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Reached June debt goal! Plus summer update and some SA publicity (sort of)

June 28th, 2011 at 08:39 am

One of AS's student loans hit. $122 went to principal, so that means we've paid off $1788 of debt, exceeding the $1700 goal. She has one more student loan payment that will probably hit before the end of the month.

I forgot how fast and hectic summer feels! In the dead of winter, I imagine long slow hot days lazing and reading and getting slurpees, like summer vacations in Virginia were when I was a kid. The reality is that Minnesota summers are so short, there's a sort of frantic feeling of wanting to pack in as many outdoor activities, later-evening (before days get shorter) events and socializing as possible. It's fun, but definitely not as leisurely as I think it's going to be.

As a result, I've jettisoned the logging of our grocery lists and figuring what each meal costs. It's just not a good use of summer time! We're once again struggling to catch up on our grocery budget after a couple of busy weeks where we didn't take the time to sit down and figure out a budget-conscious use of our grocery money. We also had some daycare-related purchases that came out of grocery/household, which set us further back. But I'm confident we can buckle down and get on track over the next few weeks, especially with our CSA farm shares coming in, getting more bountiful as the summer progresses.

Now that I'm done complaining, I have to say that so far this has been a FABULOUS summer.
* We've been to my college reunion in NY, had my family in town for a weekend, and attended the Pride parade Sunday and THREE parties (AA came with us to all!) on Saturday.
* AA is absolutely blossoming with help from the new daycare, and it's so much fun to be part of that.
* AS is making great strides at her job; the first book she acquired is getting great advance buzz, and she's successfully acquired a second book as well as convincing her boss to acquire some reprints that she thinks are going to do great. (And the reprints are of UK books, so she's building her presence abroad -- great news for emigration planning!) My work still isn't perfect, but it's gotten a lot more manageable so I'm not miserable here anymore.
* We've been branching out and having fun in our cooking: I made a Vietnamese BBQ mock duck and tofu spring rolls that were big hits; AS got a Kitchenaid mixer with an ice-cream maker attachment and has been whipping up gourmet vegan treats; NT invented a Cuban-style dinner of avocado-mango salad, plantains and black beans that was out of this world. I think the warm weather and fresh produce has us all feeling inspired.

I wish I could get more motivated to lose weight, but at least I'm trying to walk more and eat loads of fresh fruit and veggies, so I'm not being unhealthy, even if I've plateaued weightwise. Other than a quibble or two like that, I'm loving this summer.

I noticed mention of SA on a Yahoo story about stores cracking down on extreme coupon methods. Unfortunately, they spelled the site name wrong (savingsadvice.com) though the link was correct. Here's the article:

3 Responses to “Reached June debt goal! Plus summer update and some SA publicity (sort of)”

  1. laura Says:

    The Pride Parade was in Chicago this past weekend - I missed the fact that it was a national event - though I shouldn't be surprised! Sounds like your summer is off to a great start! Our vacation this year is to Virginia (a week in Williamsburg, doing Busch Gardens, Jamestown Island and Colonial Williamsburg). We average slurpees from Speedway at least weekly (pushing them while they're $.69 for 44 ounces) and my kids are reading about Pocohontas and Jamestown before we get there.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Yep, it's national. I think SF and NY were the first cities to commemorate the Stonewall riots, when a group of drag queens finally had enough and fought back against police harassment. Now every major U.S. city (and many smaller ones) has a Pride festival sometime in the summer (usually late June; NY, Chicago, Seattle and Twin Cities all had theirs this weekend).

    Virginia is great for historical tourism. Have fun! And my advice I always give to people from cooler climates: Move slow. Don't struggle against heat and humidity, or you just get more hot and humid! Big Grin

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    Weight loss?? Ugh..I don't even want to talk about it!

    Your summer sounds really good. The dinner ideas sound tasty. Glad AA is comfortable with her daycare. Smile

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