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I Need More Money

May 21st, 2014 at 02:31 pm

How's that for a headline? Right now my desires are outpacing our income. We really need new carpet in the family room and office. It was cheap carpet put in by the previous owners and it's not only worn and fraying, it's stained. I keep cleaning it, but it's a losing battle. My office carpet was originally in our living room, but 10 years ago when we installed hardwood floors, we moved it in here. It's at least as bad as the family room.

I also really want to re-do our 1960s bathroom. We've done some interim remodeling along the way, getting rid of the truly horrible tiled vanity top, but the pink-beige wall tile and yellow beige floor are awful. I dunno, minimum bathroom remodel is what $10,000- 15,000 with ceramic tile?

And then there's the fireplace refacing. And I'd like to do some traveling this summer. And we need to top up our retirement savings. And, and, and.

DH's college classes have not helped the budget. He adores them, and they've made him very very happy. But they're expensive.

Besides the regular teaching, I've got three evening classes stretching from now to the end of October. I need to figure out a way to rustle up a couple more thousand without touching savings. Hmmm. What to do.....?

8 Responses to “I Need More Money”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    Maybe you could start a separate savings account to save something every payday so that you will have cash on hand to make these changes to your home either all at once or in smaller chunks. We are wanting to make some changes to our home. One of those things is new windows, which we will probably be doing at about 1 to 4 windows at a time about every 6 months or so depending on how much money we can come up with.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Are you dipping in on any of the credit card bonus offers?

    I would agree with one thing at a time. If you feel like you are making progress and making changes a little at a time it might help you hold off on doing everything all at once. You might also make a long list, with more detail than you did here, and prioritize and estimate costs. If the bathroom is 10K, you might start with what you can update with the least cost or inconvenience first. Also, stay away from home design shows, ads, pinterest...they make you want to change everything!

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    We're going to attempt to remodel our bathroom for less than $5000. Will let you know how it goes!

  4. My English Castle Says:

    Looking forward to ceejay's updates. I would volunteer DH's lousy tiling services, but he's up to his ears in Roman history. I've not done many of the credit card bonus offers; maybe I should take a look.

    Amazingly, the editing list I'm on just sent out a call for a quick article turnaround. Maybe I can generate a couple hundred there? I've already replied, so cross your fingers.

    And I'm with ccf on the pinterest seduction. I really don't think we need a walk-in rain shower with a bamboo wall. It's house porn! I guess I'll crank down harder still on the grocery budget too.

  5. NJDebbie Says:

    My first reaction when I read your headline was "Me too!"

  6. Rachael777 Says:

    Just a thought. I just had my tub/tile reglazed... cost was more because apparently tub had been done before.. but the cost for one mid size bath.. approx $550 (tub and shower surround).. ceramic tile having it reinstalled is costly but maybe they can reglaze that? .. also sell nice lower cost vanity at Home Depot.. as well as light fixtures. if you are not moving things around I think you can easily do it under or at $5000. how large is your bathroom..

  7. My English Castle Says:

    Our bathroom is about 9'x8. I thought about reglazing, but really, the whole things needs redoing.

  8. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I'm trying to figure out what you do. Can you direct me to a post? Are you a professor at a community college or small college? What do you do in london? "

    Bathroom you could try trading favors with someone who knows what they are doing? Perhaps help them move or help them with home repairs and they help you. Cheap way for free labor. We've done that before and my DH is very handy. Mostly it's because we need the spare hands since I can't help him and watch two kids.

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