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Today I feel _______ towards money.

by J. Money on Friday, September 17, 2010

dollar sign on brickSaw this over at My Pretty Pennies this week and couldn’t help but to copy it ;) It’s Friday after all, and it’s just so fun! (and by fun, I mean very very nerd-like and something you only do online so none of your “real life” friends catch you.)

Plus, it’s always good to take a fresh look at how your week is going with this stuff. Money can take on a whole mind of its own sometimes, so reflecting for a bit can help!

Shall we begin?

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on _____.
My plane ticket to Poland: $829.20.
And then probably the $50 I slapped on my Metro Card.

2. Today I feel _______towards money.
EXCITED!  Sometimes I get frustrated with it, or even bored with it all (*gasp!*) but lately? Just plain ol’ excited.  Cuz I’ve seen first hand what it can do ;)

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was_____________.
Go on a walk around a lake.  There’s nothing I enjoy more than refreshing up the brain with some clean air and a little exercise. Well okay, actually I’d have to put sex in that category too, but that’s not always free now is it? (bah dum, ching!)

4. I will consider this week a success if I _____________.
Don’t spend any more on alcohol!  Not only for my wallet, but mainly for my body.  It ain’t the nubile 20 year old like it used to be.  Next on the list would have to be investing in Kiva entrepreneurs.  You like how I prioritize that? :)

5. My first job was ______________.
Oh wow, that’s a good question… If I do recall correctly, my very first job was babysitting, followed by mowing lawns, and then more “professionally” as a night stocker at a grocery store :)  Then came midnight shift at the bowling alley, bread stick boy, GadZooks worker, and on and on…. but really you just needed that 1st answer ;)

Your turn! Copy and paste this below and just fill in the blanks (or make long drawn out answers too – whatever you’re in the mood for ;))

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on _____.
2. Today I feel _______towards money.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was_____________.
4. I will consider this week a success if I _____________.
5. My first job was
______________.

HAPPY FRIDAY everyone!!!  Get that money!

(Sweet photo by Jim Legans, Jr)


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1 Nick September 17, 2010 at 9:09 am

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on car insurance, but I saved 15% by switching to Geiko (I actually did save by switching to Geiko…).
2. Today I feel in control of my money.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was – took a nap.
4. I will consider this week a success if I stay positive – everything else will work itself out that way.
5. My first job was running a cash register before school at 5 years old (my mom brought me to work with her and wouldn’t let me enter the amount tendered, so I learned to handle money at a very early age! Go mom!).

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2 Andi B. September 17, 2010 at 9:37 am

Did mine over on my site too! Can we do Money Mad Libs next week? :)

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3 Kevin @ Thousand-aire.com September 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on my $72 electric bill, but I spent over $1,000 on two new suits last week. It hurt me.
2. Today I feel like I’ve spent a lot of money in the last month.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was walk around the city of Boston. What a great town.
4. I will consider this week a success if I record my next personal finance song this weekend without making my neighbors hate me. They’re always banging on the walls just because I’m singing loudly and poorly at all hours of the day.
5. My first job was a lifeguard. My coworkers hated me because I was 15 and they would offer to give me rides home, but I’d keep them waiting forever because I would keep finding stuff to do so I could get a few extra minutes “on the clock”.

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4 Brandon September 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was $275.67 for my car payment.
2. Today I feel better towards money. I think I’m starting to get control over my finances.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was Played Tailsman with all the expansions with some friends.
4. I will consider this week a success if I don’t spend any more money going out to eat.
5. My first job was mowing yards. My first real job was in a mail and fax room.

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5 J. Money September 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

Haha…. these are great!

@Nick – hahhaha….omg you crack me up man. Geico can be pretty good (although never better than USAA!)
@Andi B. – That was fast :) and Hot Dog Eating Contest?!! AWESOME!
@Kevin @ Thousand-aire.com – Haha, that is awesome. Keep the songs coming!
@Brandon – I never did the mail/fax room thing, but I must admit it intrigues me since you get to meet everyone in the company working in that spot. So must have been killer for networking!

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6 Sarah September 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

1. The most I’ve spent this last week $480 for a new radiator (and an oil change) for my car. It’s the first repair I’ve done on the car since buying it new in 2001, so I don’t feel all that bad about the expense. Thanks Hyundai!
2. Today I feel cautiously optimistic towards money. Today is payday, and there’s a lot of choices to be made.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was riding my bike to work. I also got some really good books from the library and I’ve been enjoying those immensely.
4. I will consider this week a success if I resolve some issues with my spouse. If we could have fun too, that’d be a bonus.
5. My first job was (other than babysitting) working at a telephone survey company. Sort of a Gallup poll thing. I lasted a month.

