$ 617 - New couch
$ 800 - Plumber to replace the water heater on the weekend
$ 120 - "Donation" to Animal Rescue League of Boston as a thanks for getting our
cat out of the neighbor's tree
$ 260 - New BBQ grill and various accoutrement
$ 300 - Trip to Syracuse to visit Gretchen's family
That's how much we've shelled out in the last three weeks for various and extraordinary house expenses.
To be fair we've brought in cash too.
$111 - Garage sale proceeds
$150 - Sale of the futon
$600 - Garage sale proceeds of two year ago
$860 - That's our cash in hand to cover these expenses
So, the total we've shelled out in the last three weeks is only $1,237. Maybe not as high as $2,097, but still overwhelming. Gulp.
One of the upsides of the cash spent is that we've decided to build a joint checking/savings account to pay monthly expenses and to build a slush fund for things like hot water heaters and vacation.
We may not be getting married (yet) but if we're in for $1,237 we're in it for the long haul.