This is “fixinto” be a rough year financially. We went shopping yesterday and it’s going to be tough to hold the grocery budget this year. We exceeded it by a couple of hundred last year and it looks like we’ll go over budget for January 2011. Food here in the south is more expensive than in Michigan or even the Northeast and on top of that, they charge an 8-1/4% sales tax on food.
On top of that, we’re already over budget in medical for this month as well and with fuel prices inching (or maybe I should say footing) their way up we’re going to have to go back to our budgeting department for a second look and a revision. Our “buffers” are quickly disappearing and that makes us a little nervous. Oh well, it is what it is!!!
Other than shopping, yesterday was a clean the house, do the laundry, get a haircut, and pick up propane kinda day. Just the typical “get your chores done so you can go outside and play” day.
Today is going to be a great day (“they” are predicting lots of rain tomorrow) so we hope to do an outing with Don and Jenny. Not sure exactly what we’ll do, but we have some options and we’ll leave the choice up to them.
Well, enuf’s enuf so Take Care Until Next Time - - - - -
We are noticing the same thing, Darrell. Food prices up, fuel up especially. I'm sure as fuel continues to rise, food will as well. I would certainly think states that haven't done so need to think about adjusting their sales tax to avoid food and hit harder on discretionary items...like Michigan, that is what Illinois did years back.ReplyDelete
Maybe we will all need to stay put for a little longer at a time and mean a few less miles in between. Maybe those potlucks will need to become more stone soup gatherings! Hope you have a great day with Don and Jenny!
Hugs to all 4 of you!
I can relate to the budget thing. We haven't had a raise in years because the budget gurus say that there's not enough inflation to cause a "cost of living increase". What?!! It's a good idea to stay put awhile to help out with the cash flow.ReplyDelete