Good morning, Club Thrifty enthusiasts.  I seriously cannot believe that it’s September already.  I don’t know about you, but it seems like summer really flew by quick.  Thankfully, I love me some freakin’ fall.  I love the leaves, the crisp air, and the pumpkin patches that spring up all over town.  Oh, and I absolutely love Halloween…especially now that I have kids.  It’s still almost two months away but I’m already trying to decide what my four-year-old is going to be.  She totally wants to be a princess but I totally don’t want to buy a princess outfit, so we’ll see who wins that battle.  (SPOILER ALERT: It will be me.)  Anyway, I’m sad that summer is wrapping up but I have a ton of stuff to look forward to in the coming months.  We’ll get to that in a minute….

Since it’s a new month, it’s time for me to share my September budget breakdown.  So, without further adieu, here it is:

September 2013 Budget

  • Mortgage: $1426
  • Electric: $200
  • Gas: $25
  • Groceries: $500
  • Daycare: $500
  • Internet: $35
  • College Lydia: $25
  • College Vivian: $25
  • Gas/Misc.: $200
  • Cell Phone: $35
  • Life Insurance (Holly): $77.31
  • Trash: $56.25
  • Health Insurance: $377

Total: $3481.56

August Sucked

August was an awful month for our budget for reasons that were entirely out of our control.  In case you didn’t read about it, Greg’s Prius started acting crazy and we ended up stranded on the side of the road.  And although the part that failed was covered by a Toyota recall, we ended up replacing his almost bald tires and having a few small repairs done.  When all was said and done, we went about $800 over budget last month.  And this, my friends, is why I’m glad I have an emergency fund.

August was also a crazy month career-wise.  After ten years in the mortuary business, my husband began a new career in sales.  Shortly after starting, he realized that it was not going to work….at all.  He’s spent the last few weeks looking for a new job and was fortunate to having several interviews lined up within the first week.

The Good News

I’m happy to report that my husband accepted a very attractive job offer this weekend.  I’m super excited that he’ll be back at it, working for the man.  Being a one income family, even for a short time, was no fun at all.  I absolutely love money too much to go that route, so I’m thrilled that he’ll start bringing in a paycheck in the next few weeks.  Hooray!

The Bad News

Although I’m excited about Greg’s new job offer, I’m a little sad.  His new job requires that he live within a 20 minute radius of work which means that we have to move.  It’s bittersweet, I suppose.  Although I’m not in love with my house at all, it is my house.  It’s where I found out I was pregnant. It’s where I brought my kids home from the hospital.  And even though there are a ton of things that drive me crazy about this house, I’m going to miss it.

The Exciting News

Although I’m sad to move, I’m also super stoked!  Our new hometown is only about 30 minutes away and it’s way nicer than where we live now.  It has one of the highest rated school systems in the state and  tons of parks and natural beauty.  Another crazy coincidence is that my brother and sister both live there with their families!  Although I’m sad to leave my house, I’m SO EXCITED to go house shopping.  We are actually looking at ten houses on Wednesday and I cannot wait to find something that we love!  As I’ve written about many times, I’m absolutely obsessed with real estate and I think that house shopping is so much fun.  I will definitely be updating everyone as the whole situation progresses.  Our house just went on the market today and we think we priced it to sell quick.  We shall see!

So, that’s what is up with us.  How was your holiday weekend?  Anything new and exciting going on in your neck of the woods?