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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