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  1. 4 hours ago, delilahdr said:

    We have all our sinking funds in one account too. I have a spreadsheet showing how much is for vacation, how much is for car repair/replacement, how much for Christmas, how much for home repair/replacement, etc. but it is good to know that money could be reallocated (less into vacation, more to car repair, etc.) if need be. 

    Yup, exactly what we do.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing your roller coaster ride of the last several years.  I know firsthand how medical issues can flip your life 180 degrees.  It’s kind of shocking, isn’t it.  (I have been dealing with cancer since July 2019.). The coronavirus and Covid-19 has given all of us who are older and/or have underlying health issues anxiety about our vulnerability if we become infected.  So please know that you are not alone.  And having a supportive partner makes everything more bearable.

    As you regain more stability in your personal and work lives, what goals will you be setting for yourself that this group can help you achieve—either with advice or accountability?  Wishing you all the best, and also your mother.



  3. For those of us who are seniors and have cancer or heart disease (me and DH) or other health issues, this virus is a life and death matter.  We won’t even get into the $200k we’ve lost in our retirement accounts the past two weeks.

    Lots of people are worrying about their small businesses failing or losing their jobs and health benefits.  This is about a lot more than a paid staycation.

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  4. My brother-in-law did an overnight sleep study and brought home bedbugs.  His wife is DH’s sister and she told me she was ready to burn down their house.  They had to evacuate and take oil paintings and candles with them (so they didn’t melt) and stay in a hotel, because the pest people heated the interior of the house to 104 degrees or so to kill all the bugs.  Makes my skin crawl to think about it.

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  5. Exactly!  It wasn’t until I created a budget on an Excel spreadsheet with columns for budget & actual for each month that we made real headway.  I could enter our expenditures every day and play with debt payments to see how quickly I could pay them off. (I put the debt totals at the bottom and linked them to the payments in the budget.)

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  6. My brother and former sister-in-law ran a graphics arts business from home.  When my niece was born they continued to do so without any problems.  It was only when she became a toddler and was running around and into everything that the woman across the street babysat for my niece during business hours.  I have no doubt that your plans will work for you.  You have a flexible job and a motivated spirit.  That is all you need.  Your baby is very lucky to have mama who can be home.  Enjoy every minute.  I'm so happy for you.

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