By Blondsak on Friday Estimate
My dad is arriving tomorrow for my MLS graduation (heck yeah!!!!), so I anticipate not spending much because he enjoys treating us when he visits. Tonight is all cleaning, laundry ($3.50) and some groceries ($30). Definitely at least $10-20 for metro transportation all over the city on Saturday and Sunday. I also plan on buying him at least one meal, since he paid to come out here and everything ($30-40 for all three of us). I haven't been around for the estimations much lately due to being super busy at work, but I wanted to report that I managed to do very well on my under-$50-for-fun challenge I was determined to do this entire semester. Only went over two weekends out of 14, and both were special circumstances. So double heck yeah!!!! On a more sobering note, I anticipate joining the monthly debt round-up group this month, since I have about $56,000 to pay back for my graduate degree. But I feel very lucky to have a job in place, unlike some of my MLS friends. Even with debt, we can still count our blessings! Have a great weekend everyone!
@Madeline Shoes You might be able to elicit some sympathy. "They took ALL of my money! Both dollars!"
@xxAnniexx Yes! I think the thing I like about this site-- as opposed to other discussions of personal finance-- is that it acknowledges that spending it not always rational.
By Jake Reinhardt on My Free Lunch
@WayDownSouth These kinds of stories always illicit this kind of response, and you know what? You are a different kind of person than Logan, so lay off. Do you want a slow clap for being good at budgeting? I'm very tired of feeling bad because I'm not good with money,and I'm very tired of people who are good with it being condescending. Maybe you're a shitty person. Maybe you're bad with animals, maybe you're not as good a friend as Logan is. These things are not quantitative, and therefore, no one can go "OH MY GOD I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW SHE CAN EVEN LIVE LIKE THAT, BEING A BAD FRIEND" And yet, at every turn, there seems to be someone who is good with money looking down at someone who isn't, as if that is a worthwhile judge of character. "I'm mystified". Really? Well, bully for you, my friend, you are better than people who aren't good with money and who are impulsive. Is that what you wanted to hear? Congratulations.
In the movie that is life, I'm so glad that Sen. Warren isn't afraid to do her own stunts!
I was on the tarmac when the Friday estimate post came in, but I was assuming ~$175ish with vacation + a needed grocery run. Instead, $89: no grocery run, absurd amounts of free tasty food made by midwestern parents for family parties (bf was trying to figure out a way to smuggle pork home on the airplane), $21 on a new Tigers hat at DTW, and $68 taking our parents out for lunch and pie. Frugal May: going SO well that I should actually be able to pay off all remaining credit card debt THIS FREAKING WEEK instead of by the end of May. Guys, I've had this debt since 2010. It has peaked at around $7k. This is a BFD. I can start saving to move in with the boy/get a new laptop/having emergency savings/kill mad amounts of student loan debt.
By stuffisthings on Friday Estimate
It's my birthday so I don't know, a million dollars?
Wow, so judgey here today! The author certainly didn't seem smug to me, just realistic.
This is such a good piece. I would say more but I am busy writing a grant to explore the neurological basis for the comment-section evolution of normal nice people into Clarissa Explains It All
Happy birthday, Billfold!! Savings account balance as of: 04/04/12= $482.17 04/04/13= $2682.38 Thanks, Billfold!!