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More ups than downs this time

May 13th, 2015 at 06:43 pm

AS called me today at work to let me know at last some money had come in. It was a big 'un, too: a $4000 check!

Not long after, NT forwarded an email from his UK property manager letting him know they need more money. :/ We just can't borrow any more money from his mum--we're already nearly $3K in the hole with her--so we'll have to wire some of our newfound riches. NT asked them to make sure this was the last additional charge, because sending money from the U.S. costs money, and we don't want to have to pay multiple wire charges. The manager also said council taxes would be due soon, but he didn't have any details on that.

On the upside, he says the place will be rentable soon, and at 40 pounds more per month than before. So once it's all said and done, we should be able to pay off NT's mum in 5 or 6 months and start saving money in the UK account again.

NT also had to get his bike repaired, so that will come out of our shared money as well. About $46.

So here's how $4000 becomes a shadow of its former self:
Tax/retirement $1200
Our half of fence costs (est) $1,300
Send to UK for reno (min) $616.40
Bike repairs $46.48

Left over: $837.12

Still, that's a lot more shared spending money than we've had in a while!

I booked a rental car for our July trip to my family reunion, but we won't have to pay that until we actually rent it. I added a note to my budget sheet so it doesn't fall off the radar, but I don't need to take it out of shared money right now. We know AS has lots more money coming in that will definitely be here before July! I figured out how to use my company's discount on the rental and saved about $100!

Even though it's just a road trip through Indiana to Ohio for a gathering of family (most of whom I don't know terribly well, except my nuclear family), I'm excited at the thought of traveling again. Before that, we've got a weekend in June in our friends' giant home in Winona (small town south of us). So two trips coming up!

My stomach is about 90% better. It's hurting and grumbling now that I had dinner, but not nearly as angrily as the past couple days.

Cat's not back. It's only been 5 days, whereas he was gone 10 days last time. I hope he gets hungry sooner and comes home!

Garage sale is this weekend. I'm taking Friday off to prep for it. We don't really think we'll make much money but it's a good excuse to go through our house looking for things to get rid of. I'm more excited about decluttering than I care whether we make money!

NT's official graduation is Sunday. Kind of anticlimactic; this is mostly so his dad gets pictures of him. And he did work hard on that degree, so it's worth celebrating again. Smile

4 Responses to “More ups than downs this time”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's great news about the big check coming in!

    Noodles, come back!

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Congrats to NT--and for the breathing room in the budget. Waiting to say congrats for Noodles' return.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm glad you finally have some cash flowing in, even though some of it is flowing back out. I actually like the garage sales for the forced purging too. The ones I used to have with friends were fun because it felt more social then anything. The side money doesn't usually correlated to the work, but it's a side benefit.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Glad to hear you have a big check coming in! You have a lot of plates in the air!

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