Jun 30 2009

June reflections and July hopes

Just as I predicted at the beginning of June, we spent a lot of money. We didn’t actually have to tap our emergency fund to put tires on our car, but that’s because I haven’t gotten around to buying tires yet. Um.

Some financial happenings from the month:

  • Our move was cheaper than anticipated, thanks to the brute strength and determination of Shane, his dad and my dad. We did it ourselves through Budget truck rentals instead of hiring movers as originally planned.
  • Since U-Haul flaked on my truck reservation, they kept their guarantee and gave me $50. Thanks!
  • We bought a new couch. I’m sitting on it now. Worth the money.
  • I’m building a stash of cloth diapers for Johnny. The initial expense is, well, expensive, but in theory we’ll save a lot of money by going this route. I’m keeping track of my CD purchases, and so far I’ve spent about $100. I’m not done buying yet. I just found a local CD retailer (Pittsburgh Cloth Diapers) and I’m going to check some out in person before buying. If you aren’t local, that site offers free shipping in the lower 48! Prices are competitive and there are discount codes.
  • I tossed a bunch of condiments and abandoned frozen foods from our old place. I then went to Aldi near my new place and restocked up. I could have saved some money if I bought a cooler or made one somehow, but I just didn’t plan it in advance. Moving is spendy.

Financial things for July:

  • By golly, I’m going to buy 4 tires this month. It’s time. I hope I can find a good deal and get a set that will truly last a lot of miles. I hope I can keep this under $500. Ick.
  • We bought a used Wii* on Amazon tonight. It was $159 + shipping but no sales tax. I had one $5 Amazon gift card thanks to my Swagbucks searches *. We also bought the EA Sports Active game* and multiplayer pack*. Ought to be a good source of entertainment on my free TV, plus a good way to exercise. We’ll scope out a nearby second-hand video games shop to get some more games.
  • We’ll need some shelves, curtains, and miscellany for our new place.
  • I expect to get $150 back from our old apartment. The deposit was $200 and they’re keeping like $50 for the carpets to be cleaned.
  • I expect a $100 gift card from Rent.com for our current apartment referral.

You’re welcome, economy. I’m stimulating the heck out of you right now! Hopefully our purchases will start to simmer down. I do think we’ll be able to add to our house savings this month. I really want to see that ticker start to move in the right direction.

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8 Responses to “June reflections and July hopes”

  1. Not sure what kind of vehicle you’re working with, but we were able to get new tires for our Sebring for about $350 at Smiley’s in Aliquippa. I know that’s a ways from where you are now, but… They’re good guys, and very quick.

  2. I replaced four tires last week on our Honda CR-V. I went to Sam’s Club and they’re applying the $70 Michelin rebate on the spot instead of making you send off for it. After taxes and all their miscellaneous fees (many of which may be able to be avoided — like $3 each for roadside assistance, etc.), I spent $440. That price includes a warranty and free balancing and rotation for the life of the tires.

  3. YAY! You got a Wii!! You should look into getting the Animal Crossing game- that is our favorite! :)

  4. We’ve been going back and forth about getting a used Wii. My husband wants one, I keep telling him “You have an Atari, Nintendo, Super Nintendo & Sega that you don’t play at all right now. When we show that have time for video games, we’ll look into it” but I know deep-down that those old systems don’t compare to a Wii, so it’s not a fair comparison.

  5. We had an Xbox that rarely got played, so we sold it on eBay for like $40. My husband used to have practically all gaming system out there, but most of those had been sold. They were just collecting dust, I think.

  6. I’m glad to hear you’re all moved in! I got my tires from Costco too and their prices are reasonable plus you get free tire rotation and balancing. My Toyota dealership wants to charge me $20 for tire rotation every time I bring my car in for oil change. Of course, I always say no and I wait til I go to Costco and get it there for free.

  7. Any interest in simple navy blue curtains? They’re headed for our garage sale pile. You can look at them after swimmming this (dryer?/warmer?) week.

  8. Wow they are only keeping $50 for the carpets! You are super lucky!!! My old place charged us $400 because the stairs were stained (there were 4 of us and we lived on the 2nd floor). I think we got ripped off, but they wouldn’t budge. Congrats on the Wii! We just bought one used also. How do you like the EA Sports Active?

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