So as I was tracking all those baby expenses last week, I kept noticing these other charges hitting our account over and over again too over the same months.
I tried to ignore ’em at first cuz they kept popping up and bothering me every time I searched for all our baby stuff, but after about month #3 I finally gave up and started making a separate list for that stuff too ;) I was already deep into the numbers anyways, so figured I might as well pull out whatever I could while there, right?
But unlike the happy baby stuff we’re excited about right now, this new category was a lot more dark and dealt with our poor old Bob cat who recently passed away :( (We miss you, buddy!) It’s been well over a month now since our little guy has ventured into Pet Heaven, but unfortunately he left quite a wake of expenses in his path before taking off. And these vet visits & medication (all 5 of them, I wanna say?) started adding up as I sorted through the months.
Before I tell you how much we spent on him though, do you wanna take a guess as to whether it was higher or lower than the total baby costs? I hadn’t really thought about it before I started tracking them both at the same time, but MAN was I shocked with the resulting number. Are you ready for this? In the same amount of time we’ve been spending on baby stuff, for a grand total of $2,748.29 so far, we’ve spent almost $1,000 MORE on Bob! For a whopping $3,737.75!
Pretty crazy stuff… And again, that was only the past 9 months leading up to his passing – he had been sick for quite a while before that too :( Not that we would have changed anything going back in time anyways, of course, but still – it’s no fun on the wallet either way you look at it.
After all these years of tracking my money and spending time with this stuff day in and day out, it’s funny how things still surprise me and sneak into our budgets like that. I of course KNEW we were spending a lot on him throughout the whole ordeal, but I just didn’t realize how MUCH really. Which is pretty bad for a finance blogger. Just goes to show we get lazy too!! And maybe that I need to start paying attention a bit more strictly too like I used to? I don’t think our expenses are going to be “normal” anymore in the future, that’s for sure :)
Either way, it just goes to show that this stuff adds up fast. And if you’re not paying attention, it can suck you dry in no time. Which leads us to the question of the day: What’s an area of YOUR budget that’s been adding up a lot faster than you originally thought? And more importantly, can it be slowed down if you really want it to be?
I Hope so! It’s one thing to pay for one-off expenses here and there, but a totally different one that takes a life of its own over time – we all gotta be careful out there. These debts are sneaky devils! :)
PS: That urn that we ordered for Bob so we could keep his ashes? IT’S BEAUTIFUL! We got it two weeks ago in this awesome cherry wood box, and it even came with an imprint of his little paw on it :) So cute! And as crazy as it sounds, we feel like he’s still here! (We were also right about that $200+ price tag – it was for cremating him separately from the other guys, which was well worth it in the end.)
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!