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Just visiting today

June 7th, 2017 at 08:47 am

I am still around but at the moment coming on here very often.

Just popped in to say hello!

All is well here, and back to feeding the cat next door for a month. Family is off to Sweden and England. Lucky them!

Merry Christmas

December 26th, 2016 at 05:31 am

Merry Christmas everyone just dropping to say hello I hope post more often in 2017.
Kitty

Update

July 13th, 2016 at 09:33 am

Hi everyone
Just quick drop in again.
On the computer front that one I bought in February was a Lemon and was replaced when it ATE the DVD disk and end up in the back of the computer it was too risky to leave there for the warranty to run out. And it was just 3 months old.

It was replaced at no cost with a better one which turns out is a touch screen and double Gigabyte etc. But costed money to download all the programs as there was only Widow 10 on it with the amount data that was download that month. I only can have Mobile Broadband which is expensive here. Now I have a better deal with IP. So in the end I did win for now!

Strategy - Know what you are in title too!

Quick drop in

February 28th, 2016 at 08:56 pm

I have been doing a lot around here but not online as much as before.

Spending my savings on eye operations and new computer as my last one died on me. I am still trying to learn to use Window 10 was having major problems with it. Like not working with major error.

I will update later when I can see better.

Have a great leap year day for 29th February.

Summary of 2015 Daily Living Allowance

January 5th, 2016 at 11:29 pm

This doesn't count any fixed bills or planned budget spending only items that I could if need to cut back on at any time.
Eating out - $547.89 - over $92.89
Groceries - $1394.95 - under $230.05
Non-food - $48.30 - under $146.70
Clothes - $241.23 - under $213.77
Grooming-$190.86 - under $4.14
Gas -$113.91 - under $146.09
HH items -$285.34 - under $234.66
Fares-$95 -under $100.00
Entertainments -$285.45 - over $90.45
Garden -$116.36 - under $78.64
Gifts -$278.70 - under $111.30
Donations -$134.80 - over $69.80
Medical -$1001.88 - over $91.88
Misc. - $125.00 -under $4.00
Personal -$930.11 - under $239.89
Totals -$5789.78 - under $1361.22

Because I have kept up with my excel budget I am still able to still post my annual summary.

Medical is only amounts not budgetted for or gap between my medical benefit and the outlay plus any other medical outlay not in budget.
Donations to medical / cancer and red cross appeals plus odd donations here and there.
Entertainment I have been buying some DVD's online and other outings over the year.
Eating out - My social life has picked up and venues are more expensive these days.

I will need to cut my expenses somewhat for 2016, as I am having some operations and the out pocket is in the 1000's I have save most of this money but will need to be replaced in the future to build my finances back to a healthy level again.

No Spending Days 167

All credit cards are up to dates and all bills paid.


Strategy - Track your daily spending down to the cent by writing it down daily.

I'm back again for another year.

January 4th, 2016 at 09:51 pm

It's a long time since I last posted on here, a lot of things have been happening here, the last of hail storm damage has been done. It took almost 12 months to finish.

The cost would have been around $40,000 Au, all up if not more.

I will need to update my spending on monthly daily living allowance at least a summary of the last six months.

I will work on it in the next few days.

Then start on this year's new challenge.

Strategy - Put in writing what you are worried about and see the figures then work out an action plan.

5th Monthly Financial Summery for 2015

June 29th, 2015 at 08:44 am

Here is my summery for May

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month; I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

Review for May budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$27.40
Groceries===$125=== =$167.59
Non-Food===$15
Clothes ====$35=====$95.00
Grooming===$20 ====$35.95
Gas======$20
HH items===$40======$1.50
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35====$57.50
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$118.30
Misc ======$10========$121.00
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$90.99

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 13 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $715.23 over by $165.23 on general spending.

This is because I have paid deposit of $121.00 for Awing for one of my windows with another two being paid by my insurance company. I also had a medical bill out pocket of $118.30 from skin specialist. Taking out these two items of $286.30 I still am under in my spending $428.93.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $335.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was over by $42.59 this period.

Strategy - Track your daily spending down to the cent by writing it down daily.

Roof Replacement Update

June 26th, 2015 at 08:36 pm

Is on its way after a long wait of almost 7 months since the storm hit. When you have over 70,000 roofs to be replaced and limit number of tradesmen to do it all and still build new houses it a big ask.

Owing to our cyclone codes here it has to be done to that standard and all jobs have to the latest codes.

My house had asbestos roof at one stage and all that rubbish was left in the roof and not removed so it wasn't up to days code standard so I had a bit of wait for them go ahead with the job after they put up all scaffolding as they had get it reviewed by the insurance company for the extra cost.

They are now back and putting on the new roof and hope to be finish it soon. A lot of the houses around here have scaffolding up and work men working on them.

4th Monthly Financial Summery for 2015

June 11th, 2015 at 08:12 am

Here is my summery for April.

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month; I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

Review for April budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$62.75
Groceries===$125=== =$103.45
Non-Food===$15
Clothes ====$35
Grooming===$20 =====$23.96
Gas======$20=======$26.40
HH items===$40======$15.75
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35====$52.00
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70
Misc ======$10
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$51.11

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 13 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $335.42 under by $214.58 on general spending.

This saving went into medical bills over this period.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $30.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was under by $21.55 this period.

Strategy - Review your bills every six months so that you are still saving money with your changes that you made since renewed or changed bill companies. Change your habits if you can't change the company.

House Repairs after the Storm

June 9th, 2015 at 06:19 am

They are still not done but it's on its way, so by the end of June, I should have 99% of the work done.
I had that job done but whether it has been done right it's another matter. At least I have a State company doing it, some roofers are coming from oversea and interstate to do the work but are doing it wrong as we have different codes here than some of other states because of the Cyclones which means a lot more roof nails and special tying down code has to be done and they doing as their own codes and with all the rain we have had in the last few months, some of the roofs are leaking and causing more damage and insurance companies now checking the work with other Asser's to see everyone doing the right thing. All the companies that are doing my work are Asser's firms.