Good morning, peeps.  I know, I know.  My budget breakdown is totally late this month.  But I have an excuse!~  We got possession of our new home last week and we’ve been working on it like crazy people.  We spent the last weekend painting every single room in the house, cleaning up, and doing prep work for the professionals we have coming in.  And so far, so good.  No matter how many times I paint a room, it always amazes me what a difference a coat of fresh paint can make.  Our new house wasn’t dirty when we bought it but the paint was rather dated and beat up.  Now everything looks amazing and I know it will look even better once all of the floors go in.

Ugh.  Speaking of those floors, my budget was friggin’ painful to write out this month.  It’s all fun and games until the bill comes due, am I right?  Fortunately, I signed up for several high-spend rewards credit cards before the whole deal went down.  So at least there’s that.  Anyway, here is our January budget breakdown….and it’s a doozy.  Brace yourselves.

  • Rent: 0
  • Groceries: 500
  • Daycare: 750
  • Car Insurance: 380 (due every 6 months)
  • Internet: 120
  • College L: 100
  • College V: 100
  • Gas/Misc: 200
  • Cell Phone: 55
  • Health Insurance: 395
  • Misc. Utilities: 300
  • Movers: 800
  • Carpet: 5000
  • Countertops: 2100
  • Paint/Misc: 500
  • Tile Install: 900
  • Custom Cabinet: 350
  • Dishwasher: 500
  • Plumbing: 250
  • Garbage Disposal: 85

Total: $13,385

Yikes.  First, let me clear a few things up.  We didn’t have rent at our rental home this month because I was paying a month ahead.  We also don’t have a mortgage payment due until March 1st so that will go on next month’s budget.  Score!  I estimated 300 for utilities because I wasn’t sure when I would start getting utility bills for the new house.  They went into my name on January 6th so there’s a good possibility that none of those will hit until next month.  Also, we hadn’t planned on replacing the dishwasher but changed course after finding out that it is a total piece of shit and the way it was installed isn’t up to code.  So we bought a new dishwasher at Lowe’s (using a 10% off Home Depot coupon, woot!) and have to hire a plumber to reroute the plumbing.  While he’s there, we’re going to have him install a new garbage disposal since the house doesn’t have one.  Obviously this is an added expense that we didn’t anticipate but that happens sometimes.  Ugh.

I hate the fact that we’re spending all of this money but I have to keep reminding myself that it was our plan.  After all, we got this house for a steal knowing that it would need some work.  Still, it’s difficult for me to spend my hard-earned cash when I work so hard to keep it!  Anyway, here are some pictures of our house in its current state.  And in case you’re wondering:

  • Yes, that is wallpaper on the floor.  Fortunately, only three small half-walls needed to come down.
  • The room with no floors will be my new office.  I love the fact that it already has built-ins and I cannot wait to have an actual office again.
  • I was seriously questioning my choice of front door color when I started painting.  Fortunately, it dried dark maroon like it was supposed to!

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