Tag Archives: spending money I don’t have

Things I Bought This Week

16 Aug

This is shaping up to be week four of, drumroll please: “Literally having nothing to do for eight solid hours a day…so I might as well just spend money on stuff.” The past couple of weeks have been slow ones, and when I have nothing better to do, I online shop. Or rather online browse, until I finally just break down and buy a bunch of stuff in one day. Yesterday was that day.

It started with a simple search for a new bathing suit for my upcoming vacation, which turned into looking for a summer dress, which spiraled into shopping for a fall dress, which led me to boots, which led me back to flip-flops for my vacation, which left me dangerously close to booking another vacation. Thankfully, sanity stepped in on that last part, but in two-to-three weeks, I’ll be receiving packages like it’s nobody’s business!

I need to find a more productive way to channel my restlessness. Last summer, I whiled away the hours on Craigslist, and at my first job, I spent the endless bouts of free time weeping in the bathroom. So I guess I’ve evolved a little bit? At least I’ll be fashionable, right? Right?! …In the mean time, I better find a part-time job to pay these bills!

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Good Night, Brooklyn

17 Aug

Tonight will be my last night as a subletter. It’s been a good run–the five weeks has absolutely flown by, and a vacation next week will be the perfect way to buffer my descent back into the little known 8th circle of hell: commuting from Northern NJ.

While living by myself certainly had its challenges–a roof leak in my room had me sleeping on the most uncomfortable futon ever made for more nights than I would have liked, and cleaning up after a cat wasn’t always a picnic,  it was great not having to deal with the slew of stresses and worries that typically congregate my psyche. Instead, I spent energy on hanging with friends, becoming more of a workaholic than I already was, and finding 100 different ways to cook the same exact food. It was nice not having to worry about getting into work on time, and I really didn’t miss the helplessness that accompanies bumper to bumper traffic through the Lincoln Tunnel at 9:47 am. I liked spending my nights taking after-dinner walks through Brooklyn, or a late-night yoga class, instead of on the highway…in my car. I enjoyed the lack of emotional melt-downs in my life and the occasional Sunday brunch. I just love being independent, and falling into the groove of life in New York City.

But alas, it’s all coming to an end, at least for now. Of course, I’m looking forward to moving back to my free room, with its free laundry facilities and free meals. It’ll be nice to save a few more paychecks and get back on board with my budget, which was thrown to the wind when I crossed that bridge. I’m just hoping I’ve stored up enough positive, peaceful yen to get me through the next few months.  And there’s always Craigslist when I’m feeling especially weak. Nothing like astronomical rents to remind me why I’m living at home until I have a permanent job!

Not Working Makes Me Impulsive

2 Feb

Another winter storm, another day trapped inside, another schedule put out where I’m only working two days. This morning, I reached the limit on my boredom and made a totally impulsive decision:

I’M GOING TO BARCELONA!!

Yeaaaa. I’m crazy.

But here’s the thing: I can either sit on my sofa and not spend money, or travel to Europe and make the most of this free time. And currently, I have an obsession with traveling Europe and spending money, so it pretty much works out. Of course, I could’ve gone to the Catskills, or even Florida, but go big or go home is my motto now, apparently…

Obviously, I’m not going to be working two days a week for the rest of my life–contrary to my schedule, people in my profession actually do, uh, work.  Someday I’m sure it will be a struggle to find two days to even take off! In the mean time, I might as well have some fun!

So for now, I’m throwing caution to the wind and taking a bit of a leap! Isn’t this what young people do? Irresponsibly spend money, backpack through Europe, and then talk about that “crazy time” in their life? Well let’s hope so! And who cares!

I’M GOING TO BARCELONA!!

Hey, at least I have the shoes for my trip!

Retail Therapy

30 Jan

I just got my schedule for next week–I’m on it a whopping 2 days! This means I’m making NO MONEY, just like every single week for the past month. This is a problem, because I’m having the urge to spend. And buy stuff I don’t really need. And buy more stuff just because.

This is pretty rare for me. I really don’t like to shop unless I have something in mind and once I get to the mall, I want to leave it ASAP. It’s crowded, people are oblivious, and I rarely find anything I actually want to buy. Plus, I only ever shop the clearance rack, so it takes a lot of work to find anything. But lately, I’ve been in a constant mood to shop ’til I drop!

So in an attempt to squelch my eager debit card, I bought this AWESOME pair of boots–a cross between a riding and motorcycle boot, black, knee-length and PERFECT. This was actually more of a need than a want–I got caught wearing ballet flats in the middle of the worst snow storm of the season and they were deeply on sale. But what a rush! I zipped those puppies up and stomped my way through the snow, turning heads and basically killing it. It’s amazing how something new can totally affect your mood–I walked out of the store feeling better than I had in days! Plus, the compliments I was getting elevated my attitude even more!

Which lead me to pair of boots #2.

Pair of boots #2 are grey suede, ankle length, and PERFECT.  These were definitely more of a want, but were combined with the need to buy something else. I went into the mall deciding I wasn’t going to leave until I had a bag in my hand, and I found these an hour into my quest, bought them, and promptly left.

But two pairs of shoes have done little to calm my buying appetite. Now that I have an entire uninterrupted week off, I’m furiously searching for travel deals, all 900 seasons of Saved by the Bell and directions to the Mall of America. It needs to be spring NOW before I waste my weekly income on anything else. But considering my weekly income is less than I made AS AN INTERN, is it even worth it to save? In the grand scheme of things, how will my $150 be best spent–with it sitting in the bank, or with me sitting on the beach?

Maybe this is just a bout of cabin fever–so much snow, so little to do. But I think my urge to shop is stemming from a bigger need to just be satisfied with something in my lifeand if that’s another three pairs of shoes, I guess I’ll do what I have to do.