Tuesday, October 21, 2008

October updates

Wow, so its been a bit of awhile, unfortunately. When things get busy somehow the blog gets neglected.

Anyway. October has been a very expensive month, sadly to say. With the BF and my upcoming anniversary, I totally splurged on his present - an xbox 360. But now he is a happy boy and that's all that matters. Aside from that there has been some cold weather shopping and a couple of birthday parties to attend. That means money toward dinner and drinks/other activities. But this past weekend BF and I did find some free things to do around town with our public transit passes, so that always keeps costs low.

Since I seem to constantly have the struggle with what works best for my paychecks, I think I may revert to pulling out half of my rent (450) at the first of the month and putting another 450 straight into my savings. That will leave 200 left over for groceries and other necessities. I think having a much lower amount in my checking and taking 50.00 out in cash will really make me think twice about spending (especially with having to hand over cash for things.. hopefully it will make me stingy!). We'll see how that works - and of course the second paycheck on the 15th would cover the other half of rent, more money into savings, and cable, cell phone, and heating bills (2/3 paid back by roomies for apartment expenses).

Yesterday was also another expensive day as I ordedred my very first digital SLR camera. I'm so, so excited - I had been shopping around for the best price and once I found it from a shop that a coworker reccomended, I pounced! Plus - dad is giving me 1/2 the cost of the camera too! I just need to get the tracking number and hopefully get myself to sit tight until it comes.

I do still need to go through my makeup wardrobe... I have so much I don't use and its a waste! And I have to keep pushing the fendi bag I have up for sale...

Anyway. More updates to come as needed. :)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

today was not such a good day.

will update tomorrow.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fleet week!

Finally - another item sold! Today I shipped out my LV accessory and the money is waiting to be deposited into a bank account! Yay! Now if only I could get the last big purse item to sell..that would be fabulous. And I swear, this weekend I'm really going to take photos of all the jeans/makeup to sell and get the ball rolling on that! I do have a gal interested in about $90 worth of makeup..so that would be another big help as well.

Today starts San Francisco's fleet week - so if you are out and about in San Francisco and hear a huge noise - look up! If you are fast enough you just might catch some of the blue angels flying overhead. Courtesty of www.visitfishermanswharf.com, here's a list of events going on this weekend:

Friday, October 10
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Air Show Practice Flights
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Blue Angels Practice Flights
Saturday, October 11
Noon to 1:00 p.m. Parade of Fleet Week Ships
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Air Show
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Blue Angels Air Show
Sunday, October 12
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Public Ship Tours
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Italian Heritage Day Parade
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Air Show
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Blue Angels Air Show
Monday & Tuesday, October 13 & 14
10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Public Ship Tours

Yay for all this - and a lot of it is free! Very excited - I just hope the weather stays good here in the bay area so we can enjoy a weekend outdoors.

Yesterday I found out that one of my closest friends is in the hospital and will need some physical rehab for her legs. I'm thinking of sending her a little care package - some cards, maybe some candies, and an eyeshadow that she really liked when she stayed with us. I wanted to save the eyeshadow for Christmas, but I figure she may need the pick me up now.

Anyway - the jets are flying overhead again so I'm going to run to the windows to look out - I swear this never gets old!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Autumn updates

Oh blog, I'm sorry that this weekend slipped by so fast and I was unable to write in you. This weekend was a very expensive weekend. I bought BF his anniversary prsent - an xbox 360. BF has been up late the past few nights playing it, but it makes him happy and keeps him entertained. Overall a good choice, haha. That was a dent in my checking account, but it's okay - it's totally worth it.

I also picked up some more sweats and another sweater - all of which were on sale! I did buy another sweatshirt, but I believe I will be taking that one back. I got a great cardigan at Old Navy for 14.92 - they need sales like that more often!

With October in full force the weather is changing so quickly. It's getting darker out a lot more earlier so that means more lights on in the house. I've been trying to light candles to help out and also layering clothes inside so we avoid turning on the heater. I'm quite fond of keeping our heating bills under $25.00!

Another item that I will need to save for will be my car registration and unfortunately this year it needs a smog too. My registration is 90.00 + the cost of the smog. That isn't due until late December so I can start putting a few dollars away here and there to help lessen the blow on that one.

I also made another sale - I sold my LV accessory that I had up for sale. That will ship out later this week and help with the visa bill.

I've also brought my lunch for the past few days - that has been helping keep food costs down, although I think I will be dreadfully sick of sandwiches in the near future. Any advice on other cheap lunch alternatives would be great - but keep in mind I have no microwave or oven or anything to heat up meals here in the office.

That's all for today - will update you later :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Feeling stressed!

Finally, Friday! This week has gone on for what feels like forever here. The weather is really overcast and the clouds are building so it looks like rain for sure!

I'm totally miffed over something that happened, and quite frankly I don't know what to do about it. The person that I sold my bal bag to is telling me that I misrepresented the item and she wants a partial refund! Seriously, it feels as if the bottom dropped out of my world on that one. I had so many good plans for the money - and now if she demands it back? I have no idea what to do - so I'm going to hopefully try and sit tight on this subject...

Thanks to some help from twiggers, who has her own finance blog I will hopefully have some spiffy bar charts that will track my bank and visa accounts. I'll try to get that up and running tomorrow.

Fingers crossed that the bag ends up okay...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October already!

I had a total blast going shopping for winter clothes yesterday. My first stop was victoria's secret's pink - they were having a sale and I got a new sweatshirt for 19.99 - which came to 21.64 with tax. Pretty exciting! I then went on to forever 21 where I got 5 items for 94.00. I got a sweater vest, a thick long sleeved polo, long sleeved vneck, long sleeved cardigan, and a tshirt. Not bad! I'm feeling better about my winter wardrobe since I now have some items to layer under others and keep me warm.

Tonight my mom, sister, and I are going to a breast cancer event at the Melting Pot. I'm excited to eat there but even more excited to help with the breast cancer aspect of it. My grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago and lost one breast to the disease, but today she is cancer free. It'll be a good mom/daughter bonding event.. as long as my sister behaves.

I'm also getting the urge for a vacation. I haven't had a long relaxing vacation in almost two years! Although I did go to Europe last year we were running around the whole 6 weeks. And since I haven't taken hardly any vacation time here I think that I may just take Monday Nov 10 before veterans day off and hopefully escape to San Diego with mom for a bit of relaxing! Airfare is cheap on virgin america - 49/one way. I'm also looking at cheap hotels that may offer a kitchenette that allows us to cook to save money on meals. I'll hopefully bring the idea up with her tonight at dinner and sway her to take that Monday off.

So that's whats going on today - we'll see if the vacation thing actually comes through - and I'll still have 9 vacation days left afterward. Thats it for now, recap to come on the breast cancer dinner after tonight.