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May Wrap Up

June 6, 2019

Net Worth and Money

Our net worth fell with the market this month, but we bought more shares of our index funds… So we’re still moving in a good direction!

I’m considering a small mortgage pre-payment this year.  I should discuss my reasoning for this more, as mortgage prepayment has to be a low priority right now.

Spending Bullets (excluding childcare, mortgage, property taxes and home insurance – because I want to). Since I’m tracking my spending again, I figured I’d share a little too!  I haven’t shared any details on our spending in a long time.

  • Monthly spend (excluding some major categories as noted above):  $2004.  Lowest so far in 2019!  Our current projected monthly spend (excluding categories above) is about $3k/month.  This includes spikes for insurance payments, gifts, travel, house maintenance, etc.
  • Highest single transaction that hasn’t been featured in a previous 2019 month:  $119.76 at the grocery store.  I no longer remember why that trip was so expensive. This bullet should get more interesting after groceries and Costco are used up.
  • Smallest single transaction:  $5.21 for a used Pout Pout Fish book.
  • Most annoying expense:  $65.26 for internet to the cable company because the promo I had ran out.  I got a new not-as-good promo for another year, so this will drop a bit next month. I hate how expensive internet is.
  • Most annoying expense runner up: $12 for a new garlic press, which had rave Amazon reviews but broke in less than 2 weeks. We got a refund. Our old (pampered chef) garlic press failed after years of heavy use and I’m not sure what to replace it with. And I’m annoyed that Amazon can no longer be trusted.
  • Expense that brought the most joy or utility: Baby’s playmat, which was an expensive $69.91, but has brought a lot of utility. I didn’t find anything in good condition second hand, and honestly, was a little squicked out by getting this used.  (This is coming from a person who has bought a lot of items used that other people would want new)
  • Donations (for accountability):  Local parks foundation membership for $60 (but this saves us money overall since we don’t have to pay to parking fees with a membership).  Another $100 split between a few abortion rights places (h/t Grumpy Rumbling’s link love for leads on places)

House Projects

We continued with yard work in the never ending clean-up of the jungle yard.  BUT actually, the yard is so good!  Well, I suppose “good’ is an overstatement, but it is very cleared, with some hedges hacked down, trees trimmed back, and ivy pulled out. All the credit to T on that, although I did pull some weeds one day as my contribution.

T also made some makeshift darkening curtains for the room baby sleeps in at nanny share, reusing the IKEA “black out” curtains I temporarily had in our bedroom when the baby slept in there.  (Note: these curtains are definitely not true blackout, but they did what I needed.)

Other than that, just keeping up on the regular indoor chores has been enough, and we haven’t done anything significant.

Work

What to say here?

We are still in a limbo on the new projects. I’m struggling along on my primary project. I’m still figuring out how to juggle work and parent life, but hope I’m getting better.

I got a new office, and it is much better!  Still private, but a proper office rather than a space in a larger room.  A window.  A white board.  Yay!  I put up some temporary blinds on the windowed office door, and now can easily pump in my office. Honestly this the only reason I have been able to continue pumping this long.

Other life stuff

I’ll skip baby talk, since the single thing I’ve managed to do on this blog is monthly parenthood updates.

We haven’t planned any vacations this year yet.  T is going to Paris for work without me and baby. I’m thinking of sitting on that travel money and vacation time for this year.  We haven’t decided if we’ll have another kid, but the only paid maternity leave I get is via sick and vacation leave. So, I plan to be quite protective of it until we’ve made a firm decision.

We’ve been a bit better about meal planning, and tried some new things. Budget Bytes is my current go-to site for finding recipes.  These oven fajitas were an easy hit.  This was good, but could have used a protein like this version.  This also was good.  I made this cilantro lime chicken for cinco de mayo.  We made this pasta and doubled it, and froze half.  We tried Plated via a free box, and it was pretty good – but meal boxes are expensive to do regularly. They also aren’t always that quick/simple, so I order 4 person versions to make leftovers.  We also did a Good Eggs box via a promo.  These meal kits were a little quicker, with slightly more of the prep done for you.  They were also really good…  but even MORE expensive.  I was hoping to find a good alternative to the defunct Munchery, but haven’t found anything equivalent.

I haven’t been into running in a few years, but I think I’m going to make a goal to walk home from work once a week. Due to our carpooling and need to get stuff done in the evenings, it really doesn’t make sense for me to do this, which is why I usually don’t.  But it is a super enjoyable walk, and a perfect way to get some “me” time.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenny permalink
    June 6, 2019 9:32 am

    If it helps, this is the garlic press that I have. Bought it four years ago. Use it 1-2 times per week and it has held up well. https://www.amazon.com/Alpha-Grillers-STAINLESS-Silicone-Dishwasher/dp/B00I937QEI

    • June 6, 2019 9:34 am

      Maybe I got a knock off or quality has declined – because that is actually the one we got that broke within 3 weeks!

  2. June 7, 2019 12:31 pm

    Gah – yes on Amazon. I made the pitch to Chad that we should cancel prime this year, but was not convincing enough before the auto-renewal.

    And though I spend plenty of time on the internet, I have such a hard time paying for it! I get legitimately angry sometimes, mostly feeling like there is no way it costs them more than a couple dollars for the internet they charge me $60 for.

    • June 10, 2019 2:49 pm

      Hello again! Nice to hear from you!

      I agree that the internet is mostly about principle, because it certainly gives me way way utility than it costs each month. But it feels like they are just charging more because they can, and that prices have not dropped in 10 years despite technology advances. (Not sure if that is true or not, but it feels true.)

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