I think my parents lied to me on my birth certificate, because yesterday I had probably the worst hot flash of my life, and I am pretty sure I am really 50. Yesterday on my lunch hour, I headed to the mall to return a shirt and to also purchase a few items, and I swear, every store I was in had a line at the registers. I stood in the line at American Eagle for a solid 5 minutes, but when your hot flash comes at rapid speed, it really feels like 20 minutes. I was so hot and dripping in sweat in no time that I literally almost got out of line to leave the mall. By the time I got to my car, I had to peel clothes off of me.
Is this normal 26 year old behavior? I really am starting to question my true age.
I bought my sister-to-be-in-8-days THE cutest lingerie set. I’m really trying not to think about the fact that I am buying an outfit, or lack there of, for my brother to enjoy on his wedding night. Whatever, it was cute. The pricetag on it wasn’t. $68?! Damn you Victoria’s Secret and your wedding night lingerie. The babysitting money I made Wednesday night went straight to the lingerie… and then some. I was going to use the babysitting money this weekend for Bachelorette Weekend, but now I will have to tap into my “personal” budget for the weekend.
I took Chelsea’s advice on setting up a budget, per the awesome expertise of her boyfriend Fabio, and created a detailed breakdown of the amount of money I am allotted each paycheck for “personal” or fun items, and also food/gas.
What I did was, I totaled my monthly income, and then subtracted all of my set bills: student loan, car loan, CrossFit & my cell phone. Then, I subtracted the total of those bills from the total monthly income. With the amount after bills, I divided that by 2, and that number is what I get for 2 weeks.
Then, I decided that:
- 30% of that number is used for my savings
- 20% goes to personal or fun expenses
- 50% goes to gas and food
I will track my spending with these percentages for maybe a month, and I will see how much I truly spend on gas/food and personal. I will then alter those percentages if need be. Regardless, whatever extra money I have in personal and gas/food will go straight to savings… no carrying over leftovers for the next check!
And that’s my game plan. I really need to start keeping track of my spending, because the entire year I was out of my parent’s, I really went crazy. I tried using Mint.com, but I’m the type who loves to write things down and be able to see it on paper.
After work, I celebrated surviving my hot flashes with protein pancakes. Gosh I love these. Nothing better than a double batch. 1 serving is 1 stack. A stack of gloriousness!