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Getting There

January 20th, 2016 at 05:37 am

Spent some time yesterday actually charting out the budgets on the new (joint) Mint account. My plan is to be paying everything out of it by next month. DH and I had sat down a few months ago to talk over expenses and what we estimate we spend. He doesn't do any sort of budgeting, so it's going to be a learning experience finding out how much we actually spend between us.

I got a little more granular than I did with my own categories - mostly because I think it'll be useful at the end of the year to see where we're spending, and where we can cut down. My husband is a numbers guy. So even though I'm sure he wont be checking in on the account much, it'll be better for me to illustrate things later on. Not that I want to preemptively win arguments, but I really don't think he knows just how much he spends, and when we have to cut back drastically (for instance, if/when he goes back to school), it'll be easier to find where we can reduce.

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Got a couple of checks in the mail that have been long overdue. So that's nice. Pretty much all of that income will be put toward tax savings. I also need to calculate out my income for the second half of 2015 so I can send it to my accountant and get my sales tax paid. That will be a project for today.

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Today I'll probably swing by a mailbox and drop my Q4 local tax payment in the mail. Hooray for taxes... :/

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Yesterday was a no-spend day. Not a very productive one, but I didn't leave the house until the evening - to go to a friend's for dinner. So free dinner as well. Tonight we'll cook. Thinking I'll make my Italian chicken again. DH really enjoyed that, and I'm making zoodles to go with it (zuchinni noodles) to make it a bit healthier. I need something a bit lighter after the *delicious* meal of enchiladas and black bean soup I had last night.

Speaking of healthy, as of yesterday I hit my goal weight for my Dietbet! Now all I have to do is maintain or lose more for the rest of the month and I'll for sure get my money back (and then some)! Feels really great Big Grin

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That's it for me! I hope you all have a lovely day!

4 Responses to “Getting There”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Congrats on making your goal weight!

  2. Amber Says:

    Way to go on meeting your weight loss goal. Also if you don't mind, can you please share your Italian recipe?

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Great job on the dietbet!

  4. pjmama Says:

    Thanks everyone!

    Amber, I use this as a base-recipe:

    http://spoonuniversity.com/cook/this-super-simple-caprese-chicken-recipe-will-make-you-love-cooking/

    But I make mine in an actual oven. haha. I also marinate the chicken in an olive oil/balsamic blend with a bunch of spices first, instead of using fresh basil (though I'll def do fresh basil when my garden is up and running again!). It's very simple, healthy, and delicious. I've not made the rice/salad, but stick with my own sides for the most part. The zoodles are a nice addition Smile

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