Whoopsie!Posted: April 25, 2012
It’s the little things that get me every single time. Sometimes it’s a great thing, like when my guy comes home with $1.99 beef jerky and surprises me. (It’s the only kind of beef jerky I’ll eat out here—the stuff I love costs $15 a pound and exists only in upstate NY unless I want to ship it to myself for $23ish) And sometimes it’s me being extremely silly in some areas. How silly you ask? And I know you are scoffing to yourself, quietly, thinking that I would never be silly. No? Really? Well, fine than. Moving on.
For instance, when we first were moving into our new place way back in December (wow, time flies!), I was doing the budget and forgot to include groceries for part of the month. Now, if this would have yielded us a huge amount to put into savings, I would have caught when I was adjusting everything. Instead, that part of the month was barely breaking even as it was. Come to that Friday, I was sitting there and writing out on my handy little sticky note our biweekly budget and found that we had an “extra” 50 dollars that we could save. So I was pumped! We had gone from saving about a $100 every 2 weeks (if not more) into barely putting $20 away for our efund. And then I noticed I had nothing written down for groceries. I than had the joy of trying to figure out if how to pull an extra $100 out of the budget. I remember moving some saving goals around and just squeaking buy that two week period. Well, squeaking by for what we were used to—we didn’t spend over what we had earned and we were nowhere near as bad as what we had been in the past.
Now for my next awesome move. Remember how I have said I do the budget months in advance and just update as needed? Apparently my awesome skills of looking at a calendar failed. I did fine up until May and was than deciding we would be getting paid on Thursdays instead of Fridays. If that wasn’t enough I had us getting paid at the end of one month and a week later, we were getting paid again at the beginning of the next month. Granted, it wasn’t horrible—I just had to shift some dates and when the rent was being paid or the utilities but I felt dumb just for doing it. To make matters worse, I had these dates being used in saving goals and payment goals. This means I had to go fix them there as well. Oh and apparently, I magically learned how to read the calendar for December’s budgets and fixed it. No idea how I did that without noticing that it was about three weeks between being paid but I did.
Thankfully, this last one didn’t cost money. Just my pride as I wasn’t even the one who figured it out. The first one was something that didn’t hurt us too much as I could finagle what we were saving for and we weren’t living on a prayer. Anybody else do something like this? Or is just me?