I just bought some whole-bean coffee from a local roaster that I'm planning to turn into cold-brew iced coffee for summer moneysaving purposes. Is it still moneysaving if I spent $12 on half a pound of artisanally roasted coffee beans instead of $2 mystery coffee at the deli? Ugh probably not.
@cuminafterall This is in DC, btw.
I currently pay 27% after taxes in rent and 6% in utilities, sharing a 1-bedroom apartment with my fiance. He pays about 31% (I pay all the utilities because I make more). After our marriage and my promotion this summer, we'll be paying about 28% of our combined incomes toward rent and utilities each month.
@cuminafterall Oh and I didn't get the piercing because I forgot my ID at home :( Next weekend!
I bought some expensive plane & bus tickets for our trip to Long Island next weekend, but cashed in some credit card points so it worked out to only $194. On Saturday we went to the mall! I spent $8 on pretzels and a soda, and another $9 on two headbands. The makeup I wanted was out of stock, so Sephora gave me a free shipping code to buy it online ($42). On Sunday I bought some shampoo ($6) and made a hardware store run ($68, stripping paint is expensive!). And my mom cancelled lunch for today, so I won't be going out. So that's $327, when I thought I'd be spending $545... not bad, considering! Though still atrocious.
@PrettyNicola Cannoli... cupcakes? Can you elaborate?
@SarcasticFringehead Nope, not cartilage, just a plain vanilla second hole in each earlobe. I'm such a rebel!
@cuminafterall I probably shouldn't count the second ear piercing as a wedding-related expense, but somehow it is one for me! It has to do with proving that I control my own body, and also with creating another opportunity to wear something sparkly.
Today I'm making travel plans for a bridal shower my soon-to-be in-laws are planning for me next weekend, so there goes $370 right there! Then my fiance's buying me dinner. Tomorrow I'm planning to go to the mall for a second ear piercing ($30?), a nice gold or sparkly headband ($50 max), new foundation ($40), and to scope gifts for my parents & bridesmaids and our officiant, though I probably won't buy those quite yet. I will likely need an Auntie Anne's pretzel and a diet Coke to survive this experience ($5). Sunday is supposed to be beautiful! We've been going on a lot of really long walks lately, which is fun (and free). I'm going to try not to spend any money on Sunday. We'll see how that goes. Monday is still technically the weekend for me, since it's my regular day off from work. I'm taking my mom for a belated Mother's Day lunch, since she'll be out of town over the weekend. I'm budgeting $50, but I doubt I'll spend quite that much. $545, going mostly into the wedding black hole... hurts just to think about it. Goodbye, money!
@polka dots vs stripes My last student loan was disbursed in 2008 and they're all at 6.55% (6.8% with .25% off because I do auto-debit). I thought the lower rates were part of the stimulus program in 2010.