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Movin' On Up

June 28th, 2013 at 09:54 am

This has been coming for a long time, but last week I finally got official word that it was happening. I am getting promoted at work, and will be getting a raise of $1.89/hr. Not bad, I suppose.

Most of that raise, however, will be eaten up by groceries, as we will be getting off of food assistance! Woohoo! How liberating! We sure are excited about that, even if it does eat up most of our new income. After that, the raise only comes out to about $34 more per month.

So we looked at our budget. We have budgeted $40/mo for kid-related expenses. Seeing as how our little two year old is already potty-trained, a lot of this is no longer required. So we cut it down to $25/mo. We shall see how that goes. Hopefully we can contribute a decent amount to savings each month.

Also, I started using YNAB (You Need a Budget) recently. I was previously using just the iOS app PocketMoney. YNAB seems to be a bit more realistic and easy to work with. Instead of highlighting your total available funds, it highlights your budgeted amounts. Out of sight, out of mind.

So, here we go! Another new chapter in our lives.

6 Responses to “Movin' On Up”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    A raise and promotion? How nice! Congrats. Smile

  2. Frgal Says:

    Thanks!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Congratulations! Hard work deserves recognition.

  4. snafu Says:

    Congratulations on getting a promotion and raise. I hope DW is taking DD to the toddler program at your local library. Has she found any way to generate income as a SAHM? You have the skills to fix small appliances and I'd like to encourage you to fix to sell or put a free add in CraigsList offering to fix things. That service is lacking and ever so useful. There is mark-up for you on both parts and labour.

    I admire your de-clutter process keeping only the items you use, enjoy and love. It's a goal we strive to reach. We do better in summer when we can store extras we need in winter. Since you life and work in the same complex, I hope you manage auto mileage planning errands on any trip out and suggest you check 'gas buddy' on-line for best gas prices.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I'm so happy for you.

  6. Frgal Says:

    @snafu - We have tossed ideas around as far as my wife making money goes. She really wants to do something, but nothing keeps her engaged, I guess. She enjoys her blog, but can't seem to keep up on contributing content on a regular basis. Probably because we aren't as ingenuitive as some people are, and don't have money to always do things that interest other people. Not sure. She needs a motivation. I guess the future business dream we have is not enough. "/

    @LuckyRobin - Thank you so much! There is always room for improvement, and I sure am doing my best to improve!

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