My younger sister, who has accomplished much more in her life at this point, is moving again. This time she’ll be in her own apartment like an adult, while I stay in my parant’s guest-room for the next 3-4 years. As part of this effort, on Saturday she bought my old vacuum from me for only $20 since I’m a considerate older brother.
The thing about budgeting so close is that I have no excess money whatsoever for any expenses that aren’t already accounted for. So it’s a big deal that I now have $20 to spend on my heart’s desires. I realize that it’s only $20 which is not even worth mentioning to most people, but again, I never have excess funds.
The question is though, what would be the most effective use of this $20? I was thinking about ordering these books to teach me more about writing. That would advance my overall plan and lend itself to my current interest. However, I plan on going through this free English Language and Literature Diploma program eventually anyway. And “free” is cheaper than $20. Also, the Diploma course is more comprehensive than either of the books would be.
I think I’ve figured it out. I’ll most likely use the unexpected $20 to balance out the costs of an upcoming social engagement this Friday. That way, I can participate in something instead of just glaring at my laptop even more. And it would give me something to write about.
It’s a depressing situation I find myself in; that $20 is an amount of money to be judiciously utilized. I suppose it’s through careful financial management that I’ll ever get out of debt though, so it works for me.