@Stina We always get our Angel Tree tags right before Thanksgiving, and then spend Black Friday hunting down deals for them. If you can get the timing to work out right, it's a great way to get nice stuff without spending a ton.
Way late to the party, but here it is anyway - Savings Emergency fund - $6300 August: $967 September: $1100 Travel fund - infinite August: $743 September: $893 Contributions for Japan 2015 will be starting in 2015,theres too much house stuff to buy before we can commit to another $500/month in travel savings. The money in this account at the end of the year will go towards a new years New Orleans / Texas road trip. Debt Student loans June: $20158 August: $19679 September: $19503 We'll be increasing what we throw at this this month, just need to remember to call and change the autopay!
@Cash 4 Cats With a year to save, I'm going to shoot for $500 a month and round it out with bonuses and stuff. Tickets right now are 3.5k for two people, so without doing any more research the plan is to have about 8k saved up (and we'll hopefully spend less).
Savings goals Emergency fund - $6300 July: $967 August:$967 Looks like I forgot to set up automatic transfers for this, so that's now become my 1 thing. Travel fund - infinite July: $593 August: $743 This is on track! And we've started figuring out what travel we might be going on - something smallish at the end of the year and then Japan next fall. We'll have to up the monthly savings for Japan for sure. Debt Student loans June: $20158 July: $19857 August: $19857, but the $250 auto pay is set to go through today. No stunning progress, but slow and steady and all that. Next month I'll be cashing in some savings bonds, so there will be a little extra to go around.
I didn't estimate, but I won't let that stop me from checking in. Two months ago I won tickets for Ikea's crayfish dinner celebration, so my husband and both sets of our parents got to go to that (free). It was a ton of fun, they had a VIP table set up for us and we got to wear party hats with crayfish on them. But then we walked through Ikea and ended up getting some table legs and boxes, $39. Saturday started with a Home Depot run for paint and painters tape ($45) for the house. We taped the kitchen, went to chickfila for lunch ($15), and painted the kitchen. We had brinner back at the apartment and didn't do much the rest of the night because housework is tiring. Sunday I helped with a bridal shower for my sister in law, but I bought most of the stuff associated with that over the last few weeks. From there, it was back to the house for more painting, and then late-ish pizza and beer ($26). Total: $125 Not too bad, but it will be nice to be done with the house so that we can stop buying so much paint and start cooking there instead of going out all the time.
The only catalog that I like getting is the yearly Ikea catalog - we just got the 2015 one recently and I definitely spent at least an hour going through the whole thing.
@ronswansonluva We just bought a brand new fridge from a Sears Outlet scratch and dent place - it ended up being 60% off retail, and the only thing "wrong" with it is two small dents on the side. It also comes with a real warranty, which might be worth it vs. craigslist.
I feel like all I ever post here about is new house related, but I guess that makes sense seeing as the house is all I think about and also costs a lot of money. Today - friends are in town and will be stopping by to see the house and go out to eat. We're trying to get a feel for the restaurants nearby, so that'll mean fancy tacos or pizza - $40 if we split it by couple, $80 if my husband wants to buy for everyone. Saturday - shopping with my mom because my parents generously offered to buy us a fridge ($0). Trip to Home Depot for relatively little things - $50. We'll have to eat lunch at some point, although my mom might pick that up as well, but $15 to be safe. Cleaning/mowing the front yard/painting samples on walls - free! Husband's parents are coming over to see the house again, so maybe dinner out with them (they'll pay). Sunday - Doing whatever we didn't get around to on Saturday. I'll try to push for lunch and dinner back at the apartment - I can see us easily falling into the mindset that we need to eat out all the time because we're at the house, but we have a perfectly stocked kitchen at the apartment, and the two places are only 20 minutes apart. Optimistically estimating $15, just because we'll probably go to home depot again. Oh, and probably some sort of grocery run, so +$40 for that. Total: $160-$200
We just bought a house, so now it's time to move our saving plan from "everything goes towards the house" to actually having distinct savings goals. In terms of debt, the plan is to be much more aggressive with the student loans starting next month. So: Savings goals $6300 - Emergency fund (6 months of mortgage) July total: $967 $infinity - Travel fund We haven't taken a vacation that isn't based around someone's wedding since our honeymoon (and I guess technically that vacation was based around our own wedding) so this is to take some sort of fun trip. Goal is $150/month + extra when possible July: $593 Debt payments Student loans June: $20158 July: $19857
Friday - dinner groceries ($13) Saturday - decluttering ($0), lunch out to escape clutter ($7), late night froyo even though it was way to cold for anything frozen ($8) Sunday - more groceries, but not everything we needed ($14) Estimate: $45, total: $42. I'll take it!