I don't know about you, but it seems that whenever Eric and I get even the slightest bit ahead with money (like around tax season for example), a million different things come at us all at once. One minute you think you're rich (well...perhaps "not poor" is more accurate), and then the next minute you are digging for change in your couch cushions. Haha! This is one of those months for us. I feel like we have been hit HARD and the month isn't even over with!
But before I get all negative, some of this spending has been quite exciting. Just today, we found airline tickets for $92 each way for our trip to DISNEY!! From what others are telling me, this is an awesome deal! I don't know if the rumors are true that tickets are going to sky rocket this summer, but I know that even 5 years ago when I had the means to travel, $92 was a great price. Plus, we were able to pick great seats and leave at the times we wanted to. I guess you really can't go wrong there. So as much as it HURT to buy those tickets, I am happy that it wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be. Look out Disney...here we come!
But in not-so-exciting news, it turns out that this little bugger is going to have to have ANOTHER surgery :-(
The good news is that Howie's ACL surgery went great and he is recovering really well. He has already been putting weight on his leg and just today he tried to hump me (which means he is in good sprits). But...on Saturday morning, just before leaving to take Howie to get his stitches out, I noticed he had blood in his urine. This happened about a year ago and the vet did a urine culture and everything came back fine. Well, when I mentioned it to Howie's new vet, he asked if anyone had ever taken x-rays for bladder stones. Obviously, no one had so when the doc took Howie back to the x-ray room, I knew he was going to have a stone. And he did...FOUR of them to be exact.
So what do you do with bladder stones? Well...with doggies, you can't just let them ride out their stones like humans. If one of theirs gets trapped, it could cause some serious problems...or death...so the only way to fix it is?? You guessed it. SURGERY. AGAIN. More money we didn't plan for this month. I know it isn't Howie's fault and I know there was nothing we could do to prevent it. But sadly, Howie is going to have to go under the knife again. Poor guy...he just can't catch a break!
Obviously, airline tickets and doggie surgeries are the biggest culprits to our rough money month, but when you add in broken dryers, medical bills, drained car batteries, etc...it makes you go into lock-down mode with your money. I watched some of the Extreme Couponing show last week and as inspiring as it is to watch someone save that kind of money, I don't know if I have it in me! It seems like SO much work! Just the clipping and saving I do now is about a 30 minute process before I go to the store...I can't imagine doing all that sale ad research and coupon scamming. BUT...I would love to save money like that. Does anyone have any great couponing sites they visit on a regular basis? Any sites that make it super EASY to do this each week? I already do pretty well with baby/kid items (thanks to babycheapskate.com) but I could use some help with groceries. Any advice our inspiration would be much appreciated.
Now...time to get back to working on my blog sale. My closets are looking bare and I LOVE it!