Saturday, January 23, 2010
1 Step Forward, Two Steps Back
One step forward: Most of January has been an optimistic month for me. I have been loving my life with no TV or secular music. My sleep has improved, my mood has improved, and my husband and kids have had an amazingly positive reaction to the lack of electronic entertainment in our house. Our original goal to have $500 saved up by the end of January for the garage fund was already surpassed by the middle of the month and besides having a little trouble jump starting my weight loss resolution, all of my other resolutions have been looking promising, until today.
Two steps back: A question for my readers: Is Coke Zero the same as Diet Coke? Because after nearly a month of hardly any Diet Coke, I had a major Coke Zero splurge at the local pizza place soda fountain tonight. I thought the headache I have been experiencing all day was a withdrawal symptom from lack of caffeine. Turns out, it wasn’t, because my headache has actually gotten worse after gorging on Coke Zero. The next not-so-encouraging update is that I was working on our February budget (that is already tighter than I expected due to some unforeseen medical bills), when I received my gas and electric bill in the mail. After and entire month of sub-zero temperatures in my house (okay, so the thermostat is set to 69, but for a desert rat like me, 69 might as well be sub zero), our gas bill went up, from $88 to $118!!!! And after a month of unplugging everything that requires electricity and literally eating dinner by candle light, our electricity bill went up from $44 to $45!!! What the heck?!!! I feel like the last 3 weeks of my families discomfort has been in vain.
Now is when my New Years resolutions would normally fizzle, but since I had the brilliant idea of blogging about my resolutions (thus being accountable to my readers and feeling like a flake if I don‘t complete them), I can’t allow my goals to dissipate. I will keep plugging along even though I am horribly discouraged by our utility bills. One of the only things that is keeping me encouraged as far as the money resolution goes, is that next week we are doing our month ending coin counting and recycling. I have set our goal to $50 for coin income and $20 for recycling income, so anything over that will help compensate for the higher than expected utility bills.