On Monday Check-in

I didn't estimate here because I was in Toronto, but I guessed $320 in my personal budget. The guess was shockingly accurate - I spent $320.88. As for Toronto itself, it's continued a depressing theme of liking every single city I visit far more than the one I actually live in ...

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 11:42 am 0

On Why We Live Where We Live

I live in DC and sorta hate it. I'm only here because of inertia - I grew up nearby and didn't have a job after graduation, so I lived at home while un/underemployed. Then I finally got a job here and moved out, and got another job, and another ... and here I am, going on four years later, still i a city I never intended to live in, and really getting sick of it.

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

I'm sick and want to do nothing but sleep this weekend. Today: I'll be buying more cold medicine at CVS (~$20), and probably ordering pizza before dozing off to the dulcet tones of the Kardashians on Netflix (they're a great sleep inducer; ~$20 for the pizza). Saturday: The same thing as today, except I'll be eating leftover pizza/medicine instead of paying for it. Sunday: $15 because as much as I wish it, pizza cannot sustain me for an entire weekend. Hopefully I'll feel better then, so I'll spend an extra $10 to celebrate that. Total: $65

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm 0

On Link Roundup!: Sleep You Need vs Sleep You Get; Podcast Love

Almost entirely unrelated to money, but I just recced her elsewhere so she's at the top of my mind: Tara Brach's weekly dharma talks. Healing Self-Doubt in particular is phenomenal. Besides that, I only listen to The Guy Friends Podcast and occasionally Radiolab. I'm not much of a podcast person - my mind tends to wander when I'm just listening to something, as opposed to reading or watching - but those three consistently keep my attention.

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 11:39 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Friday: $24 at a bar Saturday: $10.70 for a latte and sandwich. $12.17 for my share of Ubers to and from a house party far away. Sunday: $7.50 for a hangover-soothing burrito bowl, $64.58 Amazon order went through, $10.50 of a Cava bowl to further assuage the zombie hangover. Total: $129.45. I didn't do an estimate, and that's not TOO bad, except exactly none of it was spent on anything useful/necessary. I did make it to two yoga classes, though.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 11:51 am 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Fay Dunbar

@the_famou_boat When did Harry play Gobstones?? I know books 1-5 better than the back of my hand and I have no memory of this!

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Fay Dunbar

@HelloTheFuture I googled Fay Dunbar because I too was mortified by having NO memory of her and it was little help. I found this page but cannot confirm that she was named anywhere besides in the video game?? I need a book and page citation!!

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

I estimated $50. Friday: Bought some workout apparel on Gilt with a bunch of credit and $4.60. Then I paid $43 for a glow-in-the-dark space tank top from Etsy. I don't understand myself. Saturday: $10.90 on a latte and sandwich at a cafe. I paid for a tank of gas on the way to the polo match, but that still needs to be divided between the three of us. I think it'll end up being around $30 for my share of gas and parking. Drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres were free, then I spent $18 at a bar at the end of the night. Sunday: $11 Cava, $14.33 on groceries. Total: $131.83

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

I went out last night, had a glass of wine and two beers, and am still feeling less than great despite eating a greasy breakfast sandwich. What is my life. Today: Picking up a couple books from the library after work, hoping to stay in with them. $0 Saturday: $10 at the farmer's market, yoga class, and then I'm going to a "twilight polo" match! Which, apparently, is polo at twilight. I'm guessing $30 for my share of gas, snacks, and drinks. Sunday: I think I'm going out to my dad's house so presumably he will feed me. $10 because I'll probably find something to spend money on ... Total: a laughably low $50, let's see how far above that I end up.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:53 am 1

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: August 2014 Check-in

July 2014 savings: $2473.83 August 2014: $3,008.87 My goal is $5k before 2015, so I'm mostly on track (a foreign feeling ..).

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:20 am 0