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New Washer...

May 27th, 2021 at 04:36 pm

Our washer just went out. The bearings on it went out. The last load of laundry I did left our house smelling like smoke so we decided no more laundry in that machine! Our washer was 12 years old and a floor model when we bought it, so I'm not too unhappy with its lifespan, although I would have loved if it had lasted longer.

We bought basically the same model that we had, just upgraded by 12 years. I feel like this new washer is so high tech! It has bluetooth so you can start it from your phone. I told my husband, unless the laundry grows legs and can sort and load itself, I don't need bluetooth on my washer! 

Good news/bad news on the new washer. Good news is we have a savings account for just this type of thing and The Husband earned a lot of overtime that will be showing up on his next paycheck! Bad news is most of his overtime will go to paying for our washer now instead of going towards debt. I'm trying to be positive and remember that at least the washer isn't adding to our debt!

We were totally without a washer for only 5 days but were limping it along for about a week before that. Boy does laundry pile up! Since The Husband got it installed yesterday, it has been going non-stop! 5 people and two pool parties create a lot of laundry!

We paid $699 for washer, on sale. We had to buy a new hose for another $30 and tax brought the total up to about $790. Again, bright side is that we have the money to pay for it! 

This and That

May 18th, 2021 at 05:57 pm

I mailed my taxes over the weekend. 

Our taxes were already completed and filed, but we owed taxes to the federal government so decided to wait until they were actually due to mail the payment. We received a refund from the state that exceeded the amount of what we owed to the federal, so overall, we came out on top.

The Husband has been exceedingly busy at work! On his last paycheck, he had over $400 of overtime. He will have close to three times that on his next paycheck. Although I hate how stressed out he has been and how much he has been working, the extra money is nice. Some of it will go into savings (I took money out for taxes, so we were below our savings comfort threshhold), some of it will go to paying random expenses, and the remainder will go towards debt.

May is a busy month for our family! It's my birthday, mother's day, The Daughter's birthday, our anniversary, and the end of the school year. It can get spendy. The Daughter is going to be 16 so we are throwing her a "big" party. It's not actually too big or too expensive (sort of). She is having 11 friends over to swim, watch an outdoor movie, and spend the night. The only part that might be expensive is that we are going to heat the pool. We've lived in this house for 4 years and never heated the pool. I'm a little nervous about the cost. The Daughter loves succulents so I am going to make succulent cupcakes and she is giving out succulents for her favors.  We are borrowing an outdoor projector and movie screen so only have to pay to purchase a movie.

The end of the school year is busy for anyone with kids in school or who are teachers. But man, is it exhausting! I cannot wait to get this school year in the books, and I hope and pray I never see another like it!