The last you heard from me, I was putting together a real-person budget! This was my first plunge into the world of budgeting, so I didn’t know what to expect: I could end up way under my thresholds (optimistic) or way over them (pessimistic, bordering on realistic),
I’m happy to report that, for the month of February, I kept my income above my total expenses—and actually saved some serious money. Woohoo! That being said, this “success” still showed me a few areas for improvement.
I’ve been referring to myself as an adult ever since I moved away from home and started college. In a way, I’ve been lying to myself: I don’t think true adulthood really starts until you have significant income and, in turn, significant expenses.
I’ve always been one for setting long-term goals, and that applies to my financial life as well. When I started my job, I knew I wanted to have a better handle on my spending and saving habits. After a month, I felt like I had enough information to start on that track. So earlier this month, I dug into Excel and began to budget.
I have a confession to make.
Though I haven’t blogged about it at all, I started my first full-time job last month! I’m working in the marketing department of a Boston-based technology company, and so far, I love my job.
It happened very quickly, but all of a sudden, I’ve become yet another buzzword—a “young professional.”
Winter breaks are normally uneventful. Sure, it’s the holiday season, but outside of that, you tend to spend most of your quality time with your bed and Netflix. I wasn’t expecting much to happen to me these past few weeks.
Instead, I fell head over heels in love. With my mother’s blender.
Yeah, yeah, I know: The holidays are officially over. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that gift giving comes to a screeching halt—especially in my family.
In addition to holiday gifts, we have four December birthdays and three January birthdays. That means winter can be a very expensive, gift-filled season.
Over Thanksgiving break, I was doing some homework at home (i.e., my parents’ home) when I needed something for the first time in a while: a glue stick.
I was partially appalled (my final year of undergraduate study involved work with a glue stick?) and partially clueless (where could I even find one?). I checked the boxes stuffed in my dad’s office closet, finding a glue stick, as well as my old high school, middle school, and elementary school poster-board projects.
Never did I think 6 years of horrendous science fair experiments could make me nostalgic, but they did. It hit me hard and fast: I only have 1 week left to be a student.
This past weekend, I journeyed outside my college bubble to visit some friends in New York City. I hadn’t been to New York in about 12 years, so I was excited to see what the Big Apple had to offer an almost-adult.
Frankly, it offered quite a few things. Most of them being very expensive things.
On the rare occasion that I cast off my SWUG-ness and journey outside my house, I consider a lot of factors: Where am I going? Who am I going with? Will this adventure make me happier than Netflix will?
And, chief among them: How much is this shindig going to cost me?
Last Tuesday, my highlight was taking a shower and going to bed at 10 p.m. On Thursdays, I stay in to apply for jobs and catch up on TV shows I’ve missed. People invite me to theme parties on weekends, and I show up in sweatpants and T-shirts.
I have officially become a SWUG, and I am ashamed.
Ever wonder why the last bite of a cookie tends to be the sweetest? I think it’s because of the pleasure that comes right before the very end. Much like a senior year of college.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make my last bite be as sweet as possible. The following are five things I think every senior should do before they walk across the stage and suddenly become real people.