I heard from my middle sister last night and BIL should finally be coming home next week. He'll continue to need in home rehabilitation for his lungs and physical therapy to recover from the positions he was kept in and they are sending someone in to do that. The doctors say there is no reason that he should have survived. He had a really bad case of Covid and so many risk factors. My sister and I both think it is the power of prayer. There were hundreds of people praying for him. When even doctors call it a miracle, what else can it be?
In other news, DS is getting paid more than we thought. Instead of it being $13.79 an hour it is $17.79 an hour. Apparently there is a $4 an hour pay bump for hazard pay for grocery workers in my state for working with the public during a pandemic. Even only working 20 hours a week, that is going to allow him to make some pretty quick strides towards his goals.
Goal one for him is to save up enough for a $1000 Emergency Fund. I know Dave Ramsay says $500 for single people, but since his next goal is to save up for a car, and it'll be a beater, we both feel like $1000 is a better idea. He's setting aside 15% until he has the amount needed to open an IRA. He's also setting aside 10% of each paycheck until he has enough to send in a donation to a religious charity of his choosing.
I have agreed to keep giving him an allowance of $30 per week (instead of $45) until he has finished his Emergency Fund, so long as he actually does his chores and garden work and doesn't blow them off. That way he can pile the 75% that is left of his paycheck into the EF and knock it out over the next four weeks, but still have a little spending money. We will revisit the allowance situation then.
Then he can start saving towards a car. We figure if he can find something that runs for $2000 to start off with, that will take him an additional 2 months. Plus he will need to have some money set aside for insurance and car maintainance, tabs, ownership transfer tax, etc, so maybe 3 months. By 4 months he can start saving money to partially pay for his braces (I have $3500 that I've saved) if I haven't managed to save it all myself by then. Our insurance does not cover orthodontia.
Once the braces are paid for he will start saving up to pay for the schooling required to become an electrician, as well as start saving for a better car. If he moves to full time after the kids go back to school everything can be accellerated. I do hope he can. I'd like him to save up enough money that he can do the schooling he needs to do without having to work a job.
With his ADHD, OCD (both diagnosed last year), and bi-polar (recent diagnosis), I'm not sure it is good to overwhelm him by having to do both. He seems to be under control with his meds, but I well know how that can change in a heartbeat. I remember how hard it was for me to work full time and go to school full time because I didn't have the choice. At least DS has support for his mental illnesses. My parents didn't believe in mental illness. To this day, despite seeing it up close and personal with 3 different family members, my mother still believes you can shake off being bi-polar by thinking positively. But that's a rant for another day.
I spent $113.10 today, including tax and shipping. Lane Bryant online is having a big sale and I was able to pick up two more of the really good bras for $35 each instead of $55 each and some discounted underwear that matches the two I already have that they were sold out of previously. The money came out of the clothing fund. I've been waiting to pounce on a sale. These particular bras have been a game changer when it comes to comfort without sacrificing support. It's the Cacique Comfort Bliss line, which comes dangerously close to the comfort of the discontinued Cacique Barely There line, that I am still salty about over a decade later.
DH's Mom bought him a new phone because he smashed the one he bought (not the screen part, though) about six months ago when he took the case off to clean it. He can still call out with it, but it is hit and miss whether he receives phone calls, so after a month of trying to deal with it, he needed a new one because he has to have one for work since he is still working from home. So he ordered the same one as I have, which has been pretty good so far. He did pay for a new case and screen protector which cost $27.18 which came out of the household budget, so I don't really need to track it to anything. And if he wants to clean his phone like that in the future he must do it in the center of the king size bed so if he drops it, it should be fine.
I ended up making pasta for dinner last night, prawns putanesca. It was a new recipe and it was good. Tonight we will be having T-bones from our whole beef we bought. I am so looking forward to it. I will be making baked potatoes for everyone else, but I have some leftover mashed potatoes and gravy from KFC three days ago that I need to finish off, so I'll do that for me. Then tomorrow I am back on the gluten free band wagon. It really does make me feel so much better when I avoid wheat.
It finally rained last night and well into the day. This is the first real rain we've had all summer. We had one day where it barely sprinkled, but otherwise it has been very dry and hot. It was nice to see it. Maybe it'll green up some of the lawns again. They look like hay. While we live in a very nice neighborhood, most people don't waste water on their lawns here. They save it for their gardens, trees, and flower beds, which is what we are supposed to do. In fact the only lawn that is green right now is owned by Evil Hummer Dude and his wife, who scoff at water restrictions.
I need to make up a meal plan for next week. Meal planning keeps me away from the take out counter. But first I need to stop wasting time on her, and go make dinner.