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Some Spending, Snowflake and Taxes

January 19th, 2016 at 09:22 pm

I've been trying really hard on the No Spend Month (no unnecessary spending) but not doing spectacularly well. Some things have come up. OK, let's be honest: there are some things I've wanted to buy for F.

She's been doing so well with so many activities lately and testing and now the spelling bee this Saturday which she's super nervous about. She borrowed her friend's books that they both love, but I wanted to get them for her as a reward for staying cool under pressure. It's a series of 6 books, and the total was $41.90. They're written by one of her favorite soccer players. Here is my (sort of lame) justification: we borrow books from friends, from the library, but if it's a book you read over and over then it's ok to have some books that you own!

Anyway, I haven't been getting any snacks or treats out, eating all lunches made from home. We've eaten out only once this month.

There is lots of money in the budget, so we're fine from that standpoint.

I need to keep referring back to my "Things to Buy" note in my phone if I want to buy something.

My weakness seems to be buying things for F. It's easy not to buy for myself.

Anyway, the good news is that I got $79.25 for royalties for my book. I don't get a lot, but it's nice when I do get a check. I paid down mortgage principal with it, and we're now at $41,445.44.

Also - I finished my business taxes and started our personal taxes. No - we don't have all of the forms yet, but I already did my W2 and K1. And I downloaded all of the interest statements.

4 Responses to “Some Spending, Snowflake and Taxes”

  1. Carol Says:

    Our kids can be our downfall, but I think it's good for them to own books, so I can only cheer you on-- not a bad splurge.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Our girls have books they own. Usually bought with their own money or gifts. Not that I would never buy them a book...plenty of scholastic books around here at one point that I know I purchased. I completely agree that if you read them over and over then they are worth the purchase. If in several years she is done with them, they likely could be sold to another child to recoup your costs. Or just given away to bless someone else!

  3. snafu Says:

    I love positive reinforcement for our children. They need tangible expressions of our approval and love. Every time F picks up one of the books she will remember the occasion, how helpful it was to stay cool under pressure, huge for an anxious youngster. I can't think of one single reason to deny. Can you?

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Nice royalty check. Smile

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