Cha-ching, or: Things I Need Money For
September 12, 2010
In order to inspire myself to budget better, resist shopping urges–especially for clothes I don’t need, eat at restaurants (or even coffee shops) less often, and just give me something to be happy about and work toward.
Things I Really Want or Need (not including normal necessities and bills, or the small stuff I will inevitably buy throughout the semester)
- A trip to NYC for my 25th birthday in December. After the semester ends, but before Christmas. This is a huge goal.
- Driving lessons.
- A hair cut. Hair cuts are a luxury for me, I guess because I started going somewhere nice for the first time in my life.
- A few personal trainer sessions at the school gym.
- Several of the books in my Amazon wish list, especially the ones that give career/financial advice.
- A couple of upgrades around the house. We’re going on our second year in it now, and there’s been a little wear and tear in some areas. I am hoping for new bedding (ahh this will be so exciting), a new living room rug, and a new IKEA lamp or two. Just the cheap paper kind.
Things I’d Like
- iPod touch (my iPod, 4-5 years old, is officially on its deathbed).
- A few more books off of my Amazon wish list.
- A second camera lens for my DSLR, now that I’ve been using the kit lens for 2 years.
- Possibly touching up my highlights or doing something new with my hair color. Haven’t decided. But if I do, I’m having it done professionally. The days of botched at-home jobs (oh, how many there were) are over.
- Eventually, I’d like most of my makeup, sunscreen, and other cosmetics to come from the list approved by the Environmental Working Group. It will take a while.
- A massage. I always want a massage.
- Hmm. Clothing. I know I will buy some before the year ends, it’s just inevitable, but I’d like any purchases to be good investments, not just, “Ooh, I didn’t plan to shop for clothes at Target today, but now that a cute dress is in front of my face…”. I need to take stock of what I have and return to this point. I do love me some good quality vintage clothing though.
[Update: Oops. Bought it.]
List to be continued.
Anyway, though I’ve been very stressed about the start of the new semester–and despite the drama and notoriety caused by a certain “church” in my town— I’m settling back in Gainesville pretty nicely. Ask me again in a few weeks and maybe then I’ll have actually unpacked from my eight weeks in Maryland and ten days in Scotland.
PS: The blog I go to first every day lately is Afeitar. On top of baking drool-worthy desserts, featuring adorable outfits, and taking lovely photographs, Helen is a librarian, and I love when she writes about her job, books she’s reading, and occasionally politics. I’ve been meaning to check out her other blog, appropriately named Library Helen’s Blog, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. However, I find Afeitar to be very inspirational–the main reason I’m feeling motivated enough to bake more muffins today :)
I also came across the wonderful French for Cupcake through her blogroll, and to conclude the cooking/baking blog theme, I plan to try out recipes from Ming Makes Cupcakes and Chef Chloe soon (Chloe’s are vegan!).