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Do we have enough?

March 6th, 2009 at 01:53 pm

Do we have enough in Checkbook One to buy some bird food? Yes, Mr H asked me this last night. Looks like he's getting with the program.

I just finished running the numbers (I'm behind) and we had a $248.72 surplus in Checkbook One for February. Wow, this budget thing is working!

Unfortunately, the temptation now is to spend. I haven't yet figured out what we've spent so far for March, but I have given in to the temptation a bit. It's so easy to get careless. I'm reigning myself in and getting back into "keeping our money" mode.

I have decided that my tutoring money will go towards our annual Memorial Day camping trip. Expenses for this trip include space in the campground (already paid for), ferry fare for two vehicles, extra gas money and extra food costs. You would think that we would just eat normally but no. . . our camping diet includes things like s'more fixings, bacon, snack foods and beer and wine, and those food items add up.

I love camping. I love sleeping in a sleeping bag in a tent (even in pouring down rain), I love getting up and making coffee and looking at the beautiful surroundings, I love sitting by the campfire on damp mornings, I love Mr H's obsession with tarps, I love our friends who we camp with, I love my camping clothes (wool sweaters, long johns and rain poncho in addition to other layers). I'm getting giddy just thinking about this trip.

5 Responses to “Do we have enough?”

  1. SnoopyCool Says:

    I tutor, too! What do you tutor?

  2. boomeyers Says:

    My idea of camping is a hotel! Big Grin But I love that you love camping! You make it sound lovely!

  3. fern Says:

    Camping is the ultimate frugal vacation.

    I have mixed feelings about camping. Namely, i LOVED camping on many prior trip, HOWEVER, i'm not crazy about having to wash up in a shared outdoor bathroom anymore and sleeping on the hard ground, well, it's not quite as appealing as the years go by, but i definitely understand its appeal, all the same.

  4. baselle Says:

    So is DH the classic "blue tarp camper"? Smile

  5. Petunia Says:

    Thanks everyone!
    Snoopy: I've been tutoring younger children in math. I was asked to do this (did not go out looking for this job). I'm using a Montessori-based program which I used with Daisy for three years.
    fern: many people switch to tent trailers in their 40's, then move up to campers/5th wheelers at some later point. But we're still going strong with our tent.
    baselle: yes, Mr H is a blue tarp camper. . . I think we all are. I'm trying to remember what's in that add. . . Mr H spends a lot of time adjusting them. We got a pop-up for the picnic table which has lessened the number of tarps involved in our trips. Not growing up here. . . and now camping here for many years. . . I've grown to appreciate Mr H's ability with tarps.

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