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My May balances are my June penance

May 29th, 2015 at 09:32 pm

Spent far too much money on food and dining out this month, overspent on most categories. I think the food splurges are because I'm so satiated by the protein shakes I don't think much about what the other two will eat. Or I don't plan the menus and we buy ingredients at the last minute. Or I don't get receipts from someone who takes money out of the ATM and I just assume he's bought lunch for himself with the money while at work. The only categories I haven't overspent are auto, animals, clothing.

The groceries overspending is understandable: I splurged for a 28 lb. "meat package" at a butcher shop, used a coupon, and saved 22%. I won't need animal protein until school lets out.

I made some Homemade Foaming Soap just now, with lemon oil and vegetable glycerin.

Of interest only to snafu: I just learned my constitutional right to vote has been returned to me. I'm going to fill out the forms, get my ballot I hope in time for the election, and then exercise my subsequent right to complain if the results are not to my liking. Also, when canvassers in front of supermarkets ask me if I'm registered to vote I can say "yes!"

of probably no interest: I started reading (and watching) Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and I think it'd have been funnier if the war England was fighting in the book was the one in the New World. Strange's magic could be confounded by Ojibway or Oneida shamanism, Mr Norrell could grapple with the dilemma of restoring magic to respectability in England by helping the war effort, or saving the Library of Congress from burning by the British soldiers in 1814. I love Eddie Marsan in the BBC miniseries: he gives Norrell some emotional depth and expressions of pride & pain. In my head I imagined some cranky Ned Sparks intellectual.

8 Responses to “My May balances are my June penance”

  1. Buendia Says:

    I tried watching it, but I liked the book so much and it's just not how I imagined it... your idea is pretty funny, though!

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Is this something I need to read?

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I think I overspent on some categories, but on the upside saved just under 15% of my pay which I'm happy with. Hoping you did well on some of your categories.

  4. PauletteG Says:

    VS_ozgirl: saving 15% of pay is very respectable; I'd be happy with that too. Our electronics and appliances conspired in a multi-suicide plot to wear down close to the same time. I do not yet have the hang of predicting when appliances will stop working and saving for such. I'm still saving for a phone to switch service somewhere else, but haven't studied it much.

    My English Castle: If you like Harry Potter for grownups. Literally it is a fantastic novel, and I don't mean "literally" in the way that its misuse ticks off English professors, it is a fantasy novel. The size of _Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell_, plus its period (Napoleonic Wars) scared me off for years. I picked it up from a Little Free Library because LFL material has no due date. I'm happy to see it's a comic novel.

    Buendia: your earlier post about the BBC series "Back in Time for Dinner" led me to watch the first episode, which was so tragic I couldn't bring myself to watch the other decades, though I'm sure it's an improvement. I remarked to an English friend it's a wonder John Cleese managed the height he did from the rationed malnutrition of the time, and my friend quipped that the UK government did not ration albatross.

  5. Dido Says:

    Some months are like that. My food budget has been out of whack for two months due to work overloads. I'll have to compensate after our June 15 deadline. Thanks for the homemade foaming soap link...I'll have to try that.

  6. bluesfemme Says:

    Chiming in late with an Acker Bilk solo - but pleased the clarinet misplacement did not result in greater June pain.

  7. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I can't predict when things will wear out either, but maybe there should be a category "house repairs & maintenance items"? (I'm currently contemplating this one for our budget)

  8. rob62521 Says:

    I can't predict when things will wear out either...anymore, it seems like after 8-10 years nothing lasts. Very discouraging.

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