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

@Tripleoxer Nope, mine are through AES. I'm assuming it's Mint because AES's site says I had too many login attempts and Mint just keeps trying to refresh my accounts when I access it from my phone

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm 0

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

Thanks to Mint, I'm locked out of my online account access for my student loans & the servicer is never open when I call June - $12,853.25 July - around $12,748, I think Vacation savings June - $11,147.45 July - $11,264.45 Slight increase because my state tax rent credit was deposited Short-term savings June - $1,978.17 July - $1,800.00 Overspent a bit in July, so I had to pull money out of my savings. Goal for the end of the year is to have $40k in my 401k accounts Current value of all accounts: $38,620, putting in 4% pretax and 6% after tax, plus my employer matches 6%.

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm 0

On Life in the Desert: The Troubling Need for Cars

I live in the Twin Cities, having recently moved from Minneapolis to an inner ring suburb and while there is still decent public transpo in the suburbs, it runs less frequently and the area is not nearly as walkable. Sidewalks just end or turn abruptly away from the street. No bike lanes either, so people bike on the sidewalks all the time. As soon as I can afford it again, I am moving back to the city. I don't own a car and haven't for almost two years. I do miss having a car occasionally, but it's so expensive and my last car was just a gaping mouth into which I had to keep pouring money.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm 0

On Family Plan Shame

I was on my dad's plan and paid him $25/month once I got out of college. Then I landed on my mom's plan and paid her around the same, until I got my own plan at 26 because I wanted a local area code when I moved (fitting in?). My parents gladly accepted my money.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 8:04 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Went to the doctor on Friday, left with two new prescriptions filled for $11. Saturday I was supposed to go to brunch with my SO but he dumped me instead. $0 Sunday groceries (reigned in the urge to binge eat ice cream sandwiches, but only because my brand was out of stock) $31.50 Total spending: $42.50

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:27 am 0

On Fear-Based Spending

A radon test kit. Seemed like a good idea but I have yet to open it up and use it. Last year, I paid $7 per biweekly paycheck for an employee benefit that was sold to me as discounted legal assistance. I actually needed legal help for a dicey living situation, but the discounted hourly rates were still higher than my student loan payments, so I never used it.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:56 am 0

On Monday Check-in

I spent my whole estimate of $135 on a soccer jersey. It wasn't in store so I had to order it from London. The exchange rate for the pound to $ is not favorable right now (for Americans, at least) so it ended up being pretty spendy. $26.05 for groceries and $130.49 for the jersey and shipping, total $156.54. But maybe my team will win the Premier League this year?

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

I haven't estimated in a while, whoops. Stopping at Sephora to get the only face wash I seem to be able to tolerate plus make up remover, $36. I justify this expense by reminding myself that both last six months. The soccer club I follow finally released their new jerseys, so I am going to see if they have my size at the Puma store, $80. Doing some networking Saturday and I'm proud of myself for finally taking it seriously. $4 for steamed soy milk since I can't drink coffee. Sunday, World Cup final, not sure which bar but there are talks that we'll go to one that makes hamburgers out of giant sausages, let's say $15. Total: $135

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 11:35 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@halloliebchen GO DEUTSCHLAND!!! I hope my man Özil gets a goal

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 11:25 am 0

On Measure Your Life in Birth Control

@jquick Whoa, you found a doctor who would do this? I ask every time I go to the doctor for this and they won't do it because I'm young and have never had children. Well, I ask to have my uterus removed. But they won't do that either :/

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 4:21 pm 0