May Money Updates
I didn’t do a net worth report in April, but good things are happening there, mostly due to the market. Something happened and I was “missing” at least $100 from my budget. I have no idea what happened, but I likely didn’t track everything perfectly. I figure it was lost somewhere in the moving expenses, and I’m not going to worry about it.
I got my old security deposit back: $315 out of $625. Most of the deductions were for painting, which my lease said they would do no matter what and I’d be billed if I stayed fewer than 18 months (which I did). They also took out about $80 for cleaning, which is fine with me. All my previous apartments I cleaned myself (and left spotless!) but it was REALLY nice to walk away without scrubbing everything down. I’ll use the $315 that I have left over to “cover” the vanished ~$100, and top of my savings funds with the rest.
By the way, my efund is at $16,000! That is something like 10 months of expenses–I’m going to call it good for now. My next focus is the wedding (budget details still very much TBD), a car fund, and… Hmm? Retirement, of course, maybe some awesome traveling, and eventually, a home.
I’m quite torn about the wedding stuff. So far we’ve only accomplished one step of the whole process in my books to-do list: “Announce the engagement”. I’m not even sure we did a decent job of that either. I’m trying very hard to plan something very very very low key. You follow the wedding formula, and you end up with a big production and a big bill. Which is fine, if that’s what you want (or what your mom wants). I just don’t know. I’m hoping the wedding fairy will come up with something and arrage it all for me. (“I do beleive in wedding fairies, I do! I DO!”) If that doesn’t work out, I guess I’ll have to think about it a little more. Everyone tells me to do what I want, which is nice, but I’m not really sure what I want. Except marry T. :)
[Side note: I watched this weeks The Hills last night and Heidi makes me puke. "With this ring, YES! This makes up for a lot" Uh, what?!? I know it is for the drama, but seriously??? How exactly does any piece of jewelry make up for the fact that you have to spend the rest of your life with a douche? Just wondering. ]
Anyway, the wedding fund currently has about $1,400 and I’m trying on some dresses this weekend. That is WAY down the list in the order you should do stuff in, but my mom thinks that once we have the dress, it’ll everything else will fall into place. I guess she believes in wedding fairies too.
The rest of the month should finish out on budget, depending on how many friends I meet up with back home and what we end up doing. I also didn’t get my mom a mother’s day present yet (uh, oops) so I’ll give her something when I see her.