I don’t know about you, but I feel like April – September are the most expensive months in my life.
You’d think I’d feel the opposite: October-March have my anniversary, Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and my dear husband’s birthday, plus half a dozen other birthdays whose celebrations vary (mainly family), but I always feel overwhelmed by summer.
There’s Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, trying to fit in a vacation, lawn care and planting, back to school, and to top it off, Baby Girl’s birthday at the end of September. Plus, outrageous electric bills for at least two cycles (only two if I’m lucky!)
One of the things I am trying to do to compensate for this problem, is to get ahead of the spending. I’ve been talking about preparing for Baby Girl’s birthday, and I’m down to just figuring out toys (which are expensive!)
I’ve also gone around like a crazy person, turning off lights and playing with the thermostat. But mostly I’ve just been trying to budget better. It’s not like I don’t know all of this is coming every year!
I think we’re doing pretty well, though. We only had to dip into the savings a little bit (about $200) to pull off our vacation, and the rest of her birthday will fit easily into September’s budget.
The key is planning and organization, neither of which I’ve ever been fantastic at, but I’m learning!