If you are a veteran, or spouse of a veteran, here is the information provided by the VA regarding the effect that a shutdown would have. All in all the VA is simply suspending the majority of its informational telephone support lines.
In other news, I finally gained enough motivation to reconcile all of our March purchases.
Do you do that?
My Mom taught me all about reconciliation upon the opening of my very first checking account at the ripe old age of 13. There was something soothing about filling in the lines of the register, doing the math and waiting for my monthly statement to come to check and see how accurate I had been. But if I am entirely honest the practice went by the wayside at some point and by my mid-twenties I would open my statements with one eye closed, hoping for a bank error.
When we were both working, we kept a loose accounting of ins-and-outs, but we spent minimal time on our budget, as long as the ins were keeping a good pace ahead of the outs. Now, with me at home and him in school, our pennies are a bit more precious and so, one of my jobs is to account for our expenditures.
I was dreading March. I had already taken care of the first week in April and decided it was time to find out just how bad it would be.
Let me tell you.
It wasn't bad.
It wasn't great either.I definitely don't have pastries, prepared dinners and fancy cheese budgeted.
Though. Going forward, I am going to focus on not buying pastries, convenience foods, and cheese at Whole Paycheck. Actually, I am going to avoid pastries, convenience foods, and cheese everywhere.
I blame the infamous end to the first trimester. But seriously, maybe the federal government is at the end of its first trimester, maybe it is tired, cranky and doesn't have the energy to make dinner. No matter what, it's April and thanks to my Mother-in-Law, I have discovered that a simple hard-boiled egg is as satisfying as all of those damn sticky buns.