Speaking of cash

27 Oct

Since my last post touched on career frustrations, I figured it’s time to give an update on how that not spending thing is working out. Well it’s been better than previous attempts but my son getting his own car has put a slight cramp in my planned budget. No, I did not buy him a car, that honor goes to his Grandma. In fact he has a nicer car in some respect than the Spousal Unit and I. It seems when one procures a vehicle they need gas  money, and since elder boy has been busy with his studies and the lead role in yet another play, he has no job.

So, that means he has had to hit Mama up for some gas money which as I explained needs to last until he gets a job. Now that his show wrapped up he has decided that working a pt job would be a great use of his time. I admit I have mixed feelings because he recently received his second offer for  free ride to a lovely Midwestern school with a decent drama program. This is the second drama offer he has received, problem is he doesn’t want to study drama in college; I have already told him we need to consider these offers. Any how he is taking a break from drama to get a job and then can pay for his own gas.

If it had not been for the unexpected car and gas money, well I would have more or less stayed within my projected budget and savings and that is factoring in the unexpected work we are doing in the Spousal Unit’s office.

This month I have been a lot more intentional with money, no drop by visits to Goodwill, thinking before I decide to grab a meal out. It would seem there is hope for me after all. Now I just have to survive the holidays, already I am working on a holiday budget and the emphasis this year is not on gifts. No, we will focus on the spirit of the holidays which I think will be more meaningful and surely keep more cash in my pocket.

That’s the latest update on the spend less front and no I have not entirely given up outside coffee but it does happen a lot less. I admit I do enjoy the times even more when I grab that latte or mocha because it no longer is a  daily given.

5 Responses to “Speaking of cash”

  1. Renada October 28, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    Gift-giving financially and emotionally frustrates me. I wish I could keep my money, you keep your money, and we all just enjoy the season. I prefer to give gifts when one least expects it and the holidays, well, seems like everyone expects it or has some kinda feelings about it one way or the other. Ughh…

    Free tuition is free tuition. Let that nice Midwestern school pay for his college education; he gives them the major and he could double major or get a minor in something else. I hope that all works itself out in the end.

  2. Kit (Keep It Trill) October 28, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    You must be so proud! I’m so happy for you! Yeah, you’ve got concerns about his college pick, but at least he’s going to college. Give ya boy a big ole hug for me and tell him I said break a leg.

  3. Danielle October 28, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    Girl tell that boy to use that drama degree. It’s free. My sister was the same way she had a scholarship to a catholiced all girls school. But she was catholiced out. So she went to Suny. which is a school of the arts. Spike Lee there and so did a lot of other people. Remind him that college is NOT like high school. What he will be able to take part in at college will be so much better than HS.

  4. Black Diaspora October 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    “This is the second drama offer he has received, problem is he doesn’t want to study drama in college….”

    Didn’t they discover Kunta Kinte in college, uhm, LeVar Burton, that is?

    It’s my understanding that when producers and directors are looking for new faces for an acting assignment, oftentimes they look where they’re being groomed–colleges that offer drama.

    I wish you success with the budget. But, remember this: the universe can’t tell the difference between you scrimping to stretch a dollar because of necessity, or because you’re stingy.

    Really screw things up from time to time by splurging. The universe is fooled into thinking you’ve got plenty–even enough to throw away– and will reward you accordingly.

    I know: it sounds counterintuitive. But it works!

  5. Danielle October 29, 2009 at 9:22 am #

    Well dammit I screwed up royally this past month. I need to universe to know that I don’t have naything. lol

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