Weekly Wrap-Up #12- Summer Dreaming

birds at the beachIt’s crazy that this month is practically over- time is seriously flying by this year, isn’t it?  With May just around the corner, I’ve been summer dreaming…

This month once again saw more spending than usual, but it’s been for a good reason. I mentioned last month how I was going to make my health a priority, and I’m happy to say that I really am doing just that.

I’ve been making Dr.’s appointments and taking care of my health issues so that I can start to feel my very best again. Unfortunately, every trip to the Dr. comes with a $30 to $50 copay, so our budget saw an increase because of that. A 48 hour virus is also working it’s way through our household, so there was some extra spending at the pharmacy this week, too.

It’s all good though, because nothing is more important than our health, and money means nothing without it!

Summer Spending

Sunny days have had me dreaming about summer, and thinking about all of the fun things we’ll be doing. We’re probably going to have to bump up our overall budget for the next several months. Living so close to the South Jersey shore means trips to the beach, and even though we’re lucky enough to have a place to stay (my grandmother has a summer house), there’s still the added expense of food, gas, and amusements.

I’m going to do a lot of pre-planning so that we don’t end up spending twice as much money on snacks and meals at the boardwalk. I also took advantage of the pre-season discount ticket sale for the amusement pier that we frequent in Ocean City, New Jersey. We’ve got our first beach trip planned for later this month, and I can’t wait!

Have you got summer on the brain, too? Are you planning any upcoming trips?

Alexa Rank Update: With just a few days left this month, I don’t know that I’ll make it below 100,000, but I’m still making progress!  Currently at 118,611.  I’ll shoot for that goal in May 🙂

Recently enjoyed posts from others:

Can You Purge 20 Items from Your Closet? by The Frugalweds

How to Find a Writing Job by Michelle at Diversified Finances

I hope you had a great week!

10 comments on “Weekly Wrap-Up #12- Summer Dreaming

  • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer , Direct link to comment

    Good for you, Lauren, for doing what you need to do to take care of yourself – it’s always worth the cash, isn’t it? We’ve got summer on the brain too. No specific trips planned, but we did find a great deal on a year-long membership to the Historical Society here, which gives us lots of options to go great places this summer! 🙂

    • Lauren , Direct link to comment

      Thanks Laurie! It’s literally been years since I went to the Dr, so I figured it was time 🙂 Memberships like that are so great for families, especially when you’re trying to stick to a budget.

  • Liz , Direct link to comment

    Hope everyone at your house gets well soon. Those bugs are no fun. How awesome to have access to a summer vaca house. That must be really fun during the summer. I am so excited to just sit in the sun and get a little color. I really just want to relax outside and read a good book. It’s been too long since I’ve read a good book!

  • E.M. , Direct link to comment

    Health really is important, good for you making it a priority this month! I need to do the same. My parents live by Myrtle Beach, so I’m sure we will be visiting them often during the summer. It’s already feeling like summer – yesterday was in the 80s there! Gas will see an increase from that, but a free place to stay really helps.

  • John @ Sprout Wealth , Direct link to comment

    Thanks for mentioning Shannon’s post, we appreciate it! I’m ready for summer to be here as well, especially with our winter! We’re going to San Diego in August to see the in-laws and FinCon a few weeks after that. We still might plan another small trip, but we’ll see.

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