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Payday update

August 31st, 2019 at 01:45 pm

Husband's paycheck included a nice $350 of overtime pay. It's always nice when he works the extra hours because it boosts his meager wages. I say meager because in our high cost of living state his pay rate is small. Regardless, this job enabled him to complete his 25 years in a state pension and we are so very grateful for that. We were a bit worry because a person only has two years to continue pension contributions under an existing pension fund. If it passes the two year mark, it's like starting all over again. When he was laid off, he was at the 24 year mark. One year away from making it to a full pension with service years and health benefits.

First thing we did was to contribute $150 to my Roth IRA. We also paid household bills and the mortgage payments. It helps that we do not have to pay heating bills until probably December and our last auto insurance is due in September. We pay that from September-December and March-June. Our next mortgage payment on our home is July of 2020 and the Florida home payment is due January, 2020.

I also grocery shop for the whole month with the exception of fresh produce. I have a little less than $100 to cover that. I spent $82 at Aldi and $123 at Costco mostly meat. I buy the meat in bulk and split it at home. It's a lot of work but I have enough meat for 37 meals for a family of three. That should last us a bit into October. I have a lot of food in our pantry and freezer. I also canned lots of tomatoes and carrots. I am trying to at least make one meatless dinner meal, but he is not so happy about it.

Now to the not so good news: My hubby was involved in a car accident and we think that the insurance is going to total the truck. It's a 2008 truck (we bought it brand new and just has 40K miles. The truck was in excellent shape. Our car insurance will go up since it was his fault. He is really bummed about it. I'm just glad that no one was hurt. Material things can be replaced.

We are also worried about our Florida home. My brother is removing and securing all objects that can turn into projectiles. All can do is sit back, hope and pray for the best.

If you live in FL or in Dorian's path, please know that I'm thinking of you.

5 Responses to “Payday update”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Hope the hurricane doesn't hit anywhere.

    Good plan on the food and canning. I make spaghetti sauce with the tomatoes -- tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, herbs and cook down, then use an immersion blender. I can that. We use that spaghetti sauce for a meatless meal about once a week. It also can be put with regular tomatoes or tomato juice to make a great basis for a heart soup. Thought I'd share since you can.

    Sorry about your DH's truck. Glad he's OK.

  2. Carol Says:

    The sauce that I freeze is tomatoes, onions, carrots,some parsley. Cool a bit then use the immersion blender.
    Just another way to save some summer goodness!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Hoping your Florida home is okay. I am happy to see that landfall in Florida is not expected, though of course there will be lots of wind and rain. I'm also glad your husband was not hurt. You are right that material things can be replaced!

  4. fireandi Says:

    Hope your home in FL remains safe. Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Glad DH is ok.

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