Our income tax refund of $809 was deposited into our account on Wednesday and I just checked and our stimulus payment is pending for next Wednesday. We got the full amount for us and our dependents of $5600. That's $6409 to work with. This is what I am planning.
$641.00 10% donation to the local Christian Homeless Shelter
1350.00 Handicapped Ramp Fund
1000.00 Vacation Fund
_500.00 Meat Fund
_500.00 Miscellaneous Fun
2000.00 Emergency Fund
That will leave us with $418.00. I am not sure DH will get all of his hours in this week. They are having a cyber security issue that isn't allowing anyone to work online. He is doing what he can and saving it to his hard drive, but there is a lot of sending around of drawings for checks that can't happen if you can't send them around or can't even send them in to the office to be printed out because of this. So I will be holding on to that money in case the paycheck is short.
This will finish off the Handicapped Ramp Fund so we will be able to order one for the front door. Our share is $1750. This one is twice as much as almost triple the amount of the back door because it will go down the frong of the house from the steps, then there will be a platform for a turnaround and it will go all the way back the length of the first ramp to the ground and end in front of the steps. It's a lot of money, but these ramps don't have to be maintained like wood ramps do. It mostly just needs to be swept periodically and pressure washed a couple times a year since it is aluminum. Wooden ones will rot out on the pilings after five to ten years, so those would have to be replaced frequently) and would require staining or repainting every few years.
It will nice to have a good bump in the Emergency Fund and to pay for a little vacation for DH and me to get away to the cottage by the sea we've gone to twice now. He will be taking several days off in April. Part of them will be spent getting the garden up and going and then we will go away for a few days.
MIL is talking about taking us on a family vacation by the water as well. It probably wouldn't be until September or October, after the summer is done, but still nice enough out to cook on the BBQ and walk on the beach. And soak in the outdoor hot tub.
DD wants a web cam. She is the only one who doesn't have one, so we are going to pick her up a cheap one. She starts online therapy next week, so this way she can do it in her own room instead of mine and with my laptop. Her brother was just diagnosed with ADHD and we think she has it, too. But it is a process. First counseling, then a psychologist, and then the psychiatrist who can prescribe meds.
I also think I might have it. Girls and women present differently than boys and men do, but as I was filling out all the forms during DS's drug trial I felt like I had a lot of the same issues. Each week we had to fill out a sheet based on symptoms during a four week trial of adderall. Except it was a blind study so two weeks were placebo, one week was 5 mg and one week was 10 mg. He had to fill out his own forms based on his opinion and I had to do one based on mine. Every time I filled it out, I was thinking I really have a lot of this stuff, too. I always thought it was the fibro fog and the last brain injury, but now I have to wonder.
So once we DD gets through all this, I am going to talk to my doctor about it. I've been thinking I might be needing anti-depressants again for a while. I haven't needed them for about 15 years and never needed them for more than a year at time, but I kind of feel maybe I do. Or maybe it is just fibro. But I'd like to see about it, you know? Because it is not normal to want to stay in bed and sleep all the time, even with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.