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Looking to February

January 31st, 2017 at 08:10 am

I did have to cave and buy groceries, but this should get us through early next week. I spent $62. I really want to get our tax return done, so I can fill out the living on last month's income money and do a big grocery shop. I'm going to get enough for a 4 wk. cycle from the OAMC cookbook. That should give us 2-3 months worth of meals in the freezer which would leave us with just needing breakfast and lunches each week.

We've been pretty consistent in our breakfasts and lunches. DH always get a breakfast sandwich from our breakfast sandwich maker (an amazing, albeit limited, Xmas gift). If I eat breakfast, I'll do a sandwich, but I want to get more in the habit of making several overnight oats and eating those for brekafast (we have a large container of oats in our pantry). Lunch is usually sandwiches or leftovers. I'm hoping to limit our groceries to $50/wk after the big shop. That would account for perishables, sides, and household goods.

As I mentioned before, we'll also be using our tax return to get a baby e-fund going (3k), pay off 2 debts (1200), and pay for fencing/hot tub repair. I'm hoping to keep the last two costs limited to $3500. Depending on what's left, we also want to look into paying DH's brother back for the computer. He bought all of the components for DH to build his laptop back during Black Friday sales. All told, it was right around a grand. We decided we would cover $500 from the two of us. The remainder would come from DH's overtime. That way, he could work as fast or as slow as he'd like at paying it back.

4 Responses to “Looking to February”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    What about just paying the brother back in full and using the OT for the hot tub repair/fencing? That way he gets repaid in one go and isn't kept waiting.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I think VS ozgirl has a good question. No offense, but a hot tub probably isn't as important as a working computer and someone who knows what they are doing in case something else goes wrong.

  3. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    You all are probably right. The computer is already at the house and built. He has said there is no rush to pay him back. My only concern with switching the priorities is that DH hasn't really been motivated to work overtime. I'm concerned that since the hot tub is my thing that he'll just not work as hard towards it. Thoughts?

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I think I'd pay family debt before something like a hot tub. Unless - not doing the repairs soon will lead to more $$$ damage.

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