The good news is that G-man's paycheck was larger than we expected. Although I calculated his gross pay within a few dollars, what comes out as pre vs post tax was off. So yay! It still was only 58% of his usual pay, so no celebrating. The direct deposits were odd. The car deposit went through (per pay stub, but hasn't arrived in the credit union system yet). The remainder went into our checking. Usually the car and the mortgage accounts are funded first, but whatever. We transferred 2/3 of what we got into the mortgage account. With the savings account, we have enough to cover the mortgage for November, in case there is no paycheck in 2 weeks.
I paid half of the utility bills. Minimums on a few things. Stopped the auto debit for our Christmas, Cat, Boat, Kids, and Medical accounts that we contribute to bi-weekly. Didn't put money aside toward my week off at Christmas.
So far, no using of CC.
We are a little bummed about the upcoming weekend. Bossy is going on his first ever overnight camping trip (I am totally stressed, but I have to remember that he tends to do better for other people than us. Plus the boys that are going are very nice, the leaders are well aware of his issues, and one of the dads we know from elementary school is also going.) So from late Saturday morning until noon on Sunday, we will only have 1 kid!
And we really wish we could do something more than what we can with her. She gets to pick dinner and then we will figure out a movie on demand or game. We had planned on taking her out for dinner and maybe a movie or something else out. But that isn't in the budget.
Meanwhile...we still have 9 days before we will know for sure if G-man will get paid in 2 weeks. Payroll needs to be transmitted by 4pm on Oct 24. So if the government hasn't figured it out by then.....
G-man wanted to call all of our creditors and let them know what is going on. I agree we should be the ones to call first, but I don't think we are at that point yet. If payroll is sorted out in 2 weeks, we will catch everything up and that will be that. No need to be an alarmist yet.
It is a little frustrating to not be able to do some things as planned. I am chomping at the bit to do my Christmas shopping. We saved the money for this purpose with the intention of being able to do the shopping early. But in case we need to dip into that pot, I can't spend it.
Of course I am now more upset than I was about the stove dying over the summer. We took a huge chunk of our EF to replace it. Now that money is gone and boy it would have been nice to have it now.
Muddle, muddle, muddle.