First things first. I have family in Minot, ND and they need your prayers. Several of my cousins have been evacuated for the second time, and we’re all hoping their homes remain intact and free from water. You also can donate to Red Cross if you want to help out financially. I’ve been following the news, and it is really really tragic and scary.
Back to regularly scheduled programming.
June is FLYING by and money is flying out of our budget. Travel expenses. Ouch. So far (these are all for TWO):
- $320 to get from St. Petersburg to Stockholm
- $140 to get from Stockholm to Oslo
- $500 to get from Oslo to Bergen (via Norway in a Nutshell)
- One night hotel in Oslo: $110
- Two nights hotel in Stockholm: $260
Yikes! The good news is we’ve now booked everything that we are going to pre-book for this trip and we probably won’t have much for travel expenses in July. Oh, except the visa. Those will be about $250 each. T’s will be reimbursed later, but mine won’t.
Then there is the normal budget busters, like a random Monday night birthday party at a cute little bar, $80. Or a couple summer tops to refresh my work wardrobe. I can NEVER find tops, but LOFT had a nice sale going on and I liked several, so I bought several ($100). I also ordered a dress in a size six (2 sizes too big), so we’ll see if that has potential of being tailored or not. Because I liked it, and I have a wedding to go to this summer. (The last wedding I went to, I ended up dress shopping one or two days in advance, and ended up with something I liked ok, but didn’t really love. I was in a hurry, so I didn’t have time to be picky. It’s a nice dress, just more conservative than I would have liked.)
Also, just normal stuff, rent, groceries, gas, and life.
To make it worse, I dropped my phone today and the screen cracked. It was free with a 2-year contract, but new ones are about $250. Suddenly I do not think the crack is so bad, and as long as my phone doesn’t fall apart, I’ll just get a new case ($5) and deal with a crack.
The good news is, T started his new job, and we’ll have a tiny bit of extra income for the next 3 months. Still, now that I have a more complete picture of our joint finances, I think we need to scale back in a few places the rest of this year. I don’t know where to cut, but restaurants/food will make a good target, as well as clothing.