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Rachel loves Seattle, but she still needs a job.

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June Summary

Some not-great things have been happening with my money lately, which has been hard to track. But I think I got a handle on June here.

This month I made $0.00 and spent $1,959.22.
(May I made $60 and spent $2,721.57.)

$75 – non-food groceries
$243 – groceries
$123 – food out
$67 – alcohol
$493 – rent/bills
$88 – bus fare
$20 – meds

$55 – costco membership
$220 – eye doctor/glasses
$139 – dentist
$10 – stamps

$172 – clothing/purse
$94 – gifts
$61 – entertainment
$85 – warrior dash registration
$11 – misc. house stuff
$5 – library fine

Savings is (nominally) at $700 – my credit card balance is $727.89.

Right, so this is the first time I have ever carried a credit card balance. But, as you can see, I am super broke, and I need to be able to pay my rent next month.

Most of this is pretty self-evident. I actually can’t believe I spent that much on bus fare, although I just re-loaded my card and haven’t actually used much of it yet.

So… going out. Originally I was just going to visit, and although it would still be a little ridiculous to spend so much, I was leaving for a job and wouldn’t be paying rent and so on. And it’s hard, all of my friends here have good jobs and they go out a lot. But as of late, I’ve just been getting food with Boy and smoking with him rather than going out to a bar (all of which he pays for).

Oh right. I live here. And I needed some interview clothes. I still need a lot more, for work and for nicer interviews, but some of that will have to wait a bit.

I’ve been waiting forever to go to the dentist and get new glasses, and since I was originally going to be leaving out of the country, I scheduled appointments for them this month. Once it was determined that I was not going to be leaving, I debated canceling them, but I needed both so badly that I just went through with it.

Costco membership was because they have a mail-order pharmacy, which I was going to try to take advantage of abroad. But now it’s just a waste of money, and as far as filling my prescriptions here, they charge me and Walmart never did. (I don’t want to go to Walmart though. I have to see if there’s somewhere else that will take them.)

Gifts was… well, less than half of it was host gifts for two friends who let me crash with them, and the rest was more getting something that a friend couldn’t get, and paying for it in cash since she only had a card on her. So she’ll either pay me back or buy me something later. (I’m hoping for her just paying me back.)

I have a part-time job in a store now, starting this week. It’ll only cover my rent and not much else, but it’s a start. I also have to get back to the WT people and ask about money, so I may have another $1500 there. They’re kind of shitty though, so maybe I won’t.

(I should also add that that $1500 was actually originally from my IRA, but desperate times call for desperate measures. It won’t be going back there just yet.)


good luck

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