BOB has joined our family by way of The Man Allowance. He hung out in the dining room for a while and I was startled every time I walked by. I knew he was there but it didn’t matter. HE. FREAKED. ME. OUT! Blake turned him to face the window. It didn’t help. BOB was probably an excellent thief deterrent looking out the window the way he was.
Thankfully, after working with BOB in the dining room, Blake decided there wasn’t enough space and sequestered BOB to the garage. Poor BOB. It’s cold out there. He doesn’t care though. Every day BOB greets us as we pull our cars into the garage. What a nice guy he is!
If you haven’t figured it out, BOB is short for Body Opponent Bag. He’s the best sparring partner money can buy!
Cash for BOB
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The great thing about BOB is that he was paid for with cash!
BOB can now be crossed off Blake’s wish list. I have to tell you, Blake’s list used to stress me out as the Household Chief Financial Officer. Somehow, I felt the pressure to help him achieve every desire of his heart. That was until, THE MAN ALLOWANCE!
Blake’s Man Allowance
Blake loves getting a man allowance every month and he squirrels money away to purchase things off his wish list. He has his very own envelope system which means no more pressure for me! Whew! He’s happy, I’m happy.
Blake gets $450/month as a man allowance. Holy Smokes! Sounds like a lot, right? Not so fast.
What Does The Man Allowance Pay For?
- Nickel and Dime Stuff that comes up at work
- Gifts for ME – Really. Because how can it be a true gift if it’s coming out of the family budget that I am the CFO of?
- Car maintenance – LOF, etc.
- Any other Needs, Wants, Desires
How To Figure The Man Allowance Amount
We came up with Blake’s man allowance amount by tracking how much he spent on necessities each month and averaging it out. Let me tell you, Blake is lucking out now that gas prices are down. His list should be getting shorter quickly!
Blake’s average monthly gas bill has been $300/month. He won’t tell me what it is now for fear of allowance reconsideration. Ha! Seriously though, he works hard and I’m thrilled he is able to check items off his list, although one of those items may just scare the crap out of me.
Hazel and I had a little fun dressing BOB up this afternoon. He is ready to greet Blake as he pulls into the garage. I’m hoping he scares him a little too! If BOB keeps dressing like that, we may become friends!
I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting our newest family member. Wish lists can become reality when you squirrel away your allowance!
AAACK! I just went to pick the boy up from school and when I opened the garage door, I freaked out. I mean the kind of freak out when your heart leaps, you jump backwards three feet and scream. Yep. I scared myself by dressing BOB. Good Golly Miss Molly.