Friday, August 18, 2006

Letting It All Hang Out

Well kids, it's been one of those weeks...

My spending has been ok, I tried not to eat out as much this week. Broke down yesterday. Oops!
I have an 'unexpected' expense coming up on Saturday (cable install - 130$) which I really don't have the money for. I also have to order 3 books for an online class (probably about 50$) and also make to next Friday. Wednesday, I 'accidently' went buck nutty on eBay and bought 3 things (61.09$) that I have to pay for ASAP.

Current Account Balance: 131.96$

I have a refund check floating out in space somewhere for around 200$. I also have a sidejob paycheck coming for about the same amount. No real idea when these will be paid to me.

I have about 30$ in my Paypal account which I can't access because I need to re-verify.

I also have my ING e-fund: 25.40$

And another 20$ stashed in my closet for EXTREME emergencies...

It's times like these when the tracker is useful for reminding myself how foolish I am with my money. SO, I guess my plans for this weekend will involve some hustlin'


Friday, August 11, 2006

30 Under 30 Festival - LIMITED 3rd EDITION!!!

Check out our third Festival of Under 30 Finances over at Beachgirl's Budget Blog.

I still have yet to submit a post - next time, I swear...

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Hi, My Name is Jessica....

and I have a problem with spending. My, my how the sexy tracker has opened my eyes...
It's only been a little over a week and I've spend about $750. Only about $250 was budgeted for.
Not to mention I just aquired another $2000 (iMac) debt.

I don't even know what to say to that.
Anyone hiring web designers?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Saving On A Shoestring

So, I found this article from MSN Money that I printed a couple of years ago (2004) that had some really good tips on it and I thought I would share a few of my favorites:

Accept frugality as your savior. Become a closet cheapskate and emulate your frugal friends. Note that they fix the shower curtain instead of buying a new one. Sit down with Depression-era relatives and ask about economizing.

Cry poverty -- with style. Learn handy phrases like, "Let's eat somewhere cheap." And "Shopping? Blech. Let's go for a bike ride." It's less embarrassing than you'd think, because more people are in your shoes than you think -- and they'll be grateful you spoke up.

Don't even think about it. Direct deposit is a saver's best friend because the money is whisked away into your IRA, 401k or money market account -- and you don't have to do a thing, Except drop by your payroll department and/or your bank and fill out the damn forms. Today.

Play money games. Whenever you get a $5 bill, put it aside. Or do it with ones, with quarter, or all your spare change. You'll have a nest egg before you miss a nickel.

Toss the catalogs. The most insidious form of spending temptation known to man or woman. Chuck them straight in the trash. Yes, including Victoria's Secret.

Re-evaluate. Re-evaluate. Re-evaluate. That dinner out cost more than you spend on groceries in a week. That pair of shoes is worth half a commuter pass. Learn what your money is worth, and you won't be so quick to dispose of it.

Never pay full price. If you must shop, for pete's sake, discover the online world of discount web sites. Ebay is still ok, but and are excellent sources of "lightly used" goods -- everything from books to jewelry to office furniture -- to the entire first season of Star Trek on video.

Don't pay unecessary fees. Like the $1.50 you pay just because the ATM is right there, right now as opposed to walking two blocks to your bank, where you don't get charged every time you use your cash card. Or the late fees for returning videos. (Netflix people!) I know a woman who paid $60 in late fees to a video store last year. (It wasn't me.)(Ok, it was.) Or those fat charges banks hit you with when you write a check that, well, bounces.

I'm so guilty of the last one! Pay attention to my'll see what I mean. I especially like the second to last tip. Re-evaluate. I have noticed that with tracking my spending and actually paying more detailed attention to where my money goes I am more concious of my spending. Hopefully by the time the end of the month rolls around I will have brain-washed myself into a more frugal way of living!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Holy Hectic Schedule Batman!

Wow, it seems like it's been a few days (weeks) since I posted anything worthwhile. Fortunately things have slowed down and I have a little time to share my new toy!

Last week, on the 31st I was reading this post over at the beachgirl's blog about the debt-proof living plan and I was inspired to get started on it. yesssss! so, as soon as the 31st rolls around ( I started august 1) I'm going to
tally up my monsterous monthly spending total and get started on step two.

So far, I'd been keeping a little notebook as the instructions say, but today I was reading from the red and saw he was using a cool little app to track spending! hahahaha PERFECT!

I'll be updating this little baby for another couple of weeks(possibly after that) if you want to check it out. I can already see where all of my money is leaking out and I've been trying to make adjustments accordingly!

She thinks my tracker's sexy