I am looking through old blogs and finding posts that relate to my current situation. This post from October of 2012 reflects how gas prices were at the time. Currently they are about $2.55 a gallon on average.
I am looking forward to a visit from a friend, and have been for months. It is that or I take a trip to visit. I'm sure about how either of these things will work out but I'm in the process of attempting to find out. There is a lot to do in order to prepare, but I am at a lost when it comes to starting.
My income has become less consistent in the last few months. It is to the point where I am skipping things just to make ends meet. I am actively searching for work, any work to keep my head above water. The results so far are almost non-existent.
I have put in a couple of applications at writing sites, and am using sites that I used years ago. The problem when you do not use a skill it is possible to lose it, or at least have to work on it so that it's no longer rusty. I am working to get my skills back to where they once were so I can once again make a living from home and actually cover expenses. I am currently working every angle possible including this website.
My daily schedule looks like hours full of cleaning, working and looking for work. I am slowly but surely meeting my goals.
In working on this site I have been going through and transferring some posts on inactive blogs and deleting them. I ran across this post today:
Looking Back to November 5, 2013
OK I have a need for emergency savings in a large amount rather quickly. I estimate I need up to $200 a month for the next six to seven months cut from my budget in order to get what I need accomplished. That's a tall order for my budget at the moment. The vitamin D at the moment, only $5 per month. Figuring out when to get her in for a check of it, almost impossible. I believe they are out of school the 12th so I will call to see if I can get her in then, or on the same day as her next dentist visit. That's the week of thanksgiving.
I am going to check and hunt down her supplements in gummy form especially the fish oil. I am reworking my budget and looking to redesign my blogs. I think pages on a single blog instead of multiple blogs will be better. I just have no idea if I will have to copy and paste every post to move it to Odds and Ends or if I can import them all to it. That is going to be the difficult part.
The cable has been off for at least a year. When I cut it off ignorant people asked why, as if I could eat the shows that came on. The cutest part? This person makes less than I do, lives with their mother and pays no bills. They simply spend money partying, borrow money to party and cater to their teenage daughter. I find it rather amusing, they were considered mature at 14 for doing every thing but what they should do.
Strangely I take pleasure in knowing that I am nothing like them. Well, it's Sunday, I need to read and spend some time with my kid while she is being a little angel. Thinking About it Now
It is strange to me how I no longer know what it is that I need to make up deficiencies in the budget or how much I need to save for emergencies now. I know what I need to cover the basics but those aren't all of my bills. The basics are rent, lights, phone, internet (I work online) and food. They may be a couple small bills I left out but those only come to $20 together.
The light bill is in my control some days. There are a few lazy habits that I need to work on changing but for the most part I am doing pretty well controlling what I do. The air conditioner is probably my biggest cause of increased light bills because I don't want it to be as hot inside as it is outside.
I have a lot to do and I'm still confused as to how to go about it, but I find it odd that my life is truly going in circles.
I was looking through posts from 2012 and came across one talking about the price of gas. During September of 2012 prices were at 3.50 a gallon on average. Right now it's about 2.50 a gallon on the low end of the price range. That's out of my budget range, but we will make it work. Let's figure out how we are going to achieve making it work.
It is time to examine the budget again. It is time to determine what can and cannot be controlled. In recent years it has dawned on me that I there are times when I pay more attention and exercise more control over my budget than others.
I began wondering why this was. I also wanted to know when it was so I began to examine those things which I can and cannot control.
Reading is something that I enjoy a great deal. I also want my child to enjoy reading and that is difficult considering that she is hooked on electronics. She is to the point that she mostly reads signs, rules and instructions which is actually a good trait. Her reading comprehension is fine as long as it is something she can follow, when it comes to tests at school they are read to her and she is given choices for the purpose of getting them completed in a timely manner. I just don't have a fortune to spend on reading materials.
The light bill I paid this month was $118.30, now it's time to lower it. That is out of my budget range at the moment. Let's examine the difference in previous bills and how I can lower it back to those amounts. It's going to take a little bit of work but I can do it.
Yes, all those things have to be purchased. They are not cheap. We have to get a nice little stock built up so that we can save some money during the school year. Not one of those it's taking over my house stockpiles, just enough so that I don't have to go to the store for the same thing repeatedly. Pull-ups are hard to stock up on because of the initial expense and the fact that the child is still growing but I know people that could use them in the near future.
Yes, I'm recycling for what I need at this point. It used to be done because I'm one of those annoying environmentalist fussing because you put a recyclable bottle into the garbage can or couldn't be bothered to get a reusable bottle in the first place. A few times a year I got money back on things I'd already spent money on. Well, now there is a new plan in action that should help me a great deal; provided it goes correctly.