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Financial & Non-Financial Going Ons

June 8th, 2015 at 08:16 am

Had a really spendy start to June. Got my hair done ($105), the car exhaust system replaced ($580) and then bought a new suit ($285). I had to replace it anyway so I thought may as well do it to wear to a fancy lunch. The suit was bought on my credit card - I repaid $85 this weekend, have $200 to go. The car exhaust system and my hairdo were bought using extra money in the home loan offset account. Will be repaid by the end of the month.

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When doing B's tax I calculated how much he earned and to the end of April it was $34596, tax on that is $3115 - we have paid $2400 so have to start making up the difference, $200 has already been saved and we will make up the balance soon.

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One of my games I play on my iPad is words with friends and one of their new options is to play in another language- I studied Italian all through high school so I thought why not? It's so much fun!! It's like this whole new little world has opened up, am really enjoying it.

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Just finished a really great book last night called The October List by Jeffrey Deaver - it was slow to start (which wasn't a problem with me as I've been a bit too busy to be engulfed in a book - a chapter here or there has worked well for me) but last night I was able to sit down and read the last three chapters (which were long), did not disappoint! I guessed half of the ending but the rest of the ending took me by surprise, delivered lots of twists and turns, which every thriller should. Highly recommend it.

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Today I took the dog to my friend's place, who lives by the beach and went for an hour and a half walk with my friend and her 5yo son, was a really lovely morning Smile

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And finally, my last piece of news of what has been going on in my life lately - B's 40th party. We didn't know what we were going to do for it, and B was ummming and ahhhing, and thinking of perhaps going away on a holiday instead. It looks like we will most likely have the party. I have no idea how many people will come - the list we drew up was 88 in total but some people live interstate, and it is likely that they won't be able to come. We're looking at having it at our house (there'll be a fair bit of work there) and B said to just do finger food, but we thought we will also check out catering. The caterer we used for my 30th now has a website (um my 30th was quite a few years ago now!) and their prices look reasonable - $15.90 per adult for 3 meats, 4 salads & 3 desserts, $11.90 per child.

We're thinking of going with the catering option (I can't see myself handling the food for 88 people maximum singlehanded!), and providing the alcohol also. (More calculations required there).

The party is exactly 2 months away (on a Saturday) so we need to do proper calculations (especially for the alcohol portion!), prepare invitations this weekend and book the caterer. I hope we go ahead with it, I'm starting to get excited! I already have various ideas going through my head.

Financially it will probably be a stretch, but I think once we start to have concrete estimations of price we will be more motivated to save whatever we have towards the party, especially as it's only 2 months away. If we go ahead with the party, the 50 week challenge will still be proceeding as normal, but I will be putting the Banking the Difference challenge on hold for the 2 months while we are saving for the party instead.

6 Responses to “Financial & Non-Financial Going Ons”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    A party sounds good. I'd love to live by the beach.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    At least you have time to plan the party and save some of your cash for it.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Jeffrey Deaver is known for his twists and turns! He does it well!

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    A walk along the beach sounds soooooo sweet!

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    SG - I'm excited about a party. As for my friend, she likes living by the beach

    CCfree - I think two months is a combination of short enough (won't be doing it forever) & long enough (enough time)

    CB - I don't think I've read his books before but really enjoyed it

    FrugalTexan- yeah it was sweet, so lovely!

  6. bluesfemme Says:

    I would be looking at the catering option too - for Aust. that seems quite reasonable! P!us you would get to enjoy the night more - I did our engagement party at home and had no time to relax with guests.

    On another note, is B eligible for the low tax offset? Might mean you don't have to save up as much? (not an expert and if he's not PAYE might be moot anyway.)

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