Mike Dang, this is the best advice I've ever read. It's so amazing to follow a financial blog that understands that sometimes "it's just money".
I forgot to estimate publicly, but my mental estimate was around $75. Friday: Gas to drive home for Easter, $36.54 Saturday: Trip to the local farm for assorted goodies, $10.89 Sunday: Stopped at McDonald's after 3 hours of traffic on the way home from Easter, $2.86 Total: $50.22, aka the cheapest weekend I've had in months!
@lalaland It stresses me out a lot, really. I put money in my 401(k) and an IRA but I'm always nervous I'm not doing enough.
I never tried to compete with friends who had higher salaries and more stuff. And I never used credit cards to try to maintain some lifestyle. Thank you, Logan's dad. I recently got a promotion and have been waffling between staying in my current apartment and putting my raise towards savings and using the money towards renting in a hipper neighborhood. Honestly, saying it like that seems silly... if I stay in my less cool/expensive neighborhood for 1 or 2 years, I could save for my future rather than throwing money away on renting right now. Also, this article has me Googling "stock market for dummies"... future article? Please? Help?
Participating for the first time, yay! CitiCard (Filled with unnecessary purchases I mostly regret, oops) February 2013: $629.00 March 2013: $429.00 Savings (I have no idea what I'm saving for, so let's call it an emergency fund) February 2013: $3,600 March 2013: $4,125
Happy Friday, everyone! :) Tonight I'm going out for a friend's birthday, but there's a good chance drinks will be free. I'll say I'll spend around $30 once cabs get factored in. Tomorrow, I'm doing NOTHING. I need to do laundry and pack for vacation (!!!) next week, so I just need to buckle down, stay in and eat the food that's in my house. I MIGHT go to a bar for a bit to watch the UNC/Duke game since I have no cable, but I'll probably stream it. There is, however, a slim chance I'll do a yoga class, so possibly $15. Sunday, driving home and getting dinner with my family at our favorite restaurant. I'll guess about $15 for that since we're splitting it. All in all, probably around $55 but I'm hoping it will be less.
@megsy they offered me a free consultation on facial cleansers and I knew it was game over
First Monday check-in that I'm participating in, I'm usually too filled with shame at blowing my estimation. I estimated about $70... Friday, I ended up staying in & spent nothing. Saturday, oops, I went to Lush and ended up spending $90 (oops?).. BUT the dinner/drinks I was planning to buy were purchased for me by my cousin's super nice boyfriend, it was very nice of him! Sunday, I sold books/clothes and got $25 (nothing like the judgmental teenagers at Plato's Closet only wanting to give you $5 for two dresses out of the full garbage bag of clothes you took in) and then spent $20 on some groceries. So I ended up at about $85 for the weekend. Not too far beyond my estimate, I just feel guilty about the impulsive purchase at Lush.
Not counting rent/bills, etc. Friday: Lunch with coworkers -$15, possible drinks with friends -$30 Saturday: Birthday dinner/party with cousin: -$50 Sunday: Taking clothes to Plato's Closet (like I said I would 2 weeks ago), +$25. Birthday brunch for cousin (funded by aunt and uncle... I think) $0. If all goes well, I'm looking at -$70... not awful. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
My 1 thing is to go back into H&R Block and figure out why my state e-file was rejected. Sigh.