My parents and I also never had a conversation about my student loans, how much I was taking on, and who would pay them. Fortunately in my case it wasn't much, and I was eased into paying them with some initial help from my parents, but this article just made me realize how little discussion there was and how much more screwed I could have been. I feel so fortunate that my parents never pressured me to let money be a factor in choosing my college, but the flip side of that is that we never talked about what exactly that would mean for me after I graduated. Parents-- talk to your kids about loans!
Oh, I thought this would be about the time that I awkwardly told my boss about my rash because she asked me about my doctor's appointment and I felt like I had to say something that demonstrated it was necessary. Because avoid TMI in that sense too, it's just gross.
@kellyography I'm doing a clothing swap party later this month to address this very problem... Less because I want to poach new stuff from my friends' closets, and more because I feel less guilty about getting rid of "every piece of clothing I've ever purchased, which I now cannot stand." It's easier to say goodbye if I feel like my friends get first crack at it, and might appreciate it more than I do.
I'd be proud of myself for not eating out at all this weekend-- not so much as a Pinkberry or bagel!-- but then I went shopping instead. Friday - $0, not a red cent! Work-sponsored happy hour then home to lie in bed and watch the "Mildred Pierce" mini series. Saturday - Failed to make plans, so I ended up going shopping just to get out of the house, and spent $100 at LOFT. I'm justifying it based on the fact that it's all work clothes, and was 30% off. And that I look AWESOME in those pants, which is not a way I usually feel about pants. Also spent $31 at the grocery store, for ingredients to make enchiladas for dinner/lunch the next day/dinner tonight, and also bake pumpkin bread and bring cheese for a Sunday picnic. Sunday I started feeling like I was coming down with a cold, so I did a $20 CVS trip for Emergen-C and some other household necessities. Also spent $2 on a fresh-baked loaf of bread to contribute to the picnic, totally worth it. Also bought $23 Fall for Dance tickets for a few weeks from now. They advertise them as $15 but of course once you add in the ridiculous fees... And $31 for bus tickets to Boston for a wedding next weekend... I'm going to count those under their respective weekends instead. Total: $153. That would have been really impressive if I hadn't gone clothes shopping...! At least I spent almost $0 all week, considering I was on a work trip.
More than expected, as always. Friday $30 - dinner, movie, and a $2 frozen yogurt from the cheap knock-off place 2 doors down from Pinkberry Saturday $20 - dinner and a beer. Managed to make the dinner last for lunch the next 2 days, so it was $20 well spent. Sunday $6 - Starbucks $70 - haircut $5 Pinkberry $37 sundries at Bed Bath and Beyond $22 groceries $8 Papa John's DAMN YOU, SUNDAY. You threw off the curve. Monday $2 on a replacement bouncy ball for the dog I was sitting. I left one at the dog park and wanted to make sure I returned the dog with (the equivalent of) everything it came with! Total: $200 even MINUS $50 for getting paid to dog sit, which was pretty much the highlight of my weekend. :) So I netted out at $150.
@Marion But a lot of people "give honor" to our country. Even members of the military pay taxes on what they earn.
Friday - Picked up $17 worth of groceries, including ingredients for the lemon bars I was making for a picnic on Saturday. Dinner and a discount ticket to Batman that night totaled another $17. New suitcase I've been putting off buying forever, and gummy worms for the movie, $90. Saturday I attended said picnic, and picked up $6 more worth of snacks on the way. Also treated myself to an iced coffee and scone, $5. Opted not to go out to a bar that night ($0!) and instead picked up a slice of Papa John's for the night in ($2). Sunday $28 on movie tickets, and my date covered the overpriced dinner so I got the better end of that deal. Also $30 in various necessities at RiteAid. And $8 worth of laundry, but I'll spend another $24 when I pick up yesterday's drop-off load tonight. Total: $203, unless you count the laundry I have to pick up tonight, in which case it's $227.
Ugh, it's that time of year again when it's time to decide whether to renew my lease (save $$, save hassle, why change!?) versus strike out on my own (pay too much, take a chance, live alone!) I HATE this phase. Someone tell me to stop depressing myself by browsing padmapper and just re-sign the damn lease already, right?
I think I've mentioned this on thebillfold before, but as a thank-you my boss once gave me $150 in AmEx gift cards. I ended up using them exclusively for Starbucks runs and it was wonderfully self-indulgent and felt like they lasted forever. So, there's always that.
$17 for 2 round-trip bus tickets to NJ to see Brave in Dolby Atmos (long story) $34 for 2 tickets to Brave $.65 for a disappointing cookie $0 for dinner and drinks because I counted that as my brother paying me back for the movie/bus tickets $11 for a cab ride home from Port Authority $22 for groceries including a splurge on an Entenmann's cake that I thought I would share with houseguests and then ate almost all by myself $13 for ticket to Magic Mike $26 paying friend back for dinner and part of a birthday gift last weekend $13 for half a chicken teriyaki meal $12 for admission to Museum of Art and Design $150 for really cute flats from J Crew - but is "Tuscan grape" a versatile enough color? $26.87 to go to a friend's friend fundraiser where delicious tacos were had Total: $325 and change. AHHH. And $175 if I return the shoes which is still horrifying.