Just a little FYI on my BFF this week…
When your city’s professional baseball team, THE KC ROYALS win Game #3 in the World Series on Friday, your Budget Friendly Friday series turns into Budget Friendly Saturday for one day.
Our city is absolutely going nuts right now. If you’re not a huge baseball fan, you’re probably not alone. Some people really aren’t, but our Royals haven’t been to World Series in 29 years! That’s 1985! We really haven’t even come very close for a long time.
It is so fun to see our city come together. EVERYWHERE you go there are Royals t-shirts. Everyone is talking about it. It is a blast! Even if you are not the biggest baseball fan, you are loving the Royals if you are a Kansas City native.
Which brings me to my budget this week. The unexpected things in life…
…like the Royals Game #1 and 20 or so teenagers coming to my house to watch it. We love having people over. The kids were great. They brought in 2 liter drinks and snacks to share. I did want to add some blue and white napkins and plates and a couple tablecloths. So that got added to my spending last week. I used our debit card for that (with approval).
The other unexpected expense was my quick trip to see my daughter’s college choir perform in a town three hours away. They were on a fall tour. This was the last stop in the tour and the closest location to Kansas City. I couldn’t resist. I drove there and back. I left at 2pm and got back home at midnight. That added a little more gas than normal AND I always hand my daughter a little cash when I see her.
What a blessing to hear the choir and see my daughter for a few hours! I caught her looking over at my dad and me in the audience. 🙂
This was the last trip for the seniors and possibly the entire group because the director of this traveling choir is retiring this year. I was so glad I could be there to snap some pictures of the emotional hugs after.
This shot cracks me up. My daughter is in the middle, the only one in focus. She is in her element. Her passion is music. I love seeing that! I’m so glad I was there.
The unexpected interruptions of life that affect a budget aren’t always negative!! Sometimes it’s not a car in the body shop. I’m thankful for my budget interruptions this week.
I buckled down a little to make up for the unexpected.
Then I came across another unexpected blessing! This one did not come in the form of expenses. I joined a Swap Shop on Facebook. I am quite certain I am late to the game on this one, but I didn’t know about these until a good friend told me about them. A Swap Shop is a closed Facebook group that you ask to join and, if accepted, you post items you want to sell or buy. Clothes, decor items, etc. for garage sale prices. It’s different because these are local groups.
The Swap Shop I joined is in my area of the city. It has about 30,000 members. You post a photo and sale price. Other members let you know if they want the item. You set up a meeting in a public place and make the sale or purchase. So cool. Search “Swap Shop” with your city’s name to find groups. I clicked on the “Join” button next to the group I wanted.
Within minutes one of the administrators of the group approved me. I received the approval notice on my page and then I was free to browse the items or post something for sale. Love that!! You should check it out if you aren’t already a member of a group. It’s a great way to earn some extra budget money or save money on your existing budget.
I’m sure I will need to be careful I don’t purchase the unexpected from the Swap Shop!! Keep me accountable!
Many times we experience the unexpected that eats into our budgets. Sometimes they are the good kind like choir concerts and World Series game parties. You don’t know they’re coming, but you wouldn’t want to miss them. For me it’s a matter of finding ways to counter those expenses with ways to save like Swap Shops (or mac and cheese for dinner a couple of times next week).
Today my husband and I are sitting down to plan for our Christmas budget. I want to get a jump on the next few crazy spending months. We are planning for the expected this time.
Have you started a Christmas budget plan? What do you do? I would love to hear how you survive the holidays with your budget intact.