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Spendy Days

May 31st, 2015 at 07:45 pm

May and June seem to be spendy times around here. Part of it is because we have homeowner's insurance and car insurance coming due and then the property taxes come due around the first of June. Sunday afternoons are usually spent paying bills and reconciling the checkbook.

This week was especially expensive. On Wednesday we met friends for supper out for her birthday. On Thursday we spent the night in a hotel since they were blowing insulation foam into our crawl space and we couldn't stay in our house which meant supper out again. Breakfast was included with the room so that was good, but it also meant driving an extra 20 minutes to get to work on Friday. I planned that I wouldn't be able to take my Thermos with coffee so I had taken coffee in a fruit jar and put it in the fridge at school. Added creamer and had "iced" coffee instead of hot. It was fine and at least saved money there. Since we couldn't yet get back to the house, we wound up eating lunch out -- well, DH ate it out, he stopped and bought a sandwich for me to eat at school. We ate out again Friday night -- wow three days in a row. We have friends who eat out every night and I personally do not know how they do it. I was happy to eat at home last night as was DH.

It seems like the end of the school year is always kind of expensive anyway. Our administrator is retiring as is another staff member, and two people are leaving so of course there was the collection for their gifts. Then, another person is having a baby so there was money for a shower gift. Our staff decided to do secret pal stuff this year and I don't know who decided we needed to do an end of the year gift of $25, but I thought that was a little outrageous.

Granted, I'm griping. I have the money for all of this. All those meals we ate in and all those leftovers that were repurposed and consumed allowed for that. Those coupons that were clipped and sales that were used allowed us to have the money for all that. Perhaps I'm just become so tight I hate spending money.

I know we will spend money in June too. It is our 25th wedding anniversary and we are renewing our vows. Small ceremony under the huge oak tree we were married under. Our pastor being the kind soul that he is said all he wanted in terms of a fee was 3 chocolate chip cookies from each of us. I've already given him a dozen...that man has a sweet tooth and I know it! We are going to have professional photos taken since we didn't have them for our wedding. We have invited 3 close friends to the ceremony and we are treating them and our pastor to lunch. Not a huge expense overall, but we think it will be nice.

Speaking of weddings, Mary Hunt of Everyday Cheapskate said she interviewed someone that said the typical wedding costs over $31,000. Yowza! That is a heap of money! That makes my spendy days look like chicken feed!

6 Responses to “Spendy Days”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Congratulations on your 25th anniversary! I went to a $50,000 wedding plus the bride's father bought them a new house. The marriage lasted less than a year.
    I had $100 wedding and we are still happily together after 38 years.

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary & hope that renewing your vows is a beautiful day! Our wedding was $10k and that was with us watching every cent. Was a beautiful day though!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Sometimes I think there is an inverse relationship between cost of the wedding and years of marriage! The more expensive the wedding, the quicker the divorce comes!

    Congratulations on 25 years!

  4. snafu Says:

    What a lovely plan to renew wedding vows and celebrate such an important milestone with a few special friends. Congratulations on 25 yesrs together.

  5. scottish girl Says:


  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Working in local city government, I am SO not missing the "money collections" for every little thing.

    Congrats on 25 years!

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