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Taxes Done, Unemployment, Cutting Back, and Helicopter Antics

February 6th, 2017 at 05:22 am

DH did our taxes today and we will be getting back $9043.02. Most of this is due to medical expenses. This will be a welcome boon to our bank account and should cover about 2 months of living expenses. DH only gets unemployment until the middle of March and then it ends. I never imagined he'd be unemployed this long.

The interview he had earlier did not pan out. He was too over-qualified and it was an entry level position. He said he would work it no matter what it was, but that's not what they wanted. It is frustrating.

He put in for some upcoming stuff at Hanford, so maybe something there will pan out. At this point I don't care where we have to move, though I'm not thrilled about some of the possibilities.

It feels like everything is grinding so slowly. I just want to get back to some kind of normal life where we don't have this hanging over us anymore.

After today's transfer we are down to just over $35,000 in savings. Today's transfer will pay for all of February's expenses with a little left over towards March. I try to make only one transfer a month.

I am going to try to belt-tighten some more, but it is getting hard to find places to do so. I don't want to cut out all fresh fruits and vegetables for canned, but I may have to until it is warm enough to grow lettuce and spinach. I'm making bread and rolls now and that is helping a bit. We were spending a lot on that. I always forget how expensive it is in comparison to making it and with the Kitchen-Aid it is not hard at all to make it.

Oh, my goodness that freaking helicopter just flew too close to the house. I don't think that was the Med-Evac as it is still flying around and didn't land. Med-Evac is supposed to fly above a certain height and is supposed to circle around and come in over the freeway, not the neighborhoods. This was so low it shook the house, the windows were rattling, things fell on the floor. I wonder if there is a man-hunt going on? Excuse me while I go double check that the doors are locked.

Oh, it's back... Dang, that helicopter barely cleared the neighbor's ham operator antenna. It's not Medi-Evac, no cross on it. I can't tell if it is a police chopper or a news media one. If it is news media I am going to be peeved. I can't see any markings, but they are shining a spotlight. Man, I hope I don't lose any rabbits. I've had low-flying helicopters freak them out enough that one broke her back and died. I can hear the tom turkey freaking out. *sighs*

So anyway, I'm just not sure what other cuts to make right now. I hate to take away the kids' allowances as they work really hard with the animals. They both know it might be coming, though.

Well, maybe I am just going to have to try to cut the food budget even further. I can manage with only oranges for fresh fruit. We can give up the more expensive spinach and eat more cabbage. I wish healthy food wasn't so expensive. At least I don't have to worry about buying meat, though.

I might have to cut back on my physical therapy, but it is being so effective right now, I would hate to do that. Might finally give up the DVD's on Netflix. I hate to, it's our only entertainment, but if we do, we do. That's the way the ball bounces.

7 Responses to “Taxes Done, Unemployment, Cutting Back, and Helicopter Antics”

  1. alice4now Says:

    Sorry to hear about the interview. I'm glad you got back such a hefty refund, that can stretch your budget that much further. It sounds like you take action instead of focusing on what "won't" work to help in this situation, that is a real boon to your family.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thank you, Alice.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That refund is definitely helpful to the cause! Your DH does have to be selective because he could not take an entry level position for too long before it would negatively affect his job prospects. My fingers are crossed for you and your family that he lands something soon.

  4. pjmama Says:

    Do you have any libraries nearby where you can rent DVDs? Might be an alternative if you do have to give up the Netflix.

  5. Bluebird Says:

    LR, I'm so sorry the job situation isn't improving yet. Saying prayers for you all. I hope you don't cut your physical therapy, your health is the most important thing.

  6. My English Castle Says:

    I'm a lousy bread baker, but I'm glad I didn't sell my old bread machine. I've been making bread now for the past couple of weeks. The library has been great for us--lots of offerings. Hoping something comes up soon.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm glad you're getting a good refund. Hopefully a job will pan out soon.

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