Archive for January, 2010

A New Car

On December 30 we purchased a new car. And I mean NEW as in 2010 new. I’ve never bought a new car before – I am one that says (and completely believes!) that the moment you drive a car off the lot it loses value. Who knows how scientific that thought is, but it has [...]

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Kids Allowances

photo credit: Travis Seitler My kids are young but get an allowance and have for a couple of years now. I am not the greatest about actually paying them, but I keep track in an excel spreadsheet so they are kept up to date. I don’t give them an allowance based on chores – I [...]

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Holiday 2009 Spending

The 2009 holiday season was by far the *best* I’ve ever had financial wise. When the kids and I moved in with my Mom, I set up savings accounts for various things (more on this soon) and Christmas was one of them. I saved a set amount every payday and had the money automatically transferred. [...]

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Keeping Track of Grocery Spending

photo credit: kevindean Food is always the one place we try to stay on budget but have a tough time staying with. When we weren’t living with my Mom, we spent at least $600, but sometimes as much as $800 I’m sure, a month on food – for a family of four. This included going [...]

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Running Through the List

I listed a handful of changes we went through that affected our finances over the past couple of years. The husband got a commission in the military (ie he is now an officer vs being enlisted). We moved (four times!). The kids and I moved in with my Mom as the husband is overseas. We [...]

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Start 2010 Off Right

photo credit: xtino Happy New Year! I plan on getting this new decade started off on the right foot! I’ve been doing a good job financially for the past eight months or so and figure I need to get back into documenting it so I can be held more accountable. 2008 and 2009 brought a [...]

Friday, January 1st, 2010