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I'm Calm Now

August 15th, 2008 at 03:43 pm

Ok, so I feel better now because of the advice and encouragement to keep up with the budget from fellow bloggers.

One of my co-workers, who was hardworking and really good at her job, is leaving. That means, I have to pick up her slack because her replacement is inept. At least she's not moving too far away. Silver lining: I got free lunch because we went out to thank her for all the work that she's done and the department head paid. I'll miss herFrown

I paid the electric and cable bills today. The cable was fine but the electric was $20 dollars over budget. I think it's because my mom now refuses to turn off the hallway lights when we go to bed. She really thinks that we will not find our way to the bathroom (of course that's completely unreasonable because we've lived here for 10 year). Then there's the issue of not turning off the TV when leaving the room. I can't stand that, it's a waste of energy. W should all make an effort to reduce our carbon footprint.

I also sent the minimum payment for my small school loan today. The company in charge of my loan has really lax communication skills. They do not send the statements in time; so as paranoid as I am, I check every two weeks to make sure it's not due and I'll be charged a late fee.

I also signed up for two research studies. They are both long term. One pays $5000 if I qualify! I hope I can do it. The only downside is I get paid when I complete the study, which is 2 years long. The other study is also 2 years long but I get paid each visit ($50 visit 1 then $25/visit).

I'm really trying to get some extra income because I'm so over budget this month.

6 Responses to “I'm Calm Now”

  1. miclason Says:

    hmmmm....could you install some "glow in the dark" things lighting the way to the bathroom (I'm thinking either a strip or perhaps some of those little stars that are used to decorate the ceiling on children's rooms)...like Hansel and Grettel following the line of white pebbles in the forest at night!

  2. NJDebbie Says:

    Maybe a nightlight?

  3. littlemama Says:

    How does one find out about research studies in their area?

  4. LuxLiving Says:

    Could you set up automatic drafts on the student loan payments?

  5. cargirl86 Says:

    You could give Mom a flashlight. :-)

  6. TryingHard Says:

    Thanks for the advice. My mom liked the idea of the glow in the dark stripes and the flashlight.

    LuxLivng-they do not have the automatic drafts option but the customer service rep told me that feature will be up and running in a few months.

    Hey littlemama-I'm going to do a full blog entry about research studies and how to make extra money. I'll also recount my exerience so far.

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