@Winfield I sort of agree with you, in that if I have $100 in my bank account I should not be thinking "ooh I have $100 to spend" and instead I should be thinking "ooh I have $100 to SAVE"... And I definitely agree with your point on education, although I just think we've been throwing our money a bit unwisely at the problem (there are ways to throw our money wisely, I think). But at the same time, keeping senior citizens out of poverty, or relieving college loans, or some other idea to lift people who have been dealt an unfair hand, is a hard thing to want to deny. I don't think that just because you've had it tough means you deserve government assistance, but as someone who HAS received unemployment money (graduating college in 2008 was TERRIBLE timing, thanks parents for your shitty birth-giving timing?) I would feel like a bit of a hypocrite if I didn't acknowledge the good that SOME of the government assistance programs do for SOME people.
Mostly I just throw away the clip/twistie and twist the plastic bag a couple times, then fold the loose end under the package and shove back in the fridge. Does the exact same thing with less time spent untwisting or pinching my fingers on those clips (I prefer twisties, if I had to choose). When I want a bagel I WANT IT NOW.
BOO DOOK but YAY Loco Pops and Elmo's... two Chapel Hill staples I die a little each day without.
Man, if I had to play The Price Is Right on this article, I would have guessed that these repairs would cost, like, $10,000. Shows you how ready for home-ownership I am, and how grateful I am that I don't have to worry about home-ownership in the near future.
Tonight: plenty of food in the house so I will sit around and do a whole lotta nothing. BUT I am going to Trader Joes for (LOTS OF) wine and a cat-scratch pad... so, $40? Also, free entertainment, because my roommate's ex-boyfriend who is actually a pretty cool dude is coming over, and the very first time I met him we debated the future of Star Wars, at the top of our lungs, at 11pm. It was amazing. Tomorrow: Roommate's ex has promised us eggs benedict for brunch. Free! Also, a birthday dinner, a UNC-Dook game to watch at a bar, and a nachos party... so probably like $50? Sunday: hopefully doing another whole lotta nothing. With an extra $20ish thrown in for laundry or manicure or something, let's say $110. That feels good, considering I had to put an $850 plane ticket for work on my card this week.
On 'How many billions of dollars do you have to launder for drug lords before somebody says, we're shutting you down?'
God I LOVE her.
For the first few months I lived in NYC after moving from the land of giant grocery stores with aisles full of wine, I thought for some bizarre reason that Chateau Diana was NYC's small-grocery-store answer to wine aisles... until I realized that it was only-slightly-fermented fruit juice. Who makes an entire bottle of wine with a lower ABV than a beer? SMH Key Food, SMH.
Paying bills: $108-170ish (cable, plus I'm not sure when my gym will charge the monthly fee but I assume it will be this weekend) Staying in tonight and eating leftovers because I feel like I'm getting sick: $0 Somehow, miraculously, I think I have no plans this weekend, AND my roommate is out of town, so I will just veg out with the cat for a few days and rest. Outside of bills, I think I might spend $30ish on groceries... so, $130-200 total, unless something crazy comes up and I go shopping or out for drinks.
So, I estimated $265... $23.93 on wine $44.64 took my brother and his lady friend out to dinner on Saturday $31.57 took my friend who's leaving NYC out to brunch on Sunday $14ish got stoned with friends on Sunday night and split Chinese food with one of them Well under budget at $114.14... until... $354.89 (!) went to Ikea on Monday and got a dresser and a kitchen cart So, $474.03. Ouchie. Good thing I'd been saving up for the dresser for a while. But no more spending! Eating lots of leftovers this week!
My little brother and his lady friend are in town, so I'm sure we'll do touristy stuff, take them out for dinner on Saturday, and meet up with my friends at a bar in Queens. I'm also getting brunch with a friend on Sunday who is leaving town in a few weeks, but have zero plans other than day-drinking on Monday, and tonight I plan on staying in and making tacos... So if I had to guess, I think I'll probably spend $30 on wine for tonight & Monday, around $150 for dinner/drinks on Saturday, $35 for Sunday brunch, and another $50 in there for random stuff. So, $265? Good thing today is payday, oof.