Hello everyone! I hope the start of June has been going well for all of you.
I feel like I’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster since the end of May, as I’ve been working overtime trying to get ahead. I’m finally departing for NY tomorrow!
Even though this trip has been planned for a while, I just can’t believe it’s here already.
My parents came up last night and drove me back with them today. Unfortunately, the cheapest flights to NY are out of their airport – ours is a good $100 more.
We’ll be landing tomorrow afternoon. I already spoke with my grandma who sounds pretty excited, and I’m excited to see everyone
and once again stuff my face full of NY pizza and bagels, yum I mean, what?
I believe I mentioned that I’m going up there to babysit my (second) cousin, who is not surprisingly turning out to be super smart (she takes after her mom) and funny (her dad). She’s a little bit under two years old and is happily conversating with people whenever she gets a chance.
The last time I saw her she was a tiny little thing, so I’m excited to get to know her.
Besides that, my other cousin is due later in June, but the baby might not wait that long. It will be pretty awesome if she gives birth while we’re up there, but we’ll see!
What I’m Being Grateful For
Let’s rewind a little since I didn’t get a chance to update last week.
Memorial Day weekend was nice. Upon getting to my parents’ house, I found out my mom was actually able to get both Sunday and Monday off, when she was originally supposed to be working. That turned out to be good since we left a little later than we had planned.
The weather was also beautiful. Our drive down was completely sunny, and the rest of the weekend was, too.
You guys will probably laugh at me, but we also ended up going for a bike ride. My mom was able to purchase a like-new used bike for Mother’s Day after wanting one for months, and her neighbors let us borrow their bikes.
I seriously thought I was going to fall off at first. It’s been years (like, a decade) since I’ve been on a bike, and I’m not the most stable person even when I’m walking.
Thankfully the saying, “You never forget how to ride a bike” was true in my case. I’m happy say I didn’t fall, and I was grateful for the experience. I felt like a kid gliding along the road again.
I would love to get a bike, but being on the third floor apartment makes it a little odd. There are bike racks in front of the apartments, but we aren’t facing them, and I just don’t trust people after what happened to my car.
For now, I can have fun riding around my parents’ community.
So an interesting thing happened when we paid our electric bill last month. We didn’t owe anything – we had a credit instead. The deposit we had initially put down was credited back to us. It was $100 – so that should hopefully cover part of next month’s payment as well! Very grateful for that little surprise.
This is another silly one, but if you remember, I got a new computer last month. Unfortunately (forgive me for my lack of comprehension here), my new graphics card didn’t have the appropriate output for my monitor, since my monitor is pretty old.
My dad happened to have a cable for it, so he hooked it up yesterday, and what a difference. I don’t know if there’s such a thing as a “screen snob” but I would be one. I love it when text on a monitor is super crisp and clear, and mine was previously blurry to the point of inducing headaches (not good, I know). So glad that’s fixed!
Lastly, I’m grateful for homemade waffles. As if I haven’t raved about these enough…since we got home late, I suggested breakfast for dinner! They were great.
Posts Around the Web
Young Adult Money: I talked about how credit card hacking can make travel possible. Honestly, I always thought vacations were out of my reach, especially with student loan debt. I’ve never been overseas, and the only place out of the country I’ve been is Niagara Falls, so growing up, I thought vacations were super expensive. I’m so glad I discovered credit card hacking – travel is definitely possible now. I got a free flight out of it already!
Wherewithal: I covered how to avoid spending temptations this week. It’s something most of us have dealt with at some point or another! I know I have. Those that have been reading for a while might remember I used to have a little obsession with buying makeup and beauty products. This post goes over exactly how I stopped.
Frugal Rules: I had another post on financial mistakes you should avoid in your 20s. I know people always say your 20s is a time to learn, and it is, but honestly, the quicker you learn, the faster you can make progress. If you get off to a good financial start in your 20s, you’ll be way ahead by the time you’re 35-45, which should mean good things for your retirement!
A Little Announcement
Another thing I’m grateful for this week is Wherewithal’s relaunch. Our amazing team has been hard at work putting together a new site that better reflects what we’re about, and I think they did an excellent job.
In case you haven’t heard, we’ll be making an appearance at FinCon’s FinTech Startup Competition…plus, we have a little something in the pipeline that’s coming soon, so I hope you stay tuned for that!
If you have any feedback on the site, please let me know! I’d love to hear it.
What have you been grateful for this past week? Any plans for the weekend? Are you picky about your monitor?