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Frugal Successes

July 31st, 2013 at 07:05 am

**Well, today is the day. Crossing my fingers that we get our water back. !!! Holding my breath, just hoping there are no surprises and we get everything fixed.

**I need to take BM in for a hair trim, and came across a $5.99 kids' haircut coupon in the mail. Woohoo!

I just went in last month, but it had been so long, and I suddenly felt like my hair was getting scraggly, so didn't think much about paying an entire $15. But now I am feeling foolish for not waiting for a coupon (it was like 1/2 off, for adults - coupons in the mail this week).

**I haven't sorted out August bills yet. I put them all in Quicken, but need to calculate how much to pull from savings for insurance and repairs and such. There's a few small bills due the first of the month that I set to pay online.

Since we charge everything, we use August income to pay for that. The month is not over, but all of our credit cards closed except for the big one. That one goes through the third, but not expecting any more charges on that (aside for this big repair). So, I am looking at August in regards to July spending.

July was kind of interesting because I expected it to be very spendy on the gas side of things. WE drove down to the Bay Area four times. Twice to drop off and pick up BM for his trip. Dh and I both went down separately to hang out with friends. (His friend is moving out of state).

Well, we budget $300 for gas, monthly, which is on the high side, but would cover a month like this (& also covers months of very high gas prices). Our gas spending in July?? $200. Very surprising. That was for one tank of van gas and 4.5 tanks of "gas sipper" gas. Phew!

I am extra relieved because August is not looking a lot better. Dh is going down to the Bay Area for a few days because his friend is having two going away parties (a few nights apart) and he has family/video stuff he can do in between. Then he promised to help friend move on another weekend. I Wanted to go to the beach or something mid-month and am feeling more like we can swing it. Though, don't get me wrong. Our credit card closed for the month and we filled up both vehicles. I think it will be impossible to pull off $200 in August - will have to fill up the van again mid-month.

I did insist on taking the gas sipper down, though we dropped off and picked up family at the airport. IT worked out well, and glad we went through the hassle. LM and I had to be dropped off somewhere for the airport runs, but it was fine. Saved maybe $40 in gas just being a little creative. The default was just going to be to take down the van so that we could all fit.

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If the water gets turned back on I will be doing lots of laundry and cleaning this weekend. Big Grin

4 Responses to “Frugal Successes”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Nice deal on the haircut for BM.

    That's great that you're gas category came in under budget, especially with all the extra driving.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I hadn't seen your water post until today...glad you will have it back on soon! It will feel great I'm sure.

  3. snafu Says:

    Have you any way to check if others have also had damage to their water line as a result of major utility problem? Have firm you hired had to estimate others? Hope you'll share BM's experiences/assessments in London, was it a positive experience? What did he like best/least? Cope with different food, water, transportation, homesick etc? Was he able to meet British kids of his age group to access whether they had similar interests or was he far more sophisticated vis AM culture?

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    @snafu - Yes, we have excellent community communication - there are no other water problem reports (not in our 1000-home community). We are waiting for them to dig in, see what the exact problem is. Not enough information, otherwise, at this point. Just to say, we haven't given up on pursuing a claim with the city, but we need a leg to stand on. So will see what they find... We will heavily pick the plumber's brain on this issue.

    Yes, I guess I will have to do an England update. IT was definitely a positive experience.

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