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BF is officially a student

On Friday before BF and I headed back to my hometown, he got news that he has been officially accepted into his program and he starts today (Monday). So this time next year, after his classes and internship, he should be fully certified to start his career. He’s very excited (except for being a poor student), and I’m happy for him.

He’s probably going to get a part-time job, but because his program is only 1 year long, it’s super condensed and requires a huge amount of group study and reading. So he won’t be able to work too many hours.

Which will probably mean a shift in my budget and in the amount I’m saving as I take over a bit more of the expenses. And that’s fine. It’s only for a year, and I know he’d do the same for me if I ever wanted to go back to school. Plus, it’ll be worth it once he’s finished. He’ll have a career of his own and we’ll be on our way.

I’m not sure what that’s going to mean financially, or how I’m going to set up my budget. I have no clue when he’ll be able to find a job or how many hours/how much money it’ll bring in. So my budget is going to have to be very flexible.

At the very very very minimum, I will be saving $500/month. So I guess every month my savings will vary between $500-$1000.

I’m also hoping to get a part-time job (all the income would go right into savings), and I do have a lead on something that could turn into a pretty cool opportunity, but I don’t know many details right now so I’d rather keep it on the DL. But I will say that it does involve this blog. :)

Weekend home

BF and I are heading back to my hometown this weekend. His parents have flown into town, and my parents want him to completely re-do their deck while we’re in Mexico, so he’ll have to go take a look and quote on the job.

Here is my budget for the weekend:

$14 ferry
$15 parking

$50 hair cut (haven’t gotten my hair cut in almost 5 months)
$12 movie (friend begged me to go to SATC2 with her, even though I already saw it. Got suckered in.)

$15 lunch with friends
$14 ferry

TOTAL = $120

Typical weekend home spending. I’m going bathing suit shopping with my mom and sister as well. I have a bikini, but over the last year or so I’ve gotten more conservative with my beachwear, so I might look for a one piece or a tankini. Something with a bit more coverage so that I’m more comfortable. If not, I’ve got board shorts and tank tops I can throw over my bikini while we’re in Mexico.

Quicken Essentials FOR MAC!!!

I just got my paws on something that I have been waiting for FOR YEARS: Quicken Essentials for Mac. I almost didn’t switch over to Mac because I hated the last version of Quicken for Mac. True story! That version was awful. So I ended up installing Parallels on my Mac just so I could run Quicken for PC (and Rollercoaster Tycoon – what!?). Well, Parallels broke for me a few years ago (can’t figure out how to fix it – I think I need a Windows XP disc), so I’ve been using an Excel spreadsheet. Which is all fine and good, but nothing beats Quicken IMO.

I’ve done the initial set-up and downloaded my transactions from my bank accounts … will do a full review once I’ve used it for a few weeks.

On a Quicken-related note, don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Quicken Cash Manager (for PC)!

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