I work for a farm that's doing a winter CSA right now! But we don't have people volunteer for us, because we're too lazy to teach them what to do. Also, we want that work so we can get paid.
I hit my savings goal of $2000! I've been putting away about $50 per week in there for a while (dog walking money), and now that can go to student loans and IRA. Also fun things, like a new sleeping bag.
I'm a vegetarian, I just like Dawson's Creek references.
Two people in a small, one-story house - last month was $49, previous month was $51. We average higher in the winter because we use more lights and can't hang clothes out to dry on the line. Never needed air conditioning last summer (Vermont, house in a hollow with a river that keeps the air cool) - had it on once when a guest was over.
@Stina This is me too! Double minutes for life with Tracfone, and I can usually find a bonus code for 40 extra minutes or so when I buy (approximately $20/month).
I live in rural Vermont, where not having a car makes life very difficult. Luckily my grandmother gave me her old car after she wasn't able to drive any more, so I don't need to make car payments. The things I pay less frequently, like registration, maintenance, and insurance, I've tried to average out from yearly costs. Gas: $80/month Insurance: $37/month Registration/inspection: $8/month Repairs/maintenance: $91/month Total: $216 per month. That actually doesn't seem that bad to me; I thought it would be more. It will be though, when I have to replace my current car.
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@RadScientist Someone once told me, if it's clean enough that you'll wear it again, it's clean enough to live with your other clothes. If you think it'll stink up or dirty your clean clothes, then maybe you shouldn't wear it again. That said, I do have a little ottoman in my room where questionable things live.
I opened a Roth IRA yesterday! I'm so proud of me.
First time checking in! This made me actually look at my student loan interest rates, and now I know where I should focus my attentions. Stafford loan B Outstanding balance: $2,238.17 Interest rate: 6.8% Minimum payment: $27.12 Payed this month: $55
My $300 state refund (along with $300 from my just-in-case savings account) went to car repairs, blah. So some of my $970 federal refund will probably go into savings to make up for that, and then general life expenses and bills since work has been slow lately. But I'm also thinking of opening an IRA? The info on my bank's website says that Roth IRAs might be better for people who expect to be in a higher tax bracket when they retire, which I'm not sure I understand, but doesn't sound like it will be me.