Mad Money

Money has been on my (mad) mind a bit…you know, ever since I upped and quit my job a few months ago.  Sure, I got a new job (with a handsome boss) but the pay is lots less than what I was making before.  And in truth, money has always been something I’ve thought hard about, even as a little girl.  I can get all ninja psychoanalyst on you and tell you the root of why I feel the way I do, but we all know you’ve got better things to learn.  Since you’re already here though, I thought I’d start a running conversation about some ways I am trying to cut spending, save greenbacks, but still live life in between.  This is also a placeholder for me to improve and evolve, since I don’t have my crap together or my life figured out just yet.  Bare with me.

Today’s topic:  Our move

Moving is, generally speaking, expensive.  And ours was no different.  See, we sold our house for $20k less than I bought it in 2004 and didn’t make any money from the sale.  In fact, we consider ourselves extremely lucky that we didn’t have to PAY IN like so many folks have had to do.  Then, there was the cost of moving supplies, the gas guzzling cross country road trip, the going away parties, and lunches to say goodbye.  On top of all that, we moved to a substantially more expensive city as far as rent, groceries, and even clothes (they are taxed!) go.  Obviously, we got in the Colorado spirit of things by purchasing tabs and licenses and all of that really annoying fee-laden stuff.  In addition, we moved into our apartment and realized we needed to buy a microwave, shower curtain, desk and chair and other random apartment-y goodies.

Oh and the real kicker?  We now have to fork over at least 4 hundred bones any time we want to see our family.  Ouch.

So, this is how we are combating the money black hole that is Our Move:

Remember when we sold my car?  Thankfully, that put a shiny (oooh, I love shiny things) chunk of change in our quickly collapsing pockets.  It paid for our move and gave us a sizable buffer to work with once we transplanted ourselves in CO.  And now, we only have one car to insure, which is also adding a teeny tiny bits of green back into our lives.  It was a sacrifice we made to afford moving across the country and starting over.

Now, we just have to work on affording Life After The Move.  I’ll get to that.

Is money making you mad and how are you fighting back?



9 thoughts on “Mad Money

  1. The move was really expensive, which made me so glad you kept your car in such good shape. It was sad to say goodbye to the Civic, but I’m hoping it found a good home because it helped us afford settling into ours!

  2. I love money, it’s so fun and shiny and spendy…I am proud to say that at almost 29 years old, I have all of my debts paid off (school, car) for a few years now and then I decided to jump off the deep end and go back to school and acquire more debt and will be buying a new/newer car after school because my car will be kaput by then…who put that silly idea into my head?

  3. TheCandace & Kate – I feel your pain! Money can good and bad all at the same time…sort of like that unnecessarily large Culvers shake I had for lunch yesterday which was SO DELIC but gave me a tummy ache…
    Nonetheless, a little bit of hard work can certainly payoff and it sounds like you were able to trade a well cared for Civic for a jump start on a new and fabulous chapter of your life.
    On that note – Here’s to trades (not sacrifices)!!! (it’s awfully early on a Saturday morning right now, so I hope you don’t mind that I’m toasting you with coffee)

    • I loved the Culvers analogy – it’s so true! Yes, here’s to TRADES. I’ve always admired your positive perspective, Tai. I know you’ve got a few of those up your sleeves too!

  4. I am proud of the way you both handle your money. It is a wonderful thing that you are like-money thinkers – about saving as well as spending. We all have interesting baggage that surrounds our thoughts and ways with money. I like living money inhibited because I enjoy my spending more that way. I like the idea of re-using rather than always buying new because I was reised that way and it makes me feel like I am saving a little bit of the earth. Plus, I don’t like wild spending sprees. They make me sick to my stomach. fun blog lv mamap

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