I know what you mean about needing a few hundred extra a month. Our only uncontrollable expense seems to be our grocery bill. It doesn't help that I am constantly craving new things that I didn't buy during shopping day.
Also, congrats to your sister!
You guys, I am so tired. I'm painting my 8 year old girl's room in preparation for her to share it with her 3.5 year old brother. By next year they will be 9 and 4. I feel bad about it, but I also don't feel bad because the two of them are always in each other's rooms watching tv or else they are never in their rooms, they are in some other part of the house. And it should only be for 2 years until we get another room built in the basement.
Anyway, it's coming along great. It's this color between blue and green called "Recycled Glass" from Behr. And I'm happy that it's looking more aqua than mint green, I was afraid it would clash with her aqua in her bedspread, but it looks perfect. My last part is just to get out the tall ladder because I can't quite reach the top of two walls since the ceiling is pretty high in that room. I've been wanting to do this since we moved into this house, but I was either too busy with other things or else I was working full time and just didn't feel like doing it on the weekends.
My next project is to paint what was my 3 year old's room. I saw a Target ad that made me want to do dark grey in there, whether it's a boy or girl. And when searching Google Images, I found this blog: http://www.housetweaking.com/2012/08/28/mabreys-room/
I am basically going to pick this exact color, because it looks so great in these pictures. Plus, the darkness will make that tiny room look bigger. And it will look good with any wood color, which I will have a few in there.
I do not have a lot of energy anymore, not like I did in my twenties, so I feel these colors will not only be good choices for my kids' rooms, but also for selling the house if for some reason we had to sell tomorrow. I just don't have the time or energy to paint again and again. I've been putting off this painting for 2 years, so here we go!