Thursday, July 23, 2015

Uphill Battle

I'm sorry I've not posted here more.  But, now I understand how busy one gets with a full time job and a new baby.

Financially, we are all over the place.  We can't seem to get back on track post baby.  While our incoming salaries remain the same or better, our outgoing expenses are much. much higher than normal.

Child care is running $1900 a month ($22,800 a year) which appears to be way higher than normal for Florida, but I don't know anyone in my circle paying the Florida annual average of $8300.  Add in diapers, formula, wipes, etc. at $300 a month or so and we are up to $2200 in expenses.  And, we actually don't spend much on Baby Sam, we hit the thrift stores for books and toys and I stick to super sales for baby clothes.  At present, we are also adding $200 a month to Baby Sam's college fund.  So in total, about $2400 a month in baby expenses.

Another challenge, we are converting a rental property from rental to family.  We have, in the past, utilized one of rental properties for our snow bird relatives which was a financial hit.  Now, that we are turning the rental property to a family property, we have had a couple of months where our old tenants have not paid us.  So that also, obviously, impacts our cash flow.

Anyways, we continue to contribute to our 401ks, at max level, and continue to put money into savings, but we need to catch up on our IRAs.

Hope your summer is going well.


Anonymous said...

Glad to see that you haven't decided to stop blogging!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you post again, Sam! We have a 7-month-old baby and are experiencing something very similar. Tons of new expenses and everything constantly feels a bit up in the air. Hope things settle down for you and Mr. Sam at some point so you can get back on track!