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7 Brandon September 17, 2010 at 11:02 am

@J. Money Not as much as you’d think. It was a small business and my aunt and uncle owned. It was just a HS/College job. Some of my best networking actually came from being a shift manager at a McAlister’s Deli during college. Between the catering and working the floor I met nearly everyone worth meeting in town and they all saw my excellent work ethic. Don’t underestimate the scrub jobs. lol

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8 JMK September 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was booking the condo for my upcoming girls’ long weekend ($1050). There are 9 of us so my share is only $116 and I’ll be reimbursed next weekend by the others but I get the 1050 flight miles on my card.
2. Today I feel like I’m the master of my money.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was purging and reorganizing my front hall closet. Packed up a full garbage bag of coats, boots, hats and mittens for charity. Glad to know they are going to be used by others now that our weather is starting to get colder.
4. I will consider this week a success if I “shop” in my overly full freezer and pantry and cut my weekly grocery bill by at least half.
5. My first job was cleaning my parents house. When I wanted a PT job my parents offered me the job and I took over from the cleaning lady they had been using. The didn’t want me out flipping burgers for minimum wage on school nights (and I suspect they didn’t want to drive me) so I spent my Saturdays cleaning.

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9 Trinnie S September 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on _____.
The most I’ve spent money on this week was my Economics and Intro to Business textbooks for my next quarter. Technically, I didn’t spend the money, since my employer offers education assistance…but still, a hard charge to make at $260.00.

2. Today I feel _______towards money.
Today I feel “just so” towards money. I don’t think I have enough, but I’m comfortable (for right now) where I’m at.

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was_____________.
One free/inexpensive thing I did this week was go over to my best friend’s new rental house, (about a mile away from me! YAY!) and hang out with our new “blended” family

4. I will consider this week a success if I _____________.
Can survive without losing my mind…or crying.

5. My first job was ______________.
My first “real” job was working retail at a Hasting’s entertainment store. Prior to that, I babysat! :)

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10 Christine September 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on $20 for groceries…but I don’t spend much til I get to the weekend…
2. Today I feel positive towards money. Just got paid this Wednesday whoo! 401k kicked in too so now I have that going.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was cuddle with my boyfriend. Nothing better than that.
4. I will consider this week a success if I get off today at 6… or earlier?
5. My first job was a cashier at Giant Eagle. Had to wear these horrible big green smocks and hated it when big guys would just watch as a small little girl packed up their heavy groceries for them…but oh well. It paid minumum wage..5.15 back then!!! But it was a start!

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11 Kitchen Penguin September 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on my cell phone bill (auto pay on the 16th of the month).
2. Today I feel excited towards money. The 14% contribution to my 401(k) from my bonus last week finally showed up on my account and it’s a deposit week for my Roth, yay retirement savings!
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was setting up the scanner and printer on my work laptop so that I can telecommute on the weekends.
4. I will consider this week a success if I don’t eat out this weekend. I’ve been going out to get lunch on the weekends because it gets lonely being the only person in the office; but if I telecommute then I won’t have that problem.
5. My first job was as an English conversation partner at a Japanese university.

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12 Jenna September 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on a lame credit card bill.
2. Today I feel neutral towards money.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was went for a walk with an old friend.
4. I will consider this week a success if I check out those six houses this weekend.
5. My first job was as a lifeguard!

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13 Yana September 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on cigarettes – 3 cartons, $123.70
2. Today I feel friendly towards money. Like it’s family.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was having a foot rub from my husband.
4. I will consider this week a success if I find a way to regain my health. I have severe bug allergy dermatitis with a very swollen foot, after treating the dog for fleas and having an exterminator treat the whole place.
5. My first job was babysitting.

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14 Ashley Jacobs September 17, 2010 at 3:17 pm

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on food.
2. Today I feel overwhelmed towards money. I’m still adjusting to a life of almost complete financial independence. Why did I ever graduate?
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was helping my former roommate get moved into her new apartment.
4. I will consider this week a success if I get caught up on sleep. :-)
5. My first job was petsitting.

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15 Suzanne September 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on food! $197 at the wholesale club.
2. Today I feel anger towards money. (after all that $197 was for food not fun stuff)
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was listening to my children’s laughter as my husband tickled them to tears.
4. I will consider this week a success if I can manange to save $50 for our “holiday fund” to date we only have well, %0.
5. My first job was a cashier at Giant Foods.

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16 KaseyS September 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

The most I spent this week – 8-grand on a new roof, chimney and gutters (GULP). That was by far the lowest bid out of 5 too!

BTW – “breadstick boy” Are you talking Fazolis? Now I’m hungry.

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17 Techbud September 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on food. A family of 5 eats a lot!
2. Today I feel happy towards money. Debt is being paid off.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was watching wipeout with the whole family.
4. I will consider this week a success if I spend less.
5. My first job was paperboy.

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18 Nick September 19, 2010 at 10:32 am

Thanks J Money – I know! I’m trying desperately to get USAA car insurance. My father in law was in the service, so I’m trying to convince him to join and then my wife can join and qualify for the car insurance. I joined, but just as a joker off the street, so I’m not eligible for a lot of the savings I guess…

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19 Bobby September 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was 67.61 on Halo: Reach. Not regretting that at all.
2. Today I feel happy towards money. After doing up my budget, I know I have extra money at the end of the month.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was walking my new city of Toronto.
4. I will consider this week a success if everything goes well at work.
5. My first job was being a paper boy. My first real job was at McDonald’s, did it for 8 years, but really helped through high school and college.

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20 Valencia September 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I don’t know how I arrived here, but I’m glad I did. I posted my responses on my site: mypetiteporch.blogspot.com. Thanks for posting the questions!

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21 J. Money September 20, 2010 at 12:31 am

@Sarah – New radiator? Ouch. At least your car should be back in action now!
@Brandon – Haha, I never do brotha! I’m all about any job that gets your work out there and interacting with the community. Even more so w/ jobs you’re passionate about ;)
@JMK – Nice! I like throwing things on my card too for that kinda stuff, as long as everyone pays back like they should! I always have to keep an eye on some of my friends. haha….
@Trinnie S – Oh no, why are you going to lose your mind or cry? Do you need me to show up in your videos again? ;)
@Christine – YES! Good job getting that 401(k) up and running!!! My fave tool ever.
@Kitchen Penguin – Oh wow, did you ever live in Japan? Did you know I lived in Korea before? My mom tought English when we were there, she loved it.
@Jenna – I always wanted to be a lifeguard. Mainly to meet chicks, but also to be fit and tan and hang out by the pool all day long ;)
@Yana – WHAT? Are they lined with gold? No idea how much they cost since I don’t smoke, but man that seems like a lot.
@Ashley Jacobs – You graduated cuz you thought you wanted to be an “adult,” haha… I made the mistake too, don’t worry.
@Suzanne – Well only 5 more days to go until you need tat $50 in there – I’m watching you!! :)
@KaseyS – OUCH. Yet another reason I need to get back to renting – this home stuff is way too expensive for my taste. (and never heard of Fazolis, but it sounds tasty ;) I worked at this Italian place tha I can’t even recall its name… was a small local one).
@Techbud – Wipeout! haha.. never have I ever watched a show that make me tear up from laughing so hard. I don’t know what it is but that one just kills me! One of our readers here at Budgets Are Sexy was actually one it, did you know that? Pretty cool stuff.
@Nick – Well I hope your convincing works! If you need help, send him over here and I’ll see what I can do ;)
@Bobby – Toronto! Beautiful city… I’d walk a lot too if I were there (where did you move from? somewhere else in Canada?)
@Valencia – Cool! Thanks for stopping by :) Going over now to check out your answers.

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22 Yana September 20, 2010 at 12:38 am

Those are the cheaper cigarettes, 10 packs to a carton for two smokers. I don’t like to buy them often, so I buy the quantity at once. Most of that cost is tax – tax is most of the sale price, and tax is added afterwards. I think it’s a great time to quit.

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23 J. Money September 20, 2010 at 1:05 am

Wow, yeah that would be cool :) So hard to do from what I’ve heard, but man would that be great for your wallet! And health. Would make for an interesting blog post series too ;)

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24 Bobby September 20, 2010 at 8:00 am

J, I moved just over 3 months ago from Windsor, ON, right across from Detroit.

Jobs are hard to come by anywhere, but especially there, one of the highest unemployment rates in the Canada I believe. It is getting better, but the city depends on the auto sector too much.

I’ve only been walking around my neighbourhood of late, but I want to get walking downtown again, it’s about a 40 minute ride there, but well worth it.

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25 Jenna September 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm

@J. Money – Hahaha! I think that is why all guys want to become lifeguards. I just did it because I was a water polo player and was at the pool all the time. Might as well get paid for it!

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26 J. Money September 20, 2010 at 8:40 pm

@Bobby – I can’t even imagine…so many places were hit hard from this bad economy, really freaky :(
@Jenna – You’re a smarty! :)

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27 WR September 29, 2010 at 8:40 pm

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on a Hotel Room (4 nights in Times Square for $500.00-Priceline rocks!).
2. Today I feel ambivalent towards money. Just not something I care about. I don’t mean to sound like a pr*ck but I have plenty of money. There are far more important things to concern myself with. That said, I used to be all hung up on money and that probably helped me somewhat.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was do a Diet Coke/Mentos experiment with my daughters. Great fun! Also, cutting a rather large check for Community Ministries (local food bank) made me feel like a million bucks. There is no better feeling in the world.
4. I will consider this week a success if I encourage, love, support and spend time with my family. That is what makes life worthwhile for me!
5. My first job was working at a bicycle shop when I was 9. I worked toward buying a Mongoose BMX bike. Took about 6 months of after school chain greasing, tire changing and bike assembly. Totally worth it. Mongoose was THE bike to have.

-WR

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28 J. Money September 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Haha I remember Mongooses! And I also remember never being able to afford one ;) Although, in those days all I cared for was the original Nintendo Game Boy. Cool you tried that Mentos experiment too – still on my list to try out.

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