beatricek

is keeping track of her expenses for her budget---going well!



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  1. 1. Save 15% of an entire year's earnings.
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    1 person
  2. 2. Publish a piece of work
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    2 people
  3. 3. Become a great cook
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    118 people
  4. 4. Get real furniture.
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    1 person
  5. 5. Read Edith Wharton's first 12 books
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    1 person
  6. 6. Create my own website
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    5,768 people
  7. 7. Run a marathon
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    12,926 people
  8. 8. Learn a magic trick
    87 people
  9. 9. Become fluent in another language
    472 people
  10. 10. Spend a year in a bikini
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  11. 11. Take a magical mystery tour
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  12. 12. Eat a hot dog at Nathan's on Coney Island
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    1 person
  13. 13. Eat an amazing meal at AT&T Park (and watch the Giants play)
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  14. 14. Attend SXSW.
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  15. 15. Buy nothing new for a year
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  16. 16. Spend a quiet weekend at a bed and breakfast (no electronics)
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  17. 17. Take a train out of Union Station
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  18. 18. Become an expatriate
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  19. 19. Go to Puerto Rico
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    124 people
  20. 20. Share a story with Ira Glass
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  21. 21. Attend Sundance Film Festival
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  22. 22. Get profiled in a national publication
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  23. 23. Visit the Beekman Farm
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  24. 24. Attend a show at every historic theater in the SF Bay Area
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  25. 25. Throw a martini in someone's face
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  26. 26. Go vegan for a year
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  27. 27. Do something special for a stranger, with strangers
    1 person
  28. 28. join the writer's guild of america
    1 person
  29. 29. Win an award
    115 people
  30. 30. learn to drive a stickshift
    94 people

How I did it
How to see The Shins perform live
It took me
5 years
It made me


How to set and keep a budget for at least three months
It took me
3 months
It made me
Smarter & Stronger!


How to cook something new every week for one month
It took me
31 days
It made me
feel capable!


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Recent entries
Read Edith Wharton's first 12 books
the books

The Touchstone, 1900
The Valley of Decision, 1902
Sanctuary, 1903
The House of Mirth, 1905 (own it)
Madame de Treymes, 1907
The Fruit of the Tree, 1907
Ethan Frome, 1911 [X]
The Reef, 1912 (own it)
The Custom of the Country, 1913 [X]
Summer, 1917
The Marne, 1918
The Age of Innocence, 1920 (own it)



Save 15% of an entire year's earnings. (read all 3 entries…)
This is easy:

Read your bank statement.

Don’t assume you know or remember everything about your account(s).

Read. Your. Effing. Bank Statement.

That’s it. Don’t forget it.

side note: always check for the secure website demarcation “https” preceding website addresses when signing into online banking portals (but, no duh, right?)

ps. that “pay off your credit card every month” thing doesn’t always apply. sometimes, if you read your bank statement, you’ll notice that paying only the minimum payment for an entire year (and not charging any more to credit) will result in only paying around $20 in interest. depending on how your credit is, that’s basically a really low interest loan. you don’t have to pay all that off immediately – if you need to, take your time (this is especially true for recent grads and students – you’ve got time and your credit score isn’t really that important yet).



become a great cook
things to add to meals to make it seem like you put in the extra effort

1. Miso Mayo – a great stand alone dressing for sandwiches, meats or soy protein
2. Nutritional yeast – on popcorn, in a stir fry or on tempeh with some soy sauce
3. Sauerkraut – good on anything because it aids digestion (woo hoo!), is especially delicious on meats/sandwiches/fried eggs
4. Almond milk >>> every other kind of milk because (a) it doesn’t need to be refrigerated and has a three month shelf life which (a1) is great if you’re just one person and (b) it adds a sweet kick to plain granola cereal and© a sweet kick to anything that you mix it with

General note:
Summer is the best time to start cooking well – everything is in season so eating seasonally is easy. Meyer lemons are the juiciest lemons and you’ll be able to find them for cheap (or, if you’ve got a neighbor with a tree, FOR FREE). Lemonade is criminally easy to make. You get the lemon juice out of the lemons, melt some sugar in water; pour the sugar water in the lemon juice and continue to dilute the mixture with water until it is to your liking. Nothing says summer more than fresh squeezed lemonade, don’t cop out and get that “Country Time” stuff, if you can help it.



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