It’s Friday, which means it’s time to estimate our weekend spending. I did my laundry and grocery shopping on Tuesday, so I might not need to spend anything this weekend. Maybe I’ll actively try not to spend anything this weekend. That’d be nice, right? How about you?
Today in “it seemed like a good idea,” we go to The Seattle Times:Jason Wright wanted to make a quick buck selling eclipse-viewing glasses on Amazon.com before the moon blocks the sun in a rarely seen cosmic spectacle on Monday. He loaded up his credit cards to buy thousands of pairs from a manufacturer, enlisted family and friends to pack and ship them from his parents’ Salt Lake City home and watched the orders pour in. Then Amazon suspended his account.
Since we’re halfway through the monthâ€”a little over halfway, nowâ€”I decided that this week’s financial goal would be to check in with my income and expenses and make sure I wasn’t overspending. I know I’ve “overspent” a little this month, in terms of that budget I set for myself at the beginning of the summer. I don’t really have an explanation for that, except that it was a very tight budget and by August I was ready to loosen it up a little.
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