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What is your standard reaction to finding you have far less money in your bank account than you thought you did? Today my reaction was to call Deb and tell her we needed to take it easy for the next couple of weeks. Really, we should be OK. I just spent a lot getting to NC for the holidays and picking up souvenirs while I was there. Rent is my big start-of-the-month bill and if I can avoid any major repairs or breakdowns between now and the 15th when I get paid again, we should do fine. It's just a little scary when you realize you are the poorest you've been in a year and it's only the 4th day of a new year. No travelling in January for me I guess but that's just as well since anywhere I can think to go is just as cold and ugly as the midwest is right now. OK, maybe Tucson isn't cold in the Winter. But that trip will have to wait for February at least.

I think this year, my travels will take me to places I've been but have not gotten to explore that much of like Palo Duro Canyon in TX and places I've never really spent much time at all like Maine or South Carolina. I may go for a long weekend and spend some time with my folks at the beach so we don't have to be working our asses off all the time like we do when they come to Illinois.




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Jan. 4th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
yeah... shit happens...

having experienced this kind of stuff for most of my life (being a student, literally hungry, having to work 16-hr shifts every other night while still having to study... then kids and a meager salary of a soviet engineer... a financial cushion was my passionate dream... I remember living with just money for just about 1.5 weeks, while my wife was in a hospital and my teenager kids all needed, well, food and clothes and money for transportation... brr, I hate this kind of life.

And these holidays now we planned to go to Kauai, but the bonus I was expecting was delayed for a month, so we just did not go anywhere and stayed home. Psychology... we are still kind of scared.
Jan. 4th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm just looking at cheaper trips this year. I used to have cheap adventures all the time but in recent years have gotten spoiled staying in hotels and the like. I need to get back to camping and also not driving all over hell once I get to a place. Take some time to just explore each place. I have a bonus coming as well but I won't see it until early Spring probably. With any luck, I'll get this freelance gig which would help out quite a bit.

Jan. 7th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
That just happen to me recently. I freaked when I asked the condition of our savings and found out that between the doctors and medicines and rising insurance for my wife's chronic illnesses and several major expenditures on home and car repair, our safety net had dropped down dangerously low. Since then I've been beating myself to death working as many extra jobs as I can get over and above my regular work so that I can build up the reserves for our safety net. It is pretty scary when there is only one of us who is capable of working. But like Ivan mentioned above, most of my life has been living on the edge of chaos.....
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