Because of the funeral travel, this is not going to be a financially normal month. The last time I had a financially normal month was September 2000. That's a full year without anything that I could point to and say "that's normal".
In that time, there have been two major upheavals to the budget--buying the house and getting married--and I have yet to be able to see the normal pattern beneath the one-time swings associated with the job change and the wedding. Argh!
Right now, we are down to less than $25 in our primary checking account. (I exaggerate slightly; we will be tomorrow after I move money around to cover the second mortgage.)
I actually have received my check for the second half of August, though I'm supposed to be paid September 7. (I actually got it on August 30, which I found a little odd.) I ought to go ahead and deposit it, since the hold the bank put on the last check would mean that we wouldn't actually get access to the money until the 7th anyway. I've been holding off on depositing it, feeling that I need to be able to hold off until those halfway points in the month, to avoid splurging too much or something.
And I had planned to try to pay that whole paycheck as estimated taxes. I need to; we're way behind on the estimated taxes. I guess that's not going to happen.
And this all means that if we do want to hire any work done on the house before it turns cold, we'll have to spend money we don't have to do so.
I hate it. I hate it all. I want a raise that will put us back in the comfort zone.