This is the happy list of unexpected expenses since getting back from my unexpected holiday in Singapore which blew the budget slightly:
Fixing two locks on the car .. $600
Getting a new microwave after it blew up .. $200
New washing machine .. $800 (But it’s a lot bigger and has a much faster spin cycle, so I think I’ll love it. It arrives tomorrow. I need a name for him.)
Paying for David2’s school trip to Central Australia .. $8oo
(I’m cheating a bit, because that last one wasn’t exactly unexpected. Still, it’s been a pricey month.)
Tom1 looked at how much his uni books are going to cost and nearly had a conniption. (I laughed a lot. Was that wrong of me?)
“The cheapest book is $85, and the dearest one is about $160!! It’s OUTRAGEOUS!!”
Yeah, welcome to the wonderful world of ‘Free’ Education, honey!
Added to the OUTRAGEOUS cost of his text books, his course is going to cost 9K a year in fees, which I am NOT going to pay either. However, if you pay up front you get 20% off, so I’m going to lend Tom1 the money and he will pay back the interest I will be paying on that money each year so I’m not out of pocket, then he’ll pay back the principal. I can’t afford to bankroll the kids’ uni courses, but at least I can help them out a little bit in this way. They’ll still end up being thousands of dollars ahead.
Of course, this means that he’ll never be able to afford to move out, so it’s not going to be an unmixed blessing for either of us. It also means that if I want to do any renovations on the house I should probably do them soon, before I have 3 kids at uni who all need the same deal. (I should have thought this whole big family thing through a little more when I was in baby making mode…)
Thank God I have a job. Thank God I can also trust them to pay me back.
Speaking of jobs, I’d better go and start organising things for tomorrow. My year 9s actually look reasonably human, which is rather a relief. They were listening intently today when I was waxing lyrical about the joys of creative writing, so that’s a hopeful sign of good things to come.
(I hope I haven’t put the mozz on it by writing that!)