On Friday Estimate

I got home from a business trip last weekend and I'm taking off again next weekend, so this weekend will be cheap and relaxed. Today: Work late, possibly? I love the project I'm working on right now and I CAN'T STOP. We need groceries ($50) and vino ($10). Saturday: Farmer's market ($20) and a loooong walk, weather permitting. Sunday: Cleaning spree maybe? I can't think this far ahead right now. Total: $80

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 9:35 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Friday my 6 PM flight was delayed until 1 AM(!). I ate and drank and chatted and made Airport Friends ($0, expensed). I got home Saturday morning and then slept most of the day. Goddamned unplanned redeye. ($0) Sunday I slept too late, took the pooch on a walk, did some work, and bought a cake because maybe it will help the jet lag? ($15) Total: $15. It wasn't a great weekend, but at least it was the cheapest weekend in the history of my monday check-ins!

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 10:57 am 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@corner desk The bank told you you'll incur a penalty for withdrawing the money? Because that's not true! You can withdraw your contributions to a Roth IRA without penalty, so if you contributed $10,000 you should be able to take out $10,000 tomorrow, zero penalty (assuming the fees haven't eroded the $10k). If you have earnings on your contributions (say you made $500), those will be penalized for early withdrawal.

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Bill and Fleur Weasley

I am uncomfortable with how right this feels. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm 1

On Friday Estimate

1/3 payday Fridays for me this month! I love 3 paycheck months. Today I have TON of work to do, but I'm still going to sneak out to lunch with a colleague ($20). We have to do a grocery shop ($50) and the puppo needs a good walk. Saturday we'll probably hit the farmer's market ($15) before we head to a big art festival. Half of me wants to actually buy art? For like, several hundred dollars? But then the other half of me remembers that $500 buys a nice long weekend in a cabin up north. So I suspect we won't buy big art, though I'll plan for $25 on student's pottery. There's a pottery co-op that sells potters' "practice" pieces and they're always gorgeous and weird and $1-$5 per piece. THE BEST. Sunday I should probably get more work done. I'm leaving Monday for a week-long business trip and my current projects will suffer mightily for it if I'm not careful. Total: $85

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:27 am 0

On Baby Purchases, Reevaluated

I could read these ALL DAY. I am not and have no interest in being a parent? but man do I love a good story about new parents. Dustin's review of the pacifier is A+. MORE PLZ

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm 7

On 1 Thing Is Ruining My Life

Meaghan, your one thing is delightful and charming and makes me feel good about my 1 thing. I need to read 2 emails and respond to them. They are not stressful emails, just regular emails, but I keep refusing to do it? I have read and responded to probably three dozen emails today, but I won't look at these 2. Just click, read, hit 'reply,' type for approximately 30 seconds, and hit 'send.' I GOT THIS.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 1:32 pm 0

On From Counting Pennies to Letting Things Slide

I came down here to say I would TOTALLY call for $10, but then I remembered the frustration and ANGUISH of dealing with fraudulent withdrawals and... you know, I'd probably let it go, too.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 9:15 am 1

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

@thegirlieshow That's huge! Congrats!

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 8:32 am 1

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

@Allison Yep! We've had a $400 month for my new pup--and last month, her first month, ran us $1,000. So far she's blessed us with 1 UTI ($225 all told) and 1 mystery illness ($75 so far, still in progress).

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm 0