month. It's expensive, but they only offer one service in our area.
  • YMCA: 75.00 for our gym membership--we have a family memebership now that includs Brian, me and Reuben
  • Phones: 25.00 a month for two phones with unlimited text and talk, no data.
  • Electric bill: $150 this month.
  • Water: $0 (we pay every 2 months)
  • Audible: $22.95

Baby Expenses ($109.32)

We bought Reuben some used clothes and a xylophone. Yay! We also bought him some custom made bibs on etsy that are sewn for super drooling babies. Reuben is a facet. It was needed.

Food ($936.69)
  • Eating Out: $102
  • Brian's Lunch at Work: $32
  • Grocery Shopping: $950
We only ate out three times this month as a couple. Once at olive garden, and twice at our favorite burger joint, Brauburgers. I'm still packing Brian's lunch 4 days a week, so that keeps his eating out at work budget low. Our grochery shopping budget was a bit inflated this month, but since we (basically) hit our goal I'm not too worried about it.
Gas ($76)

Brian spent $35 in gas and I spent $18. Yay, driving!

Personal Money (Brian $308, Carolynn $227)

I got a stitchfix this month and I kept one item. I also bought more crunchy cleaning products on mightynest to further go the natural route at home. I am loving switching over. I also splurged on some clothes at Target for fall and winter. Brian spent most his money on Amazon, and I am not sure what he bought! (Is this the month where he surprised me with a flute? Yup, it is! Best husband EVER).

Other ($248.5)

We have hired a babysitter every week for four hours. She is amazing and worth her weight in GOLD. Really. She's $40 a week for four hours. These are the hours I look forward to every week! I love my squish, but mama loves her alone time too. She was here three times this month, so $120.

We also spent 54.50 at the department of motor vehicle. I don't remember what on... We also spent $74 at home depo on a house-fixing project.


All in all we spent roughly $2,200. So close to our budget of 2,000 a month! After last months big spend, I am very happy with this number. Yay!

The 2016 budget series:

January 17th - February 16th
Feb 17th - March 16 
March 17-April 16th
April 17th-May 16th 
May 17th-June16th 
June-17th-July 16th

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Week 56

Reuben is definitely a toddler now. At 14 months old, he can clearly say no and even articulate one-word desires (up, go, no). It's so interesting to watch him grow as a person. I am also so very thankful for naps. I don't need a break from my son--but from his emotions and attitudes, sometimes space is nice.

Here is the link to one year ago today.
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