Week eight was great! And terrible! Check it out:
1) Celebrated my husband’s 30th birthday in style. I didn’t think about it when I started this challenge, but he and I switched from gifts to experiences a while back for holiday giving. Last year we went to the baseball hall of fame, next year both of our birthdays will get pooled moneywise to take a trip to Scotland!
2) I recruited a new member to the IGGPPC (pen pal club). Hi Sarah! (Not sure why I listed this here, but she reads the blog and I’m excited!)
3) I got rid of several more articles of clothing and have plans to alter a couple more. I’m keeping track of what I get rid of so that if some emergency or special event arises, I can weigh a future clothing purchase against the clearing out I’ve done.
1) I ended up using the Barnes and Noble gift card on myself. I signed up for a fun pen pal project where participants write letters as though they were from regency era England. Though I am a history AND literature nut, I had unfortunately never read the works of Jane Austen, upon which much of this project is going to be built. So I did pick up a hard copy of Austen’s six novels and one novella as I think I will want them for reference. I could file this under the allowances I gave myself for pen pals. Either way, it was a smart buy and I resisted the many temptations of B&N, found my book, and got the heck out of there. So that’s sort of a win!
2) Our cars are going to need some major work in the coming months. I just spent $500 on a new muffler and my tires are finally going. Husband’s car needs some big work too. What makes this a bigger fail is that I had forgotten to have the tires rotated my last few oil changes, which caused some uneven wear GREATLY felt now that the tire tread is low. This is totally my fault, but in my defense: a) I’m 15k miles over on those tires anyway so they do need replacing, b) we moved and threw off my usually very responsible car care groove, and c) I go to a cheapo discount oil change place instead of my very kind former mechanic that would have caught the problem.
The plan is to, on the first weekend the husband and I have together at home (in forever), to drive up to the Sioux Falls Costco and see if getting a membership will save us a bunch on tires for both vehicles. We’re guessing yes. Prepare yourself for a lot of future struggles with tempting Costco things in quantities for which I have no need. Ha!
Okay, that was a long one. I don’t blame you if you need this:
TL;DR: This was a week with bigger downs than ups, but I still feel pretty on track!