Spencer, Percy, and GordonSeriously, ever feel like you’re in a tailspin?

I’m not sure if I’m just getting into one now or if I’m just about to pull out — things are that ticky-tocky…

Plain and simple — the spending is a bit out of control right now but it’s not frivolous (for the most part) so it kind of makes me feel like we’re suddenly in a hole we may not be able to dig out of as fast as I’ve grown accustomed to.

That’s disheartening.

Here’s the spending report for May:

  • $570.90 : Business Expenses
  • $498.72 : Mortgage
  • $462.00 : Day Care Deposit
  • $450.95 : Hockey Jerseys
  • $317.33 : Curtains
  • $258.95 : Gas
  • $239.45 : Allstate Insurance
  • $178.09 : Electricity
  • $127.80 : Cable/Internet
  • $120.00 : Cash
  • $108.41 : Water/Sewer
  • $98.78 : Birthday Presents
  • $95.84 : Natural Gas
  • $40.77 : Barbeque Sauce
  • $26.98 : Henrik Sedin T-Shirt
  • $22.47 : Finance Charges
  • $5.00 : Car Wash
  • $0.25 : Hartford Parking Authority

All together, that’s $3622.69.

Essentially the same as last month but the breakdown is vastly different. See, in April, I spent over $2k on stupid stuff. This month, I didn’t.

It makes me feel as if I’m treading water. It sucks.

The business expenses were high this past month because a lot of things came due all at one — and I pre-paid a few things. Short term pain, really.

The mortgage is a constant.

Day care is new. And it’s going to be a killer. Now that we have two kids in day care, I’m stepping up to the plate and helping pay for it. Previously this was all on my wife’s plate (her finances aren’t included on PIAC which is why you pretty much never see food expenditures listed here — it’s all her). Of course, this was only a deposit to hold a spot for Henrik — the actual bills are far more painful.

Hockey jerseys… Ugh. It’s an on-going battle.

We finally put curtains (eight months after the fact) in our remodeled family, living, and computer rooms. It’s amazing how window treatments can change the feel of a room. It’s also amazing what a rip-off they are.

The next few lines are just the usual utility bills.

Duncan‘s second birthday was in May, so that explains the presents.

The BBQ sauce purchase was from one of my favorite restaurants, Famous Dave’s. Number two, actually. We didn’t actually go to the restaurant — I ordered the sauce online. Totally worth it.

The Vancouver Canucks made it to the Stanley Cup final (and lost), so I bought a t-shirt with Henrik‘s name on it.

Finance charges have returned, obviously, with the balances I’m carrying.

I washed the car one — mostly cause Duncan asked me to.

And 25 cents for parking is a deal.

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