Lifestyle inflation, my will power is getting weaker. I cannot resist you much longer. Since I started my foster dog hobby I have been spending above my budget. I've been able to cover those extra expenses with extra jobs and other misc. income that was not already assigned to my mortgage payoff spreadsheet. Of course, if I had applied that money to my mortgage I would be farther ahead by now.
But I am not sorry that I started fostering dogs. It is helping me to estimate how much extra I need to save if I want to continue fostering. So far I think I should add at least $100 a month, maybe even $150 with treats, food and gas for shuttling them all over town.
Today I had a dog trainer come out and give me a free evaluation for my dogs. I could take my dog to the classes at the Humane Society but they have a set schedule and they are group lessons. The dog trainer will come out to me and teach me how to train my dog and my foster dogs too with all of their individual behavior issues. I signed up for one hour next weekend at $40/hr. That's the discount rate for foster dogs, usualy it's $60. There are also group lessons at the park for free every other weekend for her clients.
Today she showed me how to hold the leash and correct my dog when he tries to pull ahead. I am supposed to practice with him for at least 15 minutes, twice a day. Great...doggy homework. We went for a walk this afternoon and he stayed by my side for the most part. Maybe the fact that I am PAYING for lessons will motivate me to take him for a walk everyday. It is hard since I am carpooling and they have been leaving work late. When I get home there is maybe 5 minutes of daylight left. Don't even ask me to get up early. I'm not a morning person.
$40 an hour is more than I have budgeted for my dogs but I am hoping that I will learn a lot and will be able to to apply the lessons to all of my dogs. That way the dogs and I will coexist more peacefully and maybe I can make them a little more adoptable.