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Cleanin' up my act

November 30th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

So I dropped the ball a bit this month-- I already knew that, but totaling up my spending for the month certainly brought the point home. I ended up $400 under budget, but only because I still have yet to get my car fixed and I didn't really put any money into savings :/

This coming month will be interesting, because I'll be across the world for half of it. The same is to be said for January. One thing is for sure, however: I need to stop spending money on stupid crap. I spent about $60 on clothes in November. I guess this isn't awful considering I haven't purchased clothes for months, and I got a LOT. I discovered Plato's closet. If you've never heard of it, it's a consignment shop chain that has name brand clothes for incredibly great prices. I got a pair of Old Navy kahkis for $7. A shirt for $2. I've really been wanting to update my wardrobe recently. I've been feeling like my clothes are too "teen-like." As a result, I dont really feel comfortable wearing many of them. I know I'm only 24, but I'm still feeling the pressure to dress my age and not look like I'm in high school. It's also encouraging me to wear real clothes and not sweatpants out everywhere.

Beyond that, BF and I hit too many restaurants this month. I need to make a conscious effort to avoid that. I've been having incredible cravings for Thai food... I think I just need to stock up on curry fixin's and find a great recipe for coconut soup.

This week is the last of class this semester. I'm knee-deep in take-home finals and tests. Lab notebooks. I'm happy to be saying goodbye to that stupid thing. I'm looking forward to the end of this semester. It was a long, not so pleasant one.

That's all for now. I've got work to do!

More tales of free health services

November 8th, 2010 at 08:46 pm

So I had to get my lady checkup today-- the army requires it, and it's mandatory to get my prescriptions refilled every year. But because it's been a year, Planned Parenthood had to reassess my financial standing.

Hot diggity, I qualify for donation-based care.

It makes me both happy and sad. Happy, of course, because that means less money out of my pocket. Sad because it means I'm really darn poor. lol.

I gave them a $50 donation-- which is MUCH less than I would have paid for the exam and 3 month supply of my prescription. I think last year I paid $80 for the exam, and 3 months of pills for me usually runs $36. I figure every three months I'll give them a $10-15 donation and call it even. How exciting!

Last month I had to get a dental check-up for the military, and the hygienists gave me a free cleaning-- very exciting for someone who hasn't seen a dentist in prob 2 years. Let's hope the free health services train keeps rolling!

I think the only other thing I need to do soon is get a new pair of glasses. I heard walmart does exams for very affordable prices, and a friend of mine grabbed a few pairs online for next to nothing and loved them. I think I may have to go that route. If I could get a new pair under $100 with the exam, I will be thrilled. Guess we'll see how things go!

Alrighty, back to work for me. Just had to share the happy but bittersweet news. lol.