Thursday, September 06, 2007

Cha Ching

What the heck did I spend money on today? Oh postage, that's about it. What category will that go into? My lunch date (the delightful, and this week beleaguered, Norse Chef) had to cancel so I saved a little dining out cash there, which was good. Not getting to see my girl, though, was bad, very bad.

I tweaked the projected budget. I got to a place where I moved the numbers around to reflect what I think I will/can/should/need to spend and I think it bears a certain resemblance to reality. All I can do now is wait out this next month of spending and see how it compares to the projected budget. I have a feeling that this process is going to be a lot like the beginning of the weight loss thing, I'll be thinking about it a lot and hating it and generally ranting against the unfairness of the world and then eventually I will resign myself to my fate and work harder than I feel like working and you know, shit will work out.

You know, I feel I should say that I do realize that this isn't the end of the world. I have a job that doesn't seem to be in jeopardy, I have savings, I have some tiny investments, no one is, you know, trying to screw me (without a polite dinner beforehand) out of a company into which I've put my blood, sweat and tears. It'll be OK. But I'm going to piss and moan some more before I get there. Just, you know, fair warning and all.

So, here's the tweaked projected budget:

Month Target

Mortgage $750
Maintenance $690
Investment $150
Dining Out $100
Groceries $200
Craft $100
Transportation $115
Phone $55
Cable w/internet $114
Health $1,055
Entertainment $100
Household $30
Pets $100
Misc. $50
Gifts $27

Total $3,636

Stamps: $8.20
Credit card bill (finance charge, what do I categorize that under?): $4.06
Mortgage: $750
Laundry: $6.75

Total: $769.01

Huh, well look at that, it wasn't just postage after all.


  1. Dude. I read this and was like: Wow, sounds like my company. And I clicked the link and... well...

    You ROCK.

  2. Oh, that just cracks me up. I'd love to have seen your face when you clicked the link and realized that no, I don't actually know more than one person going through that particular hell right now.

    Hope you're feeling better!