The kids are moving along nicely in their lives lately. Both got 3.9 GPA's on their last quarter, with Ds getting on his college's "President's List", an honor for those with 3.9 or higher GPA. DD has taken her community college entrance exam test, last week, in order to start taking college classes next year (as a junior in high school) and passed with flying colors. She starts tennis next week with tryouts (hoping to be varsity again) so it will be fun to go watch her matches again this spring. She needed a new bag of tennis balls while we were shopping yesterday and of course she was going to try to pay for them herself. I said, no, these are for your sporting activity - I budget for you to participate.
My son is feeling probably the richest he has been in his life. He's got a couple of nice paychecks of almost full time hours for the last 2 paychecks, he received his monthly mileage reimbursement check of over $600, he sold a part on ebay for $350 and then sold some parts at the swapmeet for $500. His income tax refund of $268 just direct deposited into his account. Yesterday he sold another $350 in parts and he got a job doing a website for someone, which will earn him $1000. He was already given a $200 advance on it. Then last night he won $175 by winning an online racing game. I'm hoping having this money will help him realize how nice it is to have some extra money and not feel broke all the time. This is his first job with steady income and since he keeps trying to find additional ways to make some money, he is doing pretty well, all of a sudden. He never had enough before to manage to save anything. I think he is really liking this idea of having all that money in his bank account. And I even heard Dh say to him - "keep it in the bank - don't be a spender like me!" One can only hope :)