And we are down to 1 day until my husbands strike begins. They've began striking in Windsor and we're next. He was paid today and has 1 more full paycheck we can count on. Then there is no strike pay for a full 8 days before his strike pay even begins to kick in. So that's 1 1/2 weeks with no income coming in and I think enough of a chunk of change that people will start to hurt after that 8 days kicks in. For our income & expenses, it's a BIG chunk.
I moved dh's pay right on over to our slush fund, i'm skipping groceries this week as I shopped a fair amount last week and we have plenty enough in the house to make it till the end of next week. Even if our meals have to get creative. lol! After rent & World Vision comes out for July expenses, i'm just focusing on building up enough in our slush fund to coast through July without digging into our savings for anything. Which means I need to save up a full months of expenses due Aug. 1st with only 1 paycheck and what's sitting in our slush fund. I'd love to not have to dig into our EF, but we shall see.
It's Dh's birthday today as well... but we have no plans. He worked last night & works tonight. We gave him a birthday card today with a bit of spending $$ in it for a concert he has a ticket to this week. I'm going to make BBQ pulled pork for dinner along with a lemon cake. Thank-you ! ;) lol!
It looks like it's going to be an absolutely gorgeous day, so i'm going to take the kids to the library, park, mail a few items and they want to hit the $ store with their money. I don't think I need anything today except bananas & cheese, so it'll be a very low-spend day. I have $$ on my prepaid VISA that i'm using for what we need in order to keep our bank account unused and building up with whatever I can do on my end with my sewing. Hopefully what's on there will last throughout July.
We have GST rebate coming in tomorrow, our medication reimbursement & a new government supplement we qualify for that goes in later this month I believe. We also pick up our Japanese homestay girl in 2 weeks as well! It's going to be an interesting month I guess... I need to plan a few simple and low-cost activities for the last week of July with her sooner than later. Thanks to a very generous friend we'll still be able to go to Toronto to the Ripley's Aquarium! The kids are VERY excited for this and I think it'll be such a fun day trip! We're going to hit the CN tower and the Eaton Centre as well. I need to come up with spending money for that this month as well. I hope to ramp up my RTS items in my free time, and keep my customs flowing to help with our summer spending & expenses.
Overall, believe it or not i'm not stressed or worried about the strike. It sucks and I pray that we don't have to plow through our savings. That would really suck as it took me many years to save that, and lately we're just going week to week with expenses as the cost of living has went up SO much, but our income has not. I am being pro-active and not spending where we don't need to though, honestly, i'm only buying food. However, I do want our homestay girl to have a good summer with us and know we'll need to spend here & there.
Oh well... it's now 11am and I need to get it in gear! Lots to do today... have a fabulous day!! :)
Have you ever dealt with a strike?
Have any tips to share on getting through one?