Preparing for Christmas

Christmas is getting closer. I put the tree up with the kid this morning, she even put some of the limbs on and a couple of the decorations. There still aren’t that many, all of them she made in school or therapy. She likes to see things that she made on the tree, so they are all her creations and will continue to be until she wishes otherwise. There are no gifts under the tree yet, Theresa’s are the only ones that will go under it. My oldest daughter’s will be taken elsewhere. The oldest has her birthday first and this year it appears that all she gets is a card in the mail. I have yet to buy anything for the holiday or the kid’s birthday because I have not had the money. Everything is tearing up and being used up. This is a rather bad time to be out of everything. I will figure out the girl’s gifts. I would make them something for their birthdays but the last time I tried that the youngest father used the gift. The fact no one gave it to him and the fact that it was put up out of sight were not clues that he might want to ask before he did. The fact he was told that it was for someone did not give him a clue either.

I would be hoping to get my divorce papers signed in time for Christmas. Then this blood sucking idiot that is draining the very life from me will have no choice but to get out. He refuses to leave my home no matter how many times he is told to leave. I am working on finding both the papers so that the important parts can simply be filled in and filed. The filing fees are a different story but I’m working on a way to cover them.

Almost all the bills are paid!

Well, almost all of the bills in my name anyway! I have to payout $20, $21.80 and $21.80 the rest of this month. I’ve still got to buy the fish oil however. I keep forgetting. The rest of my bills total $ $63.60! That’ll leave a little bit of money to get the girls Christmas and Theresa’s birthday present. I’m thinking we’ll skip the party again this year. It’s a hassle and we have therapy the 23rd so I won’t have all the time off that I thought I would. Oh well, I can still get plenty of housework and work work done during the time we do have off.

Tomorrow we go to the grocery store. I got paid a day early and we need food. Not to be rude but if I got rid of the overgrown toddler I’d spend 1/4 of what I spend now and have enough groceries to last the month in one trip. I’ve got to pick up a couple bars of Octagon to have on hand for when I need to make more laundry soap, I think I’ll get a bar of Zote to mix with it. That’s only $3 less if I go to two different stores to get the soap.

I think that I’ll go get a pick 6 meat for $19.99 and a few vegetables. I’ll get the baby some milk, snacks and a bit of frozen juice maybe. She likes kool-aid. I got her pull-ups and some more wipes today so I don’t have to buy them tomorrow. I do have to pack her bag with the juice and chocolate gold fish so I don’t spend money on snacks while we’re out. I think I’ll buy myself another bottle to take with us when we’re out. I need a water bottle for the fridge so that I can stop running water into a glass every time I want some.

The splurge I want is a new flavor cartridge for the filter. I need a new water filter for the sink so I can actually drink the water that comes out of it. I don’t like water and my flavor cartridge keeps me from buying flavored bottles. OK I’m tired so I’ll be going for today.

Making Plans now to figure out how to accomplish them

Well, lately I’ve been making plans in an attempt to figure out what to get my girls for their birthdays and Christmas. I figured out what to get the little one, the older ones that’s a bit tougher. This year they each get one gift for each occasion plus whatever unneeded item their grandparents have decided are must haves.

I have been planning on reopening my savings account for sometime now and it has yet to work out. If I remember correctly I only need $50 to reopen it. I have the feeling that’s gonna be after the first of the year, I am sure I need to see if it can be reopened for a smaller amount. I figure even if I can only put $1 a month into that’s better than nothing at this point. I also have to figure out just how much I have to cut back and earn in order to get by if it comes down to get my income to take care of most things around here.

This weekend I wrote and submitted what I think was three reviews that will probably end up getting me an entire 50 cents each. Of course it didn’t really take that long to write them so it’s not like I worked for less than a $1 an hour, I would have liked to finish the Autism article I started writing early in the week though.

I have almost figured up the total cost of Theresa’s supplements. I figured that to get the house I want I have to down size for a while. Downsizing means less room but it also means lowering the bills. Less space takes less effort to heat and cool. If I could afford a camper I could park it under the trees here while I make the plans for the house I want. The house I want has drastically decreased in size over the years.

I saw a small counter top washing machine and little dryer that would come in handy for camping if I ever went again. OK now my mind is wandering. I’ve decided to start using my swagbucks to get $5 Amazon gift cards and save them in my amazon account until I have the money to purchase the items I want.