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Random Money Thoughts

October 23rd, 2016 at 03:04 pm

First, I don't shop much at all any more. I don't want to acquire more stuff! However, we were out of town yesterday. And I wanted to stop into World Market. I haven't lived in a town with that store for 4 years! Boy, I was amazed at how different it seemed. The styles of the merchandise, while similar, was different. I think we spent at least 45 minutes in there. Luckily, I only left spending $16. Half the cost was for Christmas ornaments for my daughter's (a traditions) and the other half a fun gift for my youngest daughter (she had a stressful week at school). I think it may be a good thing I don't live by that store any more though. I was very tempted to buy other things!

I just made the $1800 payment on the credit card for the Europe trip. I mentioned this plan in my last post. Not sure why the ticker isn't updating...maybe a delay. New balance is $2895. Goal is to have it paid off the card one month from today, November 23. I'd love it to be from current cash, but I'm pretty sure some will come from savings and we will pay it back.

My husband received his birthday check from my parents for $100. I've added it to the birthday fund. This year we are skipping giving gifts for our birthday's, but hope to buy some bigger needs (and sort of wants) for Christmas. My birthday is next month, and I expect I will get a check from my parents also.

Our water bill arrived in my inbox. Next month the bill is $57. Last month it was $71, and the month before that $110. Definitely using less water now that the lawn growing season has slowed down. Electric bill was also down by $55!

I'm grocery shopping later today. I think the bill will be a little larger as my parents are going to be in town, so a little different style of food and more of it. But they are easy to please, so it shouldn't be too much extra. Smile

And finally, we are about to book our flights home for Thanksgiving. Three of us flying on Southwest round trip is going to be between $1200 and $1300. We are flying on some less busy days so that helps the cost. I had this money in the vacation fund. I expect we will easily have enough points to cover my oldest daughter's flight home for Christmas. If not Christmas, definitely for Spring Break.

5 Responses to “Random Money Thoughts”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I have a World Market in my town, and it's where my BFF always wants to go when she visits!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I think we had something similar in Dallas - Central Market. I only went there a times.

  3. Jenn Says:

    Nice work on the water bill! Ours gets high in the winter because I take hot baths to stay warm and our tub is one of those garden tubs. I debated with my husband last winter about whether I could really be the cause but upon investigation, I had to admit that was it! So planning additional 'staying warm' strategies this year.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Glad you water bill is decreasing. I look for ours to do as well since gardening season is about over. We have a rain barrel and we used some water out of it throughout the season, but sometimes we had to water the lawn when we had hot, dry spells.

    Good job on the trip payment!

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    I don't shop much these days either...used to be, if a new store opened up in my area i felt compelled to visit it at least once just to know what it was about. I found that reading various "nesting" magazines like Better Home & Gardens or Country Living really got me more interested in buying stuff because i used to love poring over how they decorated homes.

    I didn't know that World Market had brick and mortar locations but i imagine i would spend lots of time there too.

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