@Stina It was! Can't wait to have it again (as soon as I take check my cholesterol levels).
Friday: * dinner with a friend at Il Pesce, the fish restaurant at Eataly Chicago - $68 (my portion including tip - yes, there were oysters involved) * talking, walking and window-shopping up and down Michigan Avenue - $0 Saturday: * lunch with friends I've not seen in ages at A10 in Hyde Park - $31 (my portion including tip - there was a wild boar ragu, I REGRET NOTHING) * hoop earrings at Nordstrom - $13 * Mario Badescu drying lotion at Nordstrom - $18 (adult acne is real and it is terrible) * ticket to see Captain America: The Winter Solder - $11.25 * large Coke Zero and medium popcorn with "butter" - $11.00 (I see no connection between adult acne and my diet, nope) Sunday * Filipino breakfast at Uncle Mike's Place - $20 * cab ride to Museum of Contemporary Art when I realized I timed the end of my meal with the bus schedule poorly - $15 * museum admission: $0 (free with annual membership, which I recently renewed) * band-aids - $4 (feet bruise easily, especially when I can't stop scratching) * snacks for Sunday night tv (#PurpleWedding!) - $10 * pending AirBNB reservation for next week's trip to New York City - $409 (3 nights in Sunnyside, for which I'll be reimbursed for half by a friend who is coming in from Boston).
Friday, after work: Stopped by the J. Crew on Michigan Avenue to just have a look-see. I bought a necklace I'd been looking at for weeks as it was 25% off ($162, including tax). I plan to wear it to three parties I have coming up in the fall - it's huge and very shiny and I love it very much already. Saturday evening: Dinner at Girl and the Goat with an old college friend that I've just gotten back in touch with. She lucked into a 4:45 dinner reservation (early, I know, but tables are hard to come by). Escargot ravioli FTW. ($50 including tip) After dinner, we watched a few episodes of "Game of Thrones" before we both got tired at 10pm (being in your thirties is awesome) and I got a cab home ($7.50). Sunday afternoon - my monthly summer picnic club is meeting today, and I still have to pick up food to bring. Instead of the usual group of 8 to 15 people, it's just me and one other pal. Probably because I decided to set the picnic on the campus of the University of Chicago, which is kind of a haul for most of my north side-dwelling pals. The friend who did come, though, rented a car, which ended up being a great idea. We got a buck of fried chicken from Harold's Chicken Shack, and had our picnic in the shadow of the Gothic buildings that gives the U of C its nickname "Hogwarts in Hyde Park". ($8.89 for chicken, $10 towards car rental). Sunday night - I spend the evening packing for 10 days of catsitting and watching the VMA's. I'm too lazy to cook, so I get takeout ($25 for dinner plus leftovers). After the VMA's, cab to catsitting gig in Greektown ($20), where I expect to save money on laundry (in-unit!) and food (bigger, better kitchen than mine). No estimate, though looking at what I spent this weekend maybe I should start? Eep.
@ArizonaTime Ha! I set up my savings accounts this way, too, only I'm using a different bank for my high yield account. And I'm *way* behind on emergency savings, unfortunately.
@ArizonaTime I've read the same thing on the PersonalFinance subreddit about closing cards. I'll keep my store cards open, and let them age while I work on paying off my remaining cards.
I have been waiting for this post since, um, last month's post! I paid off three cards - two store cards, and a Visa. All with embarrassingly low balances that I wonder why I didn't pay them off sooner. I think the trick is that I'm not using them anymore, or don't plan to unless there is a dire emergency that can only be solved by me buying lunch with one of my store cards. In which case, look for me to ask if I can submit that as a guest post in the near future.
Discovery Channel has a show called "Airplane Repo" that is pretty entertaining - http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-schedules/series.html?paid=1.403.26106.38499.x.
You know that song is actually by Bobbie Gentry, right?
This is a fabulous story with a lovely happy ending. Congratulations and good luck to the both of you.