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Knute commanding the tide!

August 15th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

I feel like Knute commanding the tide back. More unexpected bills coming in. Work is slowing down and oddjobs are getting harder to find so as to make extra money.

My wife is stillgoing through her occassional spending spree. I used to get upset but now I have built this in as a feature of my life. The wife has no access to the funds I am putting away.

C'est la vie.........

The water bill that came in was 62 dollars higher than the last. It is funny how I look forward to rain now! I cut some more stuff from my budget so as to keep things in balance. Hard to say when I have saved enough as my mutual funds show a net loss as opposed to what I put into them. Pretty funny stuff. The ETFs are doing better and the savings are the savings.

I like the line from " I Remember Momma"; "we do not have to go to the bank!" I try to string no spend days together as much as I can. I have my coffee home and we buy bread products at a discount and freeze them for later use.

We had work done on the house and thatcost us a pretty penny. We had to have trees taken down and we fixed the landscaping. I believe we have added to the value of the house. We have two bathrooms and an upstairs bedroom to do.

It wa good we had work done outside. When the old front steps were taken down we found termites in the early stages. It is interesting how some exterminators will rip you off if they can. We found someone for a quarter of the price of the first quote who did the same thing.

We will soon need to replace my wife's car as well as get a car for my daughter.
I don't know where I am getting all this money. I am still a bit short of the 100,000 number for my daughter's college education. I am working on it.

Sometimes I wish my ship would come in but soon realize I am the builder of the boat I am in. So it goes.

I keep struggling not to slip back into debt but it is so hard these days to keep your head above water. Food, gas, electric, etc.....are getting more expensive everyday.

I am fortunate in that the mortgage is paid and the cars we own are bought and paid for. I will just keep hitting it and hope for the best!

5 Responses to “Knute commanding the tide!”

  1. LuxLiving Says:

    Good job staying the line Knute!!

    You're not the only one who recalls Mama's Bank Account as a shining example. Here's a recent post I did citing it:

    http://luxliving.savingadvice.com/2008/05/24/raises-stimul...

  2. mjrube94 Says:

    Great to "see" you again. (Just caught up with your July entry). Hang tough, and try not to get too discouraged. I think that, just as people tend to spend as much as they make, they find ways to get by when circumstances call for it, too. You've done a great job and should be proud of yourself!

    I loved the book I Remember Mama! How great that she was able to shield her family from the worries of tight finances, while also being able to do what she needed to do to get by. Good luck!

  3. Ima saver Says:

    I still have the book and read it occasionally. It is called Mama's bank account and the show was "I remember Mama" I loved that show.
    Glad to see you post again. Just hang in there, prices are going up for all of us.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Interesting. I didn't know what a Knute was and had to look that up. Learn something new every day. Big Grin

  5. PRICEPLUS Says:

    Well gang I am still in there fighting but it never gets easier! Nope! It never does. Maybe that is just the way it is supposed to be. In any case "We do not have to go to the bank"!

    BA I am glad to drop something interesting like Knute into the mix every so often!WinkSmile

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