One of the things that I did prior to moving is set up a moving budget. This was the total amount of money that I wanted to spend for the move and all the costs associated with it. That included some of the immediate maintenance/improvement things I wanted to do, like put down gravel in the driveway and have the gutters cleaned, as well as the things I needed to purchase, such as lawn care tools.
And that budget is officially gone. Have I done everything I hoped to do? No, but I’m not worried. The move itself is complete. I’m sure I will be making many more trips to Home Depot in the next couple of weeks to pick up odds and ends, but I’ll just have to make that work out of my normal monthly budget. But this new budget is just a bit tighter than my old apartment budget. My costs have gone up, plus I’m trying to sock away extra funds for repairs and things I realize that I need for the house. So that means that my planned trip to Costco over the weekend will just have to wait. Nothing wrong with that, of course. I just have to be a little more careful with my money and where it goes.