My Year in Money: A Gif Odyssey

Let’s start with the basics. This is how I made my money:



 

And this is how I spent my money:


 

I lived in Chicago, in a lovely apartment with reasonably-priced tacos down the street—things I was very grateful for when talking to apartment-hunting friends in Manhattan.

 

I went on a few trips, for weddings and work, visiting family and friends.

 

But mostly I looked at my aspirational travel price alert emails.

 

I had some conflicting feelings about my career.

 

But then again…

 

But then AGAIN…

 

My savings account went up, though not without some difficulty.

 

I had a 401(k).

 

But I didn’t even try to understand it.

 

I was late on my student loans a few times, because I just forgot when they were due.

 

Now, I’m steeling myself for tax season.

 

Last year was kind of a disaster. I was completely freelance and didn’t know about quarterly taxes.

 

This time it will be better! I think. I hope.

 

So while I may have gotten a little carried away with Christmas presents this year, as I am wont to do

 

And I’m not loving hearing about other people’s holiday bonuses

 

And overall, there’s probably a better way to do things than what I’ve been doing

 

For 22 years old, 2 years out of college, I feel like I’m in a pretty good place.

 

Julie Beck did her best to limit the number of David Tennant gifs that went into this post.

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7 Comments / Post A Comment

muggles (#1,525)

I was a freelancer for the first time last year and I ALSO did not know about quarterly taxes until April! Or the additional tax for being self-employed. Or the city business tax. So many great discoveries!

This…….was awesome. And basically summed up my year in finances, although I did independent contracting work last year and discovered the quarterly taxes then (but also discovered that for some reason I didn’t have to pay them quarterly? Whatever not complaining!).

I’m doing ok but hoping to make this year better!

honey cowl (#1,510)

T-Swift!!!

keaton (#2,721)

Wow, how did you finish uni so young (20)?

raisincookie (#2,846)

Aspirational travel price alert emails and David Tennant crying in the rain!!! This is an accurate summation of my life.

TARDIStime (#1,633)

Why did you restrict the David Tennant GIFs?
I hereby request (politely) that you do an unedited version of this post with 100% David Tennant, please!

Full credit, though: I gigglesnorted at the dog eating its own hind leg.

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