It’s Monday, which means it’s time to check in with our weekend spending. This weekend, I went to the ballet — which was lovely — as well as the Sapadapaso, and then my parents invited me to see A Wrinkle In Time with them. I’d paid for the ballet tickets a month ago, my parents bought me the Wrinkle in Time ticket, and I spent $3.50 on a Baileys and Guinness cupcake. Because it was St. Patrick’s Day. How about you? The Billfold continues to exist thanks to support from our readers.
It’s Friday, which means it’s time to estimate our weekend spending. I am going to the ballet tonight — SO EXCITED — and since I already bought my $29 front-row ticket I won’t need to spend anything else there. It’s also St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, a fact that I wasn’t particularly aware of until I learned that there will be a parade going by my apartment, so I’ll check out the festivities and maybe buy something (probably a food thing, because corned beef is delicious) if it catches my eye.
Kassidy (not her real name) is a public service employee and former lawyer in her early 30s in a big city in Canada. So, Kassidy, how much are you making? I make around $100,000 a year, but with pension it’s closer to $110,000. I also have steady income from investments (i.e., dividend income) and high-interest savings account interest worth about an extra $12,000 or so. (These figures are all in Canadian dollars.) Nice! I have a lot of questions about your income, so I’ll start with… PENSION?!
It's totally going to be "awards season for awards I've submitted to" for the next few months; @ForewordReviews announces its finalists next Tuesday, and the @IPPYAwards announce April 10. I should ignore any excited/nervous feelings and just DO MY WORK but... nope, can't.
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