I know that the tens of you who read this (and that might be generous) are anxiously awaiting my next blog post about my money issues. To recap, I have shredded my credit cards and am attempting to live an all-cash life. My very first week of this all-cash life, I needed two new tires on my car for it to pass inspection, so I had to borrow money from my mother. Fate 1, Mary 0.
Anyway, I spent this morning setting up a Google Spreadsheet to serve as my budget for 2008. I have all 26 paychecks spoken for on 26 different sheets in my spreadsheet, and this time I remembered to budget for such things as groceries and gas for my car. Pretty much every pay looks like I will make it in just under the wire, and if I can pick up some overtime here and there (we have a couple of pregnant girls in our unit right now, and they have to go on maternity leave sometime!), I might even be able to have a little fun during the year as well. However, at least the amount of money I have to put out each pay was not several hundred dollars more than what I expect to pull in. In that case, I would have been sitting in the corner rocking back and forth right now...and instead I am sharing this blog post with y'all!
The good news this pay is that I worked a holiday and my four-day week, so that fact will allow me to finish up my Christmas shopping and actually get for my husband what I was planning to. I was concerned that I wouldn't have the money for it, and without those handy credit cards to fall back on, I would instead have to give him an IOU for sometime in the New Year. Now, however, I will be able to order his gift and wrap it up and have it waiting under the tree for him.
I feel like now is the time that I can breathe a sigh of relief and know that Christmas will come to the Casey house after all...