Aug 12th, 2012 by Jennifer Lynn
This weekend was brutal, financially. Another wedding. (Our second within a month.) A stag party last night. And another wedding reception next weekend.
M. and I calculated our wedding gift expenses, and it’s reaching such an exorbitant amount, I feel foolish (as a professed frugal-y chick) confessing the amount. I wonder how others deal with wedding gift expenses toward dear ones?
We haven’t blown through our entire budget, but next month we do need to aggressively tighten the purse strings, to recoup from these sprightly bashes.
My Financial Challenge Update.
As a stay-at-home mommy without a reliable income stream, I made a financial challenge at the start of summer to raise $1,000, somehow. This is how things currently stand:
(All income was passively made from previous writing projects & sponsors.)
June – $80.00
July – $57.71
August – $257.05
I’ve been incredibly lax but income has slooooowly been trickling in.
Now, my other dilemma: once my goal is reached, since I’m nearly half-way there, how should this money be invested?
To express my gratitude for your support with this site, I find this an exciting opportunity to give back to you, my broke-ass reader, in a sort of reader give-back scenario. So I am considering sponsoring a cash giveaway once my $1,000 milestone is successfully attained—something along the lines of 20 percent ($200) to one lucky reader and 10% ($100) to a charity. The remainder will most likely be stashed into our family savings, to help replenish the coffers from wedding expenses, etc.
Jacob from My Personal Finance Journey does a monthly community and charity giveback and I think it’s the niftiest idea, ever.
What do you think? What would you do right now with $1,000?
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My to-do list this evening:
Read and respond to emails and comments left on Broke-Ass Mommy.
Devour a peach. DONE
Investigate why my Site Meter suddenly went kaput.
Browse through sites listed on my blog roll, and comment accordingly.
Hunker down and pay my American Express bill and car insurance.
Watch a movie with M. tonight.
Here’s what I’m currently reading:
- Metro Santa Cruz (feature story, John Moss). Field Trippin’ — One high school teacher’s account of a trip he didn’t mean to take
Drugs are a common topic in my classroom. The students have questions and I have answers, and if I can prevent one less overdose or drunken driving death, it’s worth it. My students get fucked up. We live in the wine country, and whenever you live in a booze-based economy, kids are going to grow up with issues…Max had left a screensaver depicting 12 tabs of Scooby-Doo windowpane acid on one of my classroom computers. I told him to do a research paper on Timothy Leary and quit being such an asshole. I think that’s why he dosed me.