Well, we survived the weekend with no fistfights, injuries, or mass murders. It’s kind of a blur, but overall we had a good Christmas with tons of food and family.
Now that life is back to normal, here are a few updates on things that are going on:
Zombie Medical Debt
Remember when I got served with a civil summons over an old medical bill awhile back? I sent a certified letter requesting verification of the debt. The collection agency sent a release for me to sign, which I did, and I received my billing records about 2 weeks ago. AND they’ve added $74 to the amount I supposedly owe; I guess they want to be compensated for the time they spent requesting my records.
So this week I’ve got to go through the statements and figure out a settlement offer. I’m not sure what I’ll have to pay to get this off my credit report, but I just hope it’s less than the full amount. SO frustrating.
Jayden and Santa Claus
I kind of wimped out on the whole telling Jay about Santa thing. Santa leaves him a letter each year, so in this year’s letter Santa told him he would send a card with money from now on for all kids over 12. I even stepped on the corner of his Lego box to prove that the sleigh is becoming overcrowded. At this point, all I’ve done is buy myself some time to decide what to do.
It’s amazing how little I spend now that I don’t go to work every day. I’ll be returning to monthly income and spending reports at the end of January (since some of you requested it), but basically I have purchased very little. I think I’ve put gas in my car twice, and other than groceries, that’s about it.
Christmas gifts: I bought Jayden’s iPhone ($200), Xbox 360 ($130 after trade-ins), and spent $100 on miscellaneous gifts. Out of my $500 Christmas budget, I only spent $430. Woohoo! I did buy myself an Apple Time Capsule ($300) as my Christmas gift to myself.
This Post is Boring!
I wish there was something more exciting going on, but that’s all I’ve got for now. Jay has Christmas money to spend, so I’m sure we’ll brave the mall at some point this week. My Christmas money went straight to savings – no temptations there.
I hope all of you had a fantastic weekend!