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No Recent Additions to Savings

August 9th, 2007 at 04:19 pm

My stepdaughter got married, and we paid for a couple of wedding related expenses, plus there were airline, hotel, and dining expenses related the event.

Then the transmission in my car started acting up. On the way to the car shop, the car ran fine. Figures. The mechanic took the car out for long drives on several occasions over the course of a couple of days to see what was going on with my car, but the car continued to run fine. In the end, he didn't do anything except change the transmission fluid. So all that cost us $142. But I'm very thankful that the car seems okay for now and that it didn't cost us thousands to repair, at least not yet.

This wasn't the best month to do it, but I got a used entertainment center off craigslist for $100. For the last seven months since we've moved here, we've been using an upside-down laundry basket as a tv stand. The house we sold had built-in shelving, so we didn't own a free-standing unit. I must say, it's a great improvement over the laundry basket.

Pulled up a Quicken report on my grocery spending. A record $942 for June! July was also extra high at $778 (if I remember correctly). I really need to get back to concentrating on lowering the grocery expenses! I feel kind of sick about spending that much for a family of four. So I'm going to monitor this spending category much more closely.

3 Responses to “No Recent Additions to Savings”

  1. Amber Says:

    I think you deserve the wall unit, don't beat yourself about it. I am also happy things worked out for you in regards to your car. $942 ffor groceries? how many peope are in your family?

  2. daybyday Says:

    Amber - With the kids still living at home, there are now four people total living here. Usually, our grocery bill is about $500-$600/month. I think one month I got it down to $400. So the high amounts for June and July were a shock and made me realize I can't afford to slack off on monitoring the grocery spending. I keep thinking how some of that money could have gone toward other things, like upcoming dental appointments.

  3. Amber Says:

    The grocery bill for me is one of the hardest things to tackle

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