It’s Wednesday and well… today was unexpected. First, we barely got any school done. Caleb, my 14 year old son spent the morning helping his Pawpaw (my Daddy). They did lots of cleaning up and yard work. I’m so grateful that my kids can grow up knowing and interacting with their grandparents – so I’m not complaining that he was gone, but it did throw a kink in our routine.
We use My Father’s World curriculum so for right now, all 4 of my school-aged kids use the same curriculum – we do the same history, Bible, science, reading, etc. They do age-appropriate activities and math and language arts, but SO much of our work is done together…. which I love. The downside to this is, if one child is not home, it makes me want to not do any schoolwork.
Why? Because I don’t want to have to repeat things later. Anyway… I’m getting off point.
Instead of doing schoolwork, we spent the first half of the day catching up on house stuff… laundry, dishes, floors, bedrooms… you get the idea. After Caleb got home and we had lunch, we did about an hour of school and then I had to leave to take Christian to the doctor.
He had been complaining for a few days that his ear was bothering him – saying he couldn’t “hear good” in his right ear. He’s had tubes in his ears THREE TIMES, and the last time he got tubes, he also had his tonsils and adenoids out, so I really, really didn’t want to hear that he was having ear trouble.
After a few days of using the drops from the ENT and he was still complaining, I made an appointment with our family doctor.
Turns out – he has “Swimmers Ear”… a pretty bad infection. She said his ear looked really, really yucky and he almost had 100°F fever. I was really shocked at the fever because he hasn’t felt bad at all (as you can tell from his silliness above while we waited on the doc)- he’s just complained that he couldn’t hear good and that he felt some “water” in his ear. SO – we spent $33.12 at the clinic and pharmacy today!
I budget $50/month for copays and things like that (we’re not sick often), and if we have other medical expenses, they have to come out of our Emergency savings account. I say we’re not sick often and that’s true … maybe only going to our family doctor 2-3 times a year, if that. We save our medical expenses for the big stuff…. broken arms and stitches… ha!
While in town, Christian asked for an Icee at the drug store. Since he was (fake) feeling bad (now that the doctor told him he had a fever & infection… oh, the power of suggestion), I felt sorry for him and told him we could. SMH (at me). The Icee machine at the pharmacy was broken, so we went and got snow cones instead… $4.
We also stopped by the Dollar General because we needed milk (2 gallons) and bread (2 loaves) again – and cookies & crackers and a couple of other small things. Ya’ll, just know this. We always need milk and bread. Always. And the crackers I needed for our supper recipe – the cookies for snack time. Total spent, $19.21.
When I got home, I opened up the mail and had a check from ShopatHome.com. If you shop online at all, you should really be signed up with ShopatHome and Mr. Rebates. I get checks from both sites a few times a year because I shop online a lot. Today’s check… $26.26! I’m not getting rich off of these sites, but since I joined both sites a few years back, my rebates have totaled over $1000!
Richy also got gas in the truck today: $46.35. He usually drives a really small car to work but it doesn’t have AC, so when it’s this stinkin’ hot, he drives the truck. It’s nice because he doesn’t arrive at work a sweaty mess. It’s not nice because it more than doubles our gas expense. Ugh!
And that’s that!
Dollar General (groceries): $19.21
Clinic & Pharmacy: $33.12
Snow Cones (eating out): $4.00
Extra/Unexpected Money Gained:
ShopatHome.com Rebate: $26.26
OVERALL TOTALS SO FAR (spent so far / budgeted for the month):
Groceries/Toiletries: $347.25 / $1200
Clothing/Home Products: $62.69 / $240
Entertainment/Eating Out: $34.71 / $300
Gas: $186.20 / $400
Homeschool Supplies: $58.23 (my homeschool budget is annual, not monthly, so I’m noting this just to keep up)
Medical Expenses: $33.12/$50.00
Extra Money to Savings to Date: $885.69
Things we said no to today… eeeh, nothing I can think of.