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Oh, the humanity!

September 27th, 2007 at 06:29 pm

Of paying bills, that is. Yes, today was bill paying day.

For most of the last 25 years of my life, bills were rarely paid on time. Yes, there were months when I was flush and they got paid on time or even a tad early but for the most part, it's been a major source of stress for me.

However, I have a new system that involves my mother helping me pay bills. At 45 I really shouldn't need her help but honestly, I have serious math problems and stress-over-money issues and this works for us. We sit together with a cup of coffee or a soft drink and go over the bills then write out the checks, drop them in the mail and go for lunch and just a little bit of shopping. There's a lot of giggling in there, too!

The total for rent, cell phone, and everything but the electric bill since I haven't gotten it yet and the storage unit since I want to move to a smaller one pronto, was $835.95. Ouch! But that includes $150 for spending money for me for two weeks. No, that really isn't all fun money since $50 of it is for groceries and $50 of it is for gas. I don't use $50 worth of gas every two weeks but since I'm looking for a job I might need that much. What I don't use will be put back in the account.

After we got checks made out and mailed we went to a local place for lunch then went to Wal-Mart and Target. I got a few little things I need and spent $19.88 and that included the cost of curtains for the living room. Then I got a couple of things at CVS and spent $8 and some change. I'll wait til Monday or Tuesday to do the grocery shopping since I'm okay on food right now.

Anyway, my bills other than those two are paid, I have money to go grocery shopping and put gas in the car and I feel fairly good about my financial situation. No, it isn't easy and I need to find at least a part time job but wow, it feels absolutely great to have paid the bills before their due dates and to know I only have two more to pay over the next month!

The last couple of months have been hellish but my mom has really been here for me. I'm blessed to have a mother who loves me as she does and tries to help me keep the stress under control. At some point, she'll turn the reins back over to me but not until I tell her I'm ready.

So that's my financial day in a nutshell. Smile

3 Responses to “Oh, the humanity!”

  1. razberriez Says:

    What a great Mom! It's not easy being on your own that is for sure. I have a newspaper route that pays about 500.00 a month. I split it with my sister, equal time and equal pay. You might look into getting something like that. Also, what about selling thins online? Books on half.com or items on eBay? Have you ever thought about or done that? Just a few suggestions for you.

  2. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Yeah, she's a pretty nifty Mom..and has been in the book keeping/accounting business for over 40 years! How handy!!! I need to look into a paper route but would I just call the paper to ask about that? I have sold on ebay and other sites off and on for years and haven't had much luck with it. I've tried books, baby clothes, etc and nothing has done that well. But I might try it again if I can find something that sells well! Thanks for the ideas. Smile

  3. debtfreeme Says:

    good for you!! you found something that works for you, way to go!

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