I've learned something very important about money management: I have none.
I'm trying to figure out where I went wrong over the years, but pinpointing why exactly I think it's okay to buy all of these pointless and unnecessary things is a difficult task. I just like to shop, which is biting me in the ass currently as my May 1 paycheck will be gone in a matter of hours.
I need that extra government rebate check to come in already. I also need to sell my furniture, have a garage sale, and get a weekend job. I have a lot of planning to do this weekend. I need to find areas to cut back and save so that I don't crack open my piggy bank yet again and see my dreams and wishes of traveling float right out the window.
I'm extremely money hungry at the moment.
In other news...
After 2 years of searching for someone to replace the man who hired me (2.5 years ago), we've hired a Baylor Bear to take the helm of our department and dig us out of financial ruin. I have been without what I like to call a "real" boss almost the entire time I've been working here. Can you imagine that? Two years without any type of leadership or mentorship. I've been left to my own devices for so long that sometimes I feel like I've been cheated out of real professional growth. At the same time this job has made me a self starter and independent in the work place. It's also given me a slight reason not to care about my 8 to 5 as much as I should. This new guy starts July 1 and I may or may not be around to work with him.
Oh well... better things await for me on the North East tip--I just need to stay positive and frugal.
Update: It's strange how you can lose money in one area of your life and gain it in another. I receieved a letter from UNH today telling me that I'd been awarded at $1,500 fellowship! How cool is that. Very excited and happy!