I never did a Monday check-in for last weekend, but kept pretty much with my budget, yay! But I also did my taxes and found out that I had been taking 3 allowances instead of 2, so I now have to pay just under $1k in taxes for 2013. Thankfully I fixed that with HR so this will not be repeated next year. Sigh. Goodbye, money. Now I have to decide if I just want to take it out of my savings account, or not spend anything at all for the next month in order to pay for it. Maybe half of each... So this weekend will be another cheap one!!! Today: Already bought a breakfast sammie, $5, and three avocados from my corner fruit guy, $2 (they are so small and sad but I've been having such a craving lately). Tonight will be super cheap since I'm just hanging out with my cousin watching "Gravity" at her place. Tomorrow: Probably swimming in the morning (free), and then will need to buy some groceries (let's say $30? trying to keep it under that though). Have a friend's birthday party that night, so probably $10 for this cheap dinner place she picked (yay!) and around $20 if I should decide to drink. Sunday: Brunch with some friends at Friend of a Farmer, $30, and then hopefully seeing the new Wes Anderson movie (SO VERY EXCITED FOR THIS), probably $15. Laying low after that, and will hopefully finish one of the library books I have out and attempting to work on my grad school applications; maybe $10 if I venture to the vegan cafe for tasty lunch at some point. Oh yeah and grabbing dinner with a friend somewhere hopefully on the cheaper side, $25. Wow that added up quickly: $147 estimated. Will definitely try to keep way under that by not drinking and bringing munchies with me to places in order to prevent impulse food purchases.
NOOOOO DO NOT GET RID OF 1 THING! These posts are the only reason I have done so many Things and if they go away then I will just procrastinate forever and ever and ever. I pretty much need this little bit of accountability to be a productive adult. This is also the exact reason I gave up something for Lent despite having no semblance of religion in my life - incentive!!! Marginal smidgens of liability! Speaking of being an adult, my Thing *should* be to look for a therapist but no let's ignore that for a little longer because I've been fine for the past 30 years so far (ha ha ha... blerg). So instead my 1 Thing will be to schedule a meeting with one of the TIAA-CREF advisors visiting my workplace and see if I need to actually do anything to my retirement account.
Oh man, I need to have a cheap weekend. Hopefully that'll happen since I'm heading to the parents' place to do my taxes and other thrilling adventures. Friday: Hopefully nothing, and I will try to remember to grab a piece of pizza that's been sitting in the work fridge for a few days to much on while on the bus to DC. Saturday: Doing my taxes and having a (hopefully not) awkward conversation with someone about life and that sort of thing. My mom and I would normally go shopping or something (suburbs! malls! outlet stores!) but I reeeeeally shouldn't. We'll say $50 just in case something happens, but I hope it's $0. Plus however much I end up having to pay in taxes, but hopefully I'll get a return this year or else I'll have to yell at our benefits office (yell = call up and ask super nicely why I'm not getting taxed enough; I'm the worst at yelling). Sunday: taking the bus back up to NYC in the afternoon, and then will probably head to the gym for swimming fun after that. It's awesome to finally have a workout that I really enjoy doing! Total: around $50, but hopefully $0, but realistically it'll be $150. Sigh.
This has helped me get so many things done! Which is weird because there is no accountability. Mysteries. My one thing for today is to make sure I actually did get my W2 in the mail, and then my other thing for this weekend is to finally do my taxes. No clue if I'll get a refund or have to pay, it's always a toss-up and I am very curious as to how my company calculates withholding on my paychecks. Oh, I should probably also update my resume with this new financial system I just learned.
Estimated $143, spent about $120 if I'm remembering everything correctly. Friday: Ended up running late to meet my friend for the acoustic show, so had to hop in a (SLOW) cab once I got to Manhattan; $12. We opted not go to to another bar afterwards, but since I was in Union Square, I decided to randomly go into Whole Foods in an attempt to satiate a mango craving. Ended up spending $38 and not even getting any mango. Saturday: Went swimming early (free! and healthy, yay me), then picked up laundry and dry cleaning; $28. Decided to not do anything during the day due to a big birthday celebration that night, so I just cleaned up the apartment and threw out some junk. Kept it fairly responsible at the birthday celebration. Spent mostly cash but I think it was about $9 at Radegast for a tasty beer, oops oh and another $12 for a sausage sandwich which I stupidly couldn't resist. Another $15 at the next bar (I hate splitting checks) for a decent but not spectacular cocktail. Sunday I kept it low key, hung out with my cousin and bought some spinach dip for munching, $5. She generously bought us both green juices and I forced myself to drink it despite being super gross. I really never realized what a strong taste celery has but now I know never to make the mistake of adding it into anything ever at all. Swam again later that night and made food at home, both free!!
Tonight: Hoping to not spend anything! Got a free ticket to a show since a friend's boyfriend can't make it (woowoo!), and am not planning on drinking at the venue. Also have a birthday party in the area to stop by, but am not planning on drinking there either. Let's say $10 for a food emergency. Saturday: Pick up laundry, $20. Pick up dry cleaning, $8. Hopefully find a frame for one of the prints I got at Christmas, everything I've seen has been in the $40 range. Have a friend's birthday party that afternoon/evening/night/latenight so I'm sure that will result in some sort of epic food and beverage consumption since we're starting off at Radegast biergarten; let's hopefully keep that around $50 for the whole adventure. Sunday should be super low-key, since I don't have anything planned whatsoever. Might hang out with my cousin, go to the gym, and work on my personal statement essay for grad school applications. This should all be free but I'll budget an additional $15 for a sandwich and possible fancy coffee while walking to/from wherever I end up. Total weekend cost should come to $143, which is good since I had an unexpected tax situation from 2011 pop up which I sent a check for this past week ($450ish - so very painful). Had no idea I was supposed to count unemployment income as taxable income and it seems like double taxation? Who knows, I am not an accountant.
On Time Is a Flat Circle Every 1 Thing We've Ever Done or Will Do We're Gonna Do Over and Over and Over Again
My 1 thing is to make a phone call regarding something that I've already called about but forgot the information given to me. Another 1 thing I have to do is buy a frame at the store during my lunch break, but this is not a pressing 1 thing and also it might be smarter for me to just NOT SPEND MONEY FOR ONCE. But... it's so nice out and this is a good excuse to walk around.
@Allison Holy cow, I don't want to get to excited but you may have changed my life with this information
@polka dots vs stripes Thanks!! This is super helpful, since I was really just planning on blindly going through whoever accepted my insurance. Which seemed destined for failure.
My 1 thing is to finally buy a charger cord thing for the Kindle I was given, and learn how to use it. I'd started reading 1Q84 a while ago, but had to return it before I was able to make a dent in it, and it's not exactly portable. So that will turn in to my second thing, post-cord-arrival: learn how to USE the Kindle and also learn how to borrow e-books from the library. My 1 thing is really 3 things, apparently.