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Good Enough

October 8th, 2016 at 09:41 am

I feel like I'm slowly getting into the "new normal" this school year. I'm getting the kids to their appointments and activities on time. Easier said than done with one driver in the house (DW has a new job assignment, but I couldn't move the kids senior year).

I've kept up with my coursework, although I could probably devote more time to my studies.

The girls and I manage to do at least one "fun" thing each weekend. Mostly, though, we all enjoy our down time. The oldest has been babysitting regularly on the weekend and enjoys making her own money. Me, I'm so tired on the weekends, catching up from our busy days.

The house isn't a total disaster- the little odds and ends that everyone tends to leave around are the biggest issue. Of course the girls should know to just bring all of their things up to their room, but I still need to "remind" now and again! The bigger cleaning is done in chunk on the weekends. So it's not optimal, but it's good enough!

Financially, I have streamlined my accounts even more. I've gotten to the point where all of my bills are coming out of one account.
With multiple moves over the past 4 years I've opened a few local accounts, and it was a nighmare to keep track of. Retirement is taken out pre-tax, and then my employer automatically sends 10% of my paycheck to a separate account I listed, so I don't even count that as part of my monthly income. I've always been a believer in David Bach's The Automatic Millionaire. Take everything out before it gets into your account, and then live off of the rest. Ynab has been a big help in keeping the remainder of my money on track.

I've registered for a professional conference for the end of January, the girls are going with me, sooo excited! I will be finished with my coursework and supervised hours by then, so I view the conference as an important networking opportunity. I can write off lots of my professional expenses. Plus, Puerto Rico in January sounds awfully appealing!

5 Responses to “Good Enough”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    Puerto Rico in January? You are a lucky girl!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    I did Puerto Rico in February once and it was FABulous!

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    PR in January? Sounds wonderful Smile

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, such a sacrifice for you to "have" to go to Puerto Rico in January for a conference.

    Hang in there on the daily stuff...sometimes the small stuff being out of place isn't worthy of getting upset over. Sounds like you are doing fine!

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Magic Penny this is my life at the moment too (I'm studying part time as well as full time)! It's all a bit of a juggling act but for a worthwhile cause. Enjoy Puerto Rico!

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