On The Cost of Breaking Up and Moving Out

Oh man, I can so relate. Your spending is a lot more reasonable than mine since my beginning-of-the-summer breakup with my live-in boyfriend; mine has included signing up for a marathon, buying plane tickets to a family reunion across the country that I wasn't planning on attending prior to the breakup, buying plane tickets to Italy this fall, putting a deposit down on an apartment that is probably too expensive but I'm still in treat yo self mode, all the drinks at bars with friends, etc etc. RIP savings account :(

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm 2

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

@PicNic You are so sweet, thank you for your support of my financial and emotional circumstances :) It's been a tough couple weeks, but I'm beginning to believe that there's a light at the end of the tunnel (and I think buying tickets to Italy will make that light a little brighter)!

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:39 am 0

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

@annpan Oh ALSO I just achieved my first positive net worth of my life!! (student loans + car loan < savings + 401K + Roth + 529) YAYYYYYYYY

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:16 am 2

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

In the wake of an unexpected and devastating breakup, I'm going to restructure my financial priorities, so this is probably the last good-looking month I'll have in a while. I'm rerouting some of the money I was using to aggressively pay off my loans and taking out much of my savings in order to buy a plane ticket to Italy for this fall - my first trip out of the US! It's impulsive and indulgent and unlike anything I've ever done before, but I'm at a stage in rebuilding my life that investing in myself this way will be really extraordinary. Student Loan May(5.4% interest): $2,866 Student Loan June: $2,337 Savings May: $2,000 Savings June: $2,100

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:12 am 1

On Do 1 Thing (And a Report on a Successful Thing!)

@ThatJenn Painful indeed. I'll take any extra good vibes you've got :)

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm 0

On Do 1 Thing (And a Report on a Successful Thing!)

I just got back from the DMV where I renewed my expired drivers license! One thing accomplished. My additional (massive, depressing) one thing is to crunch some numbers to figure out how to afford living on my own in my sorry post-breakup-with-a-cohabitating-partner state. For once, the DMV was the lesser of two evils.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 12:36 pm 1

On Monday Check-in

@annpan Thanks, everybody. I'm returning your internet hugs and sympathetic thoughts with hugs of my own - I am grateful for all the positive energy I can get right now!

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 10:18 am 0

On Monday Check-in

I have never participated in a Monday check-in before, but I had to drop by today to comment on how expensive an unexpected break-up with your live-in boyfriend can be. -Wine: $20 -Ordering food at restaurants that you are unable to eat: $40 -Craft supplies purchased in an ill-conceived effort to take your mind off things: $50 -Gas for an impulsive road trip to a neighboring state to get away from the scene of the crime and stay with friends: $40 UGH.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 9:33 am 0

On Pre-Nups: Maybe Necessary, Necessary, Offensive, or Harmless?

A couple of months ago I was having brunch with my boyfriend's family and the subject of pre-nups came up. After half-listening to the conversation, I chirped, "I don't think there's anything wrong with pre-nups! I think that they are smart!" The wide-eyed, shocked silence was broken eventually by awkward chuckles and my boyfriend's mom saying "[boyfriend's dad] suggested that we get a pre-nup before our wedding. I told him if he ever brought it up again, there would be no wedding." OOPS. YIKES.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 10:55 am 1

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

I'm majorly late, but I know I won't close this tab until I enter my progress...I took a vacation and accidentally paid my student loans twice last month, so my numbers are pretty weird. Student Loan March(5.4% interest): $3,792 Student Loan April: $2,866 Savings March: $2,800 Savings April: $2,000 Despite the slight setback, I should hit my goal of a positive net worth early next month. Woohoo!

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 9:47 am 0