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Solar Panels are Operational, Spending on Giving

December 11th, 2014 at 03:54 pm

I am feeling financially very fortunate right now....

- D found out that he got a small raise for next year; along with his employer's 6% match, that is very good news for us. I am trying to increase our savings based on this raise, and just feeling so happy. I haven't been able to raise my salary for the past six years, and D was the same before he took this job last year.

- Our solar panels are operational, and we can see our meter running backwards. When we get our tax credit I'll be applying it to our mortgage principal.

- Our Christmas spending ended up being less than budgeted. I will take the remainder for the school teacher gift fund and for the giving tree that is up at school. The tree went up on Tuesday, and today there were no more ornaments! I think K, who organizes the tree, will get more kids' names tomorrow...

- I saw a young man today sitting on the side of the road with some food; it looked like maybe someone gave it to him and he was sorting through it. I desperately wanted to give him a voucher to a restaurant or something, but I wasn't sure what was going on, and he wasn't holding a sign or anything, so I didn't want to offend him. I wish I knew what to do in these situations.

- 4th Grade breakfast with the Head of School tomorrow morning - I love that F goes to a school where it's small enough that we can do things like this. I love that I know every kid in the school, and every parent, too. I love that they tell me that the time that I volunteer means so much to them. I love that no one treats us differently because we aren't wealthy like some of the families.

- I am going to take F and her friend up to the animal shelter to volunteer on Saturday. Their class has already made $1000 on homemade cat toys and dog treats; all of the money will go to the shelter. It's only the first week; they are hoping to make another $1000.

5 Responses to “Solar Panels are Operational, Spending on Giving”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Great updates!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Glad to hear about the solar panels. Will it be a chore to keep them clean?

  3. scottish girl Says:

    Great!

  4. littlegopher Says:

    We have a small public school district, and we've loved it for our daughters too (my youngest is a senior!) For a large metro area, we're definitely a hold out on not consolidating into a bigger district, but all the families and staff agree that it's the best, most caring school around and we want to keep it that way.

    Great news on all of your financial picture - what a wonderful way to end a year and start a new one!

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