It's a new month! A new year! A new decade! Same old me. Just so we're all on the same page, I spend too much money, on my kids, mostly. Okay! It's nice to get that out of the way. ENW at the start of December was $30,500. We are moving out of the spendy… Continue reading ENW January 2020: $37,400.
Christmastime, 2019. This lady is too cheap to fly her family anywhere, not to mention worry about a rental car, so we drive eeeeeeverywhere. It’s about a 15-hour-drive to my parents’, and we make that trip two to three times a year. The drive is fine. I mean it’s terrible but it’s fine. We have… Continue reading The flat
The past week was exhausting. Night after night after night of non-stop puking child, fevers, air mattress squishes. We had 8 kids under 10 for a few days and I don’t know if you know this about kids, but when they aren’t screaming with each other they are screaming at each other and whoooooboy it… Continue reading Resurrection
It’s Christmas Eve eve, I think. Monday? Who knows. I’m at my parents’ house and it is mass chaos, and I’m freelancing in the margins but mostly forgetting what day it is. I do not feel smug about having a minimalist Christmas, because I didn’t, but I do feel good about the fact that last… Continue reading Holly jolly Christmas
Our water dispenser is, unsurprisingly, breaking. Unsurprisingly because everything is breaking. Unsurprisingly because we've had it for something like a decade and use it constantly. Unsurprisingly because it's birthday and Christmas season, and isn't that when all the unexpected expenses crop up? The dispenser has an ice cold side and a nearly boiling side. For… Continue reading Drip drip drop
I'm writing this on Sunday night. Okay, technically I guess it's "evening" but it feels like the depths of midnight to me right now. Amelia was up every half hour on the half hour last night, vomiting in my face and on my clothes and on the sheets. And I suppose I should be telling… Continue reading Mid-month freelance update: $3400
For many people, myself included, saving and budgeting became a thousand times harder with kids. It’s not just the things they need - food, shelter, clothing - it’s also the things they want - board games, LEGOs, a trampoline. And things I had never considered - music lessons, horse camp, adult-sized portions at restaurants. Teacher… Continue reading The difficulty of being FI-minded with kids: executive function
Amelia is turning 3. I know what you're thinking, because it's what I think at every upcoming birthday. "Oh God, the cost." Okay, I guess I also think about the blessings and "oh my how she's grown" and "can it possibly be..." but...birthdays. They're so expensive. We typically do the first birthday or two at… Continue reading All the awesomeness, a fraction of the price: a birthday party story
This year, Sonya wanted to buy her best friend, Jaya, something for Christmas. She said she would use her own money, and I said that was fine (although she said she wanted to spend like $70, and I said no to that). After we had everything ordered and ready, she bashfully came up to me… Continue reading Can we give a present to Ariana, too?
I need to get this off my chest from the get-go: I have been working for this company for over two years now, I've made something like $80,000 with them, and I have no idea what the difference is between Cactus Communications and Editage. My guess is that Editage is a part of Cactus? The… Continue reading Is Cactus Communications (Editage) legit? A review