I’ve had a lot going on recently. I’ve been stressed out and just feeling down. Unfortunately a friend of ours passed away last week of an overdose, he was only 24, and that definitely makes you think hard about life. It’s precious. It also made me realize that my negative attitude and energy aren’t helping the situations I find myself in lately. Lots of good things are happening lately and I need to embrace those more. Despite not having made much headway on our debt, I feel like things will begin picking up soon. And I truly feel motivated.
Nope, definitely not for me. I only get a raise once in a blue moon. The husband, however, received his annual raise and it was a nice bump in salary. It still doesn’t make up for the increased health insurance premiums, but it’s still more money in our pocket every paycheck.
Again, not me. I’m beginning to doubt I’ll see that $300 bonus for the website work I did. The husband’s company withdrew all bonuses about three years ago. It was anywhere from $200-$300 per month, based on quotas and position. Much to our surprise, they brought back bonuses, except now they are quarterly. Two paychecks from now, he’ll receive an extra $800. I must say, I kind of like the quarterly set up over monthly. Happy for him! We haven’t decided what this money will go towards yet, I’ll report back when we figure it out.
Summer has been very, very slow for my etsy store sales. I ended up temporarily closing my shop while we were out of town. I debated on not reopening until the fall, but the husband insisted I open it up now. I’m glad he encouraged me to do that. Within the first 24 hours of reopening I had six sales, about $54.00, and was contacted for two custom orders. I’m excited to be opened and ready for the fall/holiday sales! I still have a lot of new inventory I haven’t listed yet.
No More Rental Income
Yep, that’s right. Our roommate moved out. It had nothing to do with a possible rent increase. There was a bit of a falling out between friends, and he had some issues within his own family he needed to handle. That means we’ll be taking in $100 less per month in extra income. I also won’t be able to itemize his receipts for taxes anymore. That’s about $300 I’ll miss out on. I was considering posting a job ad to offer that service for other truck drivers, but I’m not sure how to go about it. Any suggestions??
While the end of rental income seems like a bummer, I’m excited to regain the extra space in our home. We moved the kid’s bedroom to the guest bedroom (where the roommate was), and the kid’s old bedroom will eventually become a guest room. In the meantime it’s serving as a studio space for me to sort things we want to sell (Less is More!) I’m going to get every thing organized and start posting in time for the holiday season. Craigslist, ebay, etsy, wherever else. I’m missing the consignment sale this season, but I will definitely make it for the spring one now that I have the space to unload and prep again.
Here’s to hoping I can keep up with a positive attitude and make it through a work week without snapping at my boss. Hah!