October at last! Time to start the much-anticipated Extra Paycheck Debt Payoff Plan! But first, an evaluation of where my money has gone the past two weeks, compared to the Budget I made. I kept on telling myself to just persevere during the past week when I was really really broke (see my $1.02 bank balance) and to believe in the Extra Paycheck Debt Payoff Plan. But buying a plane ticket and entertaining two sets of friends back-to-back was pretty draining. Friends are just so damned expensive sometimes. Here's how it went:
Aunt Sallie Mae - 406/406.96
Sprint - 48/48.29
Capital One - 20/15
Air Fare - 520/505
Groceries - 40/20
Entertainment, Misc. - 100/164
Entertainment was annoyingly high owing to a $75 dinner with Out of Town friend on top of a casual dinner the night before of about $30 and a sixer of beer I bought at an overpriced bodega for $12. It was nice she came to visit, don't get me wrong, but I wasn't sorry to see her go either! I pretty much had to live like a miser during the second week of the pay period, but it's okay because I got a free David Sedaris ticket!
The second Budget Buster was of course the air fare to Out of Town Wedding. I am so glad to be able to attend this wedding but at the same time feel just a little bit annoyed my friend is holding it in a place so far off the air travel radar that prices are more than what I would pay to go to a the Carri bean, Mexico, Jamaica or some other place I would love to fly to in October.
Oh well, the deed is done and frankly a few months ago I would never have been able to envision a time where I could afford a $500 plane ticket so I'm a little proud that I pulled it off. Baby steps...