I like my money right where I can see it - hanging in my closet. ~ Sex and the City

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Week 7: On the road to success

I have come to the end of the blog for school and from the first day until now much has changed. I can attribute much of this to those who are reading because one of the thing that I keep telling myself is "If I post that I splurged on this, everyone will be disappointed and they will all know that I keep failing." Your eyes kept me from failing.

When mapping out my original plan for this, it did include having my flight book at the end of the blog which I have done, along with paying off other debts which I have almost finished and saving money for the trip. I have yet to save a significant amount of money, but I am getting there. I have been talking to a friend of mine that has just in the past week arrived home from a week in London and she is giving me a tone of money saving tips for the trip, which I greatly appreciate.

This blog has opened the eyes of people who are close to me by encouraging me to save as much money as possible and make sure that I don't waste money on unnecessary things, which is greatly appreciated. Last Thursday Matthew took me to Chapters to pick out a book that he said he has heard a lot of amazing things about in the media and yes, Oprah. It is a book called "Smart Cookies Guide to Making More Dough and Getting Out of Debt." I thought it strange that he was buying such a book for himself, not only because all the smart cookies are women but also because he seemed pretty money savvy, I just assumed at this point that my bad habits had gotten to him. I was wrong, the book was for me, obviously! I have just begun by reading the "About Us" section describing all the girls and how they got where they are today and their backgrounds got to me. Two of the five girls are in their mid twenties and are in the public relations field. Both in very (I mean extremity) similar situations than me. I instantly fell in love and can't wait until school is taken care of so that I can really get into the book.

Now that I won't have this blog as an outlet I am glad that I have been given this book. It will teach me everything that I need to know to manage my money properly (as good as all my ideas were) and they are all proven tactics. Gotta love Matthew for looking out for me.

I look forward to my wealthy future and never feeling the need to spending even a dime!

Check out the Smart Cookies website! It is an amazing tool for anyone who needs to change their life around or even just save a few pennies here of there!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Week 6: What to do....

As I said previously, I would like to start booking some attractions in advance? Yay or nay?

By doing so I am preventing myself from having to carry around a significant amount of cash and my spending money will be for clothes, food and other fun things.

But the issue is what if I can't make it? Are there specific days that I have to go to these attractions once they are booked? Can I get my money back? .All questions that I have, that are not all posted on their web page and I am not particularly eager to call London and find out. I have to save that money for the trip remember?

So these are my delimas. I am sure that there could be worse things to be stressed out about, but this is it at the moment.

Advice in this matter will be well recieved... please help.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Week 5: London Baby

I have officially booked my flight. I am departing May 19 at 5:55 pm and arrive home May 29 at 6:00 pm. I have also used some money that I have been saving to purchase 55 pounds. Instead of spending it I have converted it onto money that is useless here and will be 55 pounds richer in London. I am hoping to continue to just spend little bits of extra cash I have sitting around to buy pounds from time to time so that it's not such a huge deal cashing in all this money before I leave. Also, I think this way I have a better chance at actually having money to spend there.

Another piece of good news for me is that I have not spent much money at all since the ticket has been booked, because I am now terrified that I will run out of money there, so all I will be doing is saving. Everything is looking good. I am now looking into purchasing tickets for things ahead of time so I will have more money to spend there.

It's looking bright.

This will be me in London camera and all... Joey Tribbiani