Thursday, August 02, 2007

August Goals

And here's the plan for August:

1. Keep a very careful eye on medical reimbursements
I laid out $2,275. I need to make sure that money comes back to the Freedom Fund.

2. Make sure my Bank of America CD is not rolled over
I want to transfer that money over into my ING account, not have it roll over into another CD with a pathetic interest rate.

3. Add $150 to the Freedom Fund
That's only $50 over my autodrafts, but I need to start setting some money aside for K's brother's wedding in September.

4. Stash $175 away for the wedding.
I'm going to need a dress, probably shoes, and some walking-around money. $250 should cover it. I've got three paychecks coming in between now and then.


noma said...

Hi. Hosting the Carnival of Debt Reduction. Would you like to submit a post? Thanks.

English Major said...

Thanks for thinking of me, noma, but I don't have any debt to reduce (though if that's not a prerequisite, let me know, and I'll submit something).

gaga said...

Heehee. I've only been reading you for a little while and all this time I thought for some reason you were male. (Because only men are financially-inclined, right?? God. I'm a feminist but sometimes my own baggage bites me in the ass.) So when I read about your need for a dress I got this picture in my mind of Tim Curry in Rocky Horror. It made me laugh. Hopefully it will make you laugh too. Anyway - hi! I enjoy your blog. Nice to know some folks don't bloom as late as I did financially.

English Major said...

Hi, gaga. I'm always interested in how we assume gender--I think it has more to do with writing style than with "only a guy could be into money." I think I tend to "read" female more frequently when I'm writing about more personal stuff, and read male when I'm writing about more objective stuff. There are certainly assumptions there, too, but I think it also has a lot to do with the fact that my writing loosens up a little around the personal stuff, you know? More room for interpretation.

Anonymous said...

EM, you always struck *me* as *very* feminine. I'm not sure what that says about everybody, though. You do have the feminine prosody--which words get emphasized, how sentences get structured and tagged--and the feminine experience of having been sheltered.

English Major said...

Is being sheltered a feminine experience?

story girl said...

If it makes you feel better, I have always found you quite feminine too.

Unfortunately, though, the first reference to "K" that I saw read roommate rather than SO, and I assumed K to be female too, so when I read the first reference to a relationship, I had to do a double take to figure out which of my many assumptions about you was wrong. ;)

Anonymous said...

Yes, I do believe that it is still more common for parents to "look after" daughters more/differently than sons. Depends on the parents, and on the kids, of course.
It's easier to see the sheltering in my family, where it's more out of hand, but that's not the point.

Your folks sound like sweeties, and it's hard to say, but I'm really torn because I believe that genuine parental generosity can unwittingly reinforce paternalistic protection, i.e. that good intentions can go awry (you can imagine how I also struggle with social policy). I would be interested to know your point of view on how the world fits together, since you live out east and come from a higher-income background, and you seem pretty level-headed (knowing what's important--saving for the future, intellectual life, caring about people, being in touch with reality).