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    moo2moo
    Yet more financial faux pas and many other disasterous decisions
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    • 16th Jul 11, 11:12 AM
    Yet more financial faux pas and many other disasterous decisions 16th Jul 11 at 11:12 AM
    Chapter 3 The one in which moo breaks the 10K barrier for the third and final time. Actually the 10K barrier is a mythical beast, my personal groundhog day. Seems like the instant I creep below 10k something horrendously expensive occurs and Im right back where I started. First it was a dodgy extension which resulted in an even bigger replacement extension, then it was a car and now its a new roof.

    Since my first ever diary instalment way back in 2009 the overall debt has yo-yod from 35K to 9K before rocketing up to 20K and crawling slowly downwards to a smidgen under 10K. A small leak in the roof resulted in a quick patch repair and the suggestion that we have considerable remedial work carried out asap at a cost of 6K.

    Things have changed dramatically since our initial lightbulb moment, the realisation that each and every month our outgoings exceeded our income. The obvious solution was to stop being a stay at home mum and get a job. Any job. As luck would have it a job found me before Id actually started looking. Its not the sort of thing Id have gone looking for but it is a truly awesome job and means I spend the vast majority of my working day with a cheesy grin on my face, the exceptions are those days when I walk through the door to a small green looking child and the aroma of vomit to see the boss on his hands and knees in a suit scrubbing the carpet. On those days timing is everything!

    Since then Ive dabbled in an awful lot of get rich quick schemes. Everything from the obvious E-baying of anything that isnt nailed down to matched betting, mystery shopping, tedious surveying and jam making which Im finding surprisingly therapeutic which my OH finds hilarious because I hate cooking.

    Left to my own devices I tend to get a bit too carried away with a few too many things with the result that there arent enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do and quite a few things that I dont. I need a kick up the bum otherwise my days will be filled with chicken watching, jam making and book reading whilst the laundry pile grows and grows and grows.

    Since the school holidays are imminent Ive shuffled my hours around so that Im only working mornings. OH has also shuffled his hours so that hes underfoot for almost all of the holidays too. This means minimal childcare for the demonic daughters but maximum mess as project Land Rover transformation ramps up to the next level. What started with a small hole that would be fixed in a weekend has resulted in a chassis up rebuild and the acquisition of several knackered Land Rovers from which to scavenge parts. Not having a garage means the majority of these parts are in the house which along with a train set, Scalextric, several model cars and the threat of a model boat means the house is more bachelor pad than family home. Thats about to change!
    Last edited by moo2moo; 16-07-2011 at 11:31 AM.
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