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kelvan80

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I have finally decided to start a blog so I can have a little accountability over the next 5 months. I do 95% of the spending in our family. DH takes out his blow money, fills up with gas and the occasional grocery shopping trip and checks in with me about once every 6 months on where we stand. This time will be an extremely busy five months as my Navy husband will be traveling a lot and we'll be having a baby boy, our third child. It's been 9 years since my last baby though!

 

I will have quite a few doctor appointments between now and then, eleven if all goes well, so lots of planning is needed to stay on track with groceries/eating out and utilizing my crockpot more on appointment days. I would also like to get some more meals in the freezer. I want to make sure that the budget doesn't completely derail during this time with want-itis also. I have borrowed or been given the majority of the items we need for baby and I think I'm also getting a shower from local friends so that should take care of most of our needs.

 

So I have set a goal and then a stretch goal of extra savings that I want before DH gets back from his last trip in May. This is money that will go towards the purchase of a new-er 2nd vehicle for us when DH returns. DH gets paid bi-monthly so my goal is to save $1000 from every paycheck which would give us $10k plus our tax refund that I'm estimating to be about $2.5k. My stretch goal would be an extra $300/month so about $1.5k more for a total of $14k in five months!

 

I love having goals.

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Goals are so fun, aren't they :)

Just come to us when you start showing signs of want-itis, we can help bring you back to reality!

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Be sure and budget for you to go buy a little something for your new baby! Love the hand me downs-but especially love that there is that one special thing! For example, I got a Book of Days Journal. Wrote tid bits in it regularly. Still enjoy the occasional peek even after 20 years...

I am sure it was under $10 back then.

Annie

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I did find a St Louis Cardinals outfit. :) Of course it was only $1 at the thrift store. I like the idea of journaling, but I'm horrible with follow through.

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Jealous. I'm thinking of going home after the baby is born for spring break. They get 9 days this year and that way everyone could see my little man.

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What part of STL are you from?  I lived in Chesterfield the majority of the time that I lived there, and then O'Fallon, MO.  I'm currently involved with someone from Ballwin -- if things progress as we think they may, I'll be moving back in the next 18 - 24 months....

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I was born in Arnold, but my family lives at Lake of the Ozarks and has for 20 years. All my dad's side of the family lives in South County but he was born in North County. 

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