It's been a crazy couple of weeks. DD had surgery and had her last follow-up appointment, so unless something goes wrong, the eye injury is behind us. Except for the bills, of course...not sure how much those will end up being. I'm just relieved that her vision is fine - a couple centimeters to the right would have been a much worse outcome.
This still has me disheartened from a financial perspective. I've been playing the "if only" game a lot - if only I hadn't bought the car, if only I'd started cutting the budget a year ago, etc.
--Finish spring tuition fund: DONE
--Make regular car payment: $0/$220
--Add $800 to e-fund: $372/$800 --- 47%
I feel like a Debbie Downer in my journal...I'm not at all in real life. So here are some positive things from the past couple of weeks:
--Switched cell phone contract and should save ~$50 per month! My new phone is cutting edge...for 2003.
--Got a really good performance review at work. Raises are tiny this year, but I should get at least 1% in February.
--Did well in both grad school classes. One professor said my paper was the best ever submitted for the class and would like to present it at a conference together next year. Not exactly finance related, but great for professional development, which is finance related, hopefully.
--Made $125 in November by doing surveys, selling articles I wrote, and selling some old clothes on Craigslist
--Put $250 in a mini-sinking fund for winter break babysitting for DD. Before budgeting, I would have let this expense sneak up on me....not anymore!