Awhile ago, Jay started a savings jar–We had a bunch of leftover Mason jars from my attempt at vinegar peppers. I don’t remember where we got the idea for it, but Jay’s saved up quite a bit. I, on the other hand, have a bit less:
A whole 86¢. Granted, what money I did have in there for about 48 hours ended up going towards my new Vans, if/when they ever ship. However, we’re going to need every little bit we can get our hands on. At least once each winter, something goes wrong with our furnace. This year, it happened today, although I suspect it started Thursday, possibly Friday. I heard it make a louder-than-normal noise, but I didn’t think too much of it, since it kicked on again. And until this morning, it was working fine. Making odd noises, but the thing is 60 years old. Yeah. This morning when I came downstairs to get ready for work, I noticed it was considerably colder than the 68° I usually keep the thermostat set at. We suspect that the blower is slowly dying. Thankfully, Jay works with some awesome people, and one of them popped by the house & got the furnace going again, but he warned that more than likely, at the very least we’re looking at a new blower, if not a completely new furnace. It isn’t anything new to us–We’ve known since we looked at the house that this day was going to come. So I drew up a tentative budget for us, that will hopefully result in us being able to get a new furnace by the fall. It will mean some serious belt-tightening, and very few extras or treats, but if we can start next winter with a new furnace, it will be a relief to Jay & I both.
Today was kind of crappy overall. Jay had to be at work by 5 this morning, which meant the bambino & I were on our own. Normally, that’s fine, but all little things that could be messed up were. I had a bad hair day, which normally I don’t care that much about–I don’t like to look like a total slob when I’m at work, but at the same time, I do try to pretty myself up a bit. However, my fine, flat hair decided this was a good day to just go completely limp & lifeless. Sort of the icing on the cake–Or at least until I realized that I left my coffee cup here at home, didn’t have time to stop for a cup like I’d originally planned, and ended up being 5 minutes late this morning. Ugh! It was before lunch time that Jay emailed me with the news that the furnace was working again for the time being, but the day was already ruined by that point.
After work, we swung through the store–Jay had requested Mexican of some sort for dinner sometime this week, and had suggested tacos, since enchiladas & I don’t always get along. We had to get the shells & some cheese (I have cheddar I could’ve shredded myself, but I’m feeling lazy & just drained today):
I did find a few treats in my mailbox, though, that made the day a little brighter. Free chips:
My cousin Julie is awesome, and got me a gift subscription to it last year–And I renewed it for 2 more years, so I’m good until 2013! I’m glad this showed up before I went grocery shopping…I’ve got a list started, and I’m thinking that this will be a last hurrah of sorts. Part of the overall budget for next year is to go back to the $40/week grocery budgets I attempted back in the fall. So maybe I’ll find some good inspirations or new recipes to try out!