Mr. PoP and I put these income statements together for two reasons. First, we want to be transparent about our finances because we’re trying to be role models for other people who are trying to plant their own pennies (and end up with dollars someday!). Second, we do this to make sure we’re on track to meet our own long-term goals. If you’re not tracking your income statement and balance sheet, we highly recommend you start using a program like Mint to keep track of it all.
We’re off to a bang for 2017 in the PoP household, where we had pretty much the opposite of an “Uber Frugal January”. Though I did get this yoga cats calendar for free. That was pretty frugal!
Laser from the laser floor level. When it shows 2 lines like this, it’s indicating an un-level spot, so Mr PoP leveled it out a bit before laying the tile and the floor (and the process) was much smoother! And yes, that is the remnants of duct tape that was taped to the concrete subfloor underneath the tile that was removed. The guys that removed it were confused, too. =/
As expected, spending on renovations* picked up this month as we spent money hiring out the tile removal (no regrets there!) and then spent some more money on top of that getting together further tile laying tools and supplies that Mr PoP is using to lay the tile. One cool
toy tool that Mr PoP bought this month to help with the surface prep for laying the tile this time was this Bosch laser floor level. Mr PoP bought a refurbished one, and we’ll sell it when we’re done, but it already helped identify a couple of small low spots and gave Mr PoP a lot more insight into the gentle topography of the floor that really makes a difference when laying the long, thin 6″ x 36″ plank tiles. Luckily, the money spent here is already showing results as Mr PoP is about halfway through tiling the first of the three bedrooms. So yay!
Sidenote – between the laser floor level and the two Star Shower Laser Holiday lights we got in the after Christmas sale at Bed Bath and Beyond (50% + 20% off coupon FTW), we managed to spend just over $300 on laser toys/tools. I found this amusing. MOAR LASERS!
The second, slightly less expected category was our “General Shopping” spending, where my purchase of a new Roomba (which we have now named “Newmba!”) was a bit earlier than originally planned. Our old Roomba has slowly been dying over the last year (at nearly 6 years of use and abuse, it has had a good run and we’ll probably sell it on ebay or Craigslist for parts). I had watched the sales over the holidays, and then finally bought one when I managed to stack a 20% off Bed Bath & Beyond coupon on top of a 15% off sale and take home a more advanced model that’s supposed to be better for long hair for $360, including tax when it’s usually $500 +tax. So far, Newmba is performing like a champ and really keeping dust to a minimum, despite almost half the house being without flooring. I think both Mr PoP and I view the Newmba purchase as a good one.
However, when you toss in a new $90 bike headlight (this one – it’s really bright!) and $40 for unlimited lifetime flat repair (including tubes!) on my bike (supplies/services that I’ll eventually get reimbursed for), our shopping spending ended up a bit higher than we thought it would going into the month.
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