This summer has been full of contrasting monetary feelings.
Now this summer I’m not being paid because it is summer (disclaimer: I will get some summer grant money, but closer to fall), so I see the check register balance (where his paycheck is deposited) going down each month instead of up. Twice a month the balance goes up when DH gets his paycheck, but the end number is lower than it was a month prior because we spend more than his take-home pay. So when I see that, I don’t feel rich and I start cutting back on spending or at least questioning purchases. The Disney vacation also put a pretty big dent into our buffer, even though DH’s parents paid for Disney itself and housing.
Meanwhile DH still feels wealthy and keeps buying stuff without questioning as the household needs/wants it (things like electric toothbrushes or new ballasts for the kitchen light), and we *are* still wealthy and he doesn’t need to question about stuff like that. But it’s weird how I have a hard time thinking about annual income instead of monthly income.
I’ve still been making myself donate to something #resist-worthy for each weekday I don’t get an action in. If I don’t make my phonecalls or do some other real form of activism, then I have to find someplace to give $25 to. Should that $25 feel like a real sacrifice or should it be a bagatelle? I don’t know.
Maybe it’s good to have a 9 month salary because it causes me to reset my spending ideas each summer. Or maybe we’re meant to be spending more (though we would seriously regret getting used to 2x my income if DH lost his job).
I don’t really know how to feel about money amounts this summer.
How are you feeling about your income/saving/spending balance right now?