Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Budget 09/17 - 09/30

Despite the soaring cost of fuel, the economic crisis all over the nation, my Emergency Fund standing at $0 and my pension in the toilet, I have to fly to a friend's wedding. Hey, people get married all the time. It just so happens that this one is gonna cost me lots of dough. I've known about it for months and have luckily been planning my Extra Paycheck Debt Payoff Plan around being able to afford the air fare.

So, here's my Budget for the next two weeks:

Starting Balance = 1137
Aunt Sallie Mae - 406
Sprint - 48 (thank God it's so much lower now)
Capital One - 20
Air Fare - 520
Groceries - 40
Entertainment, Misc. - 100

NB: 3% of my salary is going to my now-threatened pension; 7% goes to my 457 retirement plan.

Hello paycheck. Bye bye paycheck. My paycheck is leaving on a jet plane. And I know it won't be back again for two more weeks. That $520 I quoted is based on the projections if I were to buy the ticket right now. I plan on buying it tomorrow so here's hoping the price goes down a little. And I know I said I would be putting $50 in my Emergency Fund this pay period but I don't think I can swing it. Out of Town Friend is here until Friday and wants to eat at a fancy restaurant tonight. We drank all the beer I had bought yesterday so now I need to get more. More friends are coming to stay this weekend. I love my friends but this is an expensive week because of them. Sigh.


asgreen said...

Is this a wedding you have to go to? I've stopped going to weddings that aren't of really close friends if I have to travel. It's sad, but it is just so expensive.

Sallie's Niece said...

Yes it is a wedding. I've been lucky thus far - this is my first friend to get married. (Actually second but the first one eloped.) And we used to be very very close - former roomies - so I sort of have to go. I'm sure she'd understand if I didn't go but I want to be there for her.

asgreen said...

I understand. I always go to the one's of those close to me (even when it was in Oregon this summer), but back out of the one's where we weren't that close.

Daizy said...

Oh no another wedding to bust the budget! You know a lot of people who get married. Maybe that's why I don't have any friends...I don't go to their weddings. But then I had 4 sisters and I had to be in all of their weddings...oh wait I wasn't in the last sister's wedding, I claimed poverty! I'm a baaaad sister...but I did go to it at least.