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09/29/2014

Murphy visits again!

While my No-Spend September comes to a close this coming week and continued along nicely last week ($37.73 on groceries and a Christmas gift for my brother-in-law), Murphy's Law hit me again.  Just when things are going smoothly, something bad is bound to happen!  For those of you who have just started reading this blog, Murphy came to visit when Project Money first began in June: I broke a Kindle I had rented from my local library and broke a headlamp that I use quite a bit over the summer. 

Here's how he showed back up: on Monday, my roommate broke the news to me that he wanted to move out as soon as possible; Dave's been a great roommate and I'm very sad to see him go, but happy about where his life is taking him.  According to the lease, he's obligated to pay through November unless I find someone sooner.  While this gives me a few weeks to get everything in order, it's always bit scary to face the unknown of trying to find a new roommate and ensure that I continue to have rental income. 

Second, this weekend, my garbage disposal decided it was time to take its final churn.  At first, I thought perhaps it was an electrical issue.  I read a few "fix it yourself" websites and tried the suggestions listed, but nothing seemed to help.  I then called my personal handyman (my dad) and he gave me a few more suggestions to test out… nothing.  So, now I need to decide when I should replace it.  While I could probably wait until the competition is over, I am very used to using the disposal and am fearful that I'll undoubtedly dump something into the disposal creating an even bigger problem, so I'm tempted to just fix it sooner rather than later.

On the bright side, I'll be meeting with Adam this week.  I'm sure I'll be weighing the pros and cons of a disposal purchase, but the other big thing he and I need to discuss is how to allocate my next paycheck.  One very exciting (yet frustrating) thing about my job is that my paycheck fluctuates depending on whether I am teaching during a semester, so my paychecks in the fall are always the largest (when I'm teaching three or four classes) while my summer paychecks are the smallest (when I'm not teaching at all).  So, my first "big" paycheck is just a few days away!  I'll let you know what we decide to do in next week's blog!

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Sorry to hear about the surprises but sounds like your planning and hard work will help you cover your needs.

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