How exactly does this happen?

I got the email notification that my Gas & Electric bill was ready for viewing. I clicked on it and saw that it had gone up $32 this month. I signed up for the budget plan in December when my bill was $135. It’s now $120. When I first signed up for it the bill was $77, then after the quarterly review, it went up to $88. I just don’t understand why it couldn’t have just gone up $22 each quarter so it’s not that startling.  If I wasn’t on the budget my bill would have been $80 and change, well less than the budgeted amount. So, now that I didn’t budget for that, I will be eating mac & cheese and beans for a while. I will be $40 over budget on this for the next 3 months.

I’m going to have to find some significant things to sell on ebay, or sell the items I have set aside for the garage sale in August now at a yard sale here in my own yard. My student loan payment is suddenly due ($200 to one and probably that for the other) because my old school told Sallie Mae that I left school instead of transferred. That’s another amount that I wasn’t budgeting into my pay. I might have to go back to dial up for a while….I’m trying to avoid it. I’m looking to see what I can cut out of my budget….Any suggestions?

PS, I have a baby shower I’ve RSVP’d already on June 10, but my birthday is June 12, and I hope to get some cash for it.

Garage Sale Items

My aunt is having a garage sale this summer. She intends to sell most of her miscellaneous crap. She has invited the rest of the family to sell their miscellaneous crap too. SO I have my own pile started. I suppose all the stuff that is still at the ex-BF’s house will probably go in there too. I only have so much storage space here.

Back story: We broke up in June when I got this apartment. But there’s stuff still there that we didn’t move back then. You see, Winter really starts here about mid-October and it’s snowing here today, so it’s hard to move stuff. I know, I know, I just should have moved it almost a year ago, but he said there was no rush. Anyways, now that I’ve been settled in here there just isn’t room for the stuff that is over there. I don’t even have the room to store this stuff for the garage sale in August.

But I really have to go buy some more storage totes so that I can properly store the things I want to keep. My goal is to have a house someday, I don’t know where it’s going to be or when, but it’s a goal that is in my long-term-file.