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Too Fast Through My Fingers

August 9th, 2015 at 09:52 pm

With some of the stuff going on with the male, my lawyer recommended a protection order. Setting that up burned through WAY too much of the $5000 retainer, and now I have to call and put more money in. Yuck.

To my complete lack of surprise, the male lasted six whole days in rehab and then checked himself out, claiming that he had defeated alcoholism. *sigh* I havent spoken to him since he was served with the divorce paperwork and the protection order, and I have to go back to court this Thursday to review the protection order.

I just wonder if he's even looked at the paperwork and knows to come.

Regardless, I've been working to continue cutting costs. Here's a few frugal things I've done in the past week or so:

- set up our own netflix account for 7.99 instead of 8.99. Not a lot, but hey.

- snagged a copy of the school supply list from the website and have gone through last year's supplies to reuse what we can

- packed our lunch to take to the science museum instead of buying food there

- started to cancel my audible membership but was diverted with a $20 credit. As soon as I spend that, I'll cancel.

- used the food processor to chop up a giant zucchini to make muffins and froze the unused bits

- applied and interviewed for guest teaching in my district this year, as full time work still feels wildly overwhelming

2 Responses to “Too Fast Through My Fingers”

  1. laura Says:


    Every little bit *does* count. Take care; sounds like a grueling process - but peace is probably not too far off.

  2. snafu Says:

    I hope you are doing well. There are so many difficult moments during this arduous process and they so often come from unexpected places. I know it sounds odd but small adjustments like your decision to take a packed lunch to an outing really adds up over a year. I've enjoyed reading 'Hacks' on You Tube for easy peasy, DIY tasks rather than automatically call for skilled trades. i'm always surprised that I can diagnose and fix things, even parts are usually easy to order.

    Earlier this year when the bank announced yet another round of fees or increase in fees, I made some significant changes to bring it down by changing the type of account and limiting features. I'm just about to start deep cleaning our home office which results in inventorying office supplies, recycle stuff no longer needed, throw out pens that dried out, and buy needs on sale. This year I've challenged myself to find a way to get items needed via discount, on sale, negotiated price or passed. The 'old item out' before a new item can come in, has been an eye opener for us all! This week all meals here will be from the pantry and the deep freeze. I hope we don't have unexpected visitors!

    If we can help with new ideas or different methods, let usknow! Wishing you well.

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