Things are slowly going back to normal around here. By which I mean that eventually I’m going to have to start cooking again. Blech.
In the meantime, I’m loaded up with quick and easy stuff, like the Healthy Choice steamers, applesauce, canned fruit and some items of the candy persuasion.
By the way, why are there like 10 yellow conversation hearts for each of the white ones? I like banana, but not in my candy. Either someone at Brach’s owns a banana plantation or banana growers have blackmail material on a Brach’s executive. There’s simply no other explanation.
Speaking of snacks, I’m trying to cut back now. I gained about 10 pounds since the November. Between the sheer abundance of goodies, pregnancy cravings and depression eating, I’m up a pant size. So time to cut back a bit and maybe even try to get some exercise. It’s much harder without my energy meds. It’ll be even harder as I cut calories. On the other hand, less processed sugar may help matters. I’ll be down to pudding cups and one or two miniature Mounds bars.
On the financial front, I’m slowly getting things back to normal. Except the part where I never got around to paying myself in January. Oops. It’s a miracle I didn’t go on strike until I finally paid me.
But we got along anyway, thanks to the bonus from the World’s Best Boss. It meant that we had plenty of room to spare, even without a January paycheck. And even taking into account the various distributions into the car fund, vacation fund, taxes and so on. What’s left in our account should just about cover the sizable credit card bill, so we can bank most of my January paycheck right into savings.
Meanwhile, the Saved Savings account is growing pretty well. I wasn’t really organized enough to put grocery savings and such in there this month. But I’m now putting the $92 a month we save with Hulu plus anything we save by using Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks. In fact, I was a little behind on banking the Amazon GCs since Christmas. So I went through the transactions and banked $94.40 just from Amazon purchases. Woot!
Hopefully, I can get back into the swing of things with grocery savings soon. It really does add up. In fact, once all these recent transactions go through, we’ll have around $275 in the account already. And that will get even bigger once I put February’s Hulu savings in there.
That’s about all the news that’s fit to print (and some that isn’t). How are you guys doing with finances in the new year? Also, feel free to inject your own banana-flavor conspiracy theories in the comments below.