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Renovation, Bracket, and Braces

March 16th, 2016 at 01:53 pm

Our barn renovation is complete. And we came in ... under budget.

I've never been able to type that before when it comes to a contracted project like this. And, keep in mind when I say "under budget" I mean by just a couple hundred dollars. But, it's still under budget nonetheless.

I woke up this morning to an electricity outage. We're having an early spring thunder storm. I got the generator going, and we were all able to compete our morning routine. As I was heading out to work, I saw that the electric company service vehicle was just pulling in to our neighborhood.

The electric line that services our house is three miles long. It connects to the main line via a line that runs through a swamp to the south of our house. That is always where the power outages occur. As I understand it, our electric company has scheduled a project to have trees and branches cut back this summer. Hopefully that helps alleviate the problem.

I have my NCAA tournament bracket filled out. It's not much of a stretch this year, so I picked my MSU Spartans to win it all. I picked Kansas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia to round out the Final Four, and MSU to win in the championship game against Oklahoma.

We paid off DD1's braces a few weeks ago. I had increased the amount taken out of my pay check for my flexible spending account, and I was able to pay off the balance using that. It's good to have it paid off, but my pay check is correspondingly smaller. The advantage, of course, is that our tax liability is decreased.

4 Responses to “Renovation, Bracket, and Braces”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Congrats on being under budget! I hope your power is restored soon.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Under budget are always great words to hear! And smart to pay for the braces in a tax advantaged way.

  3. Buendia Says:

    When a construction project comes under budget it's time for celebration! Congratulations!!
    PS - I keep asking our dentist if braces are in our daughter's future; so far, she says maybe not... that would be so great.... they're expensive!

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Incredible to be under budget!

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