Sunday, July 21, 2013

Expenses Before Winter

I know its still July but I can't help but thinking and planning about expenses that are coming up prior to winter. Here goes:

  • Filling our propane tank, I just ordered this when I found out the current price is $1.39 per gallon. About $700
  • Tiller to finish grading our yard, $1900. This is already budgeted for from the proceeds of the motorcycle sale.
  • Tires for Y's pick-up and alignment because the current ones are wearing funny. We don't know exactly how much they will cost but he definitely needs them before winter. We are estimating $1000
  • Blinds for our house. They would cut down on our winter heating bill. Even though we have a new house, there can be some wicked winter wind. We will check out some place online, estimating $1200. Has anybody ever bought blinds online?
  • Landscaping supplies to include fabric, plastic edging, grass seed, and rock. Maybe around $2000? We would like to get it seeded prior to winter. The rock will be the main expense and we need to shop around for that.
I'm not even going to add them all up. Propane and tires are the priority. We need to plan for these things as the winter months will be pretty skinny for us with me taking maternity leave and having increased daycare costs. Planning for maternity leave will be another post.

Have you thought about upcoming expenses that should be taken care of before winter?

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  1. We used Costco. It was expensive, partly becuas of the shades we wanted and partly because we of the floor to ceiling windows and two sliding glass doors we had to cover, but much less so than other estimates for the exact same Hunter Douglas product. Costco sent someone out to the house to measure and write up the estimate for the cost of the product we wanted, we paid for our order, and about two weeks later an installer made an appointment and came out and hung our shades. She had dozens of books for other types of shades, blinds, shutters, etc. in her car, but we knew exactly what we wanted and were not interested in talking about anything else.

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    1. I wish we knew exactly what we wanted. It would make the process easier.

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  2. Add to it holidays expenses and...yikes!! We just use thick curtains in winter and make sure our windows and doors don't have any drafts.

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    1. I have not planned for Christmas yet. YIKES!

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  3. We also need blinds. No, I have never ordered online. I think window treatments are just the biggest hassle LOL. But the morning sun really blazes into our great room so we also really need to make a decision.....

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    1. The morning sun does wake us up now so that will be another perk to getting blinds.

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  4. Dave Ramsey recommends Blinds.com

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  5. My daughter and husband had a company come and measure and then install on the wholes house for under $2000.00. Did you plant a wind break? Now is the time to look for all those plants on sale.

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    1. We have a wind break to the west and north. Thankfully we have mature trees which do block most of the wind.

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  6. We just buy the thick curtains that claim to block out light and keep the Heat in. Don't know how many windows you have but the curtains were reasonable and we got them from Target. Used to have blinds but the kids kept breaking them to peek out the windows.

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    1. I bought curtains and wound up returning them. Its an option though. Thanks!

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