Idaho has kind of weird thing for sales tax on food. You get charged the tax and then get a refund when you send in you Idaho income tax form. I’m not sure if everyone knows how it works but I always do my taxes for my records and to get this little refund of $80.00 this year and it just came in the mail today.
I run down to the bank and cash it and then head to one of my local gun shops and pick up a little more ammo for Sasha. I slowly building up that supply a few boxes at a time. I can get it for under $6.00 per box of 20 and building a good stockpile for her is big on my to-do list. Anyway if you are a gun nut of any sort you always got to look around a bit and guess what I found? Pistol Magazines for my Hi-point pistols! Huzzah and bounce, bounce for joy and 2 more Mags came home with me. I got to splurge a little and move up a couple of buys a little bit on the basic goals I’m trying to get done with next week’s check.
I’m still trying to decide on another roll of dimes or more basic goods for my four month gut check. I’m leaning towards getting the goods and having some cash on hand and waiting on the dimes another month. I got my 4 yards of 100% cotton that gives me about 15 yards total. It sounds like a lot but it’s not all that much if you sew and make a lot of stuff, but it’s a start for me. With my vet discount it was $10.14 which is not bad price for good cloth.
Yes, I do a new budget almost every month. I keep a list of my basic bills and when they are due but, I have found life is moving to fast to keep my budget set in stone. If I go the basic goods route I can get my last rain barrel on the first of June and having my water plan finished is very important to me. Now that I’ve crunched the numbers it looks like the basic goods get the nod because of the cost of wood for the stove. If Dad can sell my boat that could change but I’m not counting on the sale happening.
Got to spread the news on the sales I got to the gals at the Credit Union. I know they don’t make a lot of money and if I can let them know about sales and stuff that saves them money perhaps they will get a little extra food, goods or cash they can put away for a rainy day. I don’t discuss prepping to much outside of my tribe anymore. If other folks make the connections for them selves so much the better.
Sorry for the the stream of thinking and crunching number during this post. When I get things down in words and really look at stuff it seems more real than me just chasing ideas around in my mind. Doing yearly goals, monthly goals and then breaking them down into how I will pay for them each check makes them easier to accomplish. I’m almost always amazed when I look back and see all that I have managed to get done so far this year and there has been no slippage in the basic timelines. Overall I’m about a month ahead on my basic schedule. I imagine that demon “Murphy” will show up anytime and knock the arrogance right out of me. But until he does I’m going to enjoy and give myself a little mental hug for doing so well.