Erk — went a little too low…

I knew that I was getting close to the end of my money in my ING account, but I wasn’t quite sure HOW close. So I longed on tonight and saw that I was $11 in the hole. Bummer.

Thanks to ING though, I have an overdraft buffer of $25, so I don’t have to worry about any overdraft fees or anything like that.

I have $50 in my BofA account that is money that I can spend. So I transferred $50 from my ING savings so that it would happen immediately, then transferred $50 from the BofA account to the savings. The net effect is that $50 got transferred from BofA checking to ING checking, but I’ll get the money immediately instead of waiting 5 days to be able to use it. Boom!

I bought stuff to make myself stew, which I need to do, I just spent most of the evening making food for Jack. I’ve been cooking him food, which has been an expensive endeavor that I wasn’t anticipating.

He has been having a lot of digestive issues which I believe are related to dog food. So I’ve been cooking him homemade food. Brown rice, mixed vegetables, chicken breast, eggs, and yogurt. I make him 10 cups of rice, 3 packages of mixed veggies (I’ll switch to fresh in the summer when I can get food deals at the Farmer’s market), and 3 pounds of chicken (I stocked up when it was on sale at Kroger for $1.99/lb and hopefully it will last me until it is that price or lower again).

Jack’s food for 5 days:
Brown rice: $2.50
Veggies: $3.00
Chicken: $6.00
Yogurt: $1.50
Eggs: $1.00
—————–
$14.00

That is for only FIVE DAYS of food. That means for a month, if I continue to cook him food, I’ll spend $84 on food. That is a lot of money, and much more than the $50 I would spend on a bag of dog food (which I also bought at the beginning of the month). I’m not sure if I’m going to continue cooking for him, because it isn’t cheap and it is time consuming. But on the other hand it is healthy food that he LOVES and has completely cleared up his digestional issues.

It I can get some chicken or beef at a $1/lb, which is available at times, I’ll stock up on that for a few months. Also, I’ll get more of the veggies at $1/bag, and look for coupons for the veggies that I get him.

I will also need to get him on some sort of vitamin supplement to make sure that he is getting all the vitamins and minerals that a growing dog need. I’ve been giving him still a little of his old food since it does have all that good stuff in it. I don’t imagine that puppy vitamins should cost too much more than human vitamins.

Alternatively, I could try to just switch him back to dry kibble slowly over the course of the next few weeks and hope that his digestional problems don’t return and know if they do that I’ll need to keep cooking for him.

In other news, I got my student loan statement and have adjusted it on the tracking bar accordingly. I’ve now paid 7% of that balance. Which is awesome for just a year of paying on it. It isn’t a priority debt goal since the interest is so ridiculously low, but it is nice to see the steady decline over time!

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4 Responses to Erk — went a little too low…

  1. Punch Debt In The Face says:

    Have you considered doing a half dog food half prepared meal for him. It would make the food you cook last twice as long and should save you some cash flow in the long run. Your dog eats better than I do. I know my parents often mix cottage cheese or meat in with their dogs dry food. Just some FOOD for thought (no pun intended, okay maybe it was)

  2. Punch Debt In The Face says:

    Have you considered doing a half dog food half prepared meal for him. It would make the food you cook last twice as long and should save you some cash flow in the long run. Your dog eats better than I do. I know my parents often mix cottage cheese or meat in with their dogs dry food. Just some FOOD for thought (no pun intended, okay maybe it was)

  3. Dr. Faith says:

    Yes, I have considered it. Frequently. It would be a good balance. Unfortunately last night some of his digestional problems returned, and I’m not sure if it was because I started cooking him a mix of chicken and ground beef rather than just chicken or because I let him have some whipped cream last night. I’m hoping it was the whipped cream, otherwise I’ll be out a lot of money on homemade dog food!

    My dog also eats better than I do as well. =)

    I wish his stomach wasn’t so picky!

  4. Dr. Faith says:

    Yes, I have considered it. Frequently. It would be a good balance. Unfortunately last night some of his digestional problems returned, and I’m not sure if it was because I started cooking him a mix of chicken and ground beef rather than just chicken or because I let him have some whipped cream last night. I’m hoping it was the whipped cream, otherwise I’ll be out a lot of money on homemade dog food!

    My dog also eats better than I do as well. =)

    I wish his stomach wasn’t so picky!

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