Curious, not critical: you wrote "when someone asks if SHE can meet me " (emphasis mine), is that because only/mostly women appeal to you for career advice or was just a slip of the words? I'm sort of fascinated about the dynamics of men/women in this field. I get asked for advice way more by women, as well, but am also a woman who particularly enjoys boosting young women in the field, so unclear if that influences my sample size.
@pterodactylish OTHER SAVERS: do goals help or is it just better to keep slogging away? I don't really have a 'goal' so it always feels like 'too little.' IDK.
Vacation/emergency savings Dec. 1 – $2676 Feb. 1 - $2818 It's not a lot, but creeping up is better than creeping down! It's been an incredibly spendy few months, but I am trying to throw small amounts at this, just to stay in the habit of it.
taken pre-tax: whatever the max my company will match for 401k, 60$ for transit monthly, and 125ish for health, dental, vision insurance take-home salary 3300, will probably jump to 3400ish next month w/ annual cost of living hikes 812.50, rent (my half of a one bedroom) 400 general savings 183, gym (my 2015 gift to me, totally worth it) 125, laundry service & dry cleaning. 100, cleaner 1x a month, which gets axed when i overspend anywhere else 25 coned 70, cable/internet 60, taxis to work every morning (i work very early in the morning; my company compensates me for the other 140 a month this costs, this is my share which is ~1.50 more than taking public transit) $1775. the other $1625 goes to everything else, and i operate on a go-with-the-flow budget, which is not strict at all. i'd like to save 500 a month, but can't really do it right now bc i live in an expensive city!
Spent tooooo much. $50 on cabs to jazz and then to party, boyfriend got drinks. $20 on hangover pizza delivery, oh god so embarrassing and delicious $65 on two meals and drinks in one sitting at our local pourhouse. Planned not to eat! Oops. Hangry fail. $25 at drugstore for TP and body washes. Had hoped to spend almost nothing! At least I brought lunch today.
MEXICOOOOOOO. 150 bucks for the car to and from the airport; 100 bucks for fancy tequila, probably. And that's it! Already paid my share of the vacation.
Savings check in (including a deposit of cash I'm making later today.) Oct. 1 - $1625 Dec. 1 - $2676 I am fiercely proud of this because it's been a profoundly expensive and often shitty couple of months, so this is my victory. Just gotta keep it up for a few months.
A week ago today I paralyzed my foot, by damaging the nerve. It's been the crappiest crap heap that a week can be, but I made it through!! That probably merits that cable knit dress from LOFT and takeout for one, because I DESERVED it. Also, the necessary cabs to get to doc appts today. Sigh. Boyfriend is working late, so I might have some wine delivered (see also: paralyzed foot) and partake in a little bit of that. Tomorrow: train tickets to CT, where Mom will feed me wine and good food. Sunday: cabs, brunch with a friend when we get back. Having a paralyzed foot is MIGHTY expensive.
I'm going to say today's song was totally my one thing. :) :)
Every week when this is posted, I hum Ella F.'s "It don't mean a thing" except I change the words... "It don't mean a thing if you don't do that thing." It's not really 'on message', but it is cheerful